Monday, 02 September 2019 11:55

Veterans league matches start

Written by Bobby Kerr

HELENSBURGH Tennis Club's 1st Veteran Ladies, having lost half their team players from the 2018 season, were always going to find the going tough in division one, and so it proved.

They started their autumn campaign against the 2018 champions, Clarkston. Liz Wylie and Alison Fotheringham at 2nd couple took a little while to get going, losing the first set, but then they got their act together and were really unlucky to lose the second set on a tiebreak, having been ahead throughout the set.

Clarkston then re-imposed their dominance and ran out comfortable winners of the third set.

At 1st pair Katie Hope and Ann Morison were up against a very consistent, attacking pair who have played together for many years.

For most of the match there was nothing to choose between the two couples,with many long baseline rallies and plenty of sharp volleying, but unfortunately Katie and Ann just could not quite convert their impressive play into sets won, eventually losing 7-5, 7-6, 6-2, giving Clarkston an overall 6-0 win.

The ladies 2nd Vets team played host to Giffnock, and 1st couple Morag Cawley and Sue Macrae took the opening set 6-4. As the visitors settled into their game they began to dominate the play and took the 2nd set 6-2.

The deciding set was all to play for, and all four players held their serve and forced the tie break. Morag and Sue were determined to get the win and raised their game to force error after error from the visitors, and claimed the set for a 2-1 win.

At 2nd couple Val Pace and Jackie Hunter could do little to make any inroads against their opponents who dominated all three sets, making the final score a 4-2 defeat.

It was a similar story for the 3rd ladies vets who lost at home to Whitecraigs. Despite the best efforts from 1st couple Shona Bulloch and Jane Carroll, they were just not strong enough and were over-powered by their opponents, losing all three sets.

Susan Russell and Barbara Gillies narrowly lost their opening set but came back to take the 2nd set. The home pair had their chances in the deciding set but it was the visitors who were the stronger and took the set. The final score was a 5-1 defeat.

The ladies 4th Vets team currently sit at the top of their division at this early stage, having won their opening match against Hillhead 6-0 and drawing their other match against Bearsden.

While team captain Phyllis Fullarton is delighted with the results of the opening matches, she knows that tougher matches are coming — most notably against neighbours Cardross who also thrashed Hillhead 6-0.