Gallant effort not good enough for Tennis team

Montrose Tennis Club was bundled out of the Scottish Cup in the quarter-finals on Saturday 6-0 by West of Scotland powerhouse Giffnock.

The Renfrewshire club fielded two top Scottish players Owen Hadden and Euan McGinn, and Vincent Gillespie, Scottish under-18 champion, while Montrose was missing coach Graeme Walker because of coaching and junior match commitments.

Not surprisingly, Montrose were struggling to win games at times, but the first pair of Andy Moffat and Rob Bennett did take the home team’s first pair to 6-4 in one set.

The second pair of George Baxter and Richie Wallace and third pair of Andy Baxter, in his first team debut, and Brian Wright made little impact but the captain Andy Moffat noted: “Just a different world but my guys loved their day out. We were well looked after.”

The gulf in class could have been even greater as British Davis Cup players Jamie Murray and Colin Fleming are Giffnock members and have turned out for the club recently.

The loss ended a trying week for the men’s first team as they lost to second placed Broughty Ferry in the Tayside league 16-2. The first pair of Graeme Walker and George Baxter split with the Ferry’s second and third pairs for Montrose’s only sets. The second pair of Rob Bennett and James Sievewright, making his first team debut in place of injured captain Andy Moffat, and the third couple of Richie Wallace and Brian Wright were unable to take a set. The first team, however, held on to fourth place in the first division and should avoid relegation if they beat fifth-placed Perth at home.

The ladies’ first team, meanwhile, lost their perfect record with a 9-9 draw at Craigmuir but stayed well clear at the top of the second division. The first pair of Marta Krauze and Linda Cuthill won five sets, while the second couple of Caroline Stewart and Rachel Myles won three. The third pair of Barbara Watson and Wendy Sanger won two.

The ladies’ second team lost to Craigmuir 2 by 11-7 after a Craigmuir player accidently hit Fiona Cuthill in the eye with a ball during the warm-up. She had to be taken to Montrose’s minor injuries unit but was fortunate to escape with just a badly swollen black eye. Montrose’s first pair of Janet Thomson and Diane Forbes won three sets and the second pair of Jill Murison and Jennifer Broadley won four. With Fiona and her partner, Niamh McGlynn, unable to take part in the proceedings the visitors were handed their winning margin.

The third team stayed on course for promotion with a 14-4 away win against Duffus 2. The first pair of Kirsty Broadley and Allie Henderson won five sets while the second couple of Joyce Holmes and Kara McGeachy won three. The third pair of Tara Morley and Freya Milne, making her senior debut at the age of 13, won six sets.

The men’s second team came up trumps in a must-win match, beating a top-heavy Kinross side 12-6 and keeping alive hopes of avoiding relegation. The first couple of Chris Hardy and Chad Neighbor won only three games against Kinross’s strong first pair, as did the other Montrose couples, but they won their last 24 games against the second and third pairs to contribute four sets. The second pair of Andy Baxter and Scott Lorimer and third pair of Jim Murison and Stuart Matthews also won four sets, with none being closer than 6-3.

In another draw, the men’s third team ended up 9-9 against Broughty Ferry 3 but stayed in contention for promotion. Montrose’s first pair of Alister Sievewright and Ian Matthews won six sets, while the second pair of Neil Werninck and Peter Coupar won two and the third couple of Richard Henderson and Cameron Eeles added one.