Sunday, 30 June 2019 14:24

Mens 1st confidence justified

Written by Bobby Kerr

HELENSBURGH Tennis Club's mens 1st team played host to David Lloyd West End last week — and team captain Stephen Lewis had high hopes as he was fielding his strongest team.

At 1st couple David Reid (pictured) and Fraser Fulton started off well going into a 3-0 lead but they soon saw their opponents catch up and go into a 5-4 lead.

The Helensburgh pair got their act together and won the next three games to take the opening set 7-5. They were in full command from then on as they took the next two sets 6-3, 6-2.

At 2nd couple Stephen Lewis and Kevin Stephen also got off to a great start winning the opening set 6-3. A lack of concentration in the middle set saw them lose it 6-2, but they bounced back to take the decider 6-3.

The 3rd pair of David McCowan and Phil Hamilton were also in great form at the start of the match, taking the opening set 6-4. The pair felt they were in full command of the match as they led in the second set but a number of missed net shots and poor serving lost them both that set and the third.

So the final score was a 6 – 3 win. The team have their last two matches this week, home to Bishopton and away to Titwood.

The men’s 2nd team captain Keith Love has struggled to field his strongest team this season because of injuries and various other reasons, but that did not stop him recording a great win at Drumchapel.

Allan Adam and Phil Charman at 1st couple were in great form winning easily 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in less than 70 minutes. It was a similar story at 2nd couple where Iain MacLaren and Stephen Humphreys won 6-2, 6-0, 6-2.

Keith and Archie Russell had a very tough match at 3rd couple as they were coasting in the opening set leading 4-2 when the visitors suddenly upped their game winning the next five games. At 6-5 down Keith and Archie won the next game to force the tie break only to see all their hard work vanish as Drumchapel took it 7-4.

The Helensburgh pair came back to take the next set 6-3 and went into the decider full of confidence. All four players held their serve throughout the set and they were soon at another tie break.

The lead changed several times and Helensburgh had a set point at 6-5 but Drumchapel held on and soon it was their chance to take the set at 8-7. They served wide to Keith but he played the shot of the night and hit a great forehand down the line to save the set point.

Drumchapel soon had a second set point but this time they pushed forward and volleyed a winner passed Archie to grab the set. The final score was a great 7-2 win for Helensburgh.

The men’s 3rd team played host to Newlands and recorded their first win of the season.

Maurice McIntyre and Raymond Mathers at 1st tcouple went into their match full of confidence and almost won the opening set, just losing out 6-4. It was all downhill after that as they lost the next two sets 6-1, 6-1.

It was a different story on court two as Ralph Ward and Clive Charters took all three sets 6- 4, 7-6, 6-0.

Mike Wright and Charles Craver at 3rd couple took the first two sets 6- 0, 6-3. In the deciding set all four players won their opening serve games but Helensburgh seemed to lose concentration and dropped both their next service games and lost the set 6-2. 

However the final score was a 5-4 win.