Another highly successful season

MONTROSE Tennis Club’s excellent league season continued to the end, as four of six teams won promotion and the men’s first team finished in the top half in their first year in Division One.

The debutante women’s third team also did well, finishing in the middle of the table.

The ladies’ first and second teams were especially impressive, with 19 wins and just one away draw between them as they won promotion to Tayside Tennis’s second and fourth divisions.

The men were not far behind as the firsts had a winning season despite playing the best teams in Tayside, and the second and third teams won promotion in tight contests in Divisions Four and Six.

A couple of new players helped the ladies’ first team earn an emphatic reversal of last year’s demotion from Division Two, finishing 10-0 and dropping just 37 sets.

In the final match of the season, they beat second-place Anstruther 16-1, with the first pair of Linda Cuthill and new member 14-year-old Marta Krauze winning six sets with the loss of just seven games. The second pair of Rachel Myles and Jane Cargill also easily won six sets, while the third pair of Barbara Watson and Caroline Stewart won four sets, with one unplayed.

The ladies’ second team had an emphatic, 17-1 win away at David Lloyd, with the regular first pair of Wendy Sanger and Diane Forbes winning six sets, as did the second pair of Jean Stevenson and Jan Thomson.

The third pair of Jennifer Broadley and Dawn Bradley split 6-4 sets with David Lloyds’ top pair and won all the others.

The men’s first team secured a winning season by beating St Andrews 10-8 at home despite fielding several second-team players. The first pair of coach Graeme Walker and Donald Watson won five sets while the second pair of George Baxter and Nick Whitecross won three. The third pair of Fraser McGlynn and Murray Pert took two sets from St Andrews’ third pair to ensure the victory.

The men’s second team earned what turned out to be a decisive home draw against undefeated Kinross that eventually guaranteed second place in Division Four despite an away loss to Games Club 2 on their difficult blaes courts.

The men’s third team had to leave it to the last week of the season to win promotion, which they did with an unexpected forfeit by Games Club 2, their nearest rivals for promotion.

The ladies’ third team finished in the middle of Division Six, turning in a commendable winning record as few of the members had much league experience.