Dates for the traditional Frostbite series are on the flyer below. All welcome.
Please note that second Frostbite is now Sunday 26th November.
Tennis Report - 24th September 2017
The Menís over 45 Team had a fine 5 sets to1 win over Titwood 2. At first couple Rob Colston and David Thorpe won 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Jim McGowan and John Middleton were involved in a two and a half hour marathon which they won 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.
The Ladies over 40 second Team had a close match overall but lost out by 5 sets to 1, to Uplawmoor. Jackie Morris and Eileen Drummond battled for one hour to win the first set 7-5. The other two sets went to Uplawmoor 6-4, 6-3 in a long match full of steady play from both pairs. Barbara McCall and Anne Barrie played a good match but lost their sets 5-7,4-6, 4-6.
Last week saw the final tournament in the Ladies Doubles series of seven events held over the Summer season. The scores accumulate throughout the series and the overall winner for this year is Barbara McCall. She was presented with the Ian Drummond Trophy, at the end of the evening.
Tennis Report - 3rd September 2017
A sunny day, two first time Singles Winners, new Menís Doubles Champions, a supportive and enthusiastic crowd and lots of exciting matches! Great ingredients for Craighelenís Tennis Club Championships Finals Day.
Adam Juster gained his first singles title at the club when he beat Harry Gould 6-1, 6-3. Always in control of the match, Adam played an attacking game, making great forehand winners and executing good serves and volleys at important points in the match. Harry, to his credit, kept himself in the match, with good retrieving and ball placement.
An impressive first title for 15 year-old Anna Scullion, who beat last yearís Ladies Singles winner, Susan Bell, 6-3, 6-4. Anna played confidently, using her powerful forehand to great effect, but also playing thoughtful tennis when the occasion demanded it. Anna won the first set, but was soon down in the second, with Susan taking the pace off the ball and forcing some errors from Anna. To Annaís credit, she fought her way back into the set and was delighted when the final ball was struck and she was the winner!
The Menís Doubles Final was played between two unseeded pairs, neither of which had their name on the trophy so all to play for. Rob Colston and Lewis Graham played the more consistent tennis to take the first set 6-4, but Tam Morris and Chris Bowman, with a mix of power and finesse, took the second one 6-2. The third set and the title went to Chris and Tam by 6 games to 2, although there were many close and exciting games.
The Ladies Doubles title went to the holders, Sue Black and Susan Bell who beat Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster 6-2, 6-2. Sue and Susan are a strong couple who play attacking tennis, and on the day were worthy winners.
Sue Black and husband Gerry, claimed the Mixed Doubles title, Sueís second title of the day. They beat Chris Bowman and Anna Scullion in a pulsating and enthralling match for the excited spectators. Lots of gasps and applause greeted many of the rallies, with Anna driving great winners, Chris intercepting at the net, and Sue and Gerry remaining steadfast as they kept the ball in play. Chris and Anna won the first set 6-4, and had chances to consolidate this in the second set, but Sue and Gerry stuck to their task and won the set 7-5. The third set and the title went deservedly to Sue and Gerry by 6 games to 1.
The Vets. Menís singles was won overall by Rob Colston.
In the first match of the day, the Ladies Pot Luck Doubles, a match which lasted for two and a half hours, Lorna Hunter and Elisabeth Sammon came from a set down to beat Julie Dodson and Dari Young 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
In the Menís Pot Luck Doubles, first time winner Thomas Welsh, aged just 14, and partner Kieran Martin beat Tam Morris and Arthur Connolly 7-6, 6-3.
The Open Pot Luck Doubles saw a win for Kieran Martin and Russell Graves over Arthur Connolly and Kurt Hart 6-4, 6-1.
In other events there were the following results Ė
Gents Vets singles Plate Ė John Middleton beat Tam Morris -- 6-2, 6-1.
Gents Singles Plate - Kurt Hart beat Lewis Graham 7-6, 7-5
Gents Doubles Plate - Gerry Black and Dave Thorpe beat John Middleton and Jim McGowan 6-7, 6-1, (10-3)
Mixed Doubles Plate - Lesley and Jim McGowan beat Jackie Morris and Lewis Graham 6-1, 6-1.
Open Pot Luck Doubles Plate - Sandra Juster and Tam Morris beat Sue Black and Jackie Morris 6-1, 6-4.
Special prize for stamina and commitment must go to Tam Morris who played in four finals!
McRobert Thistle Trophies awarded to the players who have accumulated the most points in a series of Sunday Afternoon Tournaments were won by Lewis Graham and Barbara McCall.
Players and spectators alike, enjoyed a great lunch followed by an evening barbecue, after which the trophies and prizes were presented by Anne Doig.
The Annual Vets. Tournament at Craighelen takes place on Sunday 24th September. There are forms available in local Clubs and from the Craighelen Website.
Despite the inclement weather, the matches in the Craighelen Senior Club Championships are well underway. With Finals Day scheduled for 2nd September, players are completing early rounds, in order to keep up with the match schedule. In the Ladies Singles, Anna Scullion came from a set down to defeat Sarah Colman 0-6, 6-2, 6-2. In the Ladies Doubles, Anna and Sarah together beat Gwen Burbidge and Elisabeth Sammon 6-4, 6-1, while Eileen Drummond and Lesley McGowan beat Anne Doig and Julie Dodson 6-0,6-2. In a first round match in the Ladies Pot Luck Doubles, Lyndsey Cromar and Louise Robertson beat Fiona Thomson and Gwen Burbidge 6-4, 6-2.
Kieran Martin had a busy week on court playing a total of five matches. In the Menís Singles he beat Tam Morris 6-3, 6-1, then with Thomas Welsh, in the Pot Luck Doubles, beat Russell Graves and Alex Newcome, 7-6, 7-6, having been down by 2 games to 5, in the second set! In the Handicap doubles, Kieran partnered by Russell Graves to beat Tam Morris and Sandra Juster 6-4, 6-2, while in the same event Arthur Connolly and Kurt Hart beat Sue Black and Jackie Morris 6-2, 6-3. In the Menís Doubles, Kieran and Kurt Hart lost to Lewis Graham and Rob Colston 2-6, 0-6. Playing his final match of the week, the first round of the Mixed Doubles, Kieran and Eilidh Colman lost to Harry and Catherine Gould 7-6, 4-6, 3-6. Other results from the Mixed Doubles saw John Middleton and Eileen Drummond beat Lewis Graham and Jackie Morris 7-5, 6-2, then, in the second round they beat Russell and Glen Graves 6-0, 6-2, while David Thorpe and Susan Bell beat Jim and Lesley McGowan 7-5, 6-1.
The Annual Local Veteransí (0ver 40ís) Ladiesí Doubles and Menís Doubles Tournament took place at Craighelen last Saturday.
Despite a gloomy weather forecast, organisers Barbara McCall and Gerry Black were delighted that play was not interrupted and that all who took part enjoyed the afternoon of good tennis and friendly chat. In the Ladies Competition, the couples were - Sue Black and Jackie Morris (Craighelen), Katie Mitchell and Caroline McDaid (Cardross), Elisabeth Sammon (Craighelen) and Janette Green (Helensburgh), Catherine Gould and Julie Dodson (Craighelen), and Lesley McGowan and Eileen Drummond (Craighelen). Played in a the round robin format, the winners of the trophy were Sue and Jackie (4 wins), with Caroline and Katie runners-up. (3 wins).
In the Menís competition the couples wereóHarry Gould and Euan McLatchie (Cardross), Maurice McIntyre and Clive Charters(Helensburgh), Mark Leonard and Matt Mackie (Helensburgh), Gerry Black and Lewis Graham (Craighelen), Jim McGowan and John Middleton (Craighelen). There were many close matches in this round robin event, with several being decided on the match tie break. The winners of the trophy were Mark and Matt (4 wins) with Harry and Euan Runners Up (3 wins).
The Three Craighelen Ladiesí Teams will remain in their respective divisions for next season. The First Team had an excellent 6 sets to 3 win over Titwood 3 last week. Sue Black and Susan Bell won 7-5, 6-2, 6-3. Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster won the first two sets 6-4, 6-4, but lost the third set 1-6. Anna Scullion and Sarah Colman lost 3-6, 6-7, then won the last set 6-4.
The Ladies Third team lost their final match of the season by 8 sets to 1 to Hillhead 4. At first couple Anne Barrie and Catherine Gould had only played a few games in the first set, when Catherine received an injury to her eye, so the match was conceded to Hillhead. Catherine happily has made a full recovery and is back on court again. At second couple Elisabeth Sammon and Lorna Hunter had a long, competitive match, winning the first set 6-3, then losing the next two 4-6, 6-7. Stephanie Barrie and Eilidh Colman lost their match 2-6, 3-6, 3-6.
The entry forms for the Craighelen Senior Championships are available in the Clubhouse or to download from the Club Website. The Annual Local Veterans (over 40s) Ladiesí and Menís Doubles Tournament takes place on Saturday 22nd July at Craighelen. Entries are sought from local players, entering either as a pair or as individuals. Forms are available in Local Clubs or may be downloaded from the Craighelen website.
Craighelen Ladies Third team had a good 6 sets to 3 win over Uplawmoor 2. At first couple Lorna Hunter and Elisabeth Sammon came up against tough opponents and lost three sets. Mother and Daughter combination, Anne and Stephanie Barrie, played another successful match, winning 6-0, 7-5, 6-3. Dari Young and Julie Dodson enjoyed a three set win 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. The overall win ensures that the team will remain in their present division for next season.
Craighelen played Queens Park in the Clydesdale Cup, a knockout Mixed Doubles competition. Queens Park were comfortable winners on all three courts. The Craighelen team was David Thorpe and Susan Bell, Gerry and Sue Black, Rob Colston and Anna Scullion.
Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am and Sunday afternoons from 1.30pm.
There are no home matches on Thursday nights as these are dedicated to Club play, so do come along from 7pm and join in the sociable tennis played on these evenings.