Galbraith Highlands Tennis League round-up: Action from across the north courts
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IT was a busy week of action in the Galbraith Highlands tennis leagues, writes Hamish McBain.
Moray's clubs were on court to do battle in a series of derby clashes.
At Elgin Tennis Club, the women’s A team had a free week, so the focus fell on the B and C teams which are both fighting for promotion from Division 2.
The club’s second string have got off to a great start in recording two victories out of two by defeating Forres A.
Meanwhile the third team recovered from their first outing loss to notch up a win at Nairn and are sitting in second position on sets percentage.
Last Thursday produced two massive victories for the two Duff Avenue sides competing in Men’s Division 1.
A very emphatic scoreline for Keith Meisner and Tom Elwick who romped through their rubbers with a loss of only two games.
The second pair, Richard Wormold and Henry Archibald followed up by winning their two contests
Adam Macleod led his team in the defeat of Forres A, setting the ball rolling with partner Ross Jagger as their four sets were played with the overall loss of four games.
Mitchell McGrath and Duncan Jagger had closer fights on their hands. Having won the first set of the 1v1 rubber rather easily, they found themselves in a dogfight.
The second set went all the way to a tie-break which Elgin lost. The match tie-break was every bit as hard fought with McGrath and Jagger keeping their cool at 9-8 to beat their Forresian opponents
Elgin C lost out in a tight match at the Bishops Road courts in Inverness.
Jim Meisner and Iain Cameron lost the two rubbers they played but Grant Higgins and Lewis Simpson pegged the Invernessians back, but the pair crucially dropped the first set in the 2v2 match. The chance of a draw was snatched from the Elgin team.
Elgin D and Rothes B were unable to complete their fixture.
The teams had agreed on a late, 7pm, start in the hope that the match could be completed under floodlight.
In the end, the two courts that have lights were being used for another closely fought match.
However, the rules state that a result can be declared if the first round rubbers have finished. And, so it was that Elgin took the three points.
In Mixed Division 2, Elgin C lead the way with 6 points. The team recorded a great victory at home to Nairn B
Forres Tennis Club didn’t have a very successful week, losing all the senior matches played.
Lossiemouth received a walkover against Elgin C, who had team difficulties,.
And the newly promoted Lossiemouth men’s team started their Division 2 campaign in fine style with a 7-2 victory at home to Nairn A.
The coasters’ women’s team is not faring so well, being thrashed 8-0 at Grantown
Rothes Tennis Club had a series of games, not least their men's B team unable to finish their match against Forres B when 4-3 up due to floodlighting failure.
The Speysiders' mixed A team’s visit to Tain was to be an unlucky journey.
Three of the squad could not make it but those who were drafted in did very well.
Maureen Turner and 16-year-old Fraser Scott won both rubbers but they were taken to a match tie-break in both. These dropped set were to prove crucial to the final outcome as Jane Sim and Atholl Murray were unable to snatch a set off the opposition.
Meanwhile the visit of Gordonstoun resulted in a resounding victory for the homesters.
Elgin C 7 Forres A 2
Jenny Milne & Lisa Nairn unfinished v Joanne Lang & Julia 7-5, 6-7; beat Janette Kerr &Pauline Brown 6-3,6-2.
Joan Flett & Isla Dickinson won 7-5, 4-6, 10-3; won 6-3, 6-4.
Nairn B 4 Elgin B 7
Angela McWilliam & Teresa Tait won 3-6, 7-5, 10-4; won 4-6, 7-6, 10-8.
Jenny Milne & Jane Sim lost 2-6, 7-5, 8-10; won 7-5, 6-4
Division 3 Moray & Strathspey
Forres B 3 Rothes 4
Gordonstoun 5 R&A D 5
Grantown 8 Lossiemouth 0
Laura Kelly & Joanna Fraser-Mackenzie lost 1-6, 0-6; lost 1-6, 1-6.
Carol Lennon & Clare Jackson lost 1-6, 2-6; lost 5-7, 3-6.
Inverness A 0 Elgin A 8
Keith Meisner & Tom Elwick won 6-0, 6-0; won 6-0, 6-2.
Henry Archibald & Richard Wormald won 6-3, 6-2; won 6-3, 6-1
Elgin B 8 Forres A 1
Adam Macleod & Ross Jagger beat Eric Janousek & Steve Barker 6-0, 6-1, beat Andy Williams & Gavin Ross 6-0, 6-3.
Mitchell McGrath & Duncan Jagger won 6-2, 6-7, 10-8; won 7-5, 6-4
Gordonstoun 1 Kingussie 8
Inverness B 5 Elgin C 4
Jim Meisner & Iain Cameron lost 1-6, 1-6; lost 0-6, 2-6.
Grant Higgins & Lewis Simpson won 6-2, 6-4; won 1-6, 6-1, 10-8
Lossiemouth 7 Nairn A 2
Keiran Carty & Tim Dickinson lost 6-3, 2-6, 7-10; won 6-2, 6-0.
Ed Borrowman & Darren Main won 6-4, 6-3; won 7-5, 6-1.
Elgin D 3 Rothes B 2
Donald Fraser &Angus Gallacher lost to Gary Logan & Atholl Murray 6-3, 6-7, 1-10.
Callum Kirkpatrick & Alexander McKendrick bt Ian Blackhall & Phil Foley 6-1, 6-2. Match abandoned: bad light
Elgin C 6 Nairn B 2
Isla Dickinson & Grant Higgins won 6-2, 6-1; won 6-1, 6-2.
Joan Flett & Jim Meisner lost 4-6, 4-6; won 6-4, 6-4
Inverness B 6 Forres 2
Jenette Kess & Gavin Ross lost 5-7, 3-6; won 6-3, 6-1. Joanne Lang & Kenneth Lang lost 3-6, 1-6; lost 1-6, 3-6.
Tain 6 Rothes A 4
Maureen Turner & Fraser Scott won 4-6, 6-2, 10-8; won 6-4, 2-6, 9-11. Jane Sim & Atholl Murray lost 2-6, 2-6.
Division 3 Moray
Rothes B 8 Gordonstoun 0
Johanne Dunn & Jack McConnachie beat Johannes Timm & Maisie McMulkin 6-2, 6-1; beat Brodie McMulkin & Cara Christie 6-1, 6-0.
Alannah Ayres & Gary Logan won 6-2, 6-2; won 6-0. 7-5
Rothes A 14 Gordonstoun Junior School 2
Evie Shortreed beat Henriika Blundon 10-1, lost to Lucas Cowie 8-10; beat Finley Starkey 10-3; beat Isla Urquhart 10-2.
Fletcher Stewart won 10-3, won 10-3; won 10-6, won 10-4.
Imogen Muir won 10-6; lost 7-10; won 10-6; won 10-2.
Owen Thomas won 10-2; won 10-6; won 10-0; won 10-4.
Gordonstoun JS 3 Elgin A 13
Nikita Hommel beat Luca Colvin 10-1; beat Logan Smith 10-3; beat Jessica Fearon 10-4; beat Alexander Duguid 10-3.
Cameron Wilkie won 10-5; won 10-8,; won 10-4; won 10-0.
Beth Newcombe lost 2-10; lost 9-10; lost 6-10; won 10-6.
Aonghus Archibald won 10-6; won 10-9; won 10-3; won 10-9.
Forres 10 Elgin 14
Samuel Herbert lost to Calleigh McConnell 3-10, 7-10; lost to Nikita Hommel 8-10, 10-6, 6-10.
Malakai Kriss Browne lost 3-10, 3-10; won 8-10, 10-5, 10-9.
Unknown Player beat Joseph Aliabani 6-10, 10-4; 10-8; beat Sophie Bain 10-6, 10-5. Gregory Davis lost 8-10, 4-10; won 10-7, 10-8.
Samuel & Malakai lost to Calleigh & Nikita 4-10, 5-10.
Unknown & Gregory lost to Joseph & Sophie 4-10, 10-7, 7-10.
Elgin A 10 Gordonstoun JS 3
Drew Murdoch lost 3-5, 1-4
Donald Coull beat Gillespie McMulkin 4-0. 4-1
Connie Simpson won 4-1, 4-0
Zofia Andrasovska won 4-0, 4-0.
Murdoch & Coull won 4-0, 1-4, 10-4
McMulkin & Andrasovska won 4-1, 4-1
Elgin B 10 Forres 3
Ellie Hommel lost to Borys Sulkowski 2-4, 2-4
Isla Johnston won 4-1, 4-1.
Rose Christie beat Jonathan Herbert 4-2, 4-0.
Crystal Fraser-Mackenzie won 4-1, 5-4.
Hommel & Johnston won 4-1, 4-5, 11-9.
Christie & Fraser-Mackenzie won 4-0, 4-2.