Monday, 23 September 2019 10:59

1st ladies in form

Written by Bobby Kerr

HELENSBURGH 1st Ladies Senior team, having lost their last two matches against strong opposition from Western and David Lloyd Renfrew, were looking to turn around their fortunes on Thursday when, on a beautiful warm, sunny evening, they faced Bearsden at Suffolk Street.

With little to choose between the couples in the first set, Liz Wylie and Gay Black at 2nd pair, dug deep and managed to secure the set, only for their opponents to fade slightly in the remaining two sets, enabling Liz and Gay to collect them for the loss of only three games.

Meanwhile the power and consistency off the ground of both Katie Hope and Ann Morison at 1st couple, along with accurate serving from the duo and Katie's athletic volleying skills, were enough for the Helensburgh pair to maintain a strong advantage throughout all three sets, collecting them convincingly 6-2, 6-0, 6-1. Next week the team face another tough challenge with their final match away at Newlands.

The mens 1st team were away to Newlands recently where Alastair Hope and Keith Love wasted little time in securing three vital sets for the club, winning comfortably 6–3, 6–2, 6– 1.

Mike Bews and Stephen Humphreys at 2nd pair had a very close match after just losing out on the opening set 6-4. The second set should have gone Helensburgh’s way but the home side dug in and snatched the set in the tie break.  The final set was neck and neck but it was Newlands who managed to get the vital break and take the set 6-4. The final score was a draw.

In other matches the ladies 3rd vets team were away to Anchor where 1st pair Jane Carroll and Susan Russell lost out to a stronger couple despite having chances in the second set. At 2nd couple Barbara Gillies and Ann McKelvie narrowly lost the opening set 7-5 having led most of the way. But the pair took the set 7-5 and brushed aside their opponents in the third to take it 6-1.

The ladies 4th vets team managed a draw recently at Bearsden. Ann McKelvie and Carol Young won 6-2, 6-0, 6-3. Phyllis Fullarton and Pat Pryde were up against a very consistent pair at second couple and were outplayed losing 6-2, 1 – 6-1, 3 – 6.

The ladies 2nd vets team continued their struggle to make an impact in their division with the team yet to get a win this season. Team captain Jeanette Howieson praised her players determination but said that the breaks have just not been coming for the team but they would continue to fight for every game.

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