The Ladies First Team and the Menís First Teams were both in action last week, with the Ladies gaining a narrow win by 5 sets to 4 and the Men just losing out by the same margin. The Ladies played Kilmacolm and Sue Black and Susan Bell were up against a very active pair who hit good length shots and attacked the net at every opportunity. Kilmacolm won all three sets. Anna Scullion and Jackie Morris played competent tennis, with Anna using her strong forehand and powerful service to good effect and Jackie attacking and defending very solidly. The score was 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. Lesley Reeve and Sandra Juster were in control for the first two sets winning them 6-2, 6-1 but lost the last one 2-6.
The Menís first team lost to David Lloyd Renfrew5 by 4 sets to 5. At first couple, Alan McBeath and Scott Weir won a very tight first set 7-5, but the second set went to the opponents 6-0. The third set was very close against the powerful opponents. Entertaining and exciting for the spectators, the set and match went to David Lloyd by 7 games to 5. Chris Bowman and David Thorpe lost the first two sets 3-6, 1-6 but won the last one 6-3. Gerry Black and Rob Colston played a patient match winning 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.
The Ladies Second Team had a good 7 sets to 2 win over Drumchapel. Louise Robertson and Ashley Bolton won their three sets 6-2, 6-3, 6-3, with Louise playing good length shots and Ashley defending well. Barbara Mccall and Eileen Drummond also won their three sets, 6-2, 6-4, 7-5, with Barbara hitting excellent passing shots and penetrating volleys. Fiona Macpherson and Julie Dodson came back well from losing the first set 4-6, to grab the second on the tie break. The third set went to Drumchapel by six games to one.
Earlier in the week, the Ladies Second Team lost to League Leaders Westerton by 8 sets to 1. Playing on hard courts, the couples had to be patient as they settled into the pace of the court. Louise Robertson and Doreen Flatman lost three sets, two of them being very close, Barbara Mccall and Eileen Drummond won one set, while Fiona Macpherson and Lorna Hunter also lost three, one of their opponents being a very powerful ball striker.
The Ladies Third Team lost to Newlands 5. They were strong opponents and Craighelen won no sets. The team was Lorna Hunter and Amanda Byles, Julie Dodson and Shenah Dean, Gwen Burbidge and Lyndsey Cromar.
The Menís Second Team lost to Springwells 3, by 3 sets to 6. Jim McGowan and Rob Colston lost 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, Lewis Graham and Kieran Martin lost 1-6, 4-6, 2-6, John Middleton and Thomas Welsh won their match 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.
The Ladies 60ís Team, in their last match of the season, beat Giffnock by 6 sets to 0. Giffnock could only raise one couple. Susan Bell and Louise Robertson won their match 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 and the other three sets were conceded by Giffnock.
Craighelen Ladies first team lost by 2 sets to 7 to Western 4. At first couple Susan Bell and Sue Black had a tough game against a pair who are unbeaten in the league, and lost out 3-6, 3-6, 1-6. Anna Scullion and Jackie Morris played well to win 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, while Sandra Juster and Barbara McCall lost 2-6, 0-6, 3-6.
The Ladies Third Team also played the Western Club, this time their 6th team. Playing in very wet conditions, they too lost but by the margin of only 4 sets to 5. Amanda Byles and Kathleen Owen lost the first two sets 0-6, 4-6 but rallied well to take the third set 7-5, while Lorna Hunter and Elisabeth Sammon lost the first set 4-6, did well to win the second by 6-4, but lost the last set 1-6. Dari Young and Julie Dodson had a good match winning by 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
The 60ís Ladies Team played against Glasgow University Staff and drew 3-3, with Sue Black and Jackie Morris winning 6-1, 6-3, 6-2, and Barbara McCall and Lorna Hunter, unlucky to lose their last set on the tie break, lost 1-6, 3-6, 6-7.
The Menís 60ís Team also drew their match. Playing against Strathgryffe 2, David Thorpe and Jim McGowan won 4-6, 6-0,6-3 and John Middleton and Rob Colston lost 2-6, 2-6, 6-2.
Poor weather meant that only two matches took place last week. The Ladies Second Team had a good win over Western 5, by 5 sets to 4, with Doreen Flatman and Louise Robertson staging an amazing comeback in their match. Trailing by one set, and 2 games to 5, the pair played solid tennis, and, encouraging each other throughout, they grabbed the second set on the tie break, by 8 points to 6. They won the third set 6-1, in fine style, the set proving to be a vital one in the overall match score. At second couple Ashley Bolton and Anne Barrie lost their sets but played some positive rallies. Barbara Mccall and Eileen Drummond, after taking a while to adjust to the pace of the artificial clay surface of the Western Courts, won their three sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-1.
The Menís 60ís team scored a good 4 sets to 2 win over Woodend. David Thorpe and Jim McGowan only lost 1 game in their three sets victory. Rob Colston and Arthur Connolly lost the first set 3-6, then the second one 6-7, but stuck to the task well, to win the third and vital set 6-4.
Craighelen Menís Teams continued their winning run of form, with both recording good wins. The First Team beat Titwood 4 by 8 sets to 1, with Alan MacBeath and Felix Carpenter, and Scott Weir and Chris Bowman collecting three sets each. David Thorpe and Thomas Welsh added to the total by winning two of their three sets. The second Team, playing at home to David Lloyd Rouken Glen, played entertaining tennis on all three courts. They won by 6 sets to 3. Jim McGowan and Rob Colston used good tactics against a father and son combination, to win the first two sets comfortably. In the third set the opponents offered much more resistance, but the home pair stuck to their task and took the set 7-6. John Middleton and Lewis Graham romped through the first two sets, 6-0,6-1, but had to remain focused to snatch the third set 6-4. Kevin Reeve and Ian Mccall had a close match in all three sets and were unlucky to lose the third one on the tie break. Their score was 4-6, 3-6, 6-7.
The Ladies First Team had a tough match against Nuffield Milngavie, losing by 7 sets to 2. Susan Bell and Anna Scullion playing some excellent positive rallies, won the first set 6-2. The second set was very close and went to the opponents 6-4. Even more determined in their quest for a win over good quality opponents, Anna and Susan took the third set 6-2. Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster had a great match against another strong pair. Although losing three sets they played positive tennis and reacted well to the variety of shots which they faced. At third couple Sarah Colman and Lesley Reeve lost their three sets to a consistent pair. The Second and Third ladies teams both suffered losses. The second Team lost by 8 sets to 1 to Busby 2. Louise Robertson and Barbara Mccall won the first set on the tie break then lost the next two 4-6, 5-7. Ashley Bolton and Fiona Macpherson lost their sets as did Kathleen Owen and Fiona Thomson. The Third Team played Hillhead 5 and lost by 7 sets to 2. Amanda Byles and Gwen Burbidge lost by 2 sets to 1 as did Lorna Hunter and Elisabeth Sammon. Lindsay Cromar and Shenah Dean lost three sets.
The Menís 60ís Team lost to a strong Titwood team, each couple losing three sets. The team was Jim McGowan and Rob Colston, John Middleton and Arthur Connolly. The Ladies 60ís Team lost by the same score to Strathgryffe. The team was Louise Robertson and Barbara Mccall, Fiona Thomson and Lorna Hunter.
Craighelen Mens 60s recorded a fine 6 sets to 0 win over Nuffield Milngavie. The team was David Thorpe and Jim McGowan, Rob Colston and Arthur Connolly.
The Gents Second Teamís trip to play Strathaven 3, was a long one, as a road accident delayed their arrival. The home team was very understanding and the match duly took place. Strathaven had the upper hand on courts one and two. Jim McGowan and Rob Colston lost to a strong couple, while John Middleton and Thomas Welsh lost a close first set 5-7, then the second 1-6. A nagging injury then forced Thomas to retire. Ian McCall and Kieran Martin kept the flag flying for Craighelen by playing consistent tennis in winning 7-6, 6-1, 7-6.
The Ladies 60s team found the going tough when they visited David Lloyd Renfrew. They lost by 5 sets to 1. Louise Robertson and Jackie Morris had a hard-hitting match, losing the first two sets 4-6, 4-6. They came back positively to win the third set 6-2. Barbara McCall and Eileen Drummond lost their three sets to a consistent and accurate pair, but it was pleasing to note that Barbara played well after a lengthy time out due to injury.
Craighelen Menís Gents teams continued on their winning ways with both recording wins. The first Team had a resounding 9 sets to 0 win over Giffnock 6. The team was Alan MacBeath and Felix Carpenter, Scott Weir and Chris Bowman, Gerry Black and David Thorpe.
The Second Team beat Drumchapel 5, by 6 sets to three. Another convincing win for first couple Rob Colston and Jim McGowan, 6-4, 6-1, 6-0. Lewis Graham partnered John Middleton and got off to a good start winning the first set 6-4, but the opposition fought back well to win the next two sets. Russell Graves and Kevin Reeve easily won the first two sets 6-1, 6-2 but lost momentum and narrowly lost the third set 5-7.
The Ladies Third Team lost out by 3 sets to 6 to Kirkhill 2. Amanda Byles and Kathleen Owen lost the first set, 2-6, but fought back well to take the second by 7 games to 5. A very close third set was won by Kirkhill. At second couple Lorna Hunter and Elisabeth Sammon came up against a strong pair and lost three sets. Julie Dodson and Shenah Dean had a close competitive match, winning the first set 6-4, losing the second on a tie break, then coming back strongly to win the third set by 6-3.
Craighelenís Menís second team has got off to an excellent start to the season with two wins. Away to Rutherglen 6, all three couples had convincing wins, with no sets being lost. Jim McGowan and Rob Colston won 6-3, 6-0, 6-2, John MIddleton and Thomas Welsh won 7-6, 6-0, 6-2 and Kieran Martin and Russell Graves won 6-2, 6-1, 6-1. Their next match against Kirkhill 2, at home was played with only two couples as their opponents had a call off at the last minute. Jim and Rob faced tougher opponents in this match, but their strong pairing saw them through to another victory by 2 sets to 1. (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) Kieran and Russell continued winning ways when they took the first set 6-1, but sadly an injury led to them losing the second set 1-6, and conceding the third one. Overall a 6 sets to three win for Craighelen.
The gents first team also have started well, with a win over Milngavie 4 by 7 sets to 2. It was a satisfying result as the Milngavie team had strong players in all couples. Felix Carpenter and Chris Bowman had a close match but won 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Gerry Black and David Thorpe had a long match and did well to win all sets, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. Jim McGowan and Russel Graves struggled to find their rhythm in the first two sets but came back well to win the valuable third set. The score was 0-6, 1-6, 6-4.
The Craighelen Ladies Teams have also had good results, with the first team winning their opening match by 6 sets to 3 against Newlands 4. Sue Black and Anna Scullion won 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster lost 4-6, 4-6, 3-6, and Sarah Colman and Claire McGowan won 6-0, 7-6, 7-5. Against Strathgryffe 4, the opposition was tough, but Sue Black and Susan Bell won their match 6-3, 7-6, 5-7. The other two couples, Anna and Sandra, and Sarah partnered by Amanda Byles, who was playing in her third match of the week, lost their sets, the final score being 7 sets to 2 for the opponents. The second team has also played two matches, winning one and losing the other. Against Paisley, Anne Barrie and Doreen Flatman lost 2-6, 1-6, 2-6., Ashley Bolton and Fiona Mcpherson lost 3-6, 1-6, 1-6. but Elisabeth Sammon and Lorna Hunter gained vaulable points for the team, as they won their match 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. In their next match Craighelen 2 played Helensburgh 3, on a dreary, wet and windy evening. All three couples enjoyed close matches. Louise Robertson and Doreen Flatman beat Carolan Dobson and Fiona Maclaren 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, in a match with long rallies despite the weather. At second couple Fiona McPherson and Eileen Drummond beat Shona Bulloch and Jane Carroll 6-3, 6-3, 7-5. Shona and Jane fought back from 3-5 down in the third set, but Fiona and Eileen just held on to win it 7-5. The match between Amanda Byles and Kathleen Owen and Cathy Gemmell and Barbara Gillies was an enjoyable encounter with good rallies. Amanda and Kathleen won the first set 6-4, then in a close second set the Helensburgh pair won it 7-5. All to play for but the Helensburgh pair proved the stronger pair winning the set 6-2. The final match score Ė 7 sets to two for Craighelen There was another good win in the week, this time for the Craighelen Third Ladies Team. They beat Titwood 6, by 6 sets to 3. Kathleen Owen and Amanda Byles lost to a consistent pair 3-6, 4-6, 2-6. Elisabeth Sammon and Lorna Hunter, playing solid tennis. won 6-1, 6-4, 6-3, and Julie Dodson and Dari Young added to the teamís total, winning 6-1, 6-4,6-1.
Three Titles for Alan
There was a feast of tennis on display last Saturday when fifteen finals were contested at Craighelen. It was the culmination of three weeks of tennis played in the Senior Club Championships. Alan Barbour was the winner in three events. In a closely contested Menís Singles, Alan edged out last yearís winner, Adam Juster, by two sets to one. The first set went to Alan 6-4, then Adam came back with attacking play to take the second, 6-2. In the third set Alan played consistent tennis, chasing every ball down. He led by 4 games to 1 but back came Adam to win the following two games. Alan held his nerve and won the set, 6-3. The title was his! Alan and Adam teamed up in the Menís Doubles and in the final they played Harry Gould and Chris Bowman. Alan and Adam proved to be the better pair and won 6-3, 6-1. Anna Scullion retained her Ladies Singles title. Against, Susan Bell, the same opponent as last year, Anna played with authority and power. Her serves were, at times unreturnable, and her forehand proved to be a great weapon. Susan fought with determination and consistency, especially in the first set which went to a tie-break. Anna was however a deserved winner, the score being 7-6, 6-1. In the ladies Doubles the tables were turned, when Susan playing with Sue Black beat Anna and Sarah Colman 6-2, 7-6. Sue and Susan were the more consistent in the first set, but Anna and Sarah came back from 2-5 down, in the second and just lost out on the tie-break. The Mixed Doubles Final, always a crowd pleaser at the end of the afternoon, proved to be a close match. Sandra and Adam Juster, playing against Susan Bell and Harry Gould, won the first set 6-2, but Susan and Harry fought back to win the second by the same margin. A very close third set saw fortunes fluctuate, with Sandra and Adam just winning the set 6-4. Alan Barbour won his third title of the afternoon, the Vets. Menís Singles, when he proved too strong for Kurt Hart. In the Pot Luck Events where partners are drawn for, there were lots of close matches in the earlier rounds. In the final of the Ladies Doubles Pot Luck, it was a win for new member, Aimee Davidson, and her partner Sue Black. They beat another new member Amanda Byles, and her partner Sandra Juster. The match was very close with the final score being 7-5, 6-4. In the Pot luck Menís Doubles, Kieran Martin and Kurt Hart beat Russell Graves and Scott Weir, who has recently joined the Club, 6-3, 6-4, while, in the Open Pot Luck Doubles, John Middleton and Thomas Welsh beat Sue Black and Arthur Connolly, in a lengthy battle, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Winners in the Plate events -
Menís Singles - Scott Weir beat Gerry Black 6-4, 6-3. Menís Vets Singles Ė Gerry Black beat Lewis Graham 6-1, 6-4. Menís Doubles - Jim McGowan and Gerry Black beat Kurt Hart and Kieran Martin 6-0,6-0. Ladies Singles - Sarah Colman beat Sandra Juster - 6-4, 6-3. Ladies Doubles - Eileen Drummond and Lesley McGowan beat Gwen Burbidge and Dari Young 6-3, 6-2. Mixed Doubles - Sarah Colman and Rob Colston beat Lesley and Jim McGowan, in the longest match of the day, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
McRobert Thistle Trophies were presented to Gwen Burbidge and Lewis Graham. They were the points winners in a series of Sunday Afternoon Tournaments, held over the Summer months.
The final award of the day goes deservedly to Rob Colston. A trophy dating back to 1996, in memory of well known local player, Marie Dixon, it is awarded for excellent service to oneís Tennis Club. The Quaich rotates annually round the four local clubs. This year it was Craighelenís turn to nominate a recipient. Rob Colston has been a member of Craighelen for many years, holding several offices, but, in particular has worked with great diligence and expertise, as Treasurer of the Club. Rob manages the Clubís website and is always very willing to assist in the many day to day tasks involved in running a successful Club.
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.