The Scottish Ladies Nationals showcased the incredibly bright future of the women’s game in Scotland. After two competitive
rounds Elspeth Young, Claire Gadsby, Georgia Adderley and Carrie Hallam took to the court to battle
for a place in the finals. It was Gadsby who was first to book her place in the tournament’s showcase, outlasting Young in a five-game thriller in which momentum shifted between players. Joining Gadsby
in the final was to be Adderley, to set up a first
competitive meeting between the pair, having seen off Hallam in four games.
The final proved to be a hotly contested encounter, with both players looking to assert their style of play upon
the contest. Despite some outrageous stroke play from Adderley, Gadsby’s short game proved the separating factor; claiming the match in four games to retain the title.
Young took third place, beating Hallam in three games
The initial rounds of the Men’s event provided plenty of drama with Peter O’Hara’s 11/4, 8/11,
11/5, 9/11, 11/7 victory over Richard Hollins and Michael Ross’ 11/13, 11/6,
12/14, 11/9, 11/5 win over Craig Valente-Wallace two of the highlights.
The initial rounds of the Men’s event provided plenty of drama with Peter O’Hara’s 11/4, 8/11, 11/5,
9/11, 11/7 victory over Richard Hollins and Michael
Ross’ 11/13, 11/6, 12/14, 11/9, 11/5 win over Craig Valente-Wallace two of the highlights.
Some of the world’s finest players went toe-to-toe, and the form book proved true to form as top seeds Alan Clyne
and Greg Lobban secured a finals clash, while Kevin Moran and Rory Stewart earned a place in the third placed playoff.
In front of a packed show court it was Clyne who size the advantage, utilising all his speed, after an extremely tight first game. The world number 33 was able to keep his nose ahead of Lobban throughout the remainder of the contest to win his 6th Scottish National.
Moran took third place, defeating Stewart in four games
Results can be downloaded here