Grimleys vie for Nationals title hat-trick

Christopher and Matthew Grimley will be aiming to emulate Adam Hall and Alex Dunn when they bid for title hat-tricks at the Scottish National Under 17 Championships in Motherwell’s Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility this weekend.

Mauchline’s Hall did the treble in 2012 and 2013 and Motherwell’s Dunn won three titles in 2014. But with Glasgow’s Grimley twins in opposition in mixed doubles only one of them can succeed at these Junior Nationals for Under 17 and Under 13 age groups.

Christopher Grimley partnered Matthew to the boys’ doubles title in 2015 when he also won the mixed doubles by beating Matthew in the final, but Matthew came out on top in the singles final giving them two titles each.

Last year it was the other way round with Christopher winning the singles after Matthew lost to Giffnock’s Ciar Pringle in the semi-finals and the twins took the doubles but neither entered the mixed.

Today’s draw could see Pringle’s brother Adam, who did the treble at Under 13s in 2014, barring defending champion and top seed Christopher’s path to the singles title.

He is 3/4 seed and is on course to meet Grimley in the semi-finals while Pringle’s doubles partner Joshua Apiliga (Glasgow) is seeded to meet second seed Matthew Grimley in the semi-finals in an event which has attracted 38 of Scotland’s best players in the age group.

Apiliga and Pringle are also out to stop the Grimleys in the doubles. The Grimleys, who are top seeds, start their title defence against Glasgow’s Jamie Gunn and Dunblane’s Fraser Sheriff while second seeds Apiliga and Pringle face Duns pair Tyler Smith and Isaac Weir in the second round after opening byes for all four pairs.

Christopher Grimley and Rothesay’s Sarah Sidebottom are top seeds in the mixed and begin their title bid against Callum Smith (Duns) and Alice Campbell (Glasgow).

Matthew Grimley and Dundee’s Lauren Middleton are 3/4 seeds and are likely to meet second seeds Pringle and Edinburgh’s Rachel Andrew in the semi-finals

Middleton is also chasing a title treble along with doubles partner Sidebottom as they bid to emulate Eleanor O’Donnell’s 2015 hat-trick. Sidebottom also achieved the Under 13 treble in 2013.

Middleton is defending champion in the singles but is only second seed behind Alexandria’s Rachel Sugden. To get to the final again Middleton is likely to have to overcome 3/4 seed Campbell or Sidebottom in the semi-finals while Sugden is on course to meet 3/4 seed Rachel Cameron (Musselburgh) in the last four.

Middleton and Sidebottom, who won last year with Prestwick’s Ciara Torrance, are top seeds in the girls’ doubles and are likely to face second seeds Campbell and Sugden in the final. But Campbell and Sugden will probably have to overcome Andrew and Cameron in the semi-finals.

Under 13 National Championships

In the Under 13 Nationals North Berwick’s Lois Turnbull is aiming to emulate Alice Campbell’s 2015 title treble after being named top seed in all three of her events.

She starts her singles bid against Erskine’s Zoe McInnes and is expected to meet 3/4 seed Brooke Stalker from Dunfermline in the semi-finals. Second seed Mary Kong begins against Ellen Maclean in an all-Edinburgh clash with Alexandria’s 3/4 seed Keryn Swan the likely semi-final obstacle.

Kong, who won the mixed doubles title last year, partners Turnbull in the women’s doubles and the top seeds are expected to face second seeds Stalker and Swan in the final.

In the mixed doubles Turnbull partners Edinburgh’s Hamish McCallister and they begin their title challenge in the second round with a contest against McInnes and Dundonald’s Angus Meldrum or Forres pair Callum Burge and Ashley Donald. Swan and Glasgow’s Anthony McGuire are second seeds and they begin against Glasgow pair Scott Mackenzie and Anna Craig.

McCallister is also hunting a title hat-trick and the top seed in the boys’ singles begins his challenge in the second round against North Berwick’s Finlay Jack in a 39-strong boys’ event.

Dunblane’s Grant Lewis is the second seed and also starts with a bye before facing Lanark’s Robbie Davenhill.

McCallister is also top seed in the doubles with East Kilbride’s Nathan Findlater and they start against Jack and his partner, Edinburgh’s Daniel Bryen. Second seeds Logan Ireland (Linlithgow) and Angus Meldrum (Dundonald) begin against Edinburgh pair Ellis Gray and Robbie Greenan.

Saturday’s play is up to and including semi-finals of the mixed doubles and quarter-finals of all other events. Sunday features the remaining semi-finals in the morning session and finals in the afternoon session.