Juniors defeat league champions

Patrick Young (left), James Sievewright, Jack Murison and Marta Krauze with their visitors from Kinnoull.

Patrick Young (left), James Sievewright, Jack Murison and Marta Krauze with their visitors from Kinnoull.

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Montrose Tennis Club’s junior first team has pulled off a major win to start the season by beating the defending Super League champions from Kinnoull 7-5.

The Montrose team stayed even with Kinnoull and then pulled out an upset victory in the last pairing.

In that match, James Sievewright split sets with his opponent from the Perth club and then won an epic tie-break 20-18. Patrick Young, Marta Krauze and Jack Murison rounded out the Montrose side.

The men’s first team, however, fared less well against Kinnoull, going down in the Tayside Scottish Cup final against the Perth team for the second year in a row.

Minus two top players because of coaching conflicts, the Montrose pairs of Andy Moffat and Andy Baxter, Fraser McGlynn and Jack Murison and George Baxter and Brian Wright were no match for the youthful Kinnoull team and lost 6-0.

Montrose reached the final after surprising forfeits from Scone and First Division Craigmuir in the first two rounds, and again will go on to the 16-team national finals as the second Tayside team.

Meanwhile, Montrose 2 juniors beat Perth 3 by 10-2 to start with a decisive win. Montrose 3 lost to St Andrews 2 by 12-0, failing to convert enough of the deuce points they gained against the large Fife club.