Craighelen Menís First Team played their final league match of the Summer Season against League Leaders, Lenzie and ran them close, on all three courts. The overall result was 6-3 for Lenzie. Adam Juster and Chris Bowman didnít have things their own way for once, and lost by two sets to one - all close, hard Ėhitting games, with just the odd service break deciding the outcome. The score was 4-6, 4-6, 6-3. Rob Colston and Lewis Graham stormed to a 5-3 lead in the first set, but eventually lost it on the tie-break. The second set followed a similar pattern with Rob and Lewis forging ahead. They were pegged back but managed to hold on, to win that set 6-3. A close third set saw Lenzie taking it and the match, by 6 games to 4. At third couple, John Middleton and Kurt Hart (hastily drafted in as a late replacement) had equally close sets. In the first one, they found themselves in a tie-break. Despite being 6 points to 1 down, they eventually won by 10 points to 8! A great effort ! The next two sets were also close but Lenzie just edged them. Final score was 7-6, 3-6, 3-6. The Craighelen Team will remain in this division for next season.
Craighelen Men played Newlands 6 last week and lost by 3 sets to 6. At first couple Adam Juster and Gerry Black won 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. Rob Colston and John Middleton lost 1-6, 6-3, 3-6.Tam Morris and Russell Graves lost their match but all sets were very closely contested. The score was 4-6, 5-7, 4-6.
Later in the week the team played Glasgow University Staff 2. Although the final score was a loss by 4 sets to 5, all three couples played some good tennis. Adam Juster and Chris Bowman contested an exciting battle, with lots of strong cross court rallies and great finishing volleys. They won the first set without dropping a game, and won the next two 6-2, 6-4. At second couple, Rob Colston and Lewis Graham looked to be in total command, when they took the first set 6-0. Their opponents, both of whom often played double handed on forehand and backhand, came into the match with a vengeance in sets two and three, being especially effective at the net. Rob and Lewis tried hard to break their opponentsí rhythm, but lost the final two sets 1-6, 2-6.
At third couple, Thomas Welsh and John Middleton had an entertaining match, with Thomas putting down some strong serves and John playing long baseline rallies. Their opponents were, however, more consistent and won all three sets. The score was 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in favour of Glasgow University Staff 2.
In a packed week of matches for the Craighelen Menís team, they travelled the short distance to Cardross to play Cardross Third Team. Cardross won the encounter by 6 sets to 3. Adam Juster and Rob Colston won the first set 6-3, lost the second by the same score but hung on well to win a closely fought third set by 7 games to 5. Tam Morris and John Middleton won the first set 6-3, but lost the other two 6-7, 3-6. Russell Graves and Arthur Connolly lost to a stronger pair 3-6, 0-6, 1-6.
Craighelen Ladiesí and Menís Over 60ís teams each played Milngavie, in their final matches of the season. For the Ladies, Louise Robertson and Barbara McCall played a match which swung first one way and then the other. Down in the first set, the Craighelen pair fought back well to take the set 7-6. The second set was won by Milngavie 6-1. The final set was full of long rallies, with lots of chances for each pair to gain the upper hand. In the end the home pair proved to be the more determined and took the set 6-4. At second couple, Lesley McGowan and Fiona Macpherson played steadily to win all three sets, 6-1, 6-0, 6-2. The Menís team, in their match against Milngavie found the going tough against strong players, and lost all sets. The team was John Middleton and Russell Graves, Arthur Connolly and David Smith.
The Ladies First Team lost to Strathgryffe 4, by 7 sets to 2. Susan Bell and Sue Black did well to win a tight match 7-5, 2-6, 7-5. Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster lost their three sets, but were unlucky to lose two close sets. The score was 6-7, 0-6, 4-6. Anna Scullion and Sarah Colman were also on the wrong end of three competitive sets losing out by 2-6, 5-7, 4-6. In their second match of the week the team lost to David Lloyd Hamilton 3. The only set was won by Susan and Sue, who lost their match 6-3, 3-6, 4-6. Jackie and Sandra lost 5-7, 2-6, 1-6. Sarah and Anna lost 5-7, 0-6, 6-7.
The Ladies Second Team played their last match of the season and lost to Rutherglen 2 by 7 sets to 2. Lesley Reeve and Louise Robertson have been an excellent pairing, and finished in fine style winning 4-6, 7-6, 6-2. Lesley McGowan and Barbara McCall lost 2-6, 2-6, 3-6, while Fiona Thomson and Fiona Macpherson were unlucky in their match, losing two close sets. They lost by 2-6, 4-6, 5-7.
Craighelen Ladies First Team had an excellent win over Clarkston 3, with all three couples finding good form, on the night. Sue Black and Susan Bell won 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster won 6-2, 6-2, 6-2, Anna Scullion and Sarah Colman won 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.
The Craighelen Menís Team played against Woodend 6 and came away with a pleasing 5 sets to 4 win. Adam Juster and Gerry Black won 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, with Adam in fine form, hitting winners from all angles and Gerry playing consistently. Lewis Graham and Rob Colston played at second couple. Lewis was up to the task, retrieving well and putting away shots at the net, especially overhead smashes. Rob and he won the first set 7-6, and the second 6-3, (being 0-3 down}, before losing the third 3-6. Arthur Connolly and Kevin Reeve lost their three sets, but team captain Rob was delighted that Arthur stepped in at short notice, as he had already played a 60ís match in the afternoon !. In that 60ís match, against Bearsden, Craighelen lost by 5 sets to 1. Jim McGowan and Rob lost the first set 4-6, then Jim had to retire, with a leg injury. Arthur played with David Smith. They won the first 6-3, but lost the next two.
The Menís Team played Drumchapel 3 and lost by 3 sets to 6. Drumchapel is well placed in this league so it was a good effort by Craighelen players. Adam Juster and Rob Colston won all three sets, with Rob playing consistently and Adam producing great net play. At second couple Chris Bowman played with Thomas Welsh. Thomas, in his first match for the team this season, gave a good account of himself, playing with the experienced Chris, but they lost their three sets 2-6, 4-6, 0-6. Arthur and Kevin teamed up again for this match and had an enjoyable game, but lost their sets 2-6, 2-6, 0-6.
Craighelen Menís Team recorded a good 5 sets to 4 win over Giffnock 5. Chris Bowman and Adam Juster won 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, Gerry Black and Jim McGowan won 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. John Middleton and Tam Morris lost 3-6, 2-6, 2-6.
The Menís 60 Team lost to a strong Springwells team. The Craighelen team was Jim McGowan and John Middleton, Arthur Connolly and David Smith.
The Ladies Third Team finished their league campaign in fine style, by beating Bearsden 4 by 5 sets to 4. Anne Barrie and Lorna Hunter came back from a set down to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. Dari Young and Elisabeth Sammon also lost their first set, but won the next two, the score being 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Gwen Burbidge and Eilidh Colman lost 3-6, 0-6, 6-4, the final set giving the team the overall win.
The Ladies First Team lost by 4 sets to 5 to Uddingston. Susan Bell and Sue Black won 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster lost 1-6, 6-2, 5-7, Anna Scullion and Sarah Colman lost 6-2, 3-6, 3-6.
There was a good win for the Ladies 60 Team who beat Nuffield Milngavie by 5 sets to 1. Louise Robertson and Barbara McCall won 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, and Anne Barrie and Margo Lamb won 7-6, 3-6, 6-4.
Craighelen Ladies first team enjoyed a 9 sets to 0 win over Bishopton, with all three couples playing good tennis. The team was Sue Black and Susan Bell, Sandra Juster and Jackie Morris, Anna Scullion and Sarah Colman. The team was unlucky to be on the losing side, by 4 sets to 5, when they played Kilmacolm. Sue and Susan lost their sets, Sandra and Sarah won one set and just lost the third one by 5 games to 7. Anna partnering Lesley Reeve won three sets,,coming back well to win the third set by 7-5.
The Ladies Second team had a good 5 sets to 4 win over Broomhill2. Lesley Reeve and Louise Robertson won 6-1, 7-5, 6-3. Lesley McGowan and Barbara McCall played patient and consistent tennis to win a lengthy match 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Fiona Macpherson and Catherine Gould lost their three sets but were unlucky to lose the middle set, on a tie break.
In a Ladies 60ís match, Lesley McGowan was involved in another marathon match, when the team played Whitecraigs. Susan Bell and Lesley played long rallies, with the slower courts proving it difficult to play outright winners. They lost by 6-7, 7-5, 4-6. Fiona Macpherson and Catherine Gould lost their match.
The Ladies Third team lost their penultimate league match to David Lloyd West End 4, this team being several points ahead, at the top of the league. The Craighelen team was Lorna Hunter and Anne Barrie, Elisabeth Sammon and Lyndsey Cromar, Eilidh Colman and Gwen Burbidge.
The Menís 60ís Team lost their recent League match to Strathgryffe. Team members were Rob Colston and Jim McGowan, John Middleton and Russell Graves.
In the Over 60ís West of Scotland Leagues, Craighelen Men had a good 4 sets to 2 win over Titwood, with David Thorpe and Rob Colston winning 6-3, 6-2, 6-1, while John Middleton and Russell Graves lost their first two sets but won the third one 6-1. The Ladies 60ís Team drew their two recent matches with Susan Bell and Lesley McGowan winning their sets against Glasgow University Staff, but Anne Doig and Fiona Macpherson lost their three sets. Against Giffnock, Susan partnering Louise Robertson won 6-1, 6-1 6-3, but Margo Lamb and Anne Barrie found their opposition very strong, and lost three sets.
The Ladies Third Team are sitting at the top of their division, winning their recent match against Cambuslang by 7 sets to 2. At first couple, Anne Barrie and Lorna Hunter recovered well from the loss of the first set, to take the next two 6-3, 6-4. Elisabeth Sammon and Kathleen Owen were in fine form, with Kathleenís steady play backed up by good angled volleys and cross court driving from Elisabeth, ensuring that they won their three sets, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. At third couple Gwen Burbidge and Eilidh Colman played an entertaining and long match, mixing strong winners from Eilidh with safe and steady play from Gwen, to produce a two sets to one win, 7-6, 6-2, 4-6.
The ladies Second team continue to find the competition tough, in their division. Against Bishopriggs Lesley Reeve and Louise Robertson won 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Lesley McGowan and Fiona Thomson lost 1-6, 6-7, 1-6, being very unlucky to lose the middle set. Gwen Burbidge and Margo Lamb fought hard to win the first set 7-6, but lost the next two.
Against David Lloyd West End 3, the team lost by 2 sets to7, with Louise and Lesley Reeve losing by 2 sets to 1, Lesley McGowan and Fiona Macpherson also lost by 2 sets to1, while Gwen and Anne Barrie lost their match.
The Ladies First Team lost to Woodend by 2 sets to 7. Sue Black and Susan Bell won the first set 6-2 but lost the next two. Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster lost three sets, while Anna Scullion and Sarah Colman had a good contest, winning the first set 7-5, then losing out 3-6, 4-6.
The Menís Team lost their first match of the season to a strong Uddingston 2 Team. The team was Gerry Black and David Thorpe, Tam Morris and Jim McGowan, Russell Graves and John Middleton.
The Ladies Third Team came away with their third win of the season when they beat Kirkhill 4, by 9 sets to 0, with each couple playing well and losing only a handful of games overall. The team was Anne Barrie and Lorna Hunter, Dari Young and Fiona Thomson, Gwen Burbidge and Eilidh Colman.
There was another good win for Craighelen, this time in the over 60ís League, when the team beat Newlands by 4 sets to 2. Susan Bell and Fiona Thomson won 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Margo Lamb and Gwen Burbidge lost the first two sets 2-6, 2-6, but came back well to win the third set 6-3.
The Menís over 60ís team came up against excellent opposition in their first league match and were well beaten by Hamilton by 6 sets to 0. The team was Dave Thorpe and Jim McGowan, Russell Graves and John Middleton.
The Ladies First Team met Rutherglen in their first match of the season. Rutherglen have been climbing up the leagues, year on year, so were strong opposition for Craighelen. Rutherglen won by 9 sets to 0. The Craighelen team was Sue Black and Susan Bell, Jackie Morris and Sarah Colman, Sandra Juster and Anna Scullion.
The Ladies Second Team had a tough schedule, playing three matches in four days. Against Paisley, Louise Robertson and Lesley Reeve were in good form winning 6-2, 6-1, 6-1. Barbara McCall and Lesley McGowan had a close match but lost by 5-7, 4-6, 2-6. Catherine Gould and Fiona Macpherson lost 2-6, 3-6, 3-6. In their next match the team lost by the same margin, 3 sets to 6, to Woodend 4. Lesley McGowan and Louise played well and won 6-1, 7-6, 2-6. Barbara and Doreen Flatman lost 4-6, 6-4, 1-6.Catherine and Fiona lost 3-6, 1-6, 0-6. In their third match of the week the team travelled to Nuffield Milngavie, where in less than ideal conditions, they lost to their opponentsí third team by 3 sets to 6, the three sets being won, against strong opposition, by Louise and Lesley Reeve, 6-4, 6-0, 6-3. The other couples were, Barbara and Lesley McGowan, Catherine and Fiona.
The Craighelen Ladies Third team got off to a flying start this season, with two excellent wins. Their first win was against Thorn Park 5, with all three couples winning, by 3 sets to 0. Anne Barrie and Lorna Hunter won 6-1, 6-1 6- 1, Fiona Thomson and Dari Young had to work hard for their win, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6, Gwen Burbidge and Eilidh Colman won 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. The same team then played Woodend 6, this time winning by 6 sets to 3. Anne and Lorna lost 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, Fiona and Dari won 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, Eilidh and Gwen won in fine style, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1. In their third match, the team lost out by 3 sets to 6 to Drumchapel. Anne and Lorna had a good win, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1, Fiona and Dari lost 2-6, 2-6, 2-6, and Gwen and Anne Doig were very unlucky to lose a really close match, 1-6, 6-7, 5-7.
The Ladies Second Team lost their first match to a strong Uplawmoor team. Lesley McGowan and Lesley Reeve lost 1-6,4-6,1-6. Doreen Flatman and Barbara McCall lost the first set 0-6, but fought back well to take the second 6-3. The opponents came back to win the decider 6-3. Catherine Gould and Fiona Macpherson lost 2-6, 2-6, 2-6.
In the 55 knock out event, Craighelen Ladies Team played Bearsden and won by the margin of 4 games. Sandra Juster and Sue Black won 6-1, 6-1, Catherine Gould and Louise Robertson lost 3-6, 1-6. In the next round the team lost to Clarkston by 2 matches to 0.
In the Menís 55 knock out event, Craighelen beat Rutherglen by the margin of 5 games. David Thorpe and Gerry Black lost 3-6, 1-6. Jim McGowan and Tam Morris won 6-2, 6-0. In the next round the team received a walkover from David Lloyd Hamilton, but they lost out in the following round to Hamilton, by 2 matches to 0.
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.
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.