Craighelen Tennis Club Report for Helensburgh Advertiser on 24th June
Craighelen Ladies Second Team Members were delighted to record a win in their latest League match. Against Broomhill 2 they won by 5 sets to 4. Barbara McCall and Laura McConnell lost the first set 3-6 won the second 6-3, and lost the last set 2-6. Kathleen Owen and Rona MacFarlane lost three sets to an experienced pair, but Elisabeth Sammon and Lorna Hunter played great tennis to win their match 6-1, 6-3, 6-0.
The Menís 60ís team completed their matches for the season with a draw against Helensburgh. Rob Colston and Bob Knox lost 1-6, 6-3, 2-6, while John Middleton and Russell Graves won 6-4, 6-4,1-6.
The Menís team playing in Division 6 of the Summer Leagues has found the going tough but the first Couple of Felix Carpenter and Scott Weir have performed well, as a pair, winning three out of five matches played so far. Each match has been very competitive with the two matches lost being narrow defeats by 2 sets to 1. In the most recent match played, against Woodend 5, the team lost 3-6, with Felix and Scott winning their encounter, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
The two Ladies 60ís teams have each one match left to play to complete their season. The first team drew with David Lloyd Hamilton, a pleasing result, as the opponents lead the League, at the moment. Sue Black and Lesley McGowan put in a fine performance to win 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. Louise Robertson and Doreen Flatman were up against an experienced pair and lost their sets. In their next match, against Titwood, the team lost by 4 sets to 2. Louise Robertson and Jackie Morris lost 5-7, 2-6, 6-3. Lesley McGowan and Eileen Drummond lost 4-6, 4-6, 6-4.
The 60ís Ladies Second Team played Nuffield Milngavie and lost by 5 sets to 1. Fiona Macpherson and Eileen Drummond lost 3-6, 4-6, 4-6. Elisabeth Sammon and Lorna Hunter lost 5-7, 1-6, 6-1. In their next match, the team played Langside and although losing by 4 sets to 2, both matches were competitive. Fiona Macpherson and Barbara McCall lost the first set on the tie-break, came back to win the second 6-4, and lost the last one 1-6. Lorna Hunter and Shenah Dean also lost by two sets to one.
After so many months without competitive matches, the Craighelen players are happy to be back in action. Several new members have joined the Club, some returning to the game after a lapse of a few years, others learning the game for the first time, through weekly lessons with Club Coach, Felix Carpenter. Those new players involved in teams are enjoying the matches and benefiting from being partnered with the more experienced team players. The first team to record two wins this season is the Ladies Over 60 first team. Against Strathgryffe 2 they won by 5 sets to 1. Sue Black and Jackie Morris won 6-0, 6-0, 6-3, and Louise Robertson and Doreen Flatman won 6-1, 6-2,6-7. Travelling away to Uplawmoor the following week, both couples took a few games to adjust to the different court surface. Sue and Jackie lost two very close sets 4-6, 6-7 but came back well to take the third set 6-2. Louise, playing with Helen Holden, recorded an excellent 6-0, 6-2, 6-0 win. Introducing a Second over 60ís team, this season, the first match was away to Kilmacolm. Lesley McGowan and Eileen Drummond had a lengthy battle, but managed to win their third set, the score being 3-6, 1-6, 6-4. Fiona Thomson and Fiona Macpherson lost 3-6, 3-6, 2-6. The team then played a home match against a strong Giffnock team. Lesley, playing with Fiona Thomson lost their three sets, but Lorna Hunter and Elisabeth Sammon won their opening set. The final result being 5 sets to 1 for Giffnock.
The Menís Over 60ís Team have played one match. Against Strathgryffe 2 they lost by 4 sets to 2, with Jim McGowan and Gerry Black having a two hour battle which they won 7-6, 3-6, 6-3. Russell Graves and Tam Morris also had a close match but lost 5-7, 4-6, 1-6.
In the main Summer leagues the Craighelen Ladies First Team have played three matches and although the matches been lost, there was a good performance by Sue Black and Anna Scullion who beat their opponents in the, Strathgryffe 3 match, by 2 sets to 1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. This Craighelen Squad has several players who have moved up a team and they will take time to adjust to the different level of play, in Division 2. The Ladies Second Team have also played three matches. With no overall wins just yet, sets have been picked up in each of the matches. Against Busby 2, Barbara McCall and new team member, Laura McConnell won the first set 6-4, but lost the other two, Kathleen Owen and new team member Rona MacFarlane had a very close match but lost 6-7, 3-6, 2-6. Lorna Hunter and Elisabeth Sammon lost 3-6,4-6 but won the last set 6-4. David Lloyd Renfrew 4 proved to be a very strong team so no sets were won in that match, but against Bearsden 3, the scores were close on each court. Kathleen and Laura lost 2-6, 6-2,1-6. Rona and partner Fiona Thomson had an exciting encounter, winning the first set 6-1 and narrowly losing the next two 4-6, 6-7. Lorna and Elisabeth also had close sets, losing 3-6, 4-6, 3-6.
The Menís First Team have played two matches. Playing away to Rutherglen 4, they lost by 2 sets to 7. Felix Carpenter and Scott Weir had a great battle winning in the end by the closest of margins 6-2, 4-6, 7-6. Kurt Hart and Gerry Black lost their match as did Tam Morris and Kieran Martin. In their match against Stepps, the team lost by 3 sets to 6. Felix and Scott won their three sets in fine style 7-6, 6-3, 6-4. Kurt and Kieran had a very close match losing 3-6, 6-7, 4-6 while Russell Graves and new team member Bob Knox lost 3-6,2-6,2-6 to a strong pair.
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.