Helensburgh Tennis Club’s popular junior summer camp gets underway next week with a week long programme of fun games, match practise, tennis drills and much more.

The camp will be led by Katie Hope, who is looking forward to welcoming five- to eight-year olds for morning sessions from 10am-12 noon and older children aged between nine and 13 from 1pm to 3pm.

Full details and an application form at tennishelensburgh.org.uk.

In match news the Helensburgh ladies’ third team had a busy week with two matches, though both ended in narrow defeats.

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At home to Busby, Fiona MacLaren and Gillian Knust were very unlucky to lose the first set on a tie-break, and though they recovered to win the second 6-3, the Busby pair came back strongly in the decider, winning it 2-6.

Jane Carroll and Shona Bulloch were behind throughout their first set, but managed to force a tie-break which they went on to win –however it was Busby who prevailed in the second and third.

Third couple Susan Russell and Barbara Gillies found their opponents too consistent; the closest they came was in the second set, which they lost 5-7.

Away to Drumchapel, Fiona MacLaren and Fiona Hannay were outgunned in straight sets; at second couple Jane Carroll and Shona Bulloch took the first set 6-2, narrowly lost the second, but bounced back to win the decider 6-4.

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Third couple Ann McKelvie and Barbara Gillies also won by two sets to one, winning the first set 7-5 but losing the second 4-6; they, too, dug deep in the final set and a change of tactics saw them win the decider 6-4, though their victory wasn’t enough to prevent a narrow 5-4 overall defeat.

Helensburgh’s ladies’ first team ended their summer season with defeat against a very strong Newlands side who were crowned champions of Division 1/1 as a result of their victory.

Gay Black and Alison Fotheringham at third couple enjoyed a competitive first set, but their opponents stepped up the pace to win the second and third convincingly; Suzanne Marshall and Sue Macrae, playing at second pair, faced a former world champion and the recent winner of the West of Scotland U15 championships and were, despite their best efforts, unable to make any impression.

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Katie Hope and Ann Morison started strongly, taking the lead in the first set, but they couldn’t quite maintain their momentum, losing out 5-7 before the Newlands pair really hit their stride to win the second and third.

With the loss of three ladies from last year, this has been a challenging season for the team in a very strong division but captain Ann Morison has been full of praise for the fighting spirit and commitment of her players.