A RESOUNDING 9-0 first team win over Giffnock 6 was the highlight of a good week for the men’s teams at Craighelen Tennis Club, with Alan MacBeath and Felix Carpenter, Scott Weir and Chris Bowman, and Gerry Black and David Thorpe all winning in straight sets.

The Craighelen second team were also in winning form after beating Drumchapel 5 by six sets to three; Rob Colston and Jim McGowan won 6-4, 6-1, 6-0, but though Lewis Graham and John Middleton got off to a good start by winning their first set 6-4, their opponents fought back well to win both the second and third.

Russell Graves and Kevin Reeve easily won the first two sets of their tie 6-1, 6-2, but narrowly lost the third 5-7.

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The club’s ladies’ third team lost out to Kirkhill 2 by six sets to three, though all three ties were closely fought: Amanda Byles and Kathleen Owen lost the first set 2-6, fought back well to win the second 7-5, but lost a very close third set.

Lorna Hunter and Elisabeth Sammon came up against a strong pair and lost all three sets; Julie Dodson and Shenah Dean were the only Craighelen pair to win their tie, coming out on top 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.

A short distance along the road, Helensburgh Tennis Club’s men’s first team was also in great form, hammering David Lloyd 2 by eight sets to one: Fraser Fulton and David Reid won 6-1, 6-0, 6-1, while second pair Kevin Stephen and Stephen Lewis cruised to a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 win.

Alastair Hope and David McCowan at third couple won the first set 6-3, but had their serve broken in the second and lost that 4-6; but the Burgh pair dug deep and led throughout the final set, eventually breaking their opponents’ serve in the 12th game to win 7-5.

It was a similar story for the men’s second team, who saw off David Lloyd 3, also by an 8-1 margin. Bill Ram and Allan Adam at first couple were the only Helensburgh pair to drop a set, though they won 6-4, 4-6. 6-3; both Iain MacLaren and Stephen Humphreys, and Keith Love and Archie Russell, won in straight sets.

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The men’s third team couldn’t make it three from three; they lost 8-1 to Glasgow University Staff, with only Clive Charters and Ralph Ward winning a set.

The ladies’ 60+ team, meanwhile, had a great 6-0 win away to Weir Rec. Jackie Hunter and Ann Morison were never troubled in their 6-2, 6-0, 6-1 win, while Janette Howieson and Jane Carroll dug deep to win their first set on a tie-break 7-6 (7-3), going on to win the second and third 6-1, 6-0.