Monday, 10 September 2018 10:36

Vet ladies dig deep

Written by Bobby Kerr

HELENSBURGH Tennis Club's ladies third Vets team were at home to Giffnock in their first match of the season, and secured a good 4-2 victory.

Alison Fotheringham (pictured) and Jackie Hunter at first couple won their first set 6-2 with a combination of Alison's volleys at the net and Jackie’s hard hitting groundstrokes.

They carried on with the good play and took the second set 6-3, but their opponents were determined to get something from the match and took third set 6-4.

Joanna Crumless and Sue Macrae at second couple came up against a very strong pair. The first set went all the way to a tie break which the Helensburgh pair won with Joanna's solid rallying and Sue’s penetrating serves.

True to form, the second set went to another tie break, but this time the opposition came out on top. With the match now well into its second hour all four players were feeling tire,d but it was Helensburgh who dug deep and took the final set 6-3.

Their next match was against an even tougher pair from Milngavie. Alison and Jackie fought all the way but could not break their opponents and went down 3-0.

Sue and Janette Howieson just missed out in the opening set, losing it 7-5. They lost the next set with one break of serve 6-4, but salvaged some pride by taking the final set 6-4 to make the final score a 5-1 defeat.

The club's first ladies Vets started their autumn campaign in very positive fashion, recording two wins in the first two weeks.

The team initially travelled to David Lloyd Hamilton where the first pair of Katie Hope and Karrie Walters were just too consistent for their opposition and collected all three sets.

The second couple of Yolande Trewhella and Gay Black had something of a see-saw match with the home side easily winning the first set, only for Helensburgh to take the initiative and collect the second.

Unfortunately they could not keep up the momentum, allowing the Hamilton pair to take the final set 6-2. However, Yolande and Gay's set was sufficient for the team to record a 4-2 win.

Next the team played hosts to Thorn Park and again Karrie and Katie were just too strong for their opponents, quickly winning all three sets for the loss of only four games.

Yolande and Ann Morison were engaged in a marathon match with many long rallies, plenty  of lobs and very little to choose between the pairs.

First blood went to Helensburgh as they came from behind to win the tie break, only to lose the second set to the visitors by the same margin.

Yolande and Ann managed to regroup again, and with the Thorn Park pair tiring, they ran out more comfortable winners 6-1 in the final set, giving the Helensburgh team a 5-1 victory.