Monday, 27 May 2019 09:33

Mens 1st team triumph

Written by Bobby Kerr

HELENSBURGH Tennis Club's mens 1st team played host to Glasgow University Staff on Friday and came away with a narrow win.

At 1st couple Fraser Fulton and David Reid were in commanding form taking all three sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.

At 2nd David McCowan and Kevin Stephen struggled with the dominant play of the opposition as they were outgunned almost from the start. They lost the opening set 6-2 and things went downhill as they lost the next 6-0. They did make a recovery in the final set but a break of serve in the ninth game saw them finally lose the set 6-4.

At 3rd couple Bobby Kerr and Phil Hamilton started well but Phil was having problems adjusting to the courts as he had been playing recently on artificial clay which is far slower than the synthetic grass of Helensburgh.

They lost the opening set 6-3 but the pair soon got into their stride and took the next two sets 6-3, 6-3, resulting in a 5-4 win for Helensburgh.

The men’s 2nd team continue to struggle in division 5b as they are yet to field a full strength squad. Team captain Keith Love is currently relying on 3rd team players to boost his team because of a number of absences from his regular squad. They lost 9-0 to Hillhead and currently sit second bottom of the division.

The men’s 3rd team were up against an in-form Stepps team last week. Mike Bews and Maurice McIntyre failed to make an impression at 1st couple as they lost all three sets.

It was a similar story at 2nd couple for Clive Charters and Ralph Ward who also lost all three. Mike Wright and Raymond Mathers at 3rd manage to salvage something for the team as they took the first two sets 6-2, 6-1 before narrowly losing the final set 6-4.

The ladies 2nd team travelled to Bishopbriggs and found that their hosts were one of the few clubs left in the region who have blaes courts.

Val Pace and Jackie Hunter found the transition hard and lost all three sets. Joanna Crumless and Ann Sills lost the opening set 7-6, and the second set was almost as long but once again they narrowly lost it this time by 7-5. The home team were now in command and took the final set 6-2.

Janette Howieson and Fiona McLaren at 3rd couple lost their opening set 6-4 but took the next set 6-4. In a marathon final set the Helensburgh pair fought all the way only to lose the it 8-6 in the tie break. It was an exhausting evening for the ladies with only one set to show for a hard fought match.

The ladies 60+ team drew with Kilmacolm 3-3 with Trish Schooling and Phyllis Fullarton winning 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, and Carol Young and Ann McKelvie narrowly losing 2 sets to 1.