No one in sport wins all the time, as Andy Murray and the ladies’ second team at Montrose Tennis Club found last week.
The undefeated Fourth Division leaders finally lost a match, and unfortunately none of the club’s other teams won either. Fortunately the results had no serious implications in terms of promotion prospects or relegation.
The week, without precedent since Montrose expanded to six teams a few years ago, saw the understrength ladies’ second team lose away to second-place Perth 1 by 13-5 but stay atop the division on set difference.
The first pair of Rhona Alston and Diane Forbes won four sets but the second pair of Kirsty Robertson and Linda Mackie came up empty handed. The third pair of Jill Murison and Gillian Inglis added one set to Montrose’s total.
The first team continued to find it hard going in the First Division, losing 12-6 to Falkland 1. Teenage star Marta Krauze had another good night, with the help of Wendy Sanger, winning five sets.
The second pair of Caroline Stewart and Barbara Watson could not add to Montrose’s total but, in a good omen for the future, 12-year-old twins Suzanne and Georgia Stirling did well to win a set.
The third team could muster only four players for the long trip to play Falkland 2, with Fiona Cuthill and Dawn Ramsay winning one set and Joyce Holmes and Kara McGeachy coming up short in an 11-1 loss.
The men’s first team lost away to a reinforced Games Club 1 side by 12-6.
The first pair of Andy Moffat and Graeme Walker won six sets but the second couple of George Baxter and Jack Murison and the third pair of Brian Wright and Richie Wallace came up empty handed.
Montrose’s second team lost against the Broughty Ferry side’s second team, by 10-8 on their challenging blaes courts. The first pair of Chris Hardy and Chad Neighbor won three sets but failed to complete a sweep over the opposition’s first pair in the last set of the night that would have earned Montrose a draw. The second pair of James Sievewright and Andy Baxter also won three sets, and Scott Lorimer and Stuart Matthews, called up from the third team, did well to win two. Montrose remains in the fourth division promotion zone, two points ahead of Games Club, however, and wins against the two bottom sides should be enough to ensure they go up.
The third team lost away against Broughty Ferry 3 by 11-7, with the first pair of Ally Sievewright and Ian Matthews winning three sets. The grandfather-grandson pairing of Peter Couper and Cameron Eeles won two sets as did the third pair of Neil Werninck and David McArthur.