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40 years ago

GOLF: The Scottish’s girls’ stroke play championship is to be played over the Edzell course on August 6, 7 and 8 1973. It is organised by the Scottish Ladies’ Golf Association who previously held it in Edzell in 1969 and 1971.

MRS D S Ferguson and Mrs W Bradbury, Edzell, representing Angus SWRI Federation in the national golf tournament at the Loudon Club, Ayrshire, won the prizes for the best scratch score.

30 years ago

Football: Lochee Lads, 6; Brechin City Boys’ Club, 2

The wind spoiled this League game at Broughty Ferry. The Boys were looking real smart in their new strip, white top, red shorts and red and white socks.

The Boys were playing the wind in their backs. In three minutes Fairweather finished off a nice move for the Boys. After that they were continually in their opponent’ goalmouth but no luck. Balfour, Davidson, Fairweather and Rae all shot past. Mason had handled the ball about six times but was beaten just on half time after slackness in the midfield. The 1-1 score at half time was all against the run of play.

In the second half the Lads kept our Boys on their toes until naturally they began to tire. Mason had no chance in preventing a 3-1 score. Thain was putting pressure on his mats by not clearing his lines and the Boys lost another two goals. Fairweather was having his best game yet and was four times unlucky.

The Boys pulled one back in the best move of the game, Fairweather nodding in a cross from Davidson.

20 years ago

TENNIS: Brechin player, Mike Swilinski retained the Montrose Club championship singles with an impressive win over Mark Walker from Montrose, one of the top junior players in Scotland. Though Mike was top seed, his younger opponent was fancied to take his first club championship title to add to his Midlands U21’s title and his North East of Scotland U18s and U21s titles.

Mike won by two sets to one, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 in an enthralling match which had taken over three hours to complete over a space of two days. This completed a very successful season, as Mike had helped Montrose to an undefeated season to win promotion to division two in the Midlands league.

Mike has played in a number of Scottish tournaments including the Scottish Hardcourt Championships, Midlands open and Volkswagen rating producing some excellent results.

Mike, and fellow player Ian Mitchell, also from Brechin, have qualified as LTA coaches and are hopeful that some kind of tennis coaching programme, both for private and group sessions, will be forthcoming.