Dust off your old forty-fives and bell-bottoms for a party that jives and join us to dance through the decades with Ray Bolton singing all your favourite classics on Saturday 21st October - 8 till late!
There will be a buffet provided. Tickets are £6 and are available from the gym reception.
Dress from the decades! There will be a prize for the best dressed male and the best dressed female! Fancy dress is is of course optional.
Hope to see you there!
Dates for the traditional Frostbite series are on the flyer below. All welcome.
Junior Tennis Club
Tennis Report - 24th September 2017
On Thursdays throughout September and October we will be running a Junior Tennis Club on a trial basis. If successful, this will become a regular fixture for 2018.
The Junior Club is intended to provide our younger members with the opportunity to play tennis matches, which will help prepare them for future club and championship fixtures. It will offer additional benefits for the already attractive £20 junior membership.
To attend, juniors must be members of the club, though new members are most welcome. Attendees should already be able to play tennis to some extent, though beginners are also welcome. Although short tennis and coaching will not be part of these sessions, experience is bound to be gained, with hints and tips passed on from more experienced players.
Juniors will need their own racket, but balls will be provided.
Sessions will run every Thursday from 7th September until 26th October, from 5.30pm until 7pm, when senior club night starts. Improving juniors will, at the club's discretion, be invited to stay on and join in with adult club night.
These sessions will be supervised by at least two adult members until 7pm. Parents are welcome to help supervise, and those who are members could provide a hitting partners for juniors who have no opponent.
These sessions are intended for playing tennis, but table tennis is an option if the weather is poor.
There is a Code of Conduct, and juniors will be asked to sign-in each week. The sign-in sheet will also show an emergency/contact telephone number for each participant.
Hope to see you on Thursdays!
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.
The Ladies First Team had a good 6 sets to 3 win over Kilmacolm, on an evening when snow shovels were used to sweep water from the courts after an outburst of thundery weather! At first couple Sue Black and Susan Bell won 7-5, 6-1,6-2. Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster also won their match, winning the first two sets by the closest of margins - 7-6, 7-6. Although losing the last set, the pair had ensured a win overall for the team. At third couple, Anna Scullion and Sarah Colman added to the teamís tally of sets by taking the second set in their encounter. Their final score was 2-6, 6-3, 2-6. Team captain Susan was pleased with everyoneís contribution on the night.
The Ladies 60ís Team scored a good 4 sets to 2 win in their final match of the season. The opponents were Hillhead. Susan Bell and Louise Robertson won 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Anne Barrie and Lesley McGowan lost the first two sets 2-6, 5-7 but came back to win the third set 6-4, thus ensuring an overall win for the team.
The Menís Second Team played Cambuslang 3 and just lost out by 4 sets to 5. Rob Colston and Lewis Graham had three close sets against opponents who were very good at net, angling volleys away skilfully. The first two sets went to Cambuslang 6-4, 6-2, but Rob and Lewis came back strongly to take the third set 6-2. At second couple, Jim McGowan was partnered by Thomas Welsh, aged 14, who had never before played a game of competitive doubles! However, the mix of youth and experience worked really well, with Thomas displaying great maturity and some steady play. The pair won comfortably, 6-0, 6-2, 6-4. Team captain Rob is delighted to welcome Thomas to the squad. At third couple, Russell Graves and Arthur Connolly had two close sets, before their opponents ran away with the third one. They were last off court as they had many long rallies, with one game having at least ten deuce points. The score was 7-5, 6-4 6-1 for Cambuslang.
Craighelen Menís 60ís team finished their season in fine style winning their last match by 6 sets to 0, thus securing their position at the top of Division 2. Next season they will play in Division 1. In their match against Woodend, Jim McGowan and David Thorpe won 6-0,6-2, 6-0, and Rob Colston and John Middleton won 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.
The Menís First Team were well beaten by Kirktonhill, who proved the more consistent team, on the night. At first couple, David Thorpe and Adam Juster played some good rallies, in all three sets, but their opponents just held the upper hand throughout. Gerry Black and Rob Colston, and Kieran Martin and Kurt Hart found their opponents strong throughout.
The Ladies First team lost to David Lloyd Renfrew 2 by 7 sets to2. Sue Black and Susan Bell lost the first two sets 3-6, 5-7, but came back to win the third by 6 games to 4. Sandra Juster and Jackie Morris fought hard in the first two sets losing the tie break in the first set, and the second by 4 games to6.. The third set also went to the opponents by 6 games to 1. Anna Scullion and Sarah Colman won the first set in fine style, 6 games to 2, but lost the next two sets 2-6, 3-6.
The Ladies Third Team lost to Westerton by 6 sets to 3. Elisabeth Sammon and Lorna Hunter lost 4-6, 4-6 0-6. Mother and daughter pairing of Anne and Stephanie Barrie recorded a good win, beating their opponents 7-5, 6-3, 7-5. At third couple Dari Young was partnered by Lyndsey Cromar, who was playing in her first match for Craighelen. They lost their sets 5-7, 3-6, 2-6, but the match was contested well by the Craighelen pair.
Another local derby was played last week, this time between Craighelen 2 and Cardross 4 Menís teams, Cardross 4 winning by 7 sets to 2. At first couple Willie Robertson and Iain Brown (Cardross) proved to be consistent opponents, beating Jim McGowan and John Middleton, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. Rob Colston and Lewis Graham (Craighelen) won the first set 6-3, against Graham Court and Duncan McKellar. There followed a see saw second set with the Craighelen pair building up a good lead, then being pegged back by their opponents, who won the set on the tie- break. The final set, closely fought again, went to Craighelen by 6 games to 4. The third couple match was a really keenly fought battle, with the first two sets going all the way to 6 games all, the tie-break being won on both occasions, by the Cardross pair of Gordon Kydd and John Smith. There were long rallies, throughout the match and the Craighelen pair of Arthur Connolly and Ian McCall were unlucky not to win a set. The final set went to Cardross by 6 games to 3.
In their last match of the season, Craighelen 2 Ladies Team lost by 6 games to 3 to Strathgryffe 6. At first couple Barbara McCall and Eileen Drummond got off to a good start, winning the first set 6-3. Thereafter, the Strathgryffe pair were much more consistent, and won the following two sets 6-4, 6-4. Louise Robertson and Doreen Flatman took the first two sets, in their match, 6-4, 6-3, playing steadily and making few errors. The third set went to Strathgryffe by 6 games to 4. At third couple Stephanie Barrie and Elisabeth Sammon lost three sets, finding their opponents too strong, especially Eilidh Lindsay, aged 13, who shows much promise for the future.
The other matches scheduled for last week were postponed due to the wet weather.
In their penultimate match of the season, the Ladies Second Team returned to winning ways when they defeated Woodend 5, by 6 sets to 3. Louise Robertson and Barbara McCall won the first set 6-1, lost the second,then, in a close third set, just lost out on the tie- break. Doreen Flatman and Lesley McGowan won their match by 2 sets to 1, the first set by 6 games to 3 and the second set being a tie break. Woodend won the third set. At third couple, Lorna Hunter and Fiona Thomson played very consistently to secure all three sets, the score being 6-3,6-3, 6-3.
The Menís 60ís team continued their fine run of form, by defeating Strathgryffe 2 by 5 sets to 1. David Thorpe and Jim McGowan won 6-3, 6-0, 5-7. John Middleton and Rob Colston won by the margin of 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
The Ladies 60ís team lost by 4 sets to 2 to Whitecraigs. Susan Bell and Barbara McCall won 6-2, 6-4, 2-6. Lesley McGowan and Fiona Thomson lost their sets to consistent opponents.
The Ladies First Team lost by 6 sets to 3 to Giffnock 2. At first couple, Susan Bell and Sue Black won the first two sets 6-1, 6-0 then received the third set, as one of their opponents had pulled a muscle. Sandra Juster and Jackie Morris lost three sets to steady opponents as did Anna Scullion and Sarah Colman.
The Menís First Team lost to Rutherglen 3 by 7 sets to 2. David Thorpe and Adam Juster won the first set 7-5, then came back from 1-4 down, to win the second by 6 games to 4. The third set went to Rutherglen by 6 games to 4. Gerry Black and John Middleton lost their sets to a strong couple. Lewis Graham and Rob Colston played a competitive first set narrowly going down by 7 games to 5. The other sets went to Rutherglen.
The Ladies Third Team played two matches last week and although both were lost there was good positive play within all couples. They lost narrowly, by 4 sets to 5 against Stepps 2. Anne Barrie and Catherine Gould lost the first set 2-6, then won the next by the same margin. The third set went to Stepps 6-2. At second couple, Lorna Hunter and Elisabeth Sammon produced a good performance, winning their match 6-2, 6-7, 6-3. Lorna and Elisabeth play consistent tennis, with Lornaís groundstrokes opening up the court for Elisabeth to hit winning volleys. At third couple, Margo Lamb and Stephanie Barrie lost the first and second sets, but came back strongly, to win the third by 6 games to 2.
In their second match, away to VA Hamilton 6, the team lost by 2 sets to 7, with Anne and Catherine fighting hard to win the third set of their match by 7 games to 6. Lorna and Elisabeth won their first set by 6 games to 4, lost the second and were unlucky to lose the third set 4-6. The third couple lost their sets but the team was indebted to Christine Sreeves for stepping in at the last minute to partner Stephanie Barrie.
The Ladies 60 Team playing on a really hot and sunny afternoon lost to Bishopton by 5 sets to1. Louise Robertson and Eileen Drummond won the first set 6-4, then lost the next 2-6. The third set swung one way and then the other, with good play from both couples. In the end, after nearly two and a half hours of play, the set and match went to Bishopton by 7 games to 5. Elisabeth Sammon and Margo Lamb lost their sets to a strong and consistent pair. Strawberries and cream and gallons of tea, were much appreciated by all, after the conclusion of play.
The Menís Second Team played Broomhill 3 and lost by 2 sets to 7. Rob Colston and Lewis Graham won 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. John Middleton and Ian McCall lost 1-6, 1-6, 3-6. Team captain Rob was delighted to welcome Tommy Watt back to the match court. Tommy and Arthur Connolly lost 4-6, 2-6, 2-6, but they enjoyed their match.
The Ladies First Team worked hard for their 5 sets to 4 win over Woodend 2. Susan Bell and Sue Black won 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster won 6-3, 6-2, 3-6. Anna Scullion and Sarah Colman narrowly lost the first two sets 4-6, 4-6, but did well to win the third set by 7 games to 6.
In their second match of the week, the same team lost to league leaders Clarkston 2.
The Menís second team, on a damp but warm evening in Glasgow, lost to Newlands 7 by 2 sets to 7. At first couple, Jim McGowan and Tam Morris lost three tight sets to a hard-hitting young couple, 4-6, 6-7, 4-6. John Middleton and Rob Colston won 7-6, 1-6, 7-5 against a relatively inexperienced pair, one of whom was 6í 5Ē, a recently retired semi-pro basketball player! John and Rob were down 4-5 in the last set, facing match points against them, but, in the end, managed to win the match. Russell Graves and David Smith enjoyed some long rallies, in their match, but were beaten by a steadier couple.
The Ladies Third Team lost by 4 sets to 5 to Cambuslang. Anne Barrie and Catherine Gould played against a consistent and wily pair; they lost the first set on a tie-break and the other two sets 3-6, 3-6. Lorna Hunter and Elisabeth Sammon played an excellent match, making few errors and they won in convincing fashion - 6-0, 6-1, 6-1. Stephanie Barrie and Margo Lamb enjoyed a good match, winning the first set 6-1, but lost the next two 2-6, 4-6.
The Ladies Fourth Team lost to a strong Rutherglen Third Team. The couples were, Julie Dodson and Anne Doig, Eilidh Colman and Beryl Middleton, Christine Sreeves and Shenah Dean
The Ladies 60ís Team lost to Western. Although no sets were won, each couple matched their opponents in their first set losing it by 5 games to 7. The team was Louise Robertson and Lesley McGowan, Anne Barrie and Catherine Gould.
Craighelen Ladies Second team played two matches last week. They had a good 8 sets to 1 win over Kilmacolm 2. Ashley Bolton and Helen Holden won 6-1, 6-4, 3-6. Against steady opponents they had to play a patient match. Eileen Drummond and Louise Robertson won 7-5, 6-0, 6-1 against two 13 year olds whose style of play required the home pair to make some adjustments to their game plan, before gaining the upper hand. At third couple Doreen Flatman and Lesley McGowan played steadily and accurately to record a 7-6, 6-1, 7-5 win.
Against Virgin Active Hamilton 5, the team lost by 4 sets to 5. Helen and Ashley had tricky opponents but won one valuable set. They lost 4-6, 7-5, 3-6. Eileen and Louise won 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. Fiona Thomson and Catherine Gould lost their match but had a close first set.
The Menís over 60ís Team recorded their second win of the season, beating Nuffield Milngavie by 6 sets to 0. Jim McGowan and Dave Thorpe won 6-0, 6-3, 6-3. Rob Colston and John Middleton won 6-3, 7-5, 6-2.
The Ladies 60ís Team were well beaten by a very strong Bearsden Team.
The Ladies Third Team lost to Drumchapel First Team, whose couples were consistent throughout. The Craighelen Team was Fiona Thomson and Anne Barrie, Lorna Hunter and Catherine Gould, Stephanie Barrie and Julie Dodson.
Craighelen Ladies Second team have made a good start to the season with two wins. Against Newlands 4, the score was 5 sets to 4 for Craighelen. Helen Holden and Ashley Bolton lost three sets. Louise Robertson and Barbara McCall lost a close first set by 7 games to 6, won the second 6-3, then in a very tense third set held their nerve to win it by 7 games to 6. Lesley McGowan and Doreen Flatman played consistent tennis to win all three sets, the score being 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. Playing the next match at Broomhill, Craighelen 2 beat Broomhill 2 by 6 sets to 3. Helen Holden and Eileen Drummond came back from a losing position in both sets, to win them 7-5, 6-4.The final set went to Broomhill 6-3. Lesley McGowan and Louise Robertson, after losing the first set by 6 games to 1, came back very strongly to win the next two 6-1, 6-1, in record time. Doreen Flatman and Lorna Hunter played very well to win their match by 2 sets to 1. The score was 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The Ladies 60ís Team played their first match, in very gusty conditions, against a strong Titwood team. Eileen Drummond and Lesley McGowan were well beaten by a pair who played good length shots throughout. Anne Barrie and Fiona Thomson had a great match, winning the first set 7-5, then losing the next one 6-1. All to play for in the third set, which went to Titwood by the narrow margin of 7 games to 6.
The menís 60ís Team had a good opening win over Bishopton by 5 sets to 1. Dave Thorpe and Jim McGowan won 3-0. Russell Graves and David Smith won 2-1.
The Menís First Team have played two matches. Against VA Hamilton 4, they lost by 6 sets to 3. Jonathan Begg and Thomas Owen lost 3-0. Dave Thorpe and Gerry Black had a close second set, but also lost 3-0. Jim McGowan and Tam Morris had a convincing 3 sets to 0 win.
In the match against Newlands 5,, the team lost by 7 sets to 2. Fraser Baird and Thomas Owen lost 3-0 but sets two and three were closely contested. Dave and Gerry also had three very close sets, gaining reward for their efforts by taking the third set, on a tie break. Jim and Tam had a keenly contested encounter, doing well to take the third set.
The Ladies First Team, with three members of the second team playing, had their first league match against Western 4 and were beaten by 9 sets to 0. The team was Sandra Juster and Sue Black, Ashley Bolton and Anna Scullion, Eileen Drummond and Barbara McCall.
On a sunny, warm afternoon the Ladies first team played David Lloyd West End in a first round Scottish Cup match. Helen Holden and Ashley Bolton played very well to beat their opposite number 6-3, 6-3. Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster were unlucky to lose out to the third couple, in the match tie break. The score was 6-3, 5-7, 8-10. Anna Scullion and Sarah Colman lost to the excellent first couple 1-6, 1-6. In the next round of matches Helen and Ashley combined well to win on the match tie break. The score was 7-5, 5-7, 10-8. Anna and Sarah losing their match were unlucky, on the day, as they did not have the opportunity to play their opposite number. Jackie and Sandra lost to the first couple.
The Ladies Fourth Team played their first match against Whitecraigs 4.Although they lost the match,Julie Dodson and Dari Young narrowly lost their first set on a tie break. The other couples were Anne Doig and Esme McRae, Beryl Middleton and Eilidh Colman.
The team then played Mount Vernon 2 and lost 7-2. This time Dari and Julie won their first set and Anne and Eilidh won their final set. Christine Sreeves and Beryl Middleton competed well in their match against a consistent pair.
The Ladies Third Team had a tough match against local rivals Cardross2, who proved to be worthy winners of the match. The Craighelen team was Fiona Thomson and Catherine Gould, Lorna Hunter and Elisabeth Sammon, who enjoyed the long rallies in their match, and Julie Dodson and Dari Young.
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.