Ladies get tennis season off to great start but men struggle in first week of Tayside League

Montrose Tennis Club’s ladies won two of three matches in the first week of Tayside league play but the men toiled, taking just one point in three outings.

The women’s first team easily dispatched Craigmuir of Dundee 12-4 in a good start to their second division season, with each couple consisting of a veteran player and a junior.

The first pair of Linda Cuthill, returning after missing most of last year because of injuries, and Marta Krauze lost their first set but then won the next five.

The third couple of Suzanne Stirling, showing skills and maturity far beyond her 13 years, and Wendy Sanger also won five sets, with the last one not started because of the lights curfew.

The second couple, Niamh McGlynn and Caroline Stewart, added two sets to Montrose’s total, with one unplayed.

The second team put up a good fight away at Perth 1 but came out on the short end of a 10-8 score.

The first couple, Rhona Alston and junior Kirsty Walker, won four sets with one unplayed.

The second couple of Diana Forbes and Barbara Watson won one, as did the third pair of Fiona Cuthill and Allie Henderson, with their last set unplayed. Perth conceded the two sets that were not started.

The third team, meanwhile, came out on the winning side of a 10-8 score over Arbroath 2.

The first couple of Dawn Ramsay and Corinna Gow won five sets and the second pair of Kirsty Broadley and Joyce Holmes added four.

The third couple of Tara Morley and Fiona Bayne added the one set that meant Montrose avoided a draw.

The men’s first team, taking on a stronger Games Club side than the one that narrowly knocked them out of the Scottish Cup, went down 12-6.

Montrose’s first couple of coach Graeme Walker and Andy Moffat won all six of their sets, including one in a tie-break.

The second pair of George Baxter and Jack Murison failed to add to Montrose’s total, as did the third pair of Rob Bennett and Andy Baxter even though they had four close sets.

The second team did well to take an away point against Tayport, last year’s undefeated division four winners, as they compete in a third division otherwise occupied by clubs’ first teams. Montrose’s first couple of Gary West, playing for Montrose for the first time after a long break, and Brian Wright gelled well and won five sets in the 9-9 draw.

The second pair of Fraser McGlynn and Tom Cairnie and third couple of Stuart Matthews and Chad Neighbor each beat Tayside’s third couple but could not take another set, despite a tie-break and several other close scores. The third team went down away at Glenfarg by 12-5.

The veteran couple of Ian Matthews and Ally Sievewright won four of five sets played.

The second pair, Iain Kay and Arthur Low, could not add to Montrose’s total despite taking one set to a tiebreak.

The third couple, Graeme Ramsay and Andy Thorogood, turned in even more close sets and were able to win one.