On form town tennis teams gain promotion

FIRST division tennis is returning to Montrose. The men’s first team at Montrose Tennis Club won last week, as did all the club’s teams that played, ensuring they will compete in the Tayside First Division next year.

The women’s second team remained as the club’s only side with a perfect record and clinched promotion to the Fifth Division, while the men’s third team made it seven wins out of eight and ensured a spot in the Sixth Division.

The first team did not have an easy match, however, against third-placed Tayport as the Fife side included Ruaridh Macleod, the 16th ranked 14-and-under player in Scotland. The first pair of Graeme Walker and Fraser Ramseyer won three sets, while the first pair of Andy Moffat and Richie Wallace won all six. The third pair of Nick Whitecross and Murray Pert won three, for a 12-6 win.

The ladies’ third team beat Arbroath 3 by 18-0, dropping only a few games, but face a difficult match at second-place Craigmuir 2 next week.

The men’s third team won 17-1 away against Wormit 3 on Newport’s blaes courts. The first pair of Alan Sykes and Donald Watson and the third pair of Andy Baxter and Scott Lorimer won all their sets, while the second pair of Fraser McGlynn and John Stevenson won five.

The ladies’ first team kept alive hopes of surviving in the Second Division by turning in a strong performance to beat Broughty Ferry away by 12-6. The first couple, Linda Cuthill and Katrina Pert, won five sets while the second pair of Jen Richardson and Caroline Stewart won four. The third couple of Barbara Watson and Rhona Alston won three.

The men’s second team had the week off because of the withdrawal of Tayport 2, and need a win away next week against Wormit 2 to stay in contention for promotion.

Junior report and club news

The under-16s had a fixture on Friday in the Aegon League against Duffus Club (Cupar).

In a true battle of grit Scott Lorimer’s singles rubber lasted one-and-a-half hours with long rallies from both players, but in a great result for Scott he took both sets, 6-4 7-5.

Cameron Eeles, playing number two had a terrific game, winning his singles 6-4 before his opponent could get his rhythm and Cameron clinched the second set in tie-breaker 7-6. Findlay Soutar at number three had a difficult opponent and uncharacteristically struggled with his serve, narrowly losing out in his singles. Playing number four, Ross Mitchell put in a superb effort. Never letting his opponent settle into his game, he used all his agility to clinch his sets 6-2 6-1.

In the doubles matches Findlay and Ross paired up well with great shots from both Montrose players, but narrowly lost out 4-6 4-6. Scott and Cameron lost their first doubles set to the famous Killean brothers, but went on to secure the second after a mammoth set. The match was then drawn at three matches each.

In Aegon leagues there is a Championship tie-break for the overall match, first to 10 points.

With nerves of steel, Scott and Cameron served well and caught the Killean brothers out with some powerful baseline exchanges to conclude the tie-break 10-4 to Montrose. It was a late but happy night for the Montrose players. Rhona Alston said: The boys showed great team spirit. Every point was keenly played for and the two teams were very evenly matched. It was a very good result for Montrose’s young players”.

Tennis Tayside Tennis Leagues

Montrose Junior 1, Broughty Ferry 1

AFTER the late night before the team was again on court on Saturday afternoon. Scott Lorimer and Cameron Eeles narrowly lost out in their singles matches but Findlay Soutar was in top form, with his amazing backhand working for him and winning his singles match, as did Ross Mitchell whose athleticism allows him to retrieve and rally well to enjoy winning his singles.

The top Broughty Ferry players on this occasion were too strong for Scott and Cameron and lost their doubles, too. Findlay and Ross drew their doubles so the team was narrowly defeated by Broughty Ferry.

Montrose Junior Team Two’s game was postponed for weather conditions.

Montrose Junior 3, Craigie 3

With a late start arranged for 4pm on Saturday, a clearing in the sky allowed Montrose Three team to take on their opponents. James Seivewright had to be in good form as his opponent was strong, but he won his singles 6-2 6-4. Dominic Foreman, a good steady player who enjoys playing deep baseline rallies, won 6-4 6-3. Jack Murison who has terrific natural ability all over the court won his singles 6-0 6-2 and William Rough, who is new to the tennis circuit lost out this time 2-6 2-6.

The doubles match was not so easy and the Craigie players were up to the challenge drawing the match with James and Dominic 6-4 and 3-6, and Jack and William kept up the points tally by winning their doubles rubber 6-3 6-2. Montrose won by 12.67 – 7.33.

Angus Confined Tournament

This event will be held at Montrose Tennis Club on Sunday (June 26), starting at 11pm. Entry forms are in the clubhouse.

This is for girls and boys in the under-10, under-12 and under-16, as well as boys in the same age-groups.

Adult fun day

The next adult fun day will be on Sunday, July 3. Registration is at 12.45 for a 1pm start with Graeme Walker referee.

All are welcome. It will be a family day with adults pairing up with team juniors.

Refreshments, strawberries and cream and Pimms will be available. You don’t have to play but you are invited to watch the Men’s Wimbledon final.

Tayside Mini Tennis Tour

This Orange event was held at Montrose last Sunday.

Montrose Tennis Club was encouraging children to take part in this East of Scotland tour organised by district coach Jane Morrison and refereed by Graeme Walker.

Thirteen children from all over Scotland competed for places in the Mini Tennis Tour finals to be held later in the year.

The event was won by Fraser from Glasgow, but local twins Georgia and Suzanne Stirling were placed second and third. They attend Ferryden Primary School and had a great tournament, displaying a very level of competitiveness which the district coach Jane Murison will be following up.

Club secretary Rhona Alston said: The tournament is one of many which we are holding regularly on Sunday afternoons. It is important that the children now have the opportunity to play and learn how to compete. We look forward to welcoming more children to the club over the summer holidays, encouraged by the media attention at Wimbledon over the next few weeks we hope they will give tennis a go.”

For more information visit www.montrosetennisclub.org