Seniors pair win three hour battle
Helensburgh first ladies seniors team travelled away toThorn Park and emerged with a 3-3 draw.
At first couple KarrieWalters and Ann Morison were disappointed to collect only one set but the second pairing of Gay Black andYolandeTrewhella made up for it by collecting two sets in an extremely tight, marathon match lasting three hours and consisting of three tie-break sets.
At one set apiece there was everything to play for in the third set but Gay andYolande’s slightly more attacking play just enabled them to keep their noses in front and collect it 13-11 in the tie-break.
The following week the team were away toWhitecraigs on their slow artificial clay courts. Karrie and Ann were in much stronger form than the previous week and ran out very convincing winners in all three sets with the loss of only one game.
Yolande and Gay seem to be making a habit of long matches this season and this one was no exception. The home pair quickly won the first set but, having got to grips with the slower pace of the balls, Gay andYolande won the second 6-4.
They then raced into a 3-0 lead in the decider, only to be pegged back by a determinedWhitecraigs pair who employed the drop shot to great effect and eventually wore down the visitors, winning the final set 7-5.
The Helensburgh side emerged as 4-2 winners overall and travel away again toWestern next week for their final match.
The ladies third team travelled to Glasgow’s west end to play Broomhill. Joanna Crumless and Sue Macrae hardly put a foot wrong in the first set, winning it 6-1.
Broomhill came back to take the second set 2-6 but Joanna and Sue raised their game to take the third set 6-2. Janette Howieson and Alison Fotheringham had a very tough match and clinched the opening set 7-5. Every game thereafter went to deuce with Janette and Alison losing out both remaining sets by the closest of margins 4-6, 4-6.
The final score was a 3-3 draw.