This weeks matches saw the return of some familiar faces and the introduction of a rising star.
After a year out of the game both Eileen and Geoff Legg made welcome returns to the leagues. Stewartry CSC Ladies were absent last year so it was good to see Eileen, Kirsten, Chris and Charlotte make a welcome return to the leagues with a hard-fought draw 2-2 at Dumfries. Dumfries welcomed Fiona to their team and along with Louise, Sally and Diane, they came from 2-0 to grab a welcome draw in the first match of the season.
In the gents league again, Dumfries A were left frustrated as their match at Moffat was cancelled due to the weather but elsewhere there was a good victory for Dumfries B as they overcame Dumfries C 4-0 with debutant junior Alex Shearman putting in a man of the match performance with some sublime tennis. With Dumfries C being touted as match favourites (by the B team) they were unable to capitalise on their good start with the combination of experience heads and the craft of Alex proving too much on the night. Down the A75 the Stewartry derby saw Stewartry CSC entertain Dalbeattie at Castle Douglas. With Geoff Legg making a return to the competitive stage after a year out hopes were high of a Stewartry victory and his team didn’t disappoint. The first 2 matches both went to deciding championship tie-breaks with Stevie and Paul from Dalbeattie just edging past Geoff and Colin 10-7 to take the first rubber but Andy and Rab pulled the match level with a 11-9 victory in the 3rd to edge past Dan and young James. The second round of matches proved to be less dramatic with Stewartry winning both matches 6-4, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-2 to win the match 3-1.
These results leave Stewartry top of the table with Kirkcudbright and Dumfries A still to play a match.