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West Coast Junior Beach Festival 2010

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Once again it was tropical conditions on Troon beach for the Junior Beach Festival! For the third year in a row the temperatures topped a sizzling 25 degrees down at Costa Del Troon!

We had to be up early to secure our spot on what turned out to be one of the busiest days on the beach Troon has seen in recent years!

20 sun worshipping up and coming junior beach players were there to dust down the swimwear and shades get the sunscreen on and get their feet in the sand for the West Coast beach festival.

The morning started with a bit of revision of the beach skills and getting used to playing in the glorious open air! I had hopes of coaching how to play in the wind but it was flat calm and perfect! Then the tournament began.


West Coast Junior Beach Festival action  West Coast Junior Beach Festival action

The players beach skills and effort on an incredibly hot afternoon were dazzling! However somebody had to finish on top. The pairing of Hannah Grant and Alison Jones won the Senior girls - they were also top in the beach wear stakes too. And it was Eilidh Cruse and Aileen Howie that took the junior girls title - beating some senior pairings on the way. The sheer determination and athletism in the junior boys group was breathtaking to see with Belmont boys Harry Briggs and Matthew Russell winning the final!

Junior Girls

Junior  Boys


Many thanks to the boys and girls from Troon VC and Ryan McLeod for their assistance in making the festival so successful. Another fabulous Beach Festival in Troon - roll on next year! 

Gillian Lyall

(Photos Courtesy of Helen Cruse)