Feb 17 2012 by Andy Galloway, Lennox Herald (main ed)
CRAIGHELEN’S second team travelled to Rutherglen for their latest West of Scotland Winter League match on Sunday.
The ladies’ doubles partnership of Liz Smith and April Robertson got off to a good start with a 6-2 win in the first set.
Liz’s steadiness and experience was a good combination with junior player, April’s, athleticism and good driving shots.
The second set was more closely contested, but the Craighelen pair clinched it with a 7-5 win in the tie-break and went on to steal the third set 6-1.
The men’s doubles saw the experienced partnership of Willie Robertson and Gerry Black get off to a close start to their match, reaching 3-3 in the first set before a combination of determination from Willie and some super backhand volleys from Gerry saw them run out 6-3 winners.
The Craighelen pair went from strength to strength and won the next two sets 6-3, 6-0.
The mixed doubles pair, the practised partnership of Sue Black and Jamie Ford, got off to a flying start. Jamie played some super aces and Sue cut off volleys to set up with Jamie’s fast-paced driving shots, and soon they had taken the first set 6-0.
The Rutherglen pair then got into their stride and started dealing with Jamie’s pace, resulting in some great rallies.
But Jamie and Sue kept their concentration and won the next two sets 6-2, 7-5, sealing the deal at a third 3-0 victory for the Craighelen team.
After enjoying some delicious home-made scones, the Craighelen team travelled home feeling very pleased with a 9-0 win in the bag and hoping to continue to do well in this league with two matches remaining.
THE Craighelen Easter Junior Camp runs from April 2-6.
More details will be available shortly.
Shortly after the camp the Craighelen Easter Tournament takes place from April 8-14.
Online entries are open now and close on Sunday, March 18. Parents, friends and relatives are invited to come along and watch the junior players in the competition and enjoy the hospitality and catering from the Craighelen members.
And you never know – you may see the next Andy Murray in action. It’s one of the tournaments he played in when he was on the junior circuit!
FOR really young players, Craighelen have introduced ‘Tots Tennis’.
Aimed at the four-year-old age group, head coach Shaun MacDonald is very pleased with the initial attendance at the classes on a Friday afternoon and looks forward to an ongoing course of Tots Tennis.
For more details on these classes and tennis for all other age groups please contact Shaun at Craighelen on 01436 675403.
THE club is holding a meeting on Thursday, March 15, at 8pm at the clubhouse. All members are asked to attend.
The club open day takes place on Saturday, March 24.
For more details visit www.craighelen.net or call 01436 675403.