Sopme thrilling matches were served up over the weekend on Hamilton Drive as Falkirk tennis club played their new-look championships.
Blair Jones beat Morgan Graham 7-5
A tight match that saw both players match each other game for game until it reached 5-5. With pressure on, Blair edged it in a close encounter.
Tim Goldie beat Piece Brown 6-1 7-5
These guys have faced off many times and we expected a close match. Tim got off to a blistering start in the first set, before Pierce found his rhythm and the started to battle back in the second set. There wasn’t much in it with both boys battling for everything, however Tim found the extra spirit to take the title.
Blair Nisbet beat Andrew Johnston 6-1 6-3
These firm friends showed their class by delivery a hard hitting final with some excellent interchanges. In the end, Blair’s power and consistency proved too much and he clinched the title with a trademark forehand winner.
Ruaridh Owens beat Blair Nisbet 6-4 6-2
The 18’s saw Blair make the step up against the powerful Ruaridh and we were treated to a tennis fest with deft touches mixed with devastating power from both boys. It was great advert for tennis with both players providing excellent entertainment.
Katie Leslie beat Kira Ashwood 6-1 6-0
Katie’s power and consistency proved too much on the day for Kira, who battled for every point and never let up despite finding Katie in top form.
Andrew Johnston & Tim Goldie beat Blair Nisbet & Pierce Brown
Andrew and Tim played a blinder and kept the pressure on Blair and Pierce throughout the match, not giving their opponents an inch. The games were close however Andrew and Tim played the key points well and never let up to clinch the title.
U18 Boys Doubles
John Irons & Andrew Johnston beat Ruaridh Owens & Ryan Stewart 9-8 (7-5) in a winner take all superset.
The final match on finals day saw the weather worsen and heavens open as the boys battled out at 4 games all. With light fading a super set was called for and in the end only 2 points separated the pairs as John & Andrew kept their never to lift the title.
U18 Girls Doubles
Katie & Jenny Leslie beat Eleanor Taylor & Kira Ashwood 6-2 6-3
The Leslie girls had just faced off in the ladies doubles side and then had to pair up to take on Eleanor and Kira. It was a tight match, with both pairs having chances to break before the Leslies capitalised and pressed home to take the match.
Colin Marshall beat John Brown 4-6 6-1 10-7
John took the match to Colin with consistent placement and good movement to take a tight first set. Colin steadied himself and roared back to level at 1 set all with a strong set showing to force the championship tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Colin’s momentum saw him thru 10-7 to clinch his first plate victory.
Martin Smith & Jayne Dunn beat Sean Vieira & Helen Russell
3-6 6-4 10-8
13-year-old Jayne made he first final appearance in the early anticipated Mixed final. Sean and Helen showed their experience taking the first set and looking a good bet for the second, until Jayne and Martin rallied and broke to take the 2nd set before clinching a tiebreak that swung from end to end until the last point.
Helen Russell & Jenny Leslie beat Katie Leslie & Stephanie Pride
6-2 3-6 10-7
With sisters facing each other in this winner take all final, it was always destined to go to the wire. With no couple giving an inch, tennis flowed throughout the match with deft touches, lobs, drives and the odd moment of brilliance saw Helen and Jenny (14) lift the title.
Martin Smith & Graeme Laurenson beat David Fisher & Ryan Stewart 6-2 6-2
Martin and Graeme provided a master class in power tennis to put hit David and Ryan (15). Martin and Graeme played with an aggressive tempo to pressure their opponents from the off and proved too good on the day for their younger opponents.
Sarah Irons beat Nikki Thomas 7-6 2-6 10-6
Defending champion Sarah had to dig deep to retain her crown with Nikki pushing the champ all the way in an entertaining match. Both ladies chased every shot down and Nikki started the Championship tiebreak on fire taking an early lead. Sarah, who looked like she had accepted defeat, gave one final push, gaining momentum point by point to roar back and clinch another title.
Calum McCrae beat Chris Sinclair 2-6 6-3 11-9
Two time former champion Calum faced off against two times current champ Chris in what proved to be an intriguing contest of styles. The match was played in high winds which saw Chris adapt quicker and take the first set in record time. Calum regrouped and through the kitchen sink at Chris during the second set with relentless attacking all court play to level the match. The tiebreak swung either way with no-one being able to take command until Calum seized the moment at 9-9 and pressed home to take the crown.