It’s tough at the top for Montrose at tennis

Montrose’s top teams in the Tayside mixed doubles league continued to struggle last week but better news came from the lower divisions.

In the first division of the Henderson Vase competition, the first team lost 15-3 away on the blaes at Craigmuir, Dundee’s current top club.

The first pair of Marta Krauze and Andy Moffat, who has since been ordered to take a month off because of Achilles tendon problems, failed to take a set. The second pair of Graeme Walker and Linda Cuthill won two sets and the third pair of George Baxter and Caroline Stewart won one.

The second team lost to second division pacesetters Games Club 14-2, with the first pair of Brian Wright and Rhona Alston coming up empty handed. The second pair of Steve West and Jane Cargill won two sets, while the third pair of Freya Milne and Fraser McGlynn failed to record a win despite playing several close sets.

The third team fared much better, with a rare 18-0 away win over West End 2. Montrose’s pairings were Corinna Gow and Chris Hardy, Fiona Cuthill and Andy Baxter and the youthful couple of Niamh McGlynn and James Sievewright.

The fourth team drew 9-9 against Glenfarg, with the first pair of Simon Rolfe and Gillian Inglis contributing four sets. The second pair of Alister Sievewright and Jill Murison added three sets and the third pair of Stuart Matthews and Tara Morley won two.

The men’s teams’ season has been rounded off with the announcement that the players voted for Graeme Walker as player of the year while the captains picked Stuart Matthews as their player of the year.