Montrose men beat the champs

MONTROSE Tennis Club’s excellent 2012 season continued last week as the men’s first team comprehensively outplayed undefeated Craigmuir, the defending Tayside Tennis champions.

In addition, all the other senior Montrose sides either won or drew their matches for the second consecutive week.

While Montrose made just one change to the side that suffered an early season away loss to Craigmuir, Thursday’s outcome was never in doubt as the home side won the first round by six sets to nil.

Montrose kept faith with their recent successful pairings, and the first of those, Andy Moffat and George Baxter, won all four of their sets in the rain-shortened match.

The second pair of Graeme Walker and Brian Wright also won four sets.

The third pair of Nick Whitecross and Richie Wallace had the only loss of the night in a close match against the visitors’ first pair.

Montrose are now third in the First Division, with a 4-2 record, and could finish higher if current form continues.

The men’s second team tightened their grip on second place in the Fourth Division with a 12-6 win away in heavy drizzle against Perth 2.

The first pair of Fraser McGlynn and Donald Watson won three sets, losing a close match against Perth’s first pair after Fraser had to borrow a racket to continue.

The second pair of Alan Sykes and Chad Neighbor won four sets, but the stars were the third couple of Andy Baxter and Scott Lorimer, who won five.

The third team managed an away draw on the wet and slow blaes at Newport against Wormit 3.

The first pair, comprising veterans Neil Werninck and John Stevenson, won two sets out of four in a shortened match.

The grandfather/grandson second pair of Peter Couper and rapidly improving Cameron Eeles split two sets in an hour and 50-minute first match, then had a similar if quicker result in the second round.

The third pair of Walter Forbes and Alister Sievewright also halved both matches.

Despite the draw, Montrose gained ground on division-leading Scone 2, who lost for the first time this season, and promotion in the tightly contested and large sixth division is still tantalisingly within their grasp.

The ladies’ first team kept up their perfect record as Kinnoull 2 handed them a walkover, but the second team had to settle for a hard-fought 9-9 away draw against Scone 2.

Unusually each of Montrose’s three pairs - Wendy Sanger and Diane Forbes, Janet Thomson and Rhona Alston and Jean Stevenson and Jennifer Broadley – lost one match, drew one and won one, and each round was also a draw.

They still are topping the Fifth Division tables, however, as they have yet to lose a match.

The women’s third team improved on their draw of last week to win a hard-fought match against Maulesbank by 10 sets to eight.

The first pair of Dawn Bradley and Jill Murison won three sets out of six but the second pair of Fiona Cuthill and Carol Wallace ensured victory for the team by winning six sets.

The third pair of Kara McGeachy and Joyce Holmes only won one set, by 6-0 over Maulesbank’s third pair, but it was enough to ensure victory.