With the championship being clinched a fortnight earlier, a carnival atmosphere surrounded the players at Lundin Sports Club’s final outing of the season on Thursday.
Darnhall were the visitors to the Tayside League, Division IV champions, who were looking for victory to maintain a flawless season.
Just a few weeks earlier Lundin had inflicted a 9-0 hammering on their Perth based opponents and were confident of achieving the task in hand from the off despite a number of line-up changes.
Out, for various reasons, from last week’s starting slots went, Stuart Kerr, Greg Traill and Byam Trotter, to be replaced by, Brian Ortmann, Andy Cargill and Douglas Allan. Jim Douglas, Jamie Douglas and John Murdoch retained their places.
Ortmann and Cargill blasted through their first and second matches, returning two wins with no games conceded and looked odds on to repeat the feat in their last encounter but unfortunately four games were dropped, with scores of 6-3, 6-1.
This denied the pair recording a new club record. The Douglas duo breezed their way through five of their six sets, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0, 6-1 but had a slight scare in their penultimate meeting, being pegged back to 5-5, before eventually stamping their authority on proceedings by coming out on top 7-5.
Murdoch and Allan, being paired together for the first time, followed suit, winning, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1 but had an even closer call in the final action of the night, being required to go all the way to a tie-breaker, won 7-6, then an almost equally close 7-5 final set win.
As the final pair were serving up the sides’ second 9-0 drubbing of the Perth outfit, the rest of the party were impatiently waiting to start the celebrations.
Nine of the ten players used throughout the season were in attendance for the match, only Guy Murdoch was unable to attend, and the players made the most of it by having their photo taken to celebrate their success.
Once the visitors had headed for home, the Lundin players rejoiced in the season’s accomplishments of obtaining the perfect 10 and the team captain, Jim Douglas, was presented with a bottle of malt whisky from the rest of the squad.
Next up for the team are plans for a night out before getting back to business and preparing for competition in the third division next term.