Tennis club’s win-win-win-win-win

It was a perfect week for Montrose Tennis Club last week as the sun shone on the club finals day and all four mixed doubles sides won.

Three teams strengthened their prospects for promotion and one earned an upset victory that should keep it clear of the relegation zone.

The first team won 14-4 away against West End 1, going to the top of Division 2 on set difference over Perth 1 and Kinnoull 2, both of whom they have beaten. The first pair of Marta Krauze and Rob Bennett won six sets, as did the second couple of George Baxter and Niamh McGlynn. The third pair, Jack Murison and Caroline Stewart, added two more.

The second team easily beat promotion rivals Anstruther at home, by 16-2, with the first couple of Brian Wright and Wendy Sanger taking six sets. The second pair of 13-year-old Patrick Young and Barbara Watson matched that total with the loss of fewer games, while the third pair, James Sievewright and Janet Thomson, won four sets.

The third team turned in a surprise 12-5 home victory over Broughty Ferry 2, which had beaten Montrose’s second team a few weeks before although with a stronger side. The team went to fourth in Division 3 just behind Montrose 2. The first pair of Fiona Cuthill and Richie Wallace won five sets and had set point in the sixth when the lights went out automatically at curfew time. The second couple of Rhona Alston and Steve West won four sets and the third pair, Dawn Ramsay and Chad Neighbor, added three.

The fourth team went well clear at the top of Division 5 with a hard-fought 10-8 away win against St Andrews 3 that easily could have been a draw. The first pair of Suzanne Stirling and Stuart Matthews won four sets, including the only one taken against the home team’s first pair. The second couple of Georgia and Nicholas Stirling added two sets and the third pair, Kirsty Robertson and Richard Henderson, won four, coming back from 0-4 in one of them. With four players aged 12 to 14, the side clearly shows the impact that coach Graeme Walker’s youth programme is having.