The teams are in full swing now. Gents 4 have played a couple of games and the Ladies 1st Team are getting a number of their games played at the start of the season.
Sunday 22nd saw them away to the mighty Strathgryffe. Always a difficult place to go and try and get a result as they have a massive pool of players to pick from.
After their successful start to the campaign the Ladies were at least hopeful, even if confident would be stretching it a little bit.
Capt Gillian & Caroline led the line brilliantly again. They saw off the challenge of the Strathgryffe couple by a 6-1 6-2 6-1 margin to set the team up perfectly for trying to secure a vital away win.
At second couple Carolyn & Karen lost a very tight set 7-5 and it would take a Herculean effort to get anything.
But a Herculean effort they managed. They won the next two sets 6-3 6-3 and a 2-1 win in the rubber put the team over the line for the victory.
Rubber 3 saw KT & Lorns in a real battle. Winning the first set 6-2 things were looking great but the second set was a reversal by 6-3 and we went to a deciding rubber. A draw would have been a fair result here but tennis makes no provision for the draw and the Cardross Ladies fell in a tie break by 13-11 after a seesaw breaker which saw both teams with a chance of victory.
Still the job was done and a strong 6-3 victory to follow the first match is a great start to what promises to be a very tough season.
Next up were Woodend down at Cardross. No easing themselves into the season for the Cardross Ladies they are match fit and getting sharper by the game. A convincing 7-2 victory against Woodend completed a trio of victories in the first 3 games. A fantastic start indeed.
Caroline & Capt Gillian got the team off to a brilliant start once again by shutting out their opponents completely 6-1 6-2 6-4 although those number would tell you if it was a 5 set match the Woodend Ladies were getting stronger each set!
Karen & Carolyn came very swiftly out of the blocks with a 6-2 first set victory which normally sets the scene for the match but the Woodend pair rallied, literally and metaphorically, and took the next two sets 6-3 6-2. Another very high quality game.
On court 3 KT & Lorns had taken their tie break defeat seriously and left no room for any dubiety about their result this evening. Two bagels and a baguette saw their poor opponents taking the tie break backlash.
A strong 7-2 home victory puts the Ladies on 20 sets after 3 games and making, I believe, a stronger start than they hoped for.
Well done Ladies. Keep it up.
Gents 4 faced David LLoyd West End at Cardross on a bit of a breezy night. Before the game started Paul Clancy had produced a magnificent way of throwing our West End opponents off their stride. He flaunted the Fig and Parma Ham blinis with balsamic drizzle just close enough to distract the West Enders into thinking they were back in Peckhams for Sunday Brunch. This took their focus off the game and onto the after match tea……..
A great game was had at first couple with the West End pair shaking off their disappointment at having to wait for the tea to take the first two sets 6-2 6-4 but John Smith and Paul dug in to take a vital 3rd set by 6-4. As I’ve said before come count up day in August every single set is worth something so it’s important to keep right on to the end of the road….
A second couple the Cardross pair were Andrew Duncan and Duncan Mckellar. Andrew had obviously left the house undecided if he was going to tennis or golf, or a Tiger Woods tribute night. Dazzling in black Nike clobber and with the steely look of an assassin he was keen to build on his victory from last week.
Duncan as always was full of running and consistency and they would be a tough nut to crack. So it turned out. Three great sets – two of which went our way on a tiebreak – gave the guys a 3-0 victory which was a little harsh on the West Enders but they got good cakes and sandwiches so they didn’t go home empty handed….
Court 3 looked to me like the old ‘switcheroo’. The West Enders looked a very strong pair and Capt ‘Centre’ Court and Matthew would be in a game here for sure.
Big Centre took a different approach to the sandwiches pre match and challenged the West Enders with a display of sandwich machismo. Big doorstop sandwiches like the Mighty White advert
Would they rise to the challenge of a game and then these ‘Man Vs Food’ sandwiches? Time would tell……
The match was a cracker. Matthew and Capt Court prevailed 6-4 7-5 6-3 to conclude a 7-2 victory for the home side.
This match contained very very close sets and could have gone either way but all in all it was Cardross’ night.
Great times at Cardross……