In the men’s singles tournament, favourite Josh Bayliss looked set for a tough opening battle with fellow youngster Tom Pearson but unfortunately Pearson has had to withdraw through injury so Bayliss advances to play Dexter Waud or Ed Grogan next.
Tuesday night saw a terrific clash between U16 star Dan Wright and Guy Wood. Wood is more accustomed to hitting balls on the fairway or on a squash court but like Wright is a useful baseliner and has developed his game over the course of the last year. With many rallies punctuated by the occasional canny drop shot from the wily Wood, the opening set was extremely hard fought and competitive with the older man winning a tiebreak to record a 7-6 win. The second set was equally as close but the experienced Wood used all his tactical astuteness to thwart the younger man for a 7-5 success and ultimately a 2-0 win which sees him advance to play either Sam Moore or Mike Triffitt next. Well done to both and commiserations to Dan for a great effort.
There were two entertaining mixed doubles games Wednesday evening with Walter Skubiak, who always preforms extremely well in the club events, partnered by ladies first team star Sue Perkins who has returned better than ever after a year out with injury. They took on Barry Johnson and Anne Lillywhite who have enjoyed good seasons themselves in the league teams. Johnson and Lillywhite led 5-4 in the opener with no quarter given and nothing between the pairs. However Skubiak and Perkins took the tiebreak which was held at 5-5 to take the opener 6-5 and began to show their class in the second set with the pace and power of the duo proving unplayable as they ran out cosy 6-1 winners for a 2-0 win. They play Guy Wood and Lucy Wright next who were seem on court together earlier getting some extra practise in!. It will need a big effort to lower the colours of the tournament favourites but this mouth watering clash is one of the ties of the quarter finals.
Sue Perkins and Walter Skubiak seen here after a useful win tonight and confident of further success as tournament favourites.
On the other side of the draw Mike Triffitt and Rachel Butterworth took on Stuart Robinson and Cathryn Keighley. All players have enjoyed success with their various league teams and a good match was anticipated. It certainly didn’t disappoint with Triffitt and Butterworth quickly out of the blocks to lead 3-0 before some great baseline returns from Keighley and dominant net play from Robinson levelled the opener at 3-3. Triffitt was serving well and utilising the width of the court to keep his opponents on their toes and with Butterworth demonstrating nerves of steel and hitting hard and aggressively down the lines they eventually prevailed 6-3.
The second set saw Robinson start to up the tempo and with the consistent Keighley not putting a foot wrong the duo threatened a shock as they led throughout. Triffitt and Butterworth held firm and saved three set points to force a tie break at 6-6. This was again extremely close and with long rallies ensuing and no player daring to make an error it was 6-5 to Triffitt and Butterworth. The duo then made the crucial match winner with a Triffitt smash securing victory in an excellent contest played in a great spirit. Triffitt and Butterworth advance to play Paul Keighley and Gill Rowe in the quarter final whilst for gracious losers Robinson and Keighley they both have important games in other events so we wish them well in those.
A great contest finished under lights on court four. From left to right Cathryn Keighley, Stuart Robinson, Rachel Butterworth and Mike Triffitt certainly enjoyed their evening in an exciting match.
There are more matches scheduled for the rest of the week and I urge everyone to arrange as many matches as they can before the start of the two week official tournament time frame from next Monday when matches will then be allocated by Tournament organisers Mike Triffitt and Helen Robinson.
Thursday morning saw U16 player Ed Grogan play Dexter Waud. Dexter has recently joined the club and has been a regular at social and was looking forward to his debut in the men’s singles competition. Waud is a strong server and good baseliner and has a good court coverage which he used to full effect today. Young Grogan has worked his way up and was a regular in the U14 squad before stepping up to U16 level. He likes to play from deep but found the older man too hot to handle in the opener losing 6-1. However he began to get a foot in the contest during the second which was very close. Some excellent tennis on show before Dexter ran out a 6-1,6-4 winner for a cosy 2-0 success.
Thanks to Ed for a great effort and entering and good luck to Dexter in the next round. He will need it as he faces favourite Josh Bayliss!!!
Friday was a busy day of action with Henry Brown playing Ollie Newsome after defeating Lindsay Edgar in the preliminary round. He faced an uphill task as Newsome has made great progress this year and as well as helping the mens third team men to promotion has also stepped in for both the first team men and York 1 mixed sides to good effect. He proved too strong for Brown but the U14 man enjoyed his morning and was far from disgraced during a 6-1,6-2 defeat. Newsome advances to the quarter final to play Paul Hill next.
Henry Brown far left and Ollie Newsome before play this morning.
The afternoon saw rain but after a short delay Walter Skubiak and Pete Shipston took on Mike Triffitt and Sam Moore in the mens doubles quarter final. Skubiak, still on a high after victory in the mixed doubles earlier in the week, and Shipston started brightly and led throughout the contest. They won the opener 6-3 and in a tight second just prevailed 6-4 to progess to the semi final. The combination of left handed Shipston and the battling and error free play of Skubiak proved effective and they gelled well during their time on court. They will meet the winner of Kevin Duckenfield / Greg Vince v Josh Bayliss / Stuart Robinson next.
Walter and Pete celebrate victory today.
Sam and Mike then decided to play their Last 16 match in the mens singles which turned out to be a real slog and the longest match of any game in the various events so far.
Triffitt made a good start and with Moore not finding his rhythm took a tight opener 7-5. Moore then started to up the tempo and began finding space and with some booming shots had his older opponent on the back foot before winning 6-4. This set up a decider and in another close encounter Moore served to love at 4-5 down before clinching the set 7-5 after a hard fought battle. He plays Paul Hill in the Quarter Final.
Barry Johnson and Marc Bickers looked in excellent form and one of the favourites for the mens doubles as they beat Mike Butterworth and Peter Baldwin. Johnson was strong at the net and with Bickers hitting hard from deep and making few errors they ran out cosy 6-1,6-0 winners despite a spirited effort from Butterworth and Baldwin. They play the winner of Guy Wood / Paul Keighley v Tom Pearson / Fred Lyn next.
Finally Greg Vince and Janine Smith teamed up on Court One to face Peter Johnston and Katie Barrett. This promised to be an interesting clash and so it proved. Smith was volleying well at the net whilst Vince hoovered up from the baseline. However with both Peter and Katie serving and returning well the opener was competitive before Smith and Vince edged home 6-2. The second was even tighter and with Johnston and Barrett sensing a chance to take the contest to a decider they gave their all before succumbing 7-5 in a thrilling contest. Greg and Janine advance to the Quarter final and will face Peter Baldwin and Louise Williams.
From left to right – Janine Smith, Greg Vince, Katie Barrett and Peter Johnston prepare for battle.
On Saturday we witnessed two cracking singles matches. A day after meeting in the mixed doubles Cathryn Keighley and Janine Smith played out a tremendous singles contest with Smith prevailing 6-4,6-4. Both players gave everything and enjoyed a rare game of singles for them both. Smith advances to the semi final and awaits the winner of Louise Williams and Anne Lillywhite.
In the mens singles a two hour affair saw Paul Hill just get the better of Ollie Newsome in a terrific contest. In a real clash of styles the wily Hill used his years of experience and quality squash play to frustrate the youngster who as always was serving well and returning with power from deep. Hill ran out a close winner 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 but a big well done to both players in what was arguably the best match of any played in the various events so far. Paul advances to the semi final and will play the winner of Josh Bayliss v Dexter Waud.
A couple of results in the ladies singles with Anne Lillywhite and Louise playing out a terrific contest before Anne battled through 6-4,6-2. Both ladies hit well from deep and with both covering the court well there was a couple of red faces at the end after a very good work out which both thoroughly enjoyed. Lillywhite advances to the semi final where she plays Janine Smith.
Lucy Wright and Katie Barrett also enjoyed their quarter final before Wright showed her class to run out a cosy 6-1,6-0 winner. Plenty of long rallies but Wright was more clinical and will play the winner of Ann Jones v Bev Lyn for a place in the final.
In the men’s singles the draw is shaping up nicely and Josh Bayliss defeated the gallant Dexter Waud. Waud really enjoyed the challenge of playing a first team player and despite a 6-1,6-3 defeat found the exercise more than useful as he is a rapidly improving individual who will be knocking on the team door next season. Bayliss now plays Paul Hill in what promises to be a titanic struggle and a real battle of styles.
Bradley Triffitt and Marc Bickers played their quarter final on Wednesday evening and once more there was some splendid tennis on show. The U14 youngster found the magic man too strong in the first but was pleased to avoid the whitewash as he took a game in a 6-1 loss. However he improved significantly in the second and forced Bickers into a number of unforced errors and produced some crafty short play of his own. Eventually Bickers showed the class that had made him men’s third team player of the year to run out a 6-1,6-4 winner. Bickers awaits the winner of Sam Moore v Guy Wood in the semi final.
Marc Bickers and Bradley Triffitt after playing an entertaining mens quarter final tie.
Rachel Butterworth and Mike Triffitt took on Gill Rowe and Paul Keighley in the quarter finals of the mixed doubles Wednesday evening too. With conditions ideal there was some good tennis on show with some long rallies and plenty of deuce games. In one such game Paul Keighley had to serve 15 times at deuce and was unlucky to finally come up just short. Despite a 6-0,6-0 defeat the scoreline flattered Triffitt and Butterworth although they remained calm and steady throughout and made minimal errors. A game played in good spirits however and enjoyed by all. Butterworth and Triffitt advance to the semi final and await the winner of Greg Vince / Janine Smith v Peter Baldwin / Louise Williams.
From left to right Mike Triffitt, Rachel Butterworth, Gill Rowe and Paul Keighley all smiles after a fun filled time on court.
Friday night witnessed a tremendous tussle on court one as Rachel Butterworth and Louise Williams took on Sue Perkins and Bev Lyn in the semi final of the ladies doubles. This always looked a fascinating clash and difficult to call and so it proved. Ultimately Williams and Butterworth used a successful partnership formed in the ladies second team this term to grind their opponents down during a 6-2,4-6,6-4 victory. They both hit hard from deep and were confident at the net but they needed to be as Lyn also had success at the net and Perkins was hitting with tremendous venom to keep her and Lyn in the contest. The match was poised nicely at one set apiece before a close finale which Williams and Butterworth just edged 6-4. One of the best matches of the tournament watched by a good sized crowd with Louise and Rachel advancing to the final where they await the winner of Lucy Wright & Anne Lillywhite v Ann Jones & Katie Barrett.
Well done from left to right Louise Williams and Rachel Butterworth who just edged out Bev Lyn and Sue Perkins this evening.
Anne Lillywhite advanced to the final of the ladies singles after beating Janine Smith on Saturday 7-5,6-4. This was a tough battle with both ladies giving everything and with little between the pair. Lillywhite now faces either Ann Jones, Bev Lyn or Lucy Wright who have still to play the quarter and semi finals.
In the men’s singles another terrific semi final saw Josh Bayliss defeat a gallant Paul Hill Sunday morning 7-6,6-3. Hill used a crafty game plan to frustrate the youngster but Bayliss is one of the clubs most improved and leading men and ultimately had too much weaponry for his opponent. Bayliss plays either Guy Wood, Sam Moore or Marc Bickers in the final.
Also on Sunday morning Janine Smith was back on court and she paired up with Greg Vince to face Peter Baldwin and Louise Williams. With Baldwin and Williams hitting hard from deep they took the opener 7-6 but Smith and Vince battled back well and remaining consistent and keeping the ball alive they ground out a 6-7,6-2,6-4 win after a titanic battle. They now face Rachel Butterworth and Mike Triffitt in the semi final on Monday evening.
Sunday afternoon saw a change in weather with rain starting to sweep over Wetherby. However a big thank you to Ann Jones, Bradley Triffitt, Bev Lyn and Pete Shipston who decided the show must go on and defied the elements to produce a result in their round One mixed doubles clash. With rain making the court difficult there was some cagey play but Jones and Triffitt played the conditions the better to take the opener 6-0. With Shipston and Lyn finding it hard to claw their way back Jones was returning well especially down the line whilst Triffitt had success with his serve and was happy to approach the net to make some crucial winners. The pair remained calm and closed out the second set 6-3 for an upset win and advance to the semi final where they meet Fred Lyn and Cathryn Keighley.
Well done from left to right to Brad Triffitt and Ann Jones who defeated Bev Lyn and Pete Shipston in the rain Sunday afternoon.
Ann Jones should have been back on court Monday evening but unfortunately opponent Bev Lyn had to forfeit so Jones advances to the semi final to play Lucy Wright.
Monday night also saw dry conditions for the eagerly awaited semi final between Greg Vince and Janine Smith against Rachel Butterworth and Mike Triffitt. It turned out to be arguably one of the matches of the club events as both pairs played tremendous in this three set thriller.
Janine Smith was playing out of her skin and dominating the net with some powerful play whilst partner Greg Vince was covering every inch of the court and chasing around the baseline returning many a lost cause with pace and power. Butterworth and Triffitt were struggling to stay in the opener and despite their best effort it was Vince and Smith who took it 6-3.
The second set was nicely poised and with no quarter given was 4-4. However finally Triffitt and Butterworth were able to see a glint of light and in winning back to back games took the set 6-4 to set up a dramatic climax.
The tide was beginning to turn and with the lights on but making it difficult to smash and volley from above, the poise and guile of Butterworth particularly was starting to dominate. She and Triffitt played some consistent tennis to storm ahead 5-1 but thoughts of an easy final set success were quickly dampened as Vince and Smith came back to reel of three games and at 5-4 it really was anyone’s to win. It was Triffitt to serve out and although not managing to create tremendous power he was consistent and with Butterworth maintaining a fine range with some lovely baseline returns they came home 6-4 in a very close encounter.
Well played to all on show and Triffitt and Butterworth advance to the final this Sunday.
A selfie at the conclusion with left to right Mike Triffitt and Rachel Butterworth just getting the better of a very determined and gallant runners up Janine Smith and Greg Vince.
Tuesday saw an excellent tussle between Josh Bayliss and Stewart Robinson who took on Kevin Duckenfield and Greg Vince in a men’s quarter final match. This really was an exciting affair with some high quality tennis on show. Ultimately the tournament favourites just managed to hold their nerve as Bayliss and Robbo recorded a narrow 7-6,6-4 win but all credit to each player on show. They now face Walter Skubiak and Pete Shipstone in the semi final.
Wednesday evening on court four was to see a long contest lasting over two hours in a tense ladies semi final doubles clash. Plenty of long drawn out rallies meant for some backs to the wall defending for both pairs as Lucy Wright and Anne Lillywhite took on Ann Jones and Katie Barrett. The underdogs battled manfully but the extra class of the favourites shone though on crucial points and Anne And Lucy prevailing 6-3,6-3. They meet Louise Williams and Rachel Butterworth in Sundays final.
Over on the show court Guy Wood was playing youngster Sam Moore in an intriguing contest. Wood has improved of late and is starting to play some attractive well thought out tennis with his error count greatly reduced from old. Moore is an aggressive baseliner and duly took the opener 6-4 after a close affair. However a fit and lean looking Wood knew he would not be found short of fitness and spraying the ball around court one confidently he levelled up after a tie break 7-6 success. The watching crowd held its breath during the decider which, with the stakes high, turned into a cagey affair. However the experience of Wood proved decisive and he took the set 7-5 for a great win. He advances to a semi final show down with Marc Bickers on Friday.
Guy Wood and Sam Moore all smiles after a long battle this evening.
A couple more games on Thursday evening and thankfully once again the weather was kind. Guy Wood was back on court after his heroics in the singles the night before and he teamed up with Paul Keighley to face Fred Lyn and Bradley Triffitt. Lyn and Triffitt gave a good account but the power and consistency of Wood and Keighley was too prove too good and they ran out 6-1,6-3 winners for a cosy 2-0 success. Guy and Paul advance to a semi final with Barry Johnson and Marc Bickers tomorrow evening.
More smiles from left to right – Fred Lyn and Bradley Triffitt who were defeated by man of the moment Guy Wood and Paul Keighley.
Brad and Fred then turned their attention to battle in the mixed doubles as they now faced one another. Brad team up with Ann Jones whilst Cathryn Keighley played with Fred. Triffitt and Jones were quickly out the traps so take the opener 6-1. However Keighley was finding her form in the second and with Lyn producing some nice winners down the line and some excellent smashing the set was close. However Jones remained calm and with Triffitt hitting some nice winners from deep they gradually began to take control to secure a 6-1,6-3 success. A game played in great spirit and thanks to Brad and Fred for doubling up on the evening to help with fixture congestion. A tough ask in the semi now as Brad and Ann face Walter Skubiak and Sue Perkins 2pm Saturday for a place in Sundays final.
Well done to Bradley Triffitt and Ann Jones who advance to the semi final after beating Cathryn Keighley and Fred Lyn this evening.
The mixed doubles semi final took place Saturday afternoon with Bradley Triffitt, fresh from a morning victory in the U14 competition teaming up with Ann Jones as they faced experienced duo Walter Skubiak and Sue Perkins.
Triffitt and Jones had done well to reach this stage after two excellent performances but were very much up in class here and big under dogs. Skubiak and Perkins showed their class early and dominated an opening set that did have plenty of deuce games. They ran out cosy 6-1 winners. However thoughts of a comfortable success soon disappeared as Triffitt and Jones upped the tempo and came out fighting in the second. Cutting down the errors they forced the favourites onto the back foot and with some aggressive tennis led 4-1. An upset was on the cards but Skubiak steadied the ship with some powerful returns and with Perkins proving difficult to pass at the net and smashing well they fought back to win 6-1,6-4 to advance to Sundays final. They meet Mike Triffitt and Rachel Butterworth in that final.
A good effort from Bradley Triffitt and Ann Jones who were beaten by Walter Skubiak and Sue Perkins. Well played everyone and good luck in the final to Walter and Sue.