HELENSBURGH Tennis Club welcomed players from local clubs last Saturday to raise funds for Cancer Research.

The players gave a great performance in addition to raising a fantastic £302 for the charity.

The format of the tournament saw two groups playing a box league.

Winners of group A were Ian Parlane and Paul Jackson and the winners of group B were Jackie Hunter and Anne McKelvie.

In team news, Helensburgh Ladies’ first team started their summer campaign where they left off in 2016, with a convincing win over Thorn Park at home on Tuesday evening.

Katie Hope and Karrie Walters at first pair were, as usual, quickly out of their blocks, securing secured all three sets for the loss of only four games.

Coach Jo Kerr is an extremely welcome addition to the team and, playing with Ann Morison at second couple, they won the first set and then raced into a 5-0 lead in the second, only to lose concentration and find themselves in a tie-break.

However, their greater consistency, along with Jo’s sharp volleying skills, saw them win the tie-break and also the final set 6-3.

Gay Black and Yolande Trewhella also raced through won their first set, winning it 6-2, but unfortunately they couldn’t quite keep the momentum going, allowing the steady Thorn Park duo to turn the match around and to collect the remaining two sets.

Helensburgh therefore emerged winners 7-2, a positive start to the season.

The men’s third team travelled to Glasgow’s south side to play Titwood in the second match of the season.

Andy Cassell and Stephen Humphreys at first couple gave a strong performance, winning all three sets 6-3.

The best showing was at third couple, where Ralph Ward and 12-year-old Andrew Wilson won a tough battle 6-4, 7-5, 6-2.

Harry Fotheringham and Calum Rosie had a hard time at second couple, narrowly tlosing a third set tie-break after going down 2-6, 4-6 in the first two sets. Final score was a 6-3 win for Helensburgh.

Helensburgh’s men’s first team had their second match of the season were away to Weir Recreation men’s second team.

The first pairing of David Reid and Kevin Stephens found stiff opposition in their opponents, losing 3-6, 4-6, 3-6.

Their opponents dominated the net and David and Kevin found it hard to pass them and win the vital points in each game.

The second pairing of Stephen Lewis and David McCowan went down 5-7, 4-6, 7-5. It was a tight match with only one break of serve deciding the first two sets.

Stephen and David managed to win the third set to gain a little bit of pride on the night.

The third pairing of Phil Hamilton and Allan Adam like the 1st pairing found stiff competition going went down 1-6, 4-6, 2-6.

Again strong net play from their opponents and a few missed chances resulted in an unfortunate loss.