Soaked ten­nis sea­son’s smash­ing dou­bles fi­nale

Hat-trick of wins for all round sports­man

Campbeltown Courier - - SPORT -

CAMP­BEL­TOWN’S anoraked aces braved the tail end of a hur­ri­cane to blast balls across the net in an Oc­to­ber end to the ten­nis sea­son.

Four months since the game re­ceived its an­nual Wim­ble­don lift and just be­fore the clocks go back an hour, five play­ers con­tested the much post­poned men’s dou­bles last Sun­day.

For one post­grad­u­ate law stu­dent, Thomas Jor­dan, the trip back from Glasgow gave him a hat-trick of suc­cesses this sea­son.

With such a small number of play­ers and one key player de­ter­mined to watch the Rangers v Mother­well match in the af­ter­noon, it was in­evitable the cham­pi­onship would be swift. All five names were put in a hat. Hector McMurchy and Sary Rahma were drawn to play Don­ald MacKay and Thomas Jor­dan in a one set quick­fire pre­lim­i­nary round.

Mark Davey, who has not won a sin­gle league match all sea­son de­spite some close games, gained a bye. He played his first ten­nis fi­nal ever with one of the los­ing pairs in the qual­i­fier. In that set, Rahma and McMurchy strug­gled to get into the match and lost the first three games. De­spite some scin­til­lat­ing serves from the big hit­ting Jor­dan, he left the door open on a number of oc­ca­sions with dou­ble faults.

Rahma nursed a sore shoul­der and groin strain. It was a com­pet­i­tive pair­ing and McMurchy, who hates to lose, helped force three deuces in the sev­enth game, while 5-1 down, but the duo crashed out.

McMurchy crossed his fin­gers not to get picked for the fi­nal, which was to be played across three sets and that du­bi­ous hon­our fell to Rahma.

In the first set Rahma and Davey led for a while, at 3-2, af­ter some thrilling ral­lies. These in­cluded lobs in a com­edy of de­cid­ing who should chase the ball, but it was not to be, Davey took a heavy back­wards fall and Rahma’s in­juries be­gan to tell.

De­spite MacKay’s many dou­ble faults he more than made up for them with lovely pass­ing shots down the op­pos­ing back­hand line. Com­bined with Jor­dan’s thump­ing serves the duo romped home to fin­ish the sec­ond set 6-2.

This sea­son’s win­ners were: Wright Ogilvie shield (U12s): Lo­gan Lovell, Ju­nior cham­pion: Alas­dair Fer­gu­son, Ju­nior league shield: Alas­dair Fer­gu­son, HMS Platy­pus cup for mixed dou­bles: Jamie Morris and Jane Gal­lagher, Dick­son tro­phy men’s sin­gles: Thomas Jor­dan, Men’s sin­gles league: Thomas Jor­dan, Women’s sin­gles was not played, Women’s dou­bles: Jane Gal­lagher and Anne Ogilvie, CGS girls: Su­san Shaw, CGS ju­nior boys: Scott Gra­ham, CGS se­nior boys: Mil­lar Ir­win.


Fol­low­ing the day’s com­pe­ti­tion there were some friendly mixed dou­bles and sin­gles games be­tween: Alas­dair Fer­gu­son, Don­ald MacKay, Thomas Jor­dan, Sary Rahma, Hector McMurchy, Catherine Dob­bie, Jane Gal­lagher and Dorothy Gray. All are seen here in front of the old club­house which will be re­placed by next sea­son.

Some­how Mark Davey jumped for this back­hand vol­ley and Sary Rahma ducked out of the way. 25_c43ten­nis03 Photo by Hector McMurchy.

Don­ald MacKay and Thomas Jor­dan win­ners of Camp­bel­town Ten­nis Club’s dou­bles shield. 25_c43ten­nis04

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