Monday, 24 June 2019 10:24

All set for junior camp

Written by Bobby Kerr

HELENSBURGH Tennis Club’s popular junior summer camp gets underway next Monday with a week long programme of fun games, match practise, tennis drills and much more.

Katie Hope looks forward to welcoming 5-8 year-olds in the morning 10am to 12noon and 9-13 year-olds 1-3pm.  

In match news the ladies 3rd team had a busy week with two matches, both of which ended in narrow defeats.

In their first match the team played host to Busby where 1st couple Fiona MacLaren and Gillian Knust were very unlucky not to win the opening set as they lost it 7-6 in the tie break. They took the next set 6-3 with a great performance from both ladies, but the visitors came back strong however in the decider taking it 6-2

At 2nd couple Jane Carroll and Shona Bulloch were always behind in the opening set but held on and forced the tie break at 6-6. Both pairs had opportunities but it was Helensburgh who forced the pace and took the set. Sadly it was Busby who ended up the stronger pair and took the next two sets.

Third pair Susan Russell and Barbara Gillies found their opponents too consistent despite almost winning the second set, losing it narrowly-5. The Final score wqs a 7-2 defeat.

The ladies were back on court a few days later when they travelled to Drumchapel.

Fiona MacLaren and Fiona Hannay were outgunned 3-0 at 1st couple against a hard hitting pair. Jane Carroll and Shona Bulloch took the opening set 6-2 with both players outhitting their opponents from the back of the court. They narrowly lost out on the next set but bounced back to take the decider with a great 6-4 win.

It was a similar story at 3rd couple with Helensburgh’s Ann McKelvie and Barbara Gillies taking the opening set 7-5 only to narrowly lose the second set 6-4. Ann and Barbara dug deep and changed tactics in the deciding set which proved a winning formula and they took it 6-4 to make the final score a narrow 5-4 defeat.

Helensburgh 1st Ladies team ended their summer season with defeat to a very strong Newlands side who, at the end of the evening, were declared the overall winners of West League division 1/1.

The third couple of Gay Black and Alison Fotheringham enjoyed a competitive first set but their opponents stepped up their game a notch to collect the second and third sets. Suzanne Marshall and Sue Macrae, at second pair, faced a former world champion and the recent winner of the West of Scotland U15 championships and were, despite their best efforts, unable to make any impression on the visitors.

Katie Hope and Ann Morison started strongly, taking the lead in the first set, but they could not quite maintain their momentum, losing out 7-5.  Newlands then really hit their stride and, with fine serving and volleying, the Glasgow pair won the remaining two sets.

With the loss of three ladies from last year, this has been a challenging season for the team in a very strong division, but captain Ann Morison has been full of praise for the fighting spirit and commitment of her players.