Helensburgh Tennis Club’s ladies' second team kicked off their season last week with a narrow 5-4 win at home against Glasgow CTC.

At first couple Alison Fotheringham and Jackie Hunter took a while to get into the match, losing the opening set 6-2, but came back strong to take the second 6-4.

The home pair held their serve until the seventh game when their Glasgow opponents moved up a gear to snatch the deciding set 6-3

Second couple Fiona Beveridge won all three sets of their tie, triumphing 6-3, 7-6, 6-1, and while Fiona MacLaren and Barbara Gillies at third couple lost the opening two sets, both by a 6-3 margin, they won the vital third to secure a narrow overall victory.

The Burgh gents' third team were also in winning form after defeating Thorn Park 6-3.

Paul Clifford and Adam McLean just missed out on the opening set, losing it 6-4, but the Helensburgh pair came back strong to take the next two 7-5, 6-3.

After their great win last week Graeme Court and Matt Mackie came up against a very consistent pair who never put a foot wrong; the Burgh duo lost the first set 6-1, though they fought back well to take the second 7-5 after a series of accurate lobs from Graeme and killer volleys from Matt.

But just as the pair felt they were in the driving seat, their opponents changed tactics and took the deciding set, though team captain Graeme was still happy with the overall outcome.

Helensburgh's men's first team started their season at home to Broomhill, but the absence of two regular players had a clear impact as the visitors won 7-2.

The standard in division two is very high, but team captain Stephen Lewis praised Alastair Hope and Harry Gould for stepping up from the second team and only just missed out on clinching a win at third couple.

Completing this week's action, the Burgh men's second team travelled to Busby.

Alastair Hope and Bobby Kerr took two vital sets, while Bill Ram and David McGowan were unlucky to lose 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 and Harry Gould and Matt Mackie lost all three sets against a very hard-hitting pair.

The men’s 2nd team went to Busby and unfortunately couldn’t come home with a win as they went down 2 – 7. Alastair Hope and Bobby Kerr managed to take the 2 vital sets whilst Bill Ram and David McCowan were very unlucky not to take any sets as they just lost out 6 – 7, 6 – 4, 6 – 4. Harry Gould and Matt Mackie lost 3 sets against a very hard hitting pair.