Tennis club look set for successful campaign

MONTROSE Tennis Club’s first team has started the season with two wins, including a narrow victory over West End I, the Dundee side that had been favourites to win the Tayside Tennis Second Division this year.

Montrose’s first pair of Nick Whitecross, who has picked up his tennis racquet again after a successful badminton season, and club coach Graeme Walker won all three of their matches against a side that the week before had easily defeated a team newly demoted from the first division.

The second pair of Andy Moffat and Richie Wallace won a match, lost one and drew one, giving Montrose enough points for a draw. However the third pair of Murray Pert and Chad Neighbor, despite losing two matches and the first set in the third one, rallied in steady rain in the final set of the night to win it 6-3, giving Montrose an unexpected, if hard fought, victory.

The side is leading the Tayside Second Division after beating Scone 7-2 away to start the season. The stars were the second pair of Andy Moffat and Richie Wallace as they won all three of their matches.

The first pair of coach Graeme Newton and Scott Lorimer (15), narrowly lost to Scone’s excellent first pair, one of which reached the last 16 in doubles in the Scottish Indoor Championships, but easily beat Scone’s second and third pairs.

Montrose’s third pair of Murray Pert and Chad Neighbor also won two matches easily but lost to Scone’s best pair.

The ladies’ first team, for the first time in many years in Division Two, is finding the standard high and injuries are adding to the difficult task.

However the second team has won twice under new match secretary Diane Forbes. In the opening week, the first couple of Rhona Alston and Wendy Sanger won three matches, the second pair of Diane and Janet Thomson won two and Fiona Cuthill and new team member Dawn Bradley won a set.

Meanwhile, Montrose’s juniors are notching up victories with the Super League first team enjoying an unexpected bye from Perth and gained their first win of the season.

The second team of Murray Soutar, Ross Mitchell, James Seivewright and new member Scott Coull beat Lundin Links by 65 games to 40. All the players won their doubles matches and James, Ross and Scott won their singles matches. Murray, 11, only just lost to Lundin Links’ oldest player.

The very young third team defeated a much older Kinross team. Patrick Young, the Scottish under-10s number one, narrowly lost in singles to a highly ranked opponent, while new team player Jack Murison also played a ranked player had a narrow defeat with just one break of serve in each set.

However, Nicholas Stirling won his singles, as did Jennie Shanks in a third set tiebreaker. Patrick and Jack held out for a draw and then Nicholas and Jennie and won their match and ensured a victory by 67 games to 61.

In the latest of adult tournaments held in the first Sunday of each month, Linda Mosley and Walter Forbes were the winners of the most games and Roo’s Leap vouchers.