Kirktonhill Tennis Club held their annual 12-hour marathon at the weekend and it proved to be another winner from start to finish.

Starting at 8am on Sunday morning, a group of Kirktonhill gents got the day underway with a competitive singles tournament which lasted until 11am. A number of mixed matches followed, leading up to the early afternoon when the families arrived for junior tennis and more mixed games.

Food and snacks were available throughout the day to keep everyone going with social tennis and service challenges proving to be a hit with the members. Aaron Barbour came out on top in the junior service contest while Paul Donnelly narrowly beat Charlie Walsh in the adult challenge. 

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The marathon was then rounded off with a hugely enjoyable three-hour long adult tournament that got the competitive juices flowing with Marissa Gordon and Andrew McCollum eventually getting the better of Danielle Gordon and Paul Donnelly in a keenly-contested final that came to its conclusion just as the clock struck 8pm.

Elsewhere, the Kirktonhill ladies were in league action last week with a tough match away at Hillhead Tennis Club. 

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First pair Karen Haggarty and Trish Cameron got the ball rolling with a win, taking the first set comfortably before losing their momentum in the second. 

Despite trailing 2-5 in the third, they managed to turn it around, winning five games on the bounce to complete a fine opening victory.

At the same time, Fiona MacDonald and Marissa Gordon were involved in their longest match of the season on court two.

After an evenly-contested first set which the Kirktonhill pair won 7-5,

Hillhead dominated in the second, running away with it 6-1. But, to their credit, Fiona and Marissa quickly put that behind them and raced to a 6-1 win of their own in the third set.

Third couple Anna Currie and Celia McKenna, meanwhile, found it tough going and despite coming back strongly in their third set, failed to secure any points as Kirktonhill eventually fell to a narrow 4-5 loss. 

Despite the loss away to Hillhead, the Kirktonhill ladies did manage to get enough points to ensure they stay in division three for another season.

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