Tambourelli came home to Newton Stewart this year with the 2018 World Tambourelli Championships beinRepresentatives from Newton Stewart and the surrounding area faced fierce competition from players based in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Oxford, Yorkshire and Devon as well as Sweden, Japan and the usual strong contingent from Germany.g hosted at the Merrick Leisure Centre on the 28th and 29th of July.
In the Men’s Singles event, defending champion and Newton Stewart native Bazil Hughes was unable to earn his 5th title as he came up against the unstoppable force of Sebastian Rose in the final. Sebastian, 4-time German champion and now 2-time World champion, went through the tournament in dominant fashion, not dropping a single game and winning the final 21-15, 21-12.
Bazil, 26, said “Sebastian was too good this year - I gave it everything I had but he was on another level. When I played him in 2013 and 2016 I found a way to win but this time he had an answer for everything I threw at him.”
“I’ll have to go back to the drawing board and come up with something new because Sebastian has raised the bar. It felt like I was playing against two of him - nobody has beaten me by that wide a margin since I was 15 years old.”
In the Women’s Singles, Jasemine Bosenick from Oxford claimed her 3rd title, defeating last year’s champion Katrin Ueberfuhr of Dresden by 2 games to 0. Katrin defeated the 10-time champion and all-time great Indy Lennartsson in a gruelling three-game semi-final matchup but was unable to overcome Jasemine in the final.
In the Doubles Graham Moffat and Jason Littlefield took home the title, beating Indy Lennartsson and Lutz Reifer by 2 games to 1. Graham’s victory ensured that, for the 19th consecutive year, Scotland had an adult tambourelli world champion.
Under 16s doubles was a tight game with high skills from the youngsters employing a lot of the tactics available including fake shots as well as alternating long and short shots. Vanessa and Willie got ahead to create a Scottish and German victory.
In the newly-added Singles category for 16-21 year-olds, Fraser Dawson faced Tal Appleton-Wickens in a repeat of the 2013 under-16s final. Last time around Tal, 21, from London was the victor, but this time Fraser, 18, overcame his rival to claim another title for Scotland on home turf.
Next year the tournament will take place in Sweden for the first time. Chloe Bruce, a former world champion, hopes the tournament will bring more players to the weekly club in Newton Stewart: “We need all the help we can get for next year if we’re going to keep the streak alive and bring back a title to Scotland for the 20th year in a row. We also thank the sponsors
including Holywood Trust, Sports Scotland, Wigtown and PortWilliam Community Shops and volunteers who made this weekend event possible. Full results: Men's singles- Sebastian Rose,(D), finalist - Bazil Hughes(Scot). Women's Singles - Jasmine Bosenick, (Eng)finalist- Katrin Ueberfuhr (D). Mixed doubles - Graham Moffat(Scot) & Jason Littlefield (Eng), finalists - Indy Priestman (Scot) & Lutz Reiter (D). Over 50s doubles - Elizabeth Tindal (Scot) & Hugh Wallis(Eng), finalists - Chloe Bruce(Scot) & Nick Clarke(Scot). 16-21 class- Fraser Dawson (Scot), finalist - Tal Appleton Wickens(Eng), 3rd Clemens Guthiens, 4th Aiden Brock. Under 16s- 13-15 open Singles - Willi Klieman(D), finalist Lilith Littlejohn (D), 13-15 Girls - Lilith Littlejohn, Vanessa Ho (Scot), 9-12 Open Singles- Noi Priestman (Eng), finalist- Ossian Moffat (Scot), 3rd Emile Lenartsson, 4th Kieran Ho(Scot).Under 9s- Lian Littlejohn (D). Mixed Doubles- Willi Klieman & Vanessa Ho(Scot), finalists - Rory Meneely (United Arab Emirates)& Lilith Littlejohn(D).