In the recent Whitecraigs Scottish Senior Tennis Championships, Susan Bell and Sue Black had great results in the over 55 Ladies Doubles, reaching the final of the event. In their first match they beat Frances Rodman and Jean Wilson 6-2, 7-5. The next opponents, Christine Lockhart and Eileen Mills provided stern opposition for Susan and Sue, but they played really well to come away with a win 6-4, 3-6, and then 11-9 in the match tie-break. In the final, their opponents proved to be the stronger pair on the day. Nevertheless, a really good competition for Susan and Sue.
In the West of Scotland Senior players over 40's League the Craighelen Ladies Teams have had mixed results. The first team has played four matches and sit at mid table with one to play, having won one match and drawn another. The second team has played their five matches winning one match. Lots of players have had the opportunity to play in the two Ladies Teams and have enjoyed their matches. Similarly the Men's Team with one match still to play, has found the going tough, with opponents just proving too strong.
Craighelen Tennis Club Championships Finals Day dawned bright and warm and players and spectators alike enjoyed the late Summer sunshine. With fifteen finals to be played, there was great tennis to be watched all day. Coffee and cake, followed by a buffet lunch also kept everyone happy. Alan Barbour and Anna Scullion, who was celebrating her eighteenth Birthday, retained their Singles Titles. Alanís opponent Scott Weir, proved a worthy opponent, despite having taken a nasty tumble on court whilst playing in the Menís Doubles Final. Scott took the match to the final set, with Alan just holding on to win 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Anna was playing against her Doubles partner Sarah Colman, and although Anna, displayed great, powerful hitting in winning 6-1, 6-0, there were many good points played and won by both players. The Menís Doubles was won by Alan and his partner Thomas Welsh, who beat Scott Weir and Kieran Martin 6-3, 6-3. Anna won her second title of the day when she and Sarah beat Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster 6-2, 6-3. Alan and Sandra won the Mixed Doubles beating Anna and Chris Bowman 6-4, 6-3. Alanís fourth title came in the Vets. Menís Singles, when he beat David Thorpe 6-0, 6-3.
Anna featured in the winning pair for her third title when she and Dari Young won the Ladies Pot luck Doubles beating Amanda Byles and Fiona Macpherson 6-3, 6-4. The Menís Pot Luck Doubles was won by David Thorpe and Andrew Roknic who beat Kieran Martin and Tam Morris 7-5, 6-4. The Open Pot Luck Doubles was won by Jackie Morris and Andrew Roknic who beat Tam Morris and Arthur Connolly 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.
Results from the Plate Events
Menís Singles Plate -- Kieran Martin beat Andrew Roknic 6-1, 6-2.
Ladies Doubles Plate -- Ashley Bolton and Eileen Drummond beat Gwen Burbidge and Julie Dodson 6-3, 6-0
Menís Doubles Plate -- Jim McGowan and Rob Colston beat Richard Hunter and Andrew Roknic 6-2, 6-0
Mixed Doubles Plate -- Ashley Bolton and Kieran Martin beat Fiona Macpherson and John Middleton 6-1, 6-1.
Menís Vets Singles Plate -- John Middleton beat Tam Morris 7-6, 6-2.
Ladies Pot Luck Doubles Plate - Sandra Juster and Julie Dodson beat Eileen Drummond and Anna Short 6-4, 6-4.
The prize-giving followed the last of the finals matches, with Tennis Convenor, David Thorpe thanking the Tennis Committee for their efficient organisation of the Championships, also Russell Graves for refereeing on the day, and Sue and Gerry Black for the great buffet.
Photo shows Alan Barbour and Anna Scullion in the middle of the front row of the photo (holding their trophies) and flanked by winners and runners up from all of the Finals.
On Saturday 7th September, the Craighelen Club Championships Finals take place. Despite some poor weather conditions over the last week, the matches have progressed well. In the Menís Singles, Alan Barbour last yearís winner, has progressed to the final with a semi final win over Thomas Welsh 6-4, 6-1. His opponent in the final will be the winner of the semi final between David Thorpe and Scott Weir. In the round before, David had a long match against Kieran Martin winning in three sets 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 and Scott beat Tam Morris 6-0, 6-1. The Ladiesí Singles Final will be between Anna Scullion, the holder, and Sarah Colman. The Doubles Matches always produce interesting tennis to watch, none more so than the Menís Doubles match, Jim McGowan and Rob Colston against Scott Weir and Kieran Martin. The first set went to Jim and Rob 6-4, with the second one going to Scott and Kieran 6-3. All to play for in the third, which was, in the end, won by Kieran and Scott. Lots of good play from both couples, kept the spectators entertained. Equally exciting to watch was a Ladies Ď Doubles, Sue Black and Fiona Macpherson against Amanda Byles and Lisa Fowler. Long rallies, good lobbing, and some crafty net play made for a really close match, which was won by Sue and Fiona 6-4, 7-5. Sue and Fiona then played Anna Scullion and Sarah Colman, who proved the stronger pair, winning by 6-0 6-3. In the previous round Anna and Sarah had beaten Ashley Bolton and Eileen Drummond 6-2, 6-0. With their place in the final secured, Anna and Sarah await the winners of the semi-final match, Lesley Reeve and Claire McGowan against Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster. The Mixed Doubles semi-finals will be Anna Scullion and Chris Bowman against Amanda Byles and Scott Weir, and Alan Barbour and Sandra Juster against Rob Colston and Sarah Colman or Lisa Fowler and Andrew Roknic.
In the Ladies Pot Luck Doubles, Anna Scullion and Dari Young beat Sandra Juster and Julie Dodson 6-3, 6-2, and Sue Black and Gwen Burbidge beat Sarah Colman and Lorna Hunter 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Anna and Dari then beat Sue and Gwen 7-5, 6-4 to earn their place in the final where they will play either Amanda Byles and Fiona Macpherson or Eileen Drummond and Anna Short.
Craighelenís Menís First Team, after playing their last two matches of the season, has successfully gained promotion. In their first match they defeated Hamilton 5 by 9 sets to 0. The team was Alan MacBeath and Felix Carpenter, Scott Weir and David Thorpe, Gerry Black and Lewis Graham. Al three couples won in fine style. In their final match, against Cambuslang 3, the team realised that they had to win at least 4 sets to ensure their second place in the league. This they achieved, with Alan and Scott winning 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. David Thorpe and Chris Bowman had a really close match, losing the first set 4-6, but concentrated hard to win the vital second set, 7-6. The third set went to Cambuslang. At third couple, Gerry Black and John Middleton lost their three sets. An exciting evening all round!
The Ladies Third Team won their final league match by 6 sets to 3, against Cambuslang. Amanda Byles and Kathleen Owen lost 0-6, 4-6, 6-4. Elisabeth Sammon and Lorna Hunter won 6-3, 6-4,6-3. Dari Young and Fiona Thomson won 6-3, 6-2, 6-7.
The Menís Second team lost their final match to Busby 3 by 7 sets to 2.
With all of the Summer league matches now completed, the three Craighelen Ladies Teams will remain in their current leagues for next season, as will the Menís Second team.
Craighelen Menís First Team gained an excellent win over Lanark. On track for promotion, and with two matches still to play, Craighelen beat current league leaders Lanark, by 7 sets to 2. Alan MacBeath and Felix Carpenter won their three sets 6-3, 7-5, 7-5, with sharp volleying and good length groundstrokes seeing them home in sets two and three. Gerry Black and Dave Thorpe played a great first set taking it by 6 games to 4. Their opponents steadied up and were in command in the remaining sets, which were won by Lanark 6-1, 6-1. At third couple, Scott Weir and Thomas Welsh played consistent tennis, with Scott using his accurate groundstrokes to good effect and Thomas serving strongly and hitting powerful winners at the net. They won all three sets, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.
The Ladies First Team played a local derby match away to Cardross in their last match of the season. Cardross proved to be the stronger team, winning by 9 sets to 0. At first couple Caroline McDaid and Gillian Branch (Cardross) beat Sue Black and Susan Bell. The first set was won 6-2 by Cardross but the second set proved to be a much closer battle with both couples producing good tennis. Sue and Susan were leading, when Susan sustained a leg injury, and at 5-5, the match was conceded. Carolyn Turk and Karen Muir (Cardross) were always in charge against Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster. Their mixture of steady play, including accurate lobbing, set the seal for their 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 win. Katie Mitchell and Lorna Brown (Cardross) beat Lesley Reeve and Sarah Colman 6-0, 6-4, 7-5. Sets two and three were very close, with accurate play from both couples providing exciting viewing for the supporters from both clubs.
The Ladies Second Team also played their last match of the season. Against David Lloyd Hamilton 6. They lost out by 4 sets to 5 with the third set tie break, between the second couples, being the deciding factor. Anne Barrie and Eileen Drummond won the first two sets 6-4, 6-2, then in a set which swung one way then the other, they were just pipped to the post. At first couple Doreen Flatman and Ashley Bolton lost their match 4-6, 6-4, 2-6. Amanda Byles and Dari Young lost out 1-6, 6-4, 3-6.
Craighelen Menís second team had a great battle against current league leaders, KIlmacolm 3. With both teams seeking promotion, each couple fought hard for every point. At first couple, Jim McGowan and Rob Colston played some great tennis, but the opponents just had the upper hand in all three sets, Kilmacolm winning 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. John Middleton and Lewis Graham had an exciting match with John trading many successful cross court rallies with his hard hitting and accurate opponent. With nearly every game going to deuce, Lewis and John won the first set 6-2, lost the middle one 3-6, and were really unlucky to lose the last one on the tie break. At third couple, Kieran Martin and Thomas Welsh played a smart match against two canny opponents. After losing the first set 3-6, Kieran played very steadily, while Thomas served strongly and made many excellent interceptions at vital points, thus resulting in a great win in the last two sets for the home pair, 6-4, 7-6. Overall the score was 6 sets to 3 for Kilmacolm 3.
The Menís 60ís played their last match of the season and beat Bishopton. Rob Colston and Jim McGowan won three sets, and, as Bishopton could not raise another couple, that match was conceded to Craighelen.
In their penultimate match of the season, the Ladies First team beat Whitecraigs 2 by 6 sets to 3. Susan Bell and Anna Scullion won 6-3, 7-5, 6-2, Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster lost the first two sets 5-7, 1-6, but won the last one 6-4. Lesley Reeve and Sarah Colman won their match 6-2, 7-6, 0-6.
The Ladies Third Team had a very pleasing win over Thorn Park 5. Amanda Byles and Fiona Thomson won 6-3, 6-3, 6-0, Dari Young and Julie Dodson won 6-1, 6-4, 7-5, and Gwen Burbidge and Christine Sreeves won 6-1, 6-3, 2-6.
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.
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.