IN THIS action-packed season at Montrose Tennis Club the club entered three teams in the Tayside Leagues.
This was to cater for new members who wanted to participate in competitive leagues and to have coaching with Graeme Walker.
The first team, under match secretary Jen Richardson, is in Division Two after being league winners of Division Three in the 2010 season. With three games to go the players are pulling out all the stops and are currently lying fourth.
July 4: Andy Moffat (new member), Nicky Whitecross, Chad Neighbor, Linda Cuthill, Jen Richardson and Caroline Stewart beat Arbroath Second team 16-2.
July 11: Andy Moffat, Chad Neighbor, Fraser Ramsayer, Jane Cargill, Rhona Alston and Jen Richardson, walkover to Montrose from Craigmuir 2.
July 18: Nicky Whitecross, Scott Lorimer, Chris Hardy, Caroline Stewart, Jen Richardson and Jane Cargill lost to a strong Broughty Ferry 1 team, 18-0.
August 1: Nicky Whitecross, Murray Pert, Stephen West (on his debut), Linda Cuthill, Caroline Stewart and Jane Cargill lost a home game to Kinross, 5-13.
August 8: Andy Moffat, Murray Pert, Chris Hardy, Linda Cuthill, Caroline and Rhona Alston had a good 9-9 draw against an experienced Broughty Ferry 2 side.
Montrose Team 2: Match secretary Rhona Alston is organising the Division Three side promoted last season, as well as the Montrose Team 3 in Division Five.
July 4: Murray Pert, Jane Cargill, David McArthur, Barbara Watson, Chris Hardy and Rhona Alston started off the league with a solid win, Montrose 18, West End 0.
July 11: David McArthur, Wendy Sanger, Chris Hardy, Neil Werninck, Corrina Gow and Diane Forbes has a walkover when Falkland did not show. They had a practice session instead.
July 18: Montrose travelled to Darnhall, Perth, the eventual winners, 11-6. Mother and son Barbara Watson and Donald Watson paired up well, as did Andy Baxter and Wendy Sanger. The star was Mark Soutar who drove from Newmachar at short notice to make up the team. He partnered Rhona Alston.
July 25: Stephen West, Andy Baxter, Chris Hardy, Barbara Watson, Jane Cargill and captain Caroline Stewart had a 9-9 draw against a strong Anstruther team.
August 1: Away to St Andrews Barbara and Donald Watson took two sets, David McArthur teamed up with Carolyn Smith and Rhona Alston playing with Chad Neighbor took three sets. The overall score was St Andrews 13, Montrose 5.
August 8: Jean and John Stevenson, David McArthur, Chad Neighbor and Wendy Sanger were against league leaders Games Club 1 and found it hard going on clay courts. But the 15-1 defeat does not reflect the hard effort put in.
Montrose were fourth in Division Three with everything to play for.
Team 3, Division Five: July 5: In its second year in being, Montrose 3 took on a new club to Tayside, Blairgowrie. Jennifer Broadley, Kenny Moir, John Stevenson, Fiona Cuthill, Carole Medlock and Ally Sievwright were in good spirits and played a creditable 9-9 draw
July 11: Montrose entertained Wormit 3 to a home match and fielded some new members in a great night of tennis, winning 16-1. Players were David McArthur, Wendy Sanger, Jim and Jill Murison, Ally Sievwright and, Carole Medlock.
July 18: The Montrose team for Games Club, who are competing strongly this year, comprised Graeme Newton, Christina Greenway, Neil McQuistan, Corrina Gow, John Stevenson and Carole Medlock. Losing only four games, Montrose won 2-14.
July 25: Against Lundin Links 2 Graeme Newton, Scott Lorimer, Fraser McGlynn, Wendy Sanger, Corrina Gow and Fiona Cuthill earned a great 9-9 draw, finishing the game at 10.45 in floodlights.
August 1: The team was again away, to David Lloyd, Dundee. Jean and John Stevenson, Andy Baxter, Fiona Cuthill, Graeme Newton with Diane Forbes recorded a great 9-9 draw.
August 8: Great atmosphere with two Montrose teams playing home matches. Team 3 players were Graeme Newton, Andy Baxter, Ally Sievwright, Diane Forbes, Gillian Inglis and Fiona Cuthill, and they beat Maulesbank 13-4.
The club championships are being contested and members of the club and the public can visit the matches played every night: singles, ladies' and men's doubles, mixed doubles and junior events. Coffee and cakes in club house.
Club Championship Day is Saturday, August 27, to which everyone is invited.
All finals aging from under-eight upwards will be played. If rain spoils play the reserve day is the following day, Sunday.
Graeme Walker has held five tennis camps for the club along with an Angus Council camp. If you have enjoyed your experience with Graeme the club programme for juniors is now published and advertised on website: www.montrosetennis.org for next season where you can learn more skills and compete in little tournaments.