Arbroath Lawn Tennis Club’s ladies’ first team were away for the second week in a row, travelling to Perth to play league leaders Kinnoull.
The Arbroath ladies were hoping to avenge a thumping defeat they had received from Kinnoull earlier in the season. The ever changing ladies’ line-up saw Jennifer Green paired with Ellen Watson, Rhianne Livingstone with Nina Ledlie and Jan Fairlie with Cara Pattullo.
The match was in doubt due to the poor weather conditions but eventually went ahead as scheduled.
In an amazing turnaround from the match earlier in the season, the Arbroath ladies won against all the odds. First pairing of Jennifer and Ellen won all of their sets whilst Rhiann and Nina four out of their five sets played.This was enough to give Arbroath victory by five points to 3.5. This brings Arbroath level on points at the top of the first division with Kinnoull remaining at the top by means of a superior set difference.
Results: Arbroath names first -
First round - J. Green/E. Watson beat E. Manganero/E. O’Kane 6-1, 7-5; C. Pattullo/J. Fairlie lost to J. Morrison/K. Irvine 6-1, 6-0; R. Livingstone/N. Ledlie beat M. McLean/K. Young 6-2, 6-0.
Second round - C. Pattullo/J. Fairlie lost to McLean/Young 6-2, 6-3; R. Livingstone/N. Ledlie drew with Manganero.O’Kane 4-6, 6-2; J. Green/E. Watson beat Morrison/Irvine 6-0, 6-3.
Third round - R. Livingstone/N. Ledlie beat Morrison/Irvine 7-5, bad light; J. Green/E. Watson beat McLean/Young 6-0, 6-0; C. Pattullo/J. Fairlie lost to Manganero/O’Kane 6-0, 6-0.
Result: Kinnoull 3.5, Arbroath 5.
Men’s First Team
The men’s first team were at home last week hoping to build on last weeks narrow victory over Wormit and Newport.
A win would see Arbroath move to second in the second division table while a defeat would see them slip in to one of the bottom two relegation spaces. This turned out to be another very close match with Arbroath again coming out on top by the narrowest of margins – five points to four. Alan Green and Karlis Caucis won five of their six sets, Graham Crabb and Kevin Small winning four sets with Ronnie Edwards and David Wood winning one extremely crucial set.
Results, Arbroath names first:
First round - A. Green/K. Caucis drew with M. Tycnle/A. Nairn 6-4, 3-6; R. Edwards/D. Wood lost to C. Belwitt/D. Adam 6-4, 6-1; G. Crabb/K. Small beat J. Murray/I. Hunter 6-1, 6-1.
Second round - R. Edwards/D. Wood drew with Murray/Hunter 5-7, 6-2; A. Green/K. Caucis beat Belwitt/Adam 6-3, 6-3; G. Crabb/K. Small lost to Tyncle/Nairn 6-2, 6-3.
Third round - G. Crabb/K. Small beat Belwitt/Adam 6-3, 6-3; R. Edwards/D. Wood lost to Tyncle/Nairn 6-1, 6-0; A. Green/K. Caucis beat Murray/Hunter 6-3, 6-2.
Result: Arbroath 5, Scone 4.
Junior first team
The first junior team were at home to 2nd Kinnoull in a Superleague match on Saturday. Jacob Dempster and Russell Mitchell were making their debuts alongside Ben O’Mara and Drew Moir.
As has been usual this season the opposition were far stronger than the very young Arbroath side. Drew and Ben though did take their opponents close in both singles and doubles, whilst it was very good experience for Jacob and Russell. 2nd Kinnoull ran out easy winners by 12 sets to 0.
Results, Arbroath names first:
Singles - Ben O’Mara lost to Stuart Allison 6-2, 6-3; Drew Moir lost to Charlie Straiton 7-5, 6-1; Jacob Dempster lost to Aron Dochard 6-1, 6-0; Russell Mitchell lost to Alexander Thoms 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles - O’Mara/Moir lost to Allison/Straiton 7-5, 6-1; Dempster/Mitchell lost to Dochard/Thoms 6-1, 6-0.
Result: Arbroath 0, 2nd Kinnoull 12.
The full coaching programme being run by coaches Rhiann Livingstone and Dave O’Mara is now fully unde rway. There are places available on most of the courses so contact Jan Fairlie on 07711 343157 or Graham Crabb on 07703 582129 if interested.