McCullough twins end as Windsor runners-up

Annie (left) and Caitlin McCullough
Annie (left) and Caitlin McCullough

Ulster twins Annie and Caitlin McCullough had to settle for the runners-up slot at the Belfast City ITF junior world ranking tournament on the their home courts at Windsor yesterday.

The Methodist College students lost 6-2, 6-2 to Georgia Drummy and Jennifer Timotin in the final of the girls doubles.

But they can look back on a hugely successful week after winning their first matches in a main draw of an ITF tournament.

The girls singles final was won by 14-year-old Blackrock girl Drummy who was a convincing 6-0, 6-3 winner over fellow Dubliner Lauren Deegan.

It was a fantastic display by Drummy who played superbly especially at the start of the match as she won nine games in a row with a near-perfect display.

Drummy briefly responded with a break of serve as she eventually pulled it back to 5-3 in the second but the younger of the two girls was a deserving winner.

“I felt I improved as the week went on so I was very happy with my performance and I didn’t expect to win the tournament,” said the Mount Anville College student.

“I knew what areas I needed to improve on after chatting with my coach and I managed to do what was required.”

The boys final was won by Scotland’s Ewan Moore who beat the top seed Oisin O’Hoisin 7-5, 6-4.

The Irishman was unlucky to meet a player in top form as the Glasgow youngster repeated his success over O’Hoisin, whom he had beaten to lift the title at the ITF tournament at Donnybrook seven days ago.

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Moore broke his opponent’s serve twice in the first set and once in the second to complete a memorable week at the office.

“It was a very enjoyable fortnight and the hospitality and organisation at both tournaments was superb so a big ‘thank-you’ to everybody,” said the 16-year-old.

Moore went on to share success in the doubles final along with England’s Reuben Henry as the pair defeated James Davis and Lucas Taylor in three sets.

Meanwhile, at the Clubworld Travel Ulster junior championship at the Boat Club Annie McCullough made up for her earlier disappointment when she beat U-18 title holder Lucy Octave 6-4, 6-4 to book a place in the final against Dundalk’s Ruth Copas on Saturday.

Belfast City ITF junior tournament results: Boys singles final: Ewan Moore (GBR) bt Osgar O’Hoisin (IRL) 7-5, 6-4; boys doubles: Moore & Reuben Henry (GBR) bt James Davis (GBR) & Lucas Taylor (GBR) 4-6, 7-6, (11-9).

Girls singles final: Georgia Drummy (Irl) bt Lauren Deegan (Irl) 6-0, 6-3; Drummy & Jennifer Timotin (Irl) bt Annie & Caitlin McCullough 6-2, 6-2.

Clubworld Travel Ulster junior championship results: Boys semi-finals: U-14: Harry Ellesmere bt Jacob Fleming 6-4, 6-2; Jordan McKeown bt Kyron Maguire 6-4, 6-0; U-16: Matthew Robinson bt Ronan McKeever 6-3, 6-4; Ben McClurg bt Jakob Robb 6-2, 6-4; U-18: Matthew McClurg bt Neil Jones 6-4, 6-2; Noah Fleming bt Alasdair Knox 6-4, 6-2; U-21 final: Matthew McClurg bt Neil Jones 6-3, 6-3.

Girls: U-14: Jessica Leeman bt Lily Mae McKane 6-2, 6-4; Mary Parkash bt Caoimhe Smith 3-6, 7-6, 6-3; U-16: Rachel Collins bt Amy Rothwell 6-3, 7-5; Lydia Kelly bt Laura Griffin 7-6, 6-4; U-18: Ruth Copas bt Aisling O’Riordan 6-0, 6-1; Annie McCullough bt Lucy Octave 6-4, 6-4.