Arbroath tennis men enjoy their first win of the season

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Men’s First Team

Arbroath Lawn Tennis Club’s first men’s team were on the road again this week against Wormit and Newport.

The Arbroath side were still looking for their first win and made one change from the previous week. Dave Wood was playing his first match of the season – partnered with Ronnie Edwards.

This turned out to be another tight match with Arbroath taking a one point advantage in to the final round. Graham Crabb and Kevin Small won their match in the final round leaving Alan Green and Liam Curry needing to win one of their two sets to secure victory. In a tense first set they lost out on a tie-break. In the second set, however, they took control to win 6-2 and secure the team’s first win of the season.

This was really a relegation battle with both teams on two points before the match began. However, the league is so tight that a win against Scone on Thursday would see Arbroath move in to one of the promotion places.

Results, Arbroath names first:

First round - A. Green/L. Curry beat I. Dow/D. Petrie 6-1, 6-4; R. Edwards/D. Wood lost to G. Hill/A. Thompson 6-4, 6-2; G. Crabb/K. Small beat A. Fairley/D. Richmond 6-3, 6-1.

Second round - G. Crabb/K. Small lost to Hill/Thompson 7-6, 6-1; A. Green/L. Curry beat Fairley/Richmond 6-0, 6-3; R. Edwards/D. Wood drew with Dow/Petrie 1-6, 7-5.

Third round -R. Edwards/D. Wood lost to Fairley/Richmond 6-1, 6-3; G. Crabb/K. Small beat Dow/Petrie 6-0, 6-2; A. Green/L. Curry drew with Thompson/Hill 6-7, 2-6.

Result: Wormit and Newport 4, Arbroath 5.

Men’s Second Team

Last week the second team were at home to St Andrews in the four player league. Turning out this week were father and son combo Colin and Sam Keillor along with Dave O’Mara and Scott Newell.

The Arbroath guys turned out to be much too strong for St Andrews – winning all sets fairly easily – with the match over by 8.30 p.m.. This is the team’s second win in three matches and sees them move in to second place in the league table

Results, Arbroath names first:

First round - C. Keillor/S. Keillor beat G. Pearson/C. Sprosen 6-0, 6-0; D. O’Mara/S. Newell beat X. Cant/W. Davidson 6-3, 6-1.

Second round - D. O’Mara/S. Newell beat Pearson/Sprosen 6-0, 6-0; Keillor/Keillor beat Cant/Davidson 6-3, 6-2.

Ladies’ First Team

The ladies first team travelled to Falkland on Monday night for their latest first division fixture.

There were three changes from last week’s team with Olivia Curran, Jan Fairlie and Teresa Lapadula joining Jennifer Green, Ashley Gorman and Rhiann Livingston. Falkland is only a two court club so each couple only played four sets instead of the normal six.

This proved to be a very good win for the Arbroath ladies who now move in to second place in the top division – two points behind league leaders Kinnoull

Results, Arbroath names first:

First round - J. Fairlie/T. Lapadula lost to D. Bradford/L. McCubbin 6-3, 6-3; R. Livingstone/A. Gorman beat W. Catigani/S. Lathangie 6-3. J. Green/O. Curran beat J. Graham/C. Watson 6-0.

Second round - J. Green/O. Curran beat Catagani/Lathangie 6-1, 6-3; J. Fairlie/T. Lapadula lost to Graham/Watson 6-3; R. Livingstone/A. Gorman beat Bradford/McCubbin 6-1.

Third round - R. Livingstone/A. Gorman beat Graham/Watson 6-0, 6-1; J. Green/O. Curran beat Bradford/McCubbin 6-0; J. Fairlie/T. Lapadula lost to Catigani/Lathangie 6-3.

Result: Falkland 2, Arbroath 4.

Ladies’ Second Team

The second ladies team was at home to Lundin Links on Monday. There were four changes from last week’s side with only Kim Keillor and Jan Ritchie remaining from the team that played Games Club.

Jane O’Mara, Carolyn McKay and Yolande Smart were also in the line up with Angela Crabb also making a rare appearance.

The pairing of Jane O’Mara and Angela Crabb won all six of their sets with the other couples also contributing winning three sets. This meant the overall result was a draw. This was the second ladies first point of the season!

Results, Arbroath names first:

First round - K. Keillor/J. Ritchie drew with A. Hill/ D. Jackson 3-6, 6-1; J. O’Mara/A. Crabb beat A. Cowan/C. Trotter 7-6, 6-1; Y. Smart/C. McKay lost to L. Rolland/J. Bevan 6-1, 6-1.

Second round - Y. Smart/C. McKay lost to Cowan/Trotter 7-5, 6-4; K. Keillor/J. Ritchie lost to Rolland/Bevan 6-1, 6-0; J. O’Mara/A. Crabb beat Hill/Jackson 6-0, 6-1.

Third round - J. O’Mara/A. Crabb beat Rolland/Bevan 6-4, 6-1; Y. Smart/C.Mckay beat Hill/Jackson 6-4, 6-1; K. Keillor/J. Ritchie lost to Cowan/Trotter 6-0, 6-2.

Result: 2nd Arbroath 4.5, Lundin Links 4.5

Coaching Programme

The full coaching programme being run by coaches Rhiann Livingstone and Dave O’Mara is now fully under way. There are still places available on most of the courses so please contact Jan Fairlie on 07711 343157 or Graham Crabb on 07703 582129 if interested