Monday, 10 June 2019 11:19

Fun, games and charity cash

Written by Bobby Kerr

PLAYERS from all four clubs joined together to raise funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. The annual tournament is held in memory of Marie Dixon who coached at the local clubs.

The mixed doubles tournament at the Helensburgh club saw Bobby Kerr and Frankie Hanmer of the host club beat Cardross’s Graham Court and Helensburgh’s Anne McKelvie in a thrilling final. A total of £418 was raised through entry fees, donations and a raffle.

Helensburgh club president Keith Love said he was delighted with the turnout and thanked everyone who had helped make it a special day.

Marie Dixon’s children, Angus, Eric and Maeve and their families were on hand to present the prizes to the finalists, and Maeve is pictured with Bobby and Frankie (click on the picture to enlarge).

A very special handmade quilt donated by Libby Crossan was one of the prizes up for grabs and was won by a delighted Anne McKelvie.

In match news the mens 1st team travelled across the river to Greenock to play Ardgowan. Fraser Fulton and Kevin Stephen at first couple were very unlucky losing the opening set 7-5. They went up 3-0 up in the second but they lost their rhythm and struggled to hit winners and their opponents clawed their way back to take the next two sets.

At second ouple David McCowan and Stephen Lewis were in great form taking all three sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.  At third couple 2nd team captain Keith Love, brought in for the injured Bobby Kerr, and partner Alastair Hope narrowly lost the opening set 6-4 and saw the second set slip away from them 6-3. They almost took the final set as they led throughout, but a break of serve at the vital eleventh game saw them losing it 7-5, so the final score was a 6-3 defeat.

The ladies 1st team travelled to Titwood for their penultimate match of the 2019 season on an extremely wet and miserable night. With conditions making even half decent tennis almost an impossibility, it was a frustrating evening.

At 3rd couple Alison Fotheringham and Gay Black put up strong resistance but narrowly lost the first two sets. Their opponents then could not stand the conditions any longer and conceded the final set to Helensburgh.

Liz Wylie and Suzanne Marshall faced a very strong 2nd couple but, despite their best efforts, they were unable to make much impression on the home pair losing out in all three sets.

The match between the 1st couples mirrored the one between the 3rd couples, with Katie Hope and Ann Morison fighting hard but not quite able to secure either of the first two sets.

However, when it was becoming almost impossible to hold the racquet and the courts were very wet, the Titwood duo decided that they had had enough and conceded the final set to Helensburgh, giving Titwood an overall 7-2 victory.