Monday, 02 July 2018 10:04

Ladies 1st had only one defeat

Written by Bobby Kerr

HELENSBURGH Tennis Club's 1st Ladies ended their summer campaign with another victory last Tuesday, meaning that they have won every match bar one this season.

On a scorching hot night the club played host to David Lloyd Hamilton, and the 1st pair of Katie Hope and Karrie Walters were, as usual, in commanding form and quickly collected all three sets for the loss of only five games.

Ann Morison and Jo Kerr, who was sadly playing her last match for the club before she moves to the States, endured a tough match full of lobs, short balls and no pace, not a style that suited either of the Helensburgh ladies  but having lost the first set, the duo dug in and with a combination patience and persistence, managed to collect the last two sets 6-3, 7-5.

At 3rd couple Yolande Trewhella and Gay Black faced a consistent pair and, having  lost the first set, did very well to collect the second 6-2, but they could not maintain their momentum, going down 6-2 in the final set.

However the team recorded a 6-3 win, and they have finished in third place in Division 1/1, one set behind joint winners Newlands and Western. Captain Ann Morison praised the team for their consistency, effort and fighting spirit in what is an extremely tight division, and said that all members should be justifiably proud of their achievement.

The ladies 60+ team finished their summer matches with another win against Hillhead. The team finished third in their division with five wins and two defeats.

In their last match Jackie Hunter and Carolan Dobson used all their experience to secure a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 win. On court two, Young Wha Macrea and Joy Michie also had a battle, winning with a similar result 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

The ladies 3rd team finished third in their division with an emphatic 8-1 win at Whitecraigs. Jackie Hunter and Alison Fotheringham were in commanding form winning 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

It was a similar story for Sue Macrae and Joanna Crumless who were never in trouble winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. Janette Howieson and Fiona MacLaren lost their opening set 6-2 but a clever change of tactics saw them take the next two 6-4, 6-3.