Annual Club Tournament Match Reports

Adam Turner and Bradley Triffitt kick started this year’s Annual Club Tournament when they played their men’s singles match this morning in the soaring heat. What a fantastic contest this proved to be with both men in great form and hitting some excellent winners. Turner showed why he will be one of the leading fancies as the left hander had a touch of class to find winning points at crucial times. However youngster Triffitt was certainly enjoying the step up in class and the Wetherby third team player didn’t look out of place especially in the second set when he was threatening a shock. The two hit some amazing forehand returns in long rallies which left the watching crowd applauding in appreciation. Finally Adam was able to grind out victory 6-2, 7-5 but looked mighty relieved not to have a third set tie break to decide the outcome!. Good luck to Adam in round two where he plays the winner of Barry Johnson and Tom Harrington and he is also involved in men’s doubles and mixed doubles as is Brad.

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Adam and Brad chilling before their match..they looked far redder afterwards!!!

Bradley Triffitt was back on court Sunday evening as he paired up with Steve Plant as they faced Ollie Newsome and Tom Harrington in the men’s doubles competition. Now wearing the favourites tag, the youngster certainly enjoyed himself as partner Plant is a strong player serving well and using a slice return to good effect. Ollie Newsome was part of this seasons successful men’s third team at Wetherby and is improving. He is also a big server and was hitting some ferocious returns from deep. Tom Harrington used his consistency to stay in many rallies and after a close opener Brad and Steve were narrow 6-3 winners. Upping the tempo they began to turn on the style and despite a valiant effort from Ollie and Tom it was another 6-3 victory to advance to the quarter finals . They will have to await their opponents however as Richard Franks and Brian Thomas face Adam Turner and Ed Grogan in round one with the winner then meeting Tony Cutler and Stuart Robinson with that winning duo facing Plant and Triffitt. Thanks to all the chaps for playing in high temperatures and to the fans watching the action unfold!

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The chaps looking cool ahead of their mens doubles match.

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Marcus Kaiser is a relative newcomer to the club although has been playing in the men’s first team this season. He entertained Mike Triffitt in the sweltering sun Tuesday afternoon and both men gave everything on court. However Kaiser showed what an asset he will be in both Winter League and the Mixed next season with an eye catching performance to run out a cosy 6-1, 6-1 winner. He now meets either Tom March, Angus Harte or Ben Gold who are battling to reach round 3.

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Temperatures had dropped but the sun was still out as Bradley Triffitt and Louise Beasley took on Ed Grogan and Elizabeth Mewett later that afternoon. Triffitt and Beasley used their league experience to finally come through although both Ed and Elizabeth served well and hit hard during some entertaining tennis and both will improve for the outing. Its great to see the youngsters coming through and competing in these events and the club greatly appreciates this. For the record Brad and Lou triumphed 6-1,6-1 and await the winner of Richard Whaley/Ann Jones or Richard Franks/Louise Williams in a mouthwatering quarter final tie.

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Mike Triffitt and Richard Whaley took on Lindsay Edgar and junior Henry Brown in the quarter finals of the men’s doubles Friday evening. With overcast and windy conditions the players did well to entertain the watching crowd with some eye catching tennis on show, especially from Richard who had the crowd purring with some audacious spin shots. The men’s and mixed first team player put on a classy show as he and Triffitt ran out cosy 6-0, 6-2 winners against their spirited opponents who certainly made them work hard for victory. They advance to a semi final with Marcus Kaiser and Barry Johnson who earlier in the afternoon defeated Ben Gold and Mark Freeman 6-4,6-2 in another game dominated by windy conditions. This was a close contest and Marcus and Barry had to play very well to come out on top.

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Wednesday September 4 was a wet evening and two mixed matches were lost to the elements. However credit Guy Wood and youngster Gabe Mead who defied the weather gods to complete their mens singles first round clash. A titanic battle between two well matched opponents before Guy narrowly advanced following a narrow 7-5,7-5 success. He meets another youngster in Ed Grogan in round 2.

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The juniors held their qualifying matches on Saturday September 7th afternoon and were rewarded with a decent turnout in sunny conditions. Josh Bayliss kindly hosted and plenty of parents attended to watch the youngsters play some excellent entertaining tennis. The top two players in each section will now feature on finals day, scheduled for Sunday September 22nd and there were plenty of nail biting finishes and calculations to determine who finished in the final positions. For the record congratulations to Connor and Hettie in the Under 11’s, Elsa and George in the U14 and Henry Brown and Bradley Triffitt in the U18 who will compete on finals day and good luck to those players. A big thanks to all who contributed today and made the afternoon a great success.

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A lovely Sunday afternoon for the Men’s second round clash between the improving Guy Wood and junior Ed Grogan. Wood continued his rich vein of form with some scintillating tennis as he completed a 6-2, 6-3 success over Grogan who had made his debut for the men’s second team earlier in the day. An exciting match with both men producing some eye catching tennis but Wood is the man in form and now faces men’s first team player Ollie Newsome for a place in the quarter finals.

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A big thanks to Sue Perkins, Debbie Vines, Tony Cutler and Mike Triffitt who bravely battled rain on Monday Morning September 9th to ensure their mixed doubles second round game was played. Despite constant drizzle and light rain, the quartet produced an exciting and very competitive affair which lasted almost two hours. Sue and Tony finally prevailed 7-5, 7-6 in a narrow success after a titanic battle. Sue showed her class with some punishing forehands and was lethal at the net and she and Tony formed a strong duo. The pair now meet Barry Johnson and Jill Abel in the quarter final this Thursday.

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Well done Tony Cutler, Sue Perkins, Debbie Vines and Mike Triffitt who were still smiling despite a soaking this morning!

Mike Triffitt was back on court four Tuesday morning and what a difference 24 hours made both with the weather and result for him!. After battling rain on Monday, today was beautiful and sunny with sun caps and shades the order of the day. Triffitt teamed up with men’s first team star Richard Whaley and what a treat for the third team captain with the electric Whaley in good form. They took on Mixed Harrogate B captain Barry Johnson and another men’s first teamer Marcus Kaiser, who had beaten Triffitt 6-1,6-1 in the singles event. There was little between the quarter during the opening service games with the score tied at 2-2 before Richard started to up the tempo and hitting with power and slice from deep he began to turn the match his way. With Triffitt strong at the net the duo ran out 6-2,6-1 winners in a match that was far closer than that score indicates. Marcus showed what a great asset he will be next season after joining the club half way through this year whilst Johnson enjoyed the morning and faster pace despite a reverse. Richard and Mike advance to the Mens Doubles final although they await news of their opponents with matches still outstanding in the top half of the draw.

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Four merry men after a pleasant morning of doubles action today.

The good weather continued into the evening where Lucy Wright and Stuart Robinson took on Guy Wood and Dawn Steel in a Mixed doubles round two clash. The opening set was tight with little between the pairs. Lucy and Stuart used their vast experience however to shade it 6-4. Guy Wood has enjoyed a good run in the mens singles and used his excellent fitness to good effect in the second set . Improving as the match unfolded, he and Dawn were combining well and with Steel ever the consistent and showing the form that saw her help Wetherby A to title success in Harrogate Division 5 this summer, the duo leveled after a super 3-6 victory. With the crowd on the edge of their seats a third set tie break to ten was needed and the favourites composed themselves to finally prevail 10-4 after a very entertaining contest. Lucy and Stuart advance to the quarter finals and will meet Helen Robinson and Henry Brown in another mouthwatering tie.

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Wednesday evening was another dry and sunny one and witnessed one of the matches of the Tournament as Richard Whaley and Ann Jones faced Bradley Triffitt and Louise Beasley in the Mixed doubles quarter final. Richard and Ann had overcome the strong challenge of Richard Franks and Louise Williams in the previous round and expected an equally tough encounter here. Brad and Louise have both enjoyed great summer seasons in the mixed where they both celebrated title success and after a cosy win in the previous round were looking to improve again. The first set was a real war of attrition with little between the pairs. No surprise a tie break was needed which Brad and Louise narrowly won 9-7 to take the advantage. Richard, fresh from reaching the men’s doubles final, was hitting hard from deep and with some exquisite spin had his opponents in a twist. Brad was hitting well from deep and with Louise bossing the net they were proving tough to crack. However Ann Jones was playing the game of her life and defending impressively she and Richard forged clear to level at 6-3. This set up a tense third set championship tie break and with no quarter given it was finally Brad and Louise who got their noses in front to secure a semi final place following a thrilling 10-6 success. Each player gave everything in a terrific match and this was a real credit to the event and a big thanks to all on show this evening.

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We now have the name of our first finalists in the Mixed doubles competition after Steve Plant and Katie Barrett combined to defeat Bradley Triffitt and Louise Beasley on Sunday evening. With the weather threatening to derail the match, thankfully despite a drizzly start, the weather gods were smiling and a competitive and highly entertaining clash took place. The quartet were fairly matched but men’s first team player Steve Plant had the touch of class on show to ensure he and Katie progressed as he cleverly mixed the pace and with great consistency forced errors from the opposition. Brad and Louise lost the opener 6-2 but leading 3-0 in the second were looking at forcing a third set but they couldn’t maintain that level and were finally pegged back to lose 6-4 in a close second set. Katie enjoyed her outing alongside Steve and proved very useful with plenty of consistency of her own and the pair will be a tough nut to crack in Sundays final. Thanks again to all on show and for taking part this year.

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Defending men’s singles champion Jamie Perkins took on Marcus Kaiser in the quarter final Monday afternoon September 16 with conditions dry and very hot. Marcus has enjoyed two victories but was now up in class against the York 1 mixed star but he gave Jamie a run for his money with some tremendous long rallies. However like all good champions Jamie proved his class when it mattered and finally ran out a 6-2,6-1 victor to make the semi final where he awaits the winner of Adam Turner v Richard Whaley.

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Steve Plant had also played twice and he faced Tom Warburton this evening in another men’s singles clash. This proved another war of attrition with plenty of big hitting between these men’s first team players. It was close throughout but Warburton just had the upper hand as he prevailed 7-5, 6-3 to advance to a semi final meeting with Ollie Newsome.

In the ladies quarter finals Katie Barrett beat Ann Jones 6-5,6-5 in another close encounter with both sets going to tie breaks. The ladies third team stars enjoyed themselves but its Katie who will now face Suzanne Harte for a place in Sundays final. We will also be seeing Ann however who has reached the ladies doubles finals with partner Helen Robinson.

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A busy night under a ‘blood red sky’ last night at the club. (who can name the band with that album title?)

Wednesday evening September 18 was a busy one at the club with all five courts in action most of the early night. With a good gathering at social the remaining two men’s doubles quarter finals followed and with conditions dry and warm produced two excellent contests. Mick Abel and junior Tom March stepped out on court five and took on teacher and student duo Dave Rowlands and Gabe Mead who both attend St John Fisher in Harrogate. Dave is a newcomer to the club but was kindly stepping in for Josh Bayliss who had to withdraw with injury. He enjoyed his debut in the singles despite a loss again Ollie Newsome and has also had a run out recently in the men’s second team. Both the Fisher chaps are left handers and Abel and March knew this would be a tricky pair to play. However they made the better start and with Mead and Rowlands struggling for a foothold it was a 6-1 success in the opener. Little between the pairs in set two but a late rally from the lefties meant a narrow 6-4 victory which took the match to a third set championship tie break decider. With momentum Dave and Gabe upped the anti and showing great composure ran out 10-8 winners to seal a dramatic comeback.

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Well played Dave Rowlands and Gabe Mead who reached the semi final with victory over Tom March and Mich Abel.

Over on court one Steve Plant and Bradley Triffitt were facing Adam Turner and Ed Grogan and what a tie this proved to entertain a nice sized crowd at court side. There was some big hitting from the quartet and some incredible rallies which were ever so impressive and despite a 6-2 first set win Plant and Triffitt had to fight extremely hard. It was even closer in the second as the duo’s went toe to toe and it needed the experience and superb short play at the net from Steve to steady the ship. Brad was able to serve out the match and secure a semi final place following a 6-2,6-4 win. They now face Gabe and Dave Saturday evening with the winners advancing to a final on Sunday against Richard Whaley and Mike Triffitt.

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A great quarter final with Adam Turner and Ed Grogan just beaten by Bradley Triffitt and Steve Plant in a thriller.

Special thanks to Adam Turner who has supported three events this year and whose organisation skills have been most welcome and greatly appreciated by the tournament organiser!. And once again it was great to see four juniors competing tonight and playing ever so well showing that the talent coming through at the club is exciting and they were a credit to the great work done by the coaching team. Experience in tournament tennis gives the lads confidence to play team tennis and this can only benefit our adult teams in the various summer leagues.

Thursday evening saw the clash of the big guns in the men’s singles as first team stars Jamie Perkins and Richard Whaley did battle. This semi clash was worthy of the final and it was Whaley who was quickly out the blocks as his high energy tactics worked a treat as he took the opener 6-3. Perkins, the defending champion, released he needed a plan B and advancing to the net brought him great success as he leveled following a cosy 6-0 success. The watching crowd where on the edge of their seats in a close third set championship tie break before Perkins claimed victory 10-6 and will face Tom Warburton or Ollie Newsome in Sundays final.

Friday morning was glorious sunshine and the semi final of the mixed doubles was finally taking place. Lucy Wright and Stuart Robinson took on Sue Perkins and Tony Cutler in this vey even looking contest. It was going to be hard to predict the winner of this one but Tony and Sue made the stronger start and took the first set 6-2. A tense second set with little between the pairs but Lucy and Stuart prevailed 6-4 to once again force a third set championship tie break. With the quartet giving everything it was harsh there had to be a loser but Wright and Robinson were the eventual winners after a titanic battle which saw them just get home 11-9 in a thrilling match!. They now play Steve Plant and Katie Barrett in Sundays final which looks set to have a 4pm scheduled start time.

An incredible ladies singles match Friday afternoon as Katie Barrett beat Suzanne Harte 6-7, 7-6, 10-6 in a contest lasting an astonishing 3 1/2 hours!!. Debutant Suzanne held match point but Katie used her team experience to reach Sundays Ladies single final. A big thanks and well done to both…enjoy a Gin and Tonic tonight now ladies..you both deserve it!

In the other mens semi final Tom Warburton came fron a set behind to beat promising junior Ollie Newsome 1-6, 6-4, 10-6 in yet another thriller. A great match which Tom had to draw on all his experience to finally prevail and advance to Sundays final with defending champion Jamie Perkins.

Katie Barrett was back on court Saturday afternoon as she and Lucy Wright advanced to the ladies doubles with a 6-1,6-0 victory over Bev Lyn and Cath Keighley. With conditions sunny and temperatures soaring it was a great effort from the ladies who also had to battle through traffic with Wetherby closed for the cyling. Thanks to the quartet for making time to play thanks.

Later that evening Bradley Triffitt and Steve Plant beat Dave Rowlands and Gabe Mead 6-1, 6-3 in the mens doubles semi final. Some excellant long rallies from all on show excited the watching crowd.

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Steve and Brad continued their good form together but newcomer Dave Rowlands has enjoyed himself and we look forward to seeing him in Winter League action. Thanks to Gabe who is the youngest player in the competition and was certainly impressive again.

 

 

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