It was a great night of celebration for Wetherby tennis club members at the Bengal Lounge on Friday evening as they celebrated four divisional crowns no less!.
The all-conquering Wetherby A mixed team had secured Harrogate mixed division five after a superb season in which they won all fourteen matches.
Congratultaions to Fiona Chantrey, Kevin Duckenfield, Louise Beasley, captain Barry Johnson, Mike Triffitt, Christina Plant and Richard Franks above with the absent Dawn Steel all playing crucial roles in their amazing campaign.
Wetherby B managed to win Harrogate mixed league division six after just holding on from pre season favourites Harlow in thrilling style. Tom Harrington, Lindsay Edgar, captain Tony Cutler, Bradley Triffitt, Anne Lillywhite and Katie Barrett played significant roles whilst thanks to missing squad members Ann Jones, Judith Crossley and Mark Freeman who were absent tonight.
The Leeds men’s first team made it two promotions in three seasons after they beat Wakefield to the division five crown. Kevin Duckenfield, Bradley Triffitt. Barry Johnson, captain Mike Triffitt and Richard Franks all helped along with Ollie Newsome who was missing this evening. A tremendous achievement in a tough section indeed.
The ladies Leeds first team ran away with division three easily lifting the trophy. Katie Barrett and Anne Lillywhite had excellent campaigns and they are seen above proudly showing off the silverware. Captain Bev Lyn along with Ann Jones , Mary Fidler and Cathryn Keighley were the mainstay of the team. A very big well done and good luck next year ladies.
A special mention and huge thanks to all the additional players who represented these four outfits. It really is very much appreciated and they all helped in making this a summer to remember.
There were fireworks both on and off the court in tonight’s exciting Winter League clash between Collingham and Knaresborough 1.Bradley Triffitt and Katie Barrett returned for the hosts after missing last week’s thrilling success over Wetherby 1 whilst David Hewson made a welcome return to Winter League as he led a Boro side that also featured Jeanette Bowden for her first appearance of the campaign.
Louise Beasley and Bradley Triffitt resumed their flourishing partnership as they took on Andy Little and Jeanette Bowden who are regulars for Knaresborough in the summer mixed leagues. Beasley is in the form of her life at present and once again produced another eye catching and accomplished performance. Happy to dominate the net with some terrific smashes, this allowed youngster Brad to spray some lovely forehand winners around the court and the pair were looking confident. Little is a committed and tough battler and took many opportunities to hit hard and produce some excellent winners. Jeanette was covering every inch of the court as she produced some amazing backs to the wall recovery shots but the Collingham top dogs were drawing away and showing excellent team work ran out cosy 10-2 winners.
On court five regular partners Tony Cutler and Katie Barrett took on David Hewson and exciting youngster Izzy Wilson. With Barrett running late and lacking in equipment she managed to borrow a pair of tennis shoes from Winter League organiser Mike Triffitt who also supplied the racket!. The Collingham duo were slowly away and Hewson was hitting incredibly hard and showing why he is one of the leading men at Knaresborough. Izzy loves hitting big from deep too and the Boro duo were starting to move the scoreboard along nicely. Tony and Katie however have great understanding and with some dogged defending managed to force their way back before finally succumbing 3-9.
So as round two began the hosts took a narrow 13-11 lead. Tony and Brad were like rabbits caught in the headlights as the men’s rubber began and Hewson and Little were playing some majestic tennis to forge ahead 6-0. Thankfully for Collingham they fought back and with Triffitt beginning to find his line and length, hitting some quality winners, and Cutler frustrating his opponents with some super spin, they managed to take four of the next six games to close the gap to 4-8.
On court four the Collingham ladies also made a slow start and Boro led 2-4. Sensing the men were also struggling, Louise and Katie turned up the tempo and with Katie content to prolong the rallies and Louise still razor sharp at the net they produced an excellent comeback to run out 8-4 winners.
With the fireworks providing a lovely backdrop and the smell of bonfires in the clear sky the scene was set for the final round with the hosts clinging to a narrow two point advantage leading 25-23.
Brad and Louise knew they would probably have to win big and they began brightly against Dave and Izzy. Showing great patience they were happy to force errors although anything short was smartly dispatched by the impressive Hewson. Mindful that Andy Little and Jeanette Bowden were enjoying themselves on court four and moving clear of Tony and Katie, the Collingham top seeds realised every point would be crucial and they fought tooth and nail to maintain their advantage. Eventually they managed to secure a wonderful 9-3 success which gave them a strong chance of overall success. Tony and Katie had rallied and the match was now very much in the melting pot. A crucial third game meant Collingham could relax and although Andy and Jeanette were worthy 3-9 victors it left the scorecard showing 37-35 in Collinghams favour.
A thoroughly entertaining and well fought match played in excellent spirit leaves Collingham at the top of the table after three consecutive wins. A big thanks to all on show again this evening and looking forward to welcoming you all back during the season.
Congratulations to Collingham with delighted captain Tony Cutler, Katie Barrett, Louise Beasley and Bradley Triffitt.
A brave effort from Andy Little, Jeanette Bowden, Izzy Wilson and David Hewson just coming up short for Boro.
The weather failed to prevent the various Junior events that took place at Castlegarth this morning. In fact the competition began in sunshine and stayed dry until the closing stages.
Samuel Willis showed some lovely touches to beat Russell Thompson and Sam Duffy to claim the U12 Title.
George Brown beat Ethan Knights in a competitive final to claim the U14 crown.
The U18 event produced some terrific tennis and all four competitors showed why the club is producing a useful junior conveyor belt with exciting talent emerging. Bradley Triffitt maintained great consistency and hitting some cracking forehands managed to beat his three opponents to lift the title.
A big thanks to organiser Josh Bayliss and the parents who supported the games and thoroughly enjoyed the action.
Wetherby tennis club member Emma Youlden also runs a successful fitness programme business and will once again be offering her popular Yoga Style workout courses at the club. Please contact Emma direct with details above.
Defending champions Wetherby 1 took on unbeaten Collingham
this evening and with the afternoon rain relenting a tremendous battle ensued.
Bradley Triffitt was missing for Collingham so Louise Beasley partnered captain Tony Cutler whilst with numbers low, Richard Franks and Fiona Chantrey kindly made up the quartet. Jill and Mike Abel were joined by Helen Robinson and Jeremy Reddish for the hosts.
Jeremy and Jill took on Richard and Fiona on the show court and this proved a very entertaining affair. Last season’s Harrogate mixed division 5 top duo Richard and Fiona were keen to test themselves against men’s first team star Jeremy Reddish and York mixed 2 captain Jill Abel and they enjoyed the challenge. They are certainly used to partnering and with great composure and consistency they built up a useful early lead. Jeremy was serving well and has a lovely backhand whilst Jill was always a threat with her poaching skills at the net. But Richard is certainly one of the big improves at the club and with great tenacity he and Fiona eventually secured an impressive 3-9 success.
On court two ladies first team star Helen Robinson was
joined by men’s second team regular Mike Abel and they entertained Tony Cutler
and Louise Beasley who had both been in winning title teams in Harrogate during
the summer. This however represented a step up in class but the Collingham duo
looked keen and would provide tough opposition. This was a real close affair with
no quarter given. Louise was strong at the net with Tony using his spin game to
good effect whilst Helen has a lovely backhand and Mike covers every inch of
the court. Finally a Wetherby win but only just at 7-5.
So Collingham led by four as the men’s rubber began and with
Jeremy continuing to dominate with serve and Mike steady at the net they
started stronger. Richard and Tony were content to defend and try to prolong
the rally which gave them success. This was tight but Wetherby had the greater
firepower to record a 8-4 victory.
Court one spectators were once again treated to some high class tennis where Fiona Chantrey and Louise Beasley ultimately formed a lethal partnership together. They are both strong players in the ladies second team but were in the form of their lives against Helen and Jill. Collingham pushed their opponents deep and playing error free tennis were quickly away. Helen produced some eye catching left hand winners whilst Jill was returning many lost causes to keep the hosts hopes alive. A late comeback from Wetherby wasn’t enough as Collingham won 2-10 to take a 20-28 advantage into the decider.
Rain was starting to fall but only lightly so play continued. Helen and Mike produced their best form of the evening on court one and leading Richard and Fiona 5-0 the match was in the balance. But showing nerves of steel the Collingham duo fought back and managed to cut the deficit to 7-5 at the finish. All eyes moved to court two with Wetherby needing a decent win but Louise and Tony were not wilting and remained very competitive. Jeremy and Jill gave everything but couldn’t quite muster enough points and despite an 8-4 victory fell just short as the visitors prevailed 35-37 in a real thriller.
Congratulations to Collingham captain Tony Cutler who was joined by Fiona Chantrey, Louise Beasley and Richard Franks tonight.
Well played Mike Abel, Helen Robinson, Jill Abel and Jeremy Reddish who just came up short this evening.
Over on court 4 and 5 Wetherby 2 took on Knaresborough 2. The visitors arrived with a strong squad with captain Paul White and Matt Hindle both very useful players. Experienced ladies Penny Sheard and Jackie Bedford were also in attendance. Ann Jones and Dave Rowlands resumed for the hosts whilst a debut for U16 player Henry Brown who was joined by the canny Anne Lillywhite.
It always looked Boro may just be too powerful and in all honesty
that was how things panned out. Lillywhite and Brown enjoyed their first match together
and showing promise they managed to record a 3-9 loss in a rubber that saw some
impressive serving and big hitting from Matt.
Jones and Rowlands always play with big smiles and although
not forcing a win a 4-8 defeat at the hands of White and Sheard was a decent
Henry and Dave enjoyed the big hitting in the men’s rubber
but this was a step up in class for both and understandably they succumbed 3-9.
The two Ann’s have enjoyed strong seasons with two title crowns to add to their
CV’s and they were involved in the closest match of the night against Penny and
Jackie. Nothing between the pairs but Boro kept the momentum up with a narrow
With just pride to play for in the last the visitors
confirmed their supremacy with further wins with Penny and Matt defeating Ann
and Dave 4-8 and Jackie and Paul 3-9 winners over Anne and Henry.
A good night for Knaresborough therefore who ran out cosy
A big thanks to all sixteen players this evening for providing some great tennis and top action in the spirit the competition was designed for. Good luck to all during the rest of your campaigns.
An impressive performance from Paul White, Jackie Bedford, Penny Sheard and Matt Hindle took the points for Knaresborough.
Thanks to Henry Brown, Anne Lillywhite, Ann Jones and Dave Rowlands for a brave effort in defeat.
The Leeds League AGM was held at Alwoodley on Wednesday evening and two of our teams were collecting trophies for title success. Our Leeds men’s first team surprised themselves by narrowly finishing ahead of title favourites Wakefield to take the Division Five crown. The emergence of exciting youngsters Ollie Newsome and Bradley Triffitt gave the team some real quality whilst wily veterans Mike Triffitt and Richard Franks also played influential roles.
The ladies Leeds First team led by captain Bev Lynn were also crowed title winners as they ran way with Division three. The team finished five points clear of local rivals Collingham with our own Anne Lillywhite topping the season player stats for the section.
Well done to both teams and a big thanks to all the players who represented both during the summer months.