Monday, 17 September 2018 11:46

Tough time for 1st ladies

Written by Bobby Kerr

ON A BEAUTIFUL autumn evening Helensburgh 1st Ladies played hosts to Western last Tuesday evening, and were beaten by a stronger side.

At second couple Liz Wylie and Ann Morison were closely matched with their opponents but just could not quite get the upper hand in any of the sets, going down in all three.

By their own admission, Katie Hope and Karrie Walters were caught napping during their first set, but having lost it 6-2 they soon upped their game to collect the remaining two 6-3, 6-3, leaving Helensburgh on the end of a 4-2 loss.

A week later and what a difference in the weather! The players, in horrible wet and windy conditions, made the long trek away to Clarkston and faced a very strong team who last year were the division one champions.

Ann and Gay Black faced a couple of excellent volleyers who approached the net on every occasion and although they fought hard, they could n'o make much impression on the Glasgow pair who won all three sets.

The first couple of Karrie and Yolande Trewhella enjoyed a much closer contest, with many long rallies and accurate shot placements, but despite being 4-1 up in the first set they just quite get over the line and lost it 6-4.

The second set was an even closer affair but again Clarkston just ran out the winners 7-5 and, with Karrie and Yolande having to concede the third set because of injury, Clarkston emerged the victors 6-0.

The mens first vets team lost their two opening matches at home to Whitecraigs and Dowanhill. Bobby Kerr and Matt Mackie lost the Whitecraigs tie 2-1 as did Stephen Humphreys and Keith Love.

In the Dowanhill match Bobby teamed up with Bill Ram but they were no match against the very consistent visitors and went down 3-0. Matt and Stephen lost their opening set 6-0 but came back brilliantly to take the next set 6-3.

The home side could not keep up the pace and the visitors soon took control and won the final set 6-1.

The ladies 2nd vets team were at home to Thornpark and were in superb form, winning the match 6-0.

Liz Wylie and Gay Black were always in control, winning 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. Morag Cawley and Alison Fotheringham had a marathon opening set, taking it 7-6. The next two sets also went Helensburgh’s way as Alison and Morag won 6-2, 6-3.

The ladies 3rd vets team travelled to Hillhead and came away without a set despite playing one of the longest matches of the season.

Alison Fotheringham and Sue Macrae at first couple played brilliantly for 2¾ hours but could not convert any of their break points.

The exhausted pair looked back at their performance and conceded that it was just one of those nights where the luck just was not on their side.

Janette Howieson and Cath Gemmell were up against a very strong second couple and could not break them down. They lost 3-0.

In other results the ladies 4th team lost to Stepps and drew with Queen’s Park. The ladies 5th team lost to Stepps.