Montrose’s first and third ladies’ tennis teams clinched promotion this week but the men toiled, with two narrow away losses and a home draw.
The ladies’ first team rolled over Duffus 15-3, remaining unbeaten and well clear of the Division Two field with two matches to play. Montrose clinched First Division play next year as the first pair of Marta Krauze and Linda Cuthill won six sets, as did the second couple of Caroline Stewart and Jane Cargill. The third pair of Gillian Inglis and Wendy Sanger won three.
The second team lost 7-5 in the two-court format at Falkland, with the first pair of Barbara Watson and Diane Forbes winning two sets. The second pair of Janet Thomson and Niamh McGlynn added three but the third pair of Corinna Gow and Jill Murison failed to add to the total.
Thanks to a 12-6 win at Tayport, the third team ended their shorter season with just one loss and booked their place in Division Five. The first pair of Joyce Holmes and Jennifer Broadley won four sets and the second pair of Kirsty Broadley and Allie Henderson added three. The third pair of Tara Morley and Freya Milne did even better, winning five sets.
The men’s first team battled to the end but came up short by 10-8 away against third placed First Division side Craigmuir. The first pair of Andy Moffat and Rob Bennett won four sets. The second pair of Graeme Walker and Scott Lorimer won three sets, while the third couple of Richie Wallace and Brian Wright added one. They have a must-win home match versus Perth this week.
The second team had a must-win match against second placed Lundin Sports, but could only manage a 9-9 draw. The first pair of George Baxter and Jim Murison won five sets, but the second pair of Chris Hardy, who was playing with an injury, and Chad Neighbor won just two. The third pair of Andy Baxter and Graeme Ramsay also won two. The team might have to hope other results go in their favour in the Division Three relegation battle, even if they win at least one more match.
The third team went down 7-5 away at Falkland, the third time Montrose teams lost on the Fife club’s two courts by that score this season, but still have a chance of going up. The first pair of Ally Sievewright and Ian Matthews finished the evening 3-1 up in sets. The second couple of Simon Rolfe and Peter Couper beat Falkland’s first pair but lost two to their second pairing. Richard Henderson and Brian Alston couldn’t win the one set required to claim a draw.
Montrose Academy’s tennis team, which consists of Montrose club members, went all the way to the semi-final of the consolation round of the Scottish Schools Cup but lost to an impressive Hutchesons’ Grammar School side. Scott Lorimer, James Sievewright, Ross Mitchell and Jack Murison took to the courts for Montrose but failed to win a match against players with much higher ratings. Hutchesons’ went on to defeat George Heriot’s School of Edinburgh 5-1 in the national final.