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Strathpeffer prove to be ace in Firths Cup tennis tournament

By Will Clark

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Tain Tennis Club held the 16th annual Firths Cup Tournament last weekend.

The victorious Strathpeffer team
The victorious Strathpeffer team

Teams from tennis clubs in Tain, Fortrose and Strathpeffer battling it out to see who could lift the trophy.

This year, Strathpeffer Tennis Club came out on top once again to retain the trophy with Tain in second place and Fortrose in third.

Event spokesman John Waring says it was an excellent event where players managed to produce some excellent tennis during the Firth Cup.

He said: “This event, which was first played in 2005, has always given all the spectators and players a chance to see some very good tennis matches.

“The players played in a very enjoyable fun tournament with partners from other clubs wherever possible.

“Every club should be very proud of their members’ performances.

“Especially Strathpeffer Tennis Club whose players once again proudly retained the Firths Cup closely followed by Tain and then Fortrose.

“Every year we have managed to hold this tournament in the summer and were always lucky with the weather. However this year the weather forecast threatened heavy rain plus thunder storms.

“Luckily the forecast was wrong and we started off in lovely sunshine with thankfully only a few light showers during the day.

“Our thanks go to all the 25 players for continuing playing in these showers which kept all the matches as scheduled”.

In the tournament, Richard Fea from Fortrose and Sarah Marr from Tain won the mixed doubles.

Shug Lynch from Strathpeffer and Joanie Whiteford from Tain were runners-up.

Marcus McAuley from Tain and Jan Turner from Strathpeffer were third.

Men’s Doubles winners were Dave Whiteford from Tain and Peter Hoffman from Strathpeffer. Runners-up were Mark McAuley and Marcus McAuley from Tain.

Gordon Brown Tain and Shug Lynch from Strathpeffer were third.

Ladies’ doubles winners were Patsy Alexander from Fortrose and Joanie Whiteford from Tain.

Runners-up were Jan Turner from Strathpeffer and Janice Eastwood from Fortrose.

Finishing in third place were Esther MacKinnon from Tain and Maggie Wylie from Fortrose.

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