Much needed win

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MONTROSE Tennis Club’s ladies’ first and second teams kept winning last week to improve their records to 6-0.

But the best result of the week was the first team men’s victory over arch-rivals West End, which means they are on track to stay in Tayside Tennis’s First Division.

It was another excellent week for the Montrose club, and another in which senior sides did not have a single league loss. Tellingly, in four matches against Dundee sides they had three wins and a draw

The men’s first team turned in a convincing 12-6 win at Dundee’s West End to make it six points out of 10, which means it would take a disaster for them to lose their hard-earned spot in the First Division.

They kept their new pairings and their nerve as the first duo of George Baxter and Andy Moffat won six sets, although two were a final-round walkover when West End’s top pair could not continue.

The second pair of Graeme Walker and Brian Wright won four sets, losing against the first pair although one loss was in a tie-break, but dropped only two games against their rivals’ second and third couples. The third pair of Richie Wallace and Nick Whitecross won two sets, one of them over West End’s top pair.

A victory over winless Arbroath, whom they beat easily away, would all but guarantee enough points to stay up.

The men’s second team kept a firm hold on second place in Division Four and improved chances for promotion as they beat Glenfarg 17-1. The first pair of Fraser McGlynn and Donald Watson won six sets, as did the young pair of Scott Lorimer and Murray Pert, although one was a close tie-break. The second pair of Andy Baxter and Chad Neighbor won five sets.

The men’s third team match was postponed because of the major job of replacing the back courts.

The ladies’ first team continued its domination of the Third Division and is close to promotion after an 11-6 win on the blaes at Games Club in Broughty Ferry. Linda Cuthill and Marta Krausse won two sets, the increasingly successful pairing of Jane Cargill and Rachel Myles won five and Barbara Watson and Jen Richardson won two.

Earlier the first team finished a rain-halted match against Arbroath, with the final score 14-4. Ten players represented Montrose over two nights of play.

The ladies’ second team is proving just as dominant in the Fifth Division, with a 18-0 home win over another Dundee side, Craigmuir 2, consolidating their place at the top. The first pair of Wendy Sanger and Diane Forbes, the second pair of Janet Thomson and Corinna Gow and the third pair of Jean Stevenson and Jennifer Broadley did have to win quite a few close sets, although Craigmuir did not have a full side and conceded some sets.

The ladies’ third team drew away at West End 2, rebounding to a considerable degree from two away losses in Fife the previous weeks.

On Sunday Montrose Tennis Club ladies travelled to Glasgow to play Clarkson Tennis Club ladies in the ladies’ second round draw of the Scottish Cup. However, Clarkson ladies, with two playing coaches, were too strong.

Caroline Stewart, ladies’ captain, said: “The experience is invaluable, and to get to this round has been quite a journey both on the courts and distances travelled!”

The team comprised Barbara Watson, Marta Krausse, Caroline Stewart, Rhona Alston, Diane Forbes and Fiona Cuthill.

Montrose Juniors Under-10 team took on Kinnoull but lost. However, Suzanne Stirling won her singles and, playing with her sister Georgia, won their doubles.

The Montrose team was Suzanne Stirling, Georgia Stirling, Gregor Shellard and Leo Ross.

Montrose Juniors are on top form with Team One, mostly playing Marta Krausse, Cameron Eeles, Findlay Soutar and Ross Mitchell, defeated only once, by Broughty Ferry Team Two. They are currently second in the Super League.

Team Two, mostly comprising James Sievewright, Dominic Foreman, Eve Cowan and Murray Soutar, although only beaten twice on games difference, is in fifth position.

Team Three has been captained by Nicholas Stirling, along with Niamh McGlynn, William Rough, Jenny Shanks, Lewis Duthie, Lewis Fryer, Molly Lindsay and Lucy Sangster, is also lying fifth.