HELENSBURGH Tennis Club 1st Ladies played hosts to Thorn Park on Tuesday, and ended up on the losing side.
Liz Wylie/Suzanne Marshall and Gay Black/Alison Fotheringham at 2nd and 3rd couples respectively fought hard in their matches but were up against strong opposition and, despite their best efforts, were unable to collect any sets.
However the tie between the 1st couples was a much closer affair with many long, hard hitting rallies. Katie Hope and Ann Morison were a little slow off the mark in the 1st set and suddenly found themselves 4-1 down,but once they had settled into their rythmn, they managed to work their way back and take it 6-4.
The next set was equally close, with one of the Thorn Park pair unleashing numerous aces, but the home pair, thanks to their greater consistency and Katie's sharp volleying, were able to just keep their noses in front and collect it 6-3. The final set saw the visitors tiring a little and with their increasing error count, Katie and Ann were able to take charge and run out the winners 6-1, giving an overall victory to Thorn Park by 6-3.
On a very wet afternoon, Helensburgh 1st Ladies 60+ team's unbeaten record came to an end against a very strong David Lloyd Hamilton team.
Because of the weather the match was played on the indoor courts which immediately put Helensburgh at a disadvantage as they struggled to adjust to the bright lights, fast surface and the heat.
Janette Howieson and Fiona Maclaren faced a strong 2nd pair who had played together for years and despite their best efforts, they were unable to collect any sets.
At first couple Jackie Hunter and Ann Morison were up against a hard hitting couple who were very consistent and made good use of the lob on many occasions.
Having lost the first two sets 6-3, 6-2 Jackie and Ann were getting used to the courts by the final set but, despite being ahead for the first few games, they just could not maintain their momentum and the Hamilton pair eventually ran out the winners by 6-4, giving the Glasgow side a 6-0 win.
In their final match the 2nd Ladies 60+ team experienced a virtually identical afternoon to the 1st team, when their match against Nuffield Milngavie was also moved to the inside courts. Although the team of Phyllis Fullarton, Carol Young, Janette Green and Trish Schooling gave it their very best, they were unable to make much impression on the Milngavie quartet and lost 6-0.
The men’s 1st team match fell victim to the weather on Friday. They travel to Greenock this week to play Ardgowan.