Ladies’ tennis on the up and up in Montrose

Two ladies’ teams from Montrose Tennis Club have won promotion this year with the third just two points from going up.

Two men’s teams held their ground and one went down just a point from safety.

The ladies’ first team wrapped up an unbeaten season and the chance to play first division tennis next year with a 9-9 draw at Scone. The first pair of Rachel Myles and Jane Cargill won four sets, the second pair of Jen Richardson and Caroline Stewart won three and Wendy Sanger and Corinna Gow added two.

The ladies’ third team did nearly as well, with a single loss, and will go up to division five next year. They cemented their top of the tables position with a 12-6 away win over Wormit and Tayport 3, led by a perfect score from the third pair of Kirsty Broadley and Allie Henderson. The first pair of Jennifer Broadley and Kate Nathan, a 13-year-old who stepped up from the junior teams, won three sets, as did the second pair of Tara Morley and Joyce Holmes.

The second team will stay in the fourth division, finishing one win away from the promotion zone despite a final 18-0 victory over David Lloyd. The pairings were Barbara Watson and Janet Thomson, Rhona Alston and Diane Forbes and the young but competitive couple of Niamh McGlynn and Freya Milne.

The men’s first team lost a hard-fought away match against unbeaten Tayside champions Kinnoull by 10-4, ending three points clear of the first division relegation zone. The first pair of Graeme Walker and Rob Bennett won two sets but lost 6-7 4-6 to Kinnoull’s top pair in a match that was so long their last two sets went unplayed. The second pair of Andy Moffat and Richie Wallace won two sets while the third pair of James Sievewright and Fraser McGlynn were unable to add to the total.

The second team beat an under strength Tayport side at home 12-6 to finish a point out of fourth place and will have to regroup in the fourth division next year. The first pair of Donald Watson and Brian Wright won three of four sets played, as did the second pair of Andy Baxter and Chris Hardy. The third pair of Alister Sievewright and Alan Sykes could not quite pull out a set.

The third team also won at home by 12-6 and finished just a point out of the zone for promotion to the fourth division. The first pair of Simon Rolfe and Stuart Matthews won five sets, as did the second couple of Neil Werninck and Peter Couper. The third pair of Jamie Shakespeare and Andy Thorogood won two sets.

Meanwhile, Montrose found life in the top two divisions of the Henderson Vase mixed doubles league hard going but the third team beat Lundin Sport 2 easily. The first team lost 10-2 in a shortened match against Broughty Ferry, with the top pairing of Rob Bennett and Rachel Myles taking Montrose’s two sets. The second couple of George Baxter and Caroline Stewart and the third pair of Andy Moffat and Wendy Sanger had quite a few close sets but could not pull any of them out.

The second team lost away to Wormit and Newport by 12-6, with the second pair of Brian Wright and Rhona Alston leading the way with four sets. The first pair of Richie Wallace and Barbara Watson won one, as did the third pair of Andy Baxter and Diane Forbes.

Montrose’s first pair of Simon Rolfe and Janet Thomson won five sets in a 14-4 away victory at Lundin Links, a record equalled by the third pair of Alister Sievewright and Niamh McGlynn. The young second pair of James Sievewright and Freya Milne contributed four sets.