Saturday, 31 July 2021 12:07

Mens 1st team wins promotion

Written by Bobby Kerr

HELENSBURGH Tennis Club’s mens first team gained promotion to the West of Scotland 2nd division after a brilliant win away to Bishopbriggs.

The team only needed six sets from the match, and despite playing on unfamiliar blaise courts they won 8 – 1.

All three couples took a while to get used to the surface, with 1st couple Fraser Fulton and David Reid narrowly winning their opening set 7-5. They had no problems in the next two sets, winning them 6-1, 6-2.

At 2nd couple Alan MacBeath and Stephen Lewis had a marathon match, taking the opening set 6-4 and sets 2 and 3 going all the way to the tie break.

In the second set they were behind 4-1, but they fought back to take it 7-5.  In the final set as the light began to fade the tie break was going with serve.

With Helensburgh at 5-4 the home side were serving the save the match. Alan and Stephen upped the pressure by attacking the net and forced their opponents into going for a big winning shot, but it went well out.

At match point the Bishopbriggs first serve went wide, just missing the tramline, and their second serve hit the net gifting the match to the Helensburgh pair.

At 3rd couple David McCowan and Cameron White took the whole first set to get used to the courts, losing it 6-0. However, they took the 2nd set 6-4, then stormed to a 5-3 lead in the final set.

At match point Cameron hit a certain winner only for a ball from court 2 to come on to the court and forcing a let. That seemed to have an effect on the Helensburgh pair as they then found themselves at the tie break.

They went 4-0 down, only to win the next six points and hold match points again. Bishopbriggs dug deep and saved the match points, but at 9-8 Helensburgh finally took the set with a stunning topspin lob from David. 

Pictured (from left) are Fraser Fulton, David McCowan, Stephen Lewis, Alan MacBeath, Cameron White, David Reid. Photo by Bobby Kerr.