Craighelen Tennis Club’s men’s second team has made an excellent start to the new season with two wins.

Away to Rutherglen 6, all three couples – Jim McGowan and Rob Colston, John Middleton and Thomas Welsh, and Kieran Martin and Russell Graves – won without dropping a single set.

Their next match at home to Kirkhill 2 was played with only two couples after the visitors had a call-off at the last minute, but Jim and Rob recovered from losing the first set against much tougher opponents to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Kieran and Russell continued in their winning ways by taking their first set 6-1, but lost the second by the same score after an injury, and had to concede the third.

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Despite that defeat for Kieran and Russell, the Kirkhill team’s late call-off gave Craighelen a 6-3 overall win.

The gents’ first team has also started the season well after winning by a hugely satisfying margin of seven sets to two against a Milngavie 4 team who had strong players in all their couples.

Felix Carpenter and Chris Bowman and Gerry Black and David Thorpe won close matches in straight sets, and Jim McGowan and Russell Graves found their rhythm to win their final set after losing the first two.

Jim McGowan and Russell Graves struggled to find their rhythm early on against their opponents, losing the first two sets 0-6, 1-6, but came back well to win the third 6-4.

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The Craighelen ladies’ teams have also had good results in the early weeks of the season, with the first team winning their opening match by six sets to three against Newlands 4: Jackie Morris and Sandra Juster lost in straight sets, but Sue Black and Anna Scullion and Sarah Colman and Claire McGowan won without dropping a set.

Sue Black and Susan Bell won by two sets to one against Strathgryffe 4, but Strathgryffe won 7-2 overall.

The ladies’ second team lost out against Paisley, but recovered well to beat Helensburgh 3 by seven sets to two.

And the ladies’ third team defeated Titwood 6 by six sets to three, with Elisabeth Sammon and Lorna Hunter and Julie Dodson and Dari Young both winning in straight sets.

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