Tennis teams back on good form

Montrose's ladies' first team on the blaes courts at Craigmuir last week. They are, from left - Barbara Watson, Kirsty Robertson, Marta Krauze, Jen Richardson, Wendy Sanger and Caroline Stewart.
Montrose's ladies' first team on the blaes courts at Craigmuir last week. They are, from left - Barbara Watson, Kirsty Robertson, Marta Krauze, Jen Richardson, Wendy Sanger and Caroline Stewart.

Recovering from a rare bad week, Montrose Tennis Club’s teams had four wins last week, including the second ladies’ team’s sixth in a row.

The men’s first team earned two valuable away points that kept them clear of the first division relegation zone.

It could have been another hard week for the men, with more than 10 players unavailable because of holidays and other reasons, but the first team beat Craigmuir 1 on their blaes courts by 10-7. The first pair of Graeme Walker and Andy Moffat won all six of their sets with the loss of just four games. The second pair of Richie Wallace and Jack Murison won two sets and so did the third pair of Brian Wright and Fraser McGlynn, including one against the Dundee club’s top pair.

The second team beat Wormit and Newport 12-4, keeping them safely in the Fourth Division promotion zone. The first pair of Ian Mathews and Chad Neighbor won three sets, with one unplayed, as did the third pair of Tom Cairnie and Alan Sykes. But the third pair of Donald Watson and Ally Sievewright did even better, winning six sets with the loss of just nine games.

The third team, however, went down to Division Five leaders David Lloyd Monifieth, by 16-2, with the first pair of Richard Henderson and Cameron Eeles winning two sets. Despite a tiebreak and other close sets, the second pair of David MacArthur and Neil Werninck and the third pair of Jamie Shakespeare and Andy Thorogood could not add to the total.

On the ladies’ side, the first team lost away to Craigmuir 13-5. The first pair of Marta Krauze and 13-year-old Kirsty Robertson won two sets, as did the second pair of Caroline Stewart and Barbara Watson. The third couple, Jen Richardson and Wendy Sanger, added one set to Montrose’s total.

The second team remained unbeaten and are well on the way to earn promotion from Division Four, thanks to an 18-0 defeat of Craigmuir 2. The Dundee team only brought four players and one of them had to retire because of an injury, so the team of Diane Forbes, Rhona Alston, Freya Milne, Janet Thomson, Corinna Gow and Fiona Cuthill had an early night.

The third team turned in an easy win away at Glenfarg, by 15-3. Montrose’s pairs - Jill Murison and Dawn Ramsay, Allie Henderson and Kirsty Broadley and Kara McGeachey and Tara Morley - each won five sets.