Juniors just miss out on league title

Montrose Tennis Club’s top junior team just missed out on the Tayside Super League championship after a draw in their final match last week.

With the senior league play about to give way temporarily to the North Angus Open as the club brings back the tournament after a gap of many years.

Two 12-0 away wins for Montrose’s junior first team had put them ahead of Kinnoull 1 in the Super League on set difference, but a 6-6 draw in the last match at home against Broughty Ferry 1 left them a single point behind Kinnoull in the final tables.

Montrose’s number one and two players, Patrick Young and Marta Krauze, lost their matches on champions’ tie-breaks, but James Sievewright and Jack Murison won their matches.

In the doubles, Patrick and Marta lost but James and Jack won, leading to the overall tie score.

Meanwhile, in a strong performance the junior second team beat Perth 2 away by 10-2.

Nicholas and Georgia Stirling, Orin Forbes and Owen Flight won all their singles matches, although Orin had to take a deciding champions’ tiebreak by 11-9. The brother-sister Stirling pairing split sets in the doubles, as did Orin and Owen.

Montrose’s young fourth team - Clarence Wei, Sarah Mitchell, Harry Robertson and Scott Henderson - lost 8-4 against Falkland 1.

Scott accounted for the one singles win, thanks to a 10-8 champions’ tiebreak and he and Harry also won their doubles match.

In senior play, the men’s first team edged perilously close to relegation from the First Division after a tense 9-9 draw at home against Arbroath.

The first pair of Graeme Walker and Andy Moffat won all their sets with the loss of a handful of games, and the second couple of George Baxter and Jack Murison added two more.

The third couple, Brian Wright and Richie Wallace, won one set then led most of the way in their last but failed to convert several set points before losing an 8-6 tiebreak and the chance for an overall win.

The side will have to earn at least a draw against two of the top teams to avoid the drop.

The second team all but ensured promotion to the third division with an 18-0 away win against Glenfarg 1.

Scott Lorimer and Stuart Matthews lost only seven games, while Chris Hardy and Jim Murison lost only nine. The third couple of Andy Baxter and Andy Thorogood had to work a bit harder but still were in little danger of losing a set. A draw against fifth-placed Perth 2 at home this week would guarantee promotion.

The third team lost to fifth division leaders Duffus in Cupar by 16-2.

The first pair of Ally Ally Sievewright and Ian Matthews won one set, as did the second pair of Cameron Eeles and Richard Henderson. The third pair of Iain Kay and Jamie Cluston, making his Montrose debut, had several close sets but couldn’t pull any of them out.

The team remain clear of the relegation zone, however, as the fifth-placed side has conceded two matches and had points deducted.

The much depleted ladies’ first team lost 16-2 to Arbroath 1 and would need a miracle to avoid relegation to the second division.

The first pair of Marta Krauze and Wendy Sanger and the second pair of Caroline Stewart and Jen Richardson won one set each. The third pair of 12-year-old sisters Georgia and Suzanne Stirling played gamely on Arbroath’s blaes courts but could not add to Montrose’s total.

The second team clinched promotion to the third division in dramatic style with a 17-1 win at home over Abroath 2. One of the Arbroath players fell, hitting her head badly in the second round, and was treated by medics who happened to be passing. The player suffered only a bad bump but as Montrose had clinched the match Arbroath decided not to play on. The first pair of Diane Forbes and Rhona Alston won all their sets, as did Janet Thomson and Barbara Watson. The youthful third pair of Freya Milne and Kirsty Robertson won five sets.

The third team won 15-2 against Wormit and Newport 3, guaranteeing they will stay in the fifth division next year. The first pair of Dawn Ramsay and Gillian Inglis won five sets with one unfinished.

The third couple of Allie Henderson and Kirsty Broadley won six sets while Fiona Cuthill and Joyce Holmes added four.