Annual Club Tournament 2018

The Annual Club Tournament will begin shortly and entries have now been collected and the draws been conducted

The categories are as follows

Men’s Singles

Men’s Doubles

Ladies Singles

Ladies Doubles

Mixed Doubles

The draws have been made for the 2018 Club Tournament with five titles been competed for. Feel free to start organising your matches as the quicker we can complete each round this will help with the schedule thanks.

Each match is the Best of 3x Sets (a Set is the first to 6 games, if the score is 6 games all then a tiebreak to 7, winning by 2 clear points is played). If the score is 1 set all; then the third set is replaced by a Championship Tiebreak (first to 10 points, winning by two clear points).

If anyone needs help with phone details for their opponents don’t hesitate to get in touch and again I will help with match arrangements if required.

Mobile is 07508057744

Email – mtriffitt@hotmail.com

Feel free to contact me via WhatsApp too.

Looking forward to another great series of games and a big crowd on Sunday September 16th for finals day.

Cheers

Mike Triffitt

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Well done to Tom Harrington and Henry Brown who defeated John Kneller and Bradley Triffitt in the opening game of this seasons Men’s Doubles Club Championship. On a bright sunny morning the chaps put on an entertaining contest which proved very competitive. After trailing 5-2 Kneller and Triffitt managed to force a tie break in the opener before the greater court coverage of Brown and Harrington saw them home. At 3-3 in the second the rubber was tight before a touch of class ensured they ran out 6-3 winners for a 2-0 success. A great effort by all on show and thanks for been so prompt in organising .

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A day after a narrow loss in the Men’s Doubles, Bradley Triffitt was back on court four this afternoon as he faced Walter Skubiak in the opening round of the Men’s Singles Competition. This proved another excellent contest and was very hard fought. Skubiak began quickly and was 3-0 ahead before Under 14 captain Triffitt got his powerful forehand going to run out a 6-3 winner. Back came the experienced Skubiak with a cosy 6-2 success in the second which took the match to a championship third set tie break. Little between the duo before Triffitt took the honours 10-6 after an enthralling clash. Well done to both players in a game played in a lovely spirit. Triffitt now faces either Richard Franks or Ben Gold with tournament favourite Jamie Perkins awaiting in the quarter final!.

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Richard Franks proved too strong for a spirited Ben Gold running out a 6-1,6-2 winner to set up a second round clash with Bradley Triffitt. There was some long rallies and some big hitting but the greater consistency of Franks proved the difference.

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Poor Ben will be sick of the sight of Franks after he and Barry Johnson fell to a 6-2,6-1 defeat against Richard and Walter Skubiak in the Men’s doubles. Franks has been a big improver in the team summer leagues this term and he was once again proving a handful here. With Skubiak also very consistent the pair put down a marker for the tournament and await the winners of Stewart Robinson/Mike Triffitt v Peter Baldwin/Roger Grigg in round two.

 The two Toms, Harrington and March played out an epic Men’s singles first round clash held over two days. Eventually the experience of Harrington prevailed against his younger opponent March who plays for the Wetherby U16 team. The players agreed a full three sets and Harrington ran out a 6-2,6-7,6-4 winner in a tremendous contest. Well done chaps and good luck to Tom who plays the winner of Greg Vince v Tony Cutler next for a place in the quarter finals where Tom Warburton awaits!

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Wednesday August 22 saw three more matches played. Greg Vince and Tony Cutler were involved in a 90 minute singles contest with virtually every game been deciding after deuce. However Vince was to run out a 6-0,6-1 winner which was harsh on Cutler who gave everything during a number of long baseline rallies. Greg now meets Tom Harrington for a place in the quarter final against Tom Warburton.

 A big thanks to Emma Youlden who stepped in to the ladies singles at short notice and she played youngster Iris Greaney. This proved a really close encounter and with both ladies enjoying themselves, was played in a terrific spirit. Eventually the youngster managed to secure a narrow 6-4,6-2 success and it would be great to think these two promising females may well be seen in the Summer league teams next season.

Finally Bradley Triffitt and Debbie Vines teamed up in the mixed to play Peter Johnston and Mary Fidler in the first game of this particular event. Triffitt and Vines were soon into stride and with the U14 player hitting some tremendous forehands and partner Vines producing soon excellent net play, they were moving along nicely. It was great to see Peter back in competitive tennis and he banged down a number of aces in an impressive serving show. Mary Fidler used her ladies third team class to ensure this was competitive but eventually the favourites prevailed 6-1,6-0 to set up an exciting second round clash with Walter Skubiak and Lucy Wright which will certainly be worth watching.

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Bradley Triffitt and Richard Franks played their Men’s singles second round this morning and this contest was full of long rallies. Unfortunately for the junior he found Franks ever so consistent and able to cover every inch of the court and despite some excellent winners, Triffitt was unable to convert many game points. Franks was mentally strong and ground down his opponent to run out a 6-0,6-1 winner which was harsh on battling Brad. Once again a match played in a great spirit and very sporting. Franks now tests himself against Tournament favourite Jamie Perkins and it will be fascinating to see how he copes with the rise in class.

Tuesday August 28th saw an epic Mixed doubles contest with Janine Smith and Liam Lindley just edging Ann Jones and Tom Harrington . In a contrast of styles the all action Lindley and Smith lost the opener 3-6 with the ultra-consistent Jones and Harrington adopting  a steady approach which resulted in a  very low error count .Janine served out to take the second set 7-5 and with all on court happy to play out a full deciding set the match lasted over two hours before a narrow 6-4 success saw the favourites home. They now face Greg Vince and Anne Lillywhite is what looks another war of attrition. After his exploits in the men’s singles Tom has probably clocked up the most time on court during these events and once again went down fighting . Ann and Janine do battle once more in the ladies doubles in another fascinating contest.

The following morning witnessed two more matches in the Men’s singles first round. First on court five was men’s third team captain Mike Triffitt who was facing U16 regular Ed Grogan in another clash of very differing styles. Triffitt adopted a safe and error free game whilst Grogan struggled for consistency on his serve allowing the older player to take the opener 6-1. However Grogan came storming back in the second and hitting some impressive forehand winners and now coping with the Triffitt lob, levelled with a 6-3 success. This set up a Championship tie break which suited Triffitt who was starting to flag and with one last big effort he managed to prevail 10-4 after a good battle. Triffitt now faces Dexter Waud Thursday afternoon for a place in the quarter final against David Stephenson.

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Gabriel Mead was following up his weekend appearance at the Yorkshire County championships with a tie against fellow youngster and debutant Will Mawson. It’s been a feature of the tournament and men’s singles in particular that many of the youngsters have entered this year and these two were thoroughly enjoying the experience. Mead was a regular in the U14 team and was able to use that to run out a 6-2,6-3 winner with his extra match savviness proving the difference. It was a good effort from Mawson in this battle of the left handers but he was unable to find enough winning shots. Mead now advances to face Henry Brown or Dominic Rix for a place in the quarters where defending champion Josh Bayliss awaits

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Tom Warburton was made to work hard in his Mens singles quarter final with Greg Vince before running out a 6-4,6-1 winner. Vince is renowned for his great baseline game and consistency and producing some lovely forehand winners the first set went down to the wire. Warburton began to turn the screw during the second when his extra weaponry proved the difference. Tom advances to the semi-final where his likely opponent should be Josh Bayliss.

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Mike Triffitt was quickly back on court to play Dexter Waud in the Mens singles after a tough third set tie break success over Ed Grogan the previous day. In soaring temperatures and with the sun beating down this was to be another tough game for the right to face David Stephenson in the quarter finals. Waud is a big improver , especially in the singles, and it was all too evident in the first as with some stunning forehand and backhand winners he had Triffitt bamboozled running out a cosy 6-2 winner. Undeterred Triffitt kept plugging away at the start of the second and with great consistency managed to level up the match at 6-3. With Dexter now struggling to maintain his first set form the tide was turning and with wily veteran Triffitt keeping the ball alive well with a number of spinning returns he began to force mistakes from Waud who was now finding too many errors creeping into his game. Some long rallies before Triffitt wrapped up a 10-3 success to advance. Thanks to both players for quickly arranging the game and another fine advert for the tournament played in excellent spirit. Both players are due to play again tomorrow in the doubles as they look to take advantage of advantageus weather.

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Mike Triffitt is certainly making the most of the current warn spell and was on court four friday morning making it a hat trick of appearances over the last three days. This time he was partnering the classy Louise Beasley in the mixed doubles against Marise Richfield and Peter Baldwin. Marise has had a great season on the golf course and is heading to Portugal after winning entry recently and we wish her well there. She adopted her usual elegant, consistent style and produced a number of well executed back hand returns. Partner Baldwin was hitting hard especially from the baseline and this had all the makings of an intriguing clash. Triffitt looked full of confidence after back to back single wins and appreciating the extra width of the tramlines was certainly making plenty of winners himself. With Louise strong at the net and returning well the duo began to get the upper hand although the turning point in the opening set was when Beasley held serve after many deuces to help the couple improve to 5-2. Eventually they wrapped up a 6-2,6-2 success after an enjoyable morning in the sun. They advance to face Stuart Robinson and Charlotte Todd in the quarter final.

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Over on court five, Men’s doubles favourites Kevin Duckenfield and Greg Vince were in action against Tony Cutler and Dexter Waud. Waud is a strong player in the singles and is looking to improve at the doubles and todays contest gave him a good platform. However the market leaders showed why they will take some stopping in this event with some clinical tennis. Duckenfield served well and bossed the net whilst the countless baseline returns from Vince meant they were hard to beat. Despite a spirited effort from Tony and Dexter , topping up their tans was the best result they achieved falling to a 6-0,6-1 defeat. Kevin and Greg now play U16 player Henry Brown and Tom Harrington next for a place in the final.

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U16 regular Henry Brown took on Dominic Rix on Sunday September 2nd in the opening round of the Men’s Singles. Brown has come up through the ranks and represented the club at all junior levels and is knocking on the door for promotion to the adult teams now. He used a consistent serve and coupled with good court coverage was always able to keep ahead of the scoreboard today. Rix battled manfully and was able to stay alive in many of the long rallies but his lack of league experience eventually told and he fell to a 6-1,6-1 success. Both players really enjoyed the experience and Brown now takes on U14 player Gabriel Mead with the prize a quarter final meeting with reigning champion Josh Bayliss.

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Monday afternoon September 3rd saw the Men’s doubles quarter final between Stewart Robinson and Mike Triffitt against Peter Baldwin and Roger Grigg take place. With Grigg serving well and Baldwin always dangerous on his feared forehand , Triffitt and Robinson knew they would need to be alert and fully focused and so it proved. However with Triffitt returning everything and adopting a thoughtful and consistent game plan it allowed Robinson to dominate the net and use his excellent back hand to great effect too. There were some excellent long rallies during that opener before the favourites prevailed 6-2. Undeterred the underdogs made a good start to the second set and leading 2-1 they had many break point opportunities to extend that advantage. However after failing to take any they finally ran out of steam and Robinson and Triffitt managed another 6-2 for a 2-0 success. Thanks to all for playing and good luck to Mike and Stuart who now face Richard Franks and Walter Skubiak in an intriguing contest for a place in the final.

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Thursday evening the courts were busy at Castlegarth and three Tournament games were played. Louise Beasley and Mary Fidler teamed up and took on Katie Barrett and Debbie Vines in the Ladies doubles and what a thriller this turned out to be. It also became the longest match of the event running at over 2 ½ hours!. Beasley and Fidler took a keenly contested opener 6-4 before Vines and Barrett replied 6-4 to take the second. There was some excellent baseline rallies and with some crafty lobbing those players at the net struggled to make an impact. This set up a third set championship tie break where finally Louise and Mary used their consistency to wear down Debbie and Katie to secure a 10-4 success. Well done to all on show for some great entertainment. Congratulations to Louise and Mary who now advance to the final.

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Over on court three Sue Perkins and Janine Smith played Charlotte Todd and Ann Jones in the Ladies doubles quarter final. This was as equally contested and looked a tough game to predict from the outset. Again a Championship tie break was needed to separate the teams with Smith and Perkins taking the opener 6-3 but Todd and Jones replying to take the second 6-3. More big hitting from Perkins and Todd deep and great play from Smith at the net and splendid defence work from Jones meant this tie was on a knife edge. Finally Sue and Janine prevailed 10-4 and advance to play Helen Robinson and Louise Williams in a mouth watering Semi final clash. Thanks again to both pairs .

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The Men’s doubles semi final graced court one where tournament favourites Kevin Duckenfield and Greg Vince took on Tom Harrington and U16 player Henry Brown. Harrington was returning well and proving difficult to pass whilst Brown was serving well and returning even better with some beautiful double handed backhand returns. However with Vince covering every inch of the court and Duckenfield a powerful net player the duo just edged the opener 6-4. The second set saw the pair up the tempo and despite some more well fought long rallies the experienced top seeds had too much class to run out 6-1 winners. A good match for the watching galleries and once again well played to all on show. Kevin and Greg now reach the final and await the winner of Richard Franks and Walter Skubiak v Stuart Robinson and Mike Triffitt who play Friday evening.

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 Friday saw two quarter final matches in the Mixed doubles and both proved very exciting. Afternoon rain had threatened to disrupt play but thankfully despite black clouds the games were finished without distraction. On court four Bradley Triffitt and Debbie Vines teamed up to play Walter Skubiak and Iris Greaney. Iris is 15 and had won her quarter final ladies singles match so arrived full of confidence. Bradley and Walter were hitting big from deep and with the girls showing great consistency there was some long rallies. Triffitt and Vines however were always able to just keep ahead before finally prevailing 6-4 in the opener. Walter and Iris were quickly out the blocks in the second set however to lead 2-0 and it needed some clever play from Brad and Debbie to get back into the contest with excellent cross court winners and dominant net play. Eventually Vines served out for a 6-3 win to see her and Bradley through 2-0 and into the semi final. Well played to all on show and good luck to the victors in the next round. Brad and Debbs await the winners of Janine Smith and Liam Lindley v Greg Vince and Anne Lillywhite who play this Sunday.

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Over on Court five Mike Triffitt and Louise Beasley were playing Stuart Robinson and Charlotte Todd. Beasley started well and seemed to really appreciate the hard hitting returns from her opponents. She was very confident at the net and with Triffitt content to hold the back line the two were moving along nicely. Robinson was proving crafty especially with some lovely backhand returns and Todd was showing a touch of class on many occasions. However Mike and Louise proved more consistent and took the opener 6-2. Charlotte and Stuart upped the pace at the start of the second and quickly raced into a 3-0 lead. At 5-2 a third set championship tie break looked favourite but Triffitt and Beasley fought back and taking the next four games Beasley was serving for the match at 6-5. Stewart helped save two match points but Beasley was not to be denied and she and Triffitt managed to secure a 7-5 success to make the semi finals. Playing the game of her life Beasley was the undoubted player of the match and crucially she and Triffitt made no double faults and were extremely consistent. They play the winner of Helen Robinson and Kevin Duckenfield against Richard Franks and Katie Barrett who play Monday.

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In the men’s singles U16 player Henry Brown faced U14 star Gabriel Mead in a battle of the youngsters. This turned into an epic with both boys playing some tremendous tennis. Left hander Mead took the opener 4-6 but Brown responded to level with a 6-2 success. Both were hitting well and using the full width of the court produced some lovely long rallies and excellent winners. The Third set championship tie break was nip and took before older Brown just edged home 10-7. A great match and both boys were a real credit to the junior ranks. Brown advances to the quarter final to face champion Josh Bayliss.

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Well done to Greg Vince and Anne Lillywhite who were successful Sunday against Janine Smith and Liam Lindley in the quarter finals of the mixed event. Vince and Lillywhite used their experience to good effect running out 6-1,6-4 winners.

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That set up a semi final against Bradley Triffitt and Debbie Vines on Monday evening for Greg Vince and Anne Lillywhite. This proved a good contest with plenty of long rallies and Triffitt and Vince battling it out from the baseline. However Greg and Anne continued their recent good form with a narrow 6-3,6-4 success to make the final.

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Mike Triffitt was also in action Monday but he too fell to semi final heartache alongside Stuart Robinson with the pair beaten in three sets against Walter Skubiak and Richard Franks. Again little between the pairs with Richard and Walter taking the opener 6-4 but Mike and Stuart levelling with a 6-3 second set victory. A feature of the tie was no double faults recorded and Richard and Walter held their nerve to win 10-6 in the Championship tie break decider to progress onto Sundays final where they face Kevin Duckenfield and Greg Vince.

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Richard Franks quickly moved over to court one where he joined forces with Katie Barrett against Kevin Duckenfield and Helen Robinson in the quarter final of the mixed doubles. With rain starting to fall under the lights conditions were difficult so credit to the players for continuing. Franks and Barrett made hay however and wrapped up a cosy 6-1 opening set. The favourites battled back and with some astute tennis took it to a last set tie break after a narrow 6-4 win. However Franks was not to be denied and completed a famous nights work with he and Katie combing well to run out 10-3 winners. A great performance from all on show and your efforts were very much appreciated by the tournament organiser.

Richard and Katie advance to the semi final against Mike Triffitt and Louise Beasley scheduled for Sunday morning at 10am.

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Wednesday saw men’s singles favourite Jamie Perkins take on Mike Triffitt in the semi final. Triffitt has enjoyed a great ride to this stage but was now facing his toughest task with a very steep rise in class. Perkins showed why he is so highly regarded and produced an impressive performance without ever really having to come out of first gear. With a high first serve percent and no double faults he remained consistent throughout and his excellent court coverage combined with some wonderful stroke play had Triffitt bamboozled. Perkins was able to pin the older man back and although Triffitt was aggressive in charging the net, Perkins was unfazed and was always able to find a winning shot. There were moments where Triffitt enjoyed some success but overall James played with a confidence that allowed him to run out a cosy 6-0,6-0 winner. He advances to the final and will face either Henry Brown, Josh Bayliss or Tom Warburton.

 

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