Monday, 16 July 2018 09:04

Katie was best in division one

Written by Bobby Kerr

HELENSBURGH's Katie Hope has come out as the top player in division one of the West of Scotland League.

Katie (pictured) won 23 of her 24 sets to be named top player in the league.  The club’s Karrie Walters was in 3rd place, Ann Morison in 7th and Jo Kerr in 8th.

The division fielded 93 players in all, and finishing in 3rd place was a great achievement by the ladies.

In the final match of the season the men’s 1st team secured their place in division three for another year.  This very competitive division saw just nine points separate six teams.

The team travelled along the A82 to David Lloyd West End in Anniesland in a match that the team had to win at least two sets to ensure they remained in the division.

The hosts were currently at the bottom of the division and had to win at least five sets to keep their place. So with everything to play for it was always going to be a tense evening.

The Helensburgh team were without its number one pair because of holidays, so Phil Hamilton and David McCowan had to step up.

It has been a very frustrating season for Phil and David as they have lost many of their matches by the narrowest margins, and this match was no exception.

The opposition was a father and son pair who played a fantastic base line game that Phil and David could not match, and they lost all three sets.

The vital first winning set of the evening came from 3rd couple Allan Adam and Keith Love. Unfortunately they lost the next two sets.

It was left to the most consistent pair in the team to secure the sets needed to ensure division three tennis next season.

Alastair Hope and Bobby Kerr won their opening set 6-2 with a clever combination of well placed serves and deep returns.  In the second set the home pair went ahead early, but Alastair and Bobby fought back to finally win it 7-5.

The final set saw a number of breaks of serve but the experience of the Helensburgh pair saw them win 6-4.

Alastair and Bobby have won over 50% of all the sets won by the team, and captain Stephen Lewis commended the pair for their performance and thanked all his players for their efforts in a hard fought season.