Montrose Tennis Club’s second ladies’ team provided a rare ray of sunshine during trying times for club teams last week by staying unbeaten.
The men’s first team lost twice, including being knocked out of the Scottish Cup, and the men’s second team and the junior first team lost their unbeaten records.
The women’s second team finished the first half of the season with a perfect record thanks to a 16-2 away victory over St Andrew’s 3. The teenaged first pair of Freya Milne and Kirsty Robertson won five sets, as did the second couple of Rhona Alston and Diane Forbes. The third couple of Janet Thomson and Fiona Cuthill did even better, winning all six sets.
The men toiled, with injuries and holidays affecting selection as the teams faced three unbeaten sides.
The first team lost in the stiffest of ties against the Tayside league first division leaders and then an Aberdeenshire all-star team in the first national round of the Scottish Cup.
The men’s first team went down 14-4 against Kinnoull 1, with the first pair of Andy Moffat and Graeme Walker winning three sets. The third pair of Rob Bennett and Chad Neighbor won one, but the third pair of Fraser McGlynn and Brian Wright could not pull out a set.
The task was even tougher at the weekend but they put up a fight before going down to the 2013 Scottish Cup runners-up, David Lloyd Aberdeen, by 5-1. The first pair of Graeme Walker and Andy Moffat put Montrose on the scoreboard with a hard-fought, upset straight sets win over Aberdeen’s first pair.
However, the third pair of Richie Wallace and Andy Baxter and the third couple of Stuart Mathews and Chad Neighbor could only pull out the occasional game against a side boasting players who are winning Scottish singles titles and who have Wimbledon and recent pro tour experience.
The second team’s unbeaten streak ended with a 13-5 loss to division four leaders Tayport 1. The first pair of Richie Wallace and Andy Baxter won four sets but the second couple of James Sievewright and Donald Watson could not contribute to the total. The third pair of Ally Sievewright and Stuart Mathews won one set.
The third team lost 12-4 against St Andrew’s 2 as the Fife club continues to recover from several bad seasons. Scott Lorimer and Cameron Eeles won two sets while Ian Mathews and Richard Henderson won one set, as did Graeme Ramsay and Andy Thorogood.
The junior first team’s perfect season ended with a frustrating 7-5 away loss against powerhouse Kinnoull 1, but they remain even with them on points at the top of the Super League.
The match started late as it followed a Scottish Cup match in which Kinnoull’s No 1 player was participating, and Montrose No 1, James Sievewright, could not pull off a win.
Montrose’s No 2, Jack Murison, lost a tight match but Marta Krauze won her match at No 3. Montrose also had a girl at No 4, Niamh McGlynn, but she could not beat her opposite number.
She and Marta, however, won their doubles match and James and Jack did well to draw theirs, with Montrose still coming up short against the all-boy team by the smallest of margins.
The ladies’ first team lost 12-6 to St Andrews 1 even though the first pair of Marta Krauze and Niamh McGlynn won four sets. Caroline Stewart and Barbara Watson won two sets but Wendy Sanger and Jen Richardson came up empty handed.
The third team lost away at David Lloyd in Monifieth by 13-5. The first pair of Gillian Inglis and Dawn Ramsay won three sets.
The second pair of Allie Henderson and Kirsty Broadley won two but the third couple of Fiona Bayne and Joyce Holmes did not pull out a set despite taking one to a tiebreak.