Montrose Tennis Club’s league season starts strongly

Montrose Tennis Club’s league season started well last week, with four of the senior teams winning convincingly and juniors winning the majority of their league matches in an increasingly busy fixtures list.

The men’s first team continued to make their mark in the first division by beating 2013 championship contenders Craigmuir by 11 sets to 7. They were led by the first pair of Graeme Walker and Andy Moffat, who won six sets with the loss of just five games. The second pair of Rob Bennett and 15-year-old Jack Murison won three sets, including one from Craigmuir’s first pair, while the third pair of George Baxter and Brian Wright won two sets.

The second team turned in a convincing 11-5 win away at Wormit and Newport (WANT), with the first pair of Fraser McGlynn and Richie Wallace winning three sets with one unfinished and the second pair of Andy Baxter and Donald Watson winning four. The third pair of Chris Hardy and Chad Neighbor won four of five sets finished, losing only an opening tiebreak set against WANT’s first pair.

The third team didn’t fare so well, however, losing 13-5 against a resurgent David Lloyd Monifieth first team led by a senior coach at the centre. The first pair of Stuart Mathews and Simon Rolfe won three sets, the second pair of Richard Henderson and Ally Sievewright won two and the third pair of Neil Werninck and Jamie Shakespeare failed to add to Montrose’s total.

The women’s first team, which has lost four players from last year’s second division champion side through moves and injuries, put up strong opposition against first division veterans Craigmuir but lost 11-7. The junior first pairing of Marta Krauze and Niamh McGlynn won five sets, while the second pair of Caroline Stewart and Janet Thomson and the third couple of Wendy Sanger and Barbara Watson won a set each.

The second team gave Montrose an overall edge against Craigmuir by winning 9-3 in Dundee in a match shortened by darkness. The first pair of Rhona Alston and Diane Forbes won all four sets while the very young second pair of Freya Milne and Kirsty Robertson won three and Corinna Gow and Fiona Cuthill won two.

The women’s third team beat Glenfarg, which failed to bring a full team, by 13-5. The first pair of Allie Henderson and Joyce Holmes won three of four sets played. The second pair of Kirsty Broadley and Kara McGeachy won two sets, as did the third couple of Tara Morley and Montrose debutante Fiona Bayne, with Montrose winning six more by default.

Montrose’s youngest teams are doing well, starting off with an Aegon regional league nine and under victory of 20-0 against Stonehaven. Montrose’s Cameron Fryer, Daphne Forbes, Lewis Simpson and Leo Williams won all their singles and doubles matches.

In an Aegon eight and under match, the Montrose team of Leo Williams, Liam Whyte, Sean Midade and Kirsten Walker beat Perth 22-10. Leo and Liam led the way by winning all their matches.

Montrose’s 10 and under team of Cameron Fryer, Orla McLeod, Kieran Christie and Zoe Graham turned in another Aegon win against Stonehaven. Cameron and Orla led the way and then won a shoot-out tie break which gave Montrose the 7-6 victory.