YOUNG tennis ace Harris Brogan has been selected as one of three boys in his age group to be part of the national training squad at Stirling.
The eight-year-old has been rewarded for a hugely impressive start to the season, which has seen him clinch top tournaments in Scotland and the north of England.
A spokesperson for Hawick and Wilton Tennis Club said: “This is excellent news for Harris and the club.
“It’s a great achievement for the young Trinity Primary School pupil and just reward for his coaches Ethan Simpson, Gavin Harkness and Lesley Thomas.”
Continuing on the junior front, and Sam Allott, Ava Scott and Marcus Brogan all recently competed in the St Boswells Red tournament where they enjoyed their experience with varying amounts of success. The Hawick tournament will be held on Saturday, June 28, with a 9am start.
Meanwhile, the club is serving up a treat for current and new members.
“The tennis season is upon us and the top of Wilton Lodge Park is a hive of activity as it gears up for the Wimbledon fortnight during which the courts will be manned each evening to allow the public to test their Andy Murray skills,” said a spokesman
This summer the club has competed well in the Border Leagues.
The boys 12-and-under team, who were kindly donated sweatshirts by John Telfer Blacksmith and Chrystie’s Furnishing Centre, have drawn two games and lost one.
The squad, comprising Finlay Bell, Iain Rolland, Euan Chelley, Ross Graham and Chris Turner, are, according to team manager Angela Bell, “developing their tennis by playing competitively”, and with Euan Knox, Greg Ford and Alex Hatton in the background, “the future is looking bright”.
The ladies, captained by Dannielle Telfer, who is currently in Canada on a working holiday, have been hit by injuries, but the squad, which also includes Karen Telfer, Jane Kelly, Angela Bell, Ruth Hounam, Kirsten Forsyth and Stacey Clark, are all grinding out results.
However, the gents’ team are flying high and on course to be promoted after suffering just one defeat at the hands of Kelso. Team captain Ryan Scott has pulled the evergreen Harry Turnbull out of retirement and, along with the young guns of Simon Robson, Daniel Hirstenstein and Chris Monaghan, has a squad that are firing on all cylinders.
During the summer months the club is holding its men’s and ladies’ doubles competitions along with a fund-raising 12-hour ‘tennisathon’. Further information on these events can be had form the club noticeboard or from Eddie Brogan on 07830 178664.
Junior coaching also starts tomorrow, with registration at 9am, and continues every Saturday morning throughout the summer holidays, culminating in the junior championships on Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14.
A club spokesperson added: “Please make every effort to attend this important date tomorrow as there will be an update on other activities planned for during the school holidays.”
Away from the playing side, committee members Rob Goldie and Andrew Johnston have been working tirelessly towards helping the club achieve Clubmark status.