The only way (nearly) is up

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Three of Montrose Tennis Club’s mixed doubles teams won last week and clinched promotion, with two of them winning their division. One side, however, lost narrowly and couldn’t quite avoid the drop.

The first team beat Tayport 1 away by 12-6, finishing atop Division 2 on set difference with just one loss and returning to the top flight for 2015. The first pair of Marta Krauze and Rob Bennett won five sets as did the second pair, Jack Murison and Wendy Sanger. The third couple of Brian Wright and Barbara Watson won two sets.

The second team easily beat Craigmuir 2, by 16-2, finishing second in Division 3 on set difference and going up next year. The first pair of George Baxter and Niamh McGlynn won six sets with the loss of 18 games, while the teenaged second couple of Patrick Young and Suzanne Stirling did even better, dropping just 13 games. The third pair of Janet Thomson and Richie Wallace won four sets.

The third team lost away against Anstruther by the heart-breaking score of 10-8 as they needed a win to avoid relegation from Division 3. The first pair of Rhona Alston and Chris Hardy won two sets but the youthful second couple, James Sievewright and Freya Milne, did well to win six. The third couple of Corinna Gow and Ian Matthews could not add to Montrose’s total.

The fourth team easily beat Scone 3, by 16-2, and ended as Division 5 champions on set difference. The first pair of Dawn Ramsay and Stuart Matthews won their six sets with the loss of just 10 games, while the second couple of Georgia Stirling and Simon Rolfe matched that total but lost just eight games. The third pair, Kirsty Robertson and Richard Henderson, won four sets.

Montrose’s future looks bright even in higher divisions next year as nine juniors played for senior teams last week and outperformed their senior teammates in every tie.