Lieutenants Show Their Superiority

An overcast forecast but as usual the Sunday mixed started in glorious sunshine to keep our great record intact. Lindsay Edgar captioned Lindsay’s Lieutenants who faced Sophie Hunts team Sophies Stars.

Lindsay was backing up from a men’s match this morning and despite carrying an injury was happy to play dosed up on painkillers!. He teamed up with Judith Crossley and the pair had been influential for the third team last year in the Harrogate league. They faced Bradley Triffitt and Sophie Hunt who was making a welcome return after a few months away . Hunt was slowly away in this rubber as she took time to regain her form and it was the Lieutenants who were 3-1 ahead before the Stars began a fightback. Sophie made some excellent winners at the net and with Triffitt bossing the baseline they moved into the lead. Lindsay and Judith are both consistent and there were many long rallies with points hard earned. Finally a 4-8 success for the visitors.

On court two Tony Cutler and Anne Lillywhite are often seen on court together and they entertained Jeremy Branton and Ann Jones. The jovial Scotsman and Jones are always eager and never give in and both were defending for their lives. Jeremy must have covered every inch of the court but Tony and Anne are a crafty duo and made some impressive winners. This was a good battle however and with Jones making some incredible angled winners with her soft hands the hosts had to pull out all the stops to record an 8-4 victory.

Gabe Mead has risen through the youth ranks and this left hander is a big hitter and useful player. He was joined by the bubbly Claire Carvis  who is enjoying her Sunday teatime outings. The pair gelled instantly and soon developed a lethal partnership. They had opponents Arun Manoharan and Bev Lyn on the back front with some attacking and hard hitting tennis. The Stars duo were ensuring the rallies were well contested but Mead was showing his class and finding the gaps with great accuracy. The hosts ran out 10-2 winners to give the Lieutenants a 22-14 opening round advantage.

Brad and Sophie knew they needed a big score and made a tremendous start as they led Tony and Anne 5-1. However they rallied and with Anne finding her line and length and Tony pulling out some trickery began to get a foothold. Sophie was producing some big serves and she and Brad were looking stronger in this rubber. However it was a repeat score from the first round as the youngsters ran out 4-8 winners.

Jeremy and Ann Jones were next to take on Gabe and Claire but they too found the third pair too hot to handle. Once more no quarter given and the Stars duo were competitive but they couldn’t find the weaponry of their opponents who clinically found gaps which they exploited. Claire was in very good form and hardly putting a foot wrong and with Gabe happy to hit hard they managed to run out 10-2 winners once more.

Arun and Bev were involved in an excellent contest with Lindsay and Judith and this was extremely tight. Both pairs played well and dug deep but it was captain Lindsay leading his team to a narrow 7-5 success which kept his charges well placed for overall success leading 43-29.

The match of the evening took place on the show court as Bradley and Sophie took on Gabe and Claire. This was a fantastic rubber with hard hitting, strong serving and some lovely net play ensuring a very competitive finale. Little between the duos throughout but finally the Stars top dogs celebrated a narrow 5-7 win which gave them a creditable 23 points . However Gabe and Claire finished with an excellent 25 to take the top scoring honours tonight.

Tony and Anne enjoyed their last round as they took on Arun and Bev. The Stars third pair were starting to form a useful partnership and this would be a test for Cuter and Lillywhite. They did have more match savviness eventually but not before a few shocks along the way but 8-4 reflected the contest.

With Jeremy Branton succumbing to his long day of tennis he departed but thankfully super sub Mike Triffitt hopped on to court to ensure the match between himself and Ann Jones against Lindsay and Judith would take place. He quickly realised wearing glasses under these lights was not advisable but with Ann equally as dazzled this turned out to be a hoot of a contest. Plenty of unorthodox shots but some eye catching winners coupled with the customary deuces meant a tight affair but it was the Lieutenants with the greater consistency as they ran out 8-4 winners giving them an overall winning margin of 64-44.

Thanks to all tonight’s participants and as usual plenty of smiling faces throughout. 

Tigers Tame The Jaguars

Sunday afternoon means nice weather and the mixed third team in house match as the series continues with more new faces on show this week. Tony Cutler was back from vacation to skipper Tony’s Tigers whilst Ann Jones captained Jones Jaguars who featured two debutants including one playing his first ever game of doubles!

The Tigers opened with Tony and regular partner Katie Barrett, who was making a welcome return to action in the mixed, and they faced Bradley Triffitt and newcomer Andy Howden. Andy joined earlier in the year and despite little experience played in the singles competition this summer and is keen to improve with coaching. He was incredibly playing his first doubles game ever but in youngster Triffitt had a nice understanding partner. Cutler and Barrett are a vey useful duo at this level and were soon ahead 4-1 but the Jags fought back to level at 4-4. Andy was enjoying the action and hitting some nice returns and his court coverage was impressive. The Tigers kicked on but the Jags took the last rubber and were pleased to only narrowly lose 7-5.

David Rhodes and Anne Lillywhite are another experienced pairing and they entertained Arun Manoharan and another debutant in Claire Carvis. Claire has caught the eye during  her run to the semi-final of the summer mixed doubles competition and is bubbly and easy going on court. Arun continues to improve each week and has enjoyed his competitive matches. This always looked a close match to call and so it proved. Little between the pairs and fittingly a 6-6 draw meant smiles all round.

Tom Harrington is another regular and he teamed up with Marise Richfield who is a long standing member at the club and played many mixed matches in her career. They faced newcomer Alex Comerford, who joined in the summer, and the wily Ann Jones who is a standing dish these Sunday fixtures and brings a wealth of experience to the table. Alex is a strong server and hitter but would have his work cut out to combat the elusive Harrington who always keeps his opponents guessing with a concoction of well executed and nicely disguised winners. Marise is a very consistent performer and despite Jones keeping many rallies alive it was the Tigers with too much firepower in running out 9-3 winners and giving the hosts a 22-14 opening round advantage.

Brad and Andy improved again in their second round match but needed too with David and Anne on the other side of the net. However this was another close and competitive affair but the hosts had more consistency and despite Triffitt hitting some big winners they once more fell to a narrow 7-5 reverse.

Tom and Marise were playing like a well-oiled engine and relentlessly pounding away producing many winners as they took on Arun and Claire. There were many long rallies and numerous deuce games and each player enjoyed some memorable moments. However once more the Tigers were too sharp and roared to a 8-4 victory.

Tony and Katie moved down to court three and perhaps were taken by surprise as Alex and Ann were quickly out of the traps and smartly into stride. Alex was using spin to bamboozle Tony at this own game and Ann was certainly giving everything as always. Tony was equally effective with spin and with Katie having success at the net this rubber went down to the wire. No complaints however as it finished all square at 6-6 which extended the Tigers lead to 43-29.

It was going to take a mammoth effort for the Jags to somehow pull off a miracle but Brad and Andy were determined to make the winners enclosure in their third try. They raced into a 3-0 lead and were looking confident. However Tom and Marise had been so impressive and soon fought back with some intelligent tennis. They used the width of the court and found space to take the lead and despite their best efforts it was a third successive 7-5 reverse for the Jags and an impressive 24 point haul for the hosts third pair. A big thanks to Andy for taking the leap of faith and throwing himself in at the deep end and his backs to the wall efforts were rewarded with a honourable 15 points.

Tony and Katie also ensured they would be involved in three tight matches as they enjoyed a cracking rubber with Arun and Claire. Claire was playing extremely well with some lovely controlled tennis but she wasn’t quite able to prevent Tony and Katie running out 7-5 winners.  

David and Anne also rounded off a good nights work as they took the finale 8-4 with Alex and Ann to record 21 points tonight. Another well done and thanks to Alex for taking the plunge at mixed team tennis level.

Therefore the Tigers were able to celebrate a 65-43 success but so many positives on the evening and once again these matches proving a great opportunity to hand new members a taste of competitive mixed doubles.

The Wright Stuff v Sullivan’s Snipers

We really have been spoilt recently with the weather for our mixed in house matches and tonight was no exception with conditions perfect. The Wright Stuff captained by Lucy Wright, who kindly stepped in at late notice, took on debutant Nigel Sullivan’s outfit Sullivan’s Snipers.

With court 3 not available at first the order of play was changed.

Richard Franks and Debbie Vines playing at seed One took on Philip Longstaff and Christina Plant is what looked a fascinating tussle. Backs to the wall defending from Franks and Vines but Plant and Longstaff just seemed to have a little more firepower and edged this one 5-7.

Kevin Duckenfield was teaming up with old partner Lucy Wright and the pair have enjoyed plenty of success on court together over the years. They quickly recaptured the old team work but had their work cut out against the new pairing of Fiona Chantrey and Peter Seed. This duo are very experienced and complemented each other very well. They seemed to have the edge around court and with great consistency ran out cosy 4-8 victors.

Ollie and Dawn Steel finally got underway after a short delay although a big thanks to Mike Richards who kindly finished early on court three so play could commence. They took on Steve Duckenfield and Nigel Sullivan who also was a late call up and many thanks for that. The Steels are always reliable and battle ready and Steve and Nigel would need to play well to take this rubber. There was little between the quartet and in his reduced format the visitors just nudged ahead 3-5 leaving the Snipers in the lead 12-20

Richard and Debbie took on Fiona and Peter in round two with this another difficult contest to call. Regular partners Richard and Fiona know each other’s games ever so well and many long rallies ensued . It was no surprise the teams couldn’t be split and 6-6 reflected this tie.

Ollie and Dawn knew they would need to be on top form to tackle Phil and Christina but they were always playing catch up as their impressive opponents moved efficiently through the gears. They were playing superbly and despite the great tenacity from the steels they were unable to prevent a 2-10 reverse.

Kevin and Steve took on each other in this eagerly awaited dad and son clash and the pair have enjoyed many great battles over the years. This was no exception but Kevin looked determined to show he was still king of the castle and he and Lucy really turned up the tempo. They were relentless in their attack and with consistency and efficiency handed out a 9-3 beating. Steve was still smiling throughout and Nigel was enjoying the taste of this high quality affair and this helped keep the overall match alive although the Snipers moved further ahead 29-39

Richard Franks and Debbie Vines hosted newcomer Steve Duckenfield and Nigel Sullivan in the finale. Steve is the son of Kevin who has been a long standing member at Castlegarth whilst Steve has been a difficult opponent for many Wetherby members over the years playing for Knaresborough. This looked well matched on paper and so it proved. Richard has been catching the eye in the men’s doubles where he was a beaten finalist and Debbie is always good to have on court with her tenacity and fighting spirit. Steve was serving well and hitting hard from deep and with Nigel very consistent and enjoying the step up in class, honours were even at 6-6 after an exciting rubber and the quartet were happy to finish their nights work all square.

Kevin Duckenfield and Lucy Wright were expecting a tough final round clash with Christina Plant and newcomer Philip Longstaff who has also been a great recruit to the club participating in many match and social occasions. Another thriller with little between the pairs but Christina has been terrific in recent weeks and caching the eye of many of her fellow players. She and Phil were covering every inch of the court and proved too slick for Lucky and Kevin edging the tie 5-7.

Ollie and Dawn faced Fiona and Peter and could never find their form as the visitors turned on the style. With lady luck against them they were finding the scoreboard slipping away but Chantry and Seed look an impressive duo and formed a useful pairing this evening. Peter was dominating the net to produce plenty of magic whilst Fiona used her classy style to keep rallies going and return everything. Harsh on the Steels but they suffered a 1-11 deficit.

So another enjoyable clash but the Snipers were left to celebrate after running out 41-63 winners. As always thanks to everyone for supporting and nice to be able to get more new faces on court.

Wetherby Tennis Singles Ladder

To those of you who are keen to play more singles tennis, we would like to invite you to take part in our new singles ladder.
It is open to all members and free to join.

Simply copy and paste the link below, create an account and get started.
Once you have created an account, you can log in via the website http://www.playwaze.com or download the app, “playwaze”, to get started.
All the rules can be found on the website/app.

As a general overview, it’s a best of three sets format, championship tiebreak to 10 for third set (you can play a normal third set if you want)
You can play up to three people above or below you in the ladder.
The tournament runs for three months at a time.

Please follow all of the clubs Covid procedures for matches.
Stay safe, have fun and enjoy some great tennis!

Adam Turner will be running this ladder so if you have any questions, please feel free to contact him on 07793 031184 or adamturner_16@hotmail.co.uk

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Bandits And Dynamo’s Serve Up A Thriller

After rain postponed last weeks mixed third team match, today saw lovely sunshine as the majority of the players lined up here again . Anne Lillywhite returned and with Alex Comerford suffering injury this morning, organiser Mike Triffitt stepped in after unsuccessfully trying to find a replacement!.

Mike and Brad Triffitt had helped Knaresborough men’s team to a win at Harlow this morning and youngster Brad was handed the captains armband as he skippered Brads Bandits. He was joined at seed one by Ann Jones with the pair often seen in action together over the last few years. They took on Dawn and Ollie Steel with Dawn captaining Dawns Dynamos today. Young Triffitt soon clicked into gear and his big hitting and clever net play had the Bandits quickly out of the box. Ann was defending resolutely and with soft hands was producing some lovely winners of her own. Dawn and Ollie were struggling for a foothold and with lady luck against them couldn’t quite mount a late comeback as they fell to a 3-9 reverse.

Organiser Mike teamed up with Judith Crossley at seed two and they took on Tom Harrington and debutant Emma Youlden. Emma had enjoyed a tremendous run in the recent ladies doubles where she reached the final and this rubber turned out to be a laugh a minute played in jovial spirit. There was little between the quartet who all enjoyed moments of excellence but Mike and Judith dug in towards the end to finally run out 4-8 victors.

David Rhodes and Bev Lyn completed the line-up for the Dynamos and entertained Arun Manoharan and Anne Lillywhite who were making their first start together. This contest had plenty of deuces and some incredible long rallies , so much so that the players resorted to sudden death deuce long before the end!. The score line was ultimately harsh on the visitors but David and Bev are a crafty duo and celebrated a 10-2 win leaving the Bandits just ahead 17-19

Tom and Emma moved down to the show court and Emma was enjoying the harder hitting after struggling with the slower pace in the opener. She was certainly giving young Brad the run around with some lovely play and with Tom covering most of the court this was developing into a keenly fought contest. Ann Jones is the ultimate professional however and steadying the ship was making sure the Bandits top pair would not run aground. In an end to end affair it was the visitors who narrowly took the honours 5-7.

David and Bev moved over to court two to face Mike and Judith and Bev was in sensational form at the net as she despatched many clinical winners with a minimum of fuss. This was another rubber that would go the distance and with Judith fighting for everything and Mike pushing his opponents out wide with clever spin, it was going to be hard to call. Finally a 5-7 victory for the Bandits.

On court three Dawn and Ollie were starting to click and showcasing their many talents. With Ollies power and Dawns guile the pair were impressive although backs to the wall defending from Arun and Anne ensured this would never be easy. However the Dynamos took it 9-3 and heading into the finale the teams couldn’t be split at 36-36.

This was the round where Arun and Anne would finally be rewarded for their tremendous enthusiasm and persistence as suddenly they found their form and played some superb tennis. Anne was in scintillating form from deep with Arun describing her baseline rallies as amazing and Emma and Tom couldn’t find the consistency to repel them . Emma produced some nice serves and bullet winners and Tom was a willing runner but it was a 9-3 win for the Bandits which suddenly turned the tie in their favour.

On court one Brad and Ann were showing no mercy as they began to wear down David and Bev who were finding the going tough with conditions lung busting and extremely hot. Brad was enjoying himself and he and Ann produced good teamwork to run out 2-10 victors.

As usual the Steels were involved in the longest and last rubber of the evening with every game seemingly going to deuce. The rest of the squad had long departed and with the night beginning to darken this contest was going down to the wire. Fittingly after such an epic battle the spoils were shared at 6-6 leaving Brads Bandits to celebrate a 47-61 victory.

Another successful evening therefore and a personal triumph for me after finally getting Emma Youlden into a competitive mixed match where she more than held her own and thoroughly enjoyed her evening!. Thanks to everyone and roll on next weekend!  

Predators Defeat Chancers In Mixed Clash

Thursday was blessed with more lovely weather as the Harrogate mixed second team squad enjoyed another in house match this evening. Some new faces on show with captain Barry Johnson organising from the side-lines and Mike Triffitt rested after taking too long to finish his matches last week!

Christina Plant had been in sensational form last week and she was given the captains armband as Plants Predators took on the Fiona Chantrey led Chantreys chancers . With Claire Carvis a late withdrawal, Helen Robinson hotfooted it down to the club as replacement and teamed up with Richard Franks as top seed for the hosts. They took on the Chancers number one pair Lindsay Edgar and Fiona Chantry who were teaming up for their debut together. Lindsay played an influential role in helping the mixed third team to title success last season and is a regular for the Tadcaster men’s team too. He and Fiona enjoyed this rubber especially as they would face a tough challenge. Richard and Fiona are usually on the same side of the net so it was strange to see them in opposition and they both enjoyed trying to outwit one another. This proved tight throughout before the Predators took the honours with a narrow 7-5 success.

Boston Spa chairman Peter Seed is a great friend of the club and helped us especially in our hour of need during recent flooding’s and now moved to Wetherby is looking to join us at CastleGarth. He teamed up with captain Christina at seed two and they entertained Kevin Duckenfield and another newcomer in Judy Quinn who recently joined after many years at Beverley. Plenty of good attacking tennis and with players looking for quick winners, long rallies were in short supply. Christina served well once more and she and Peter soon gelled as they ran out 8-4 winners.

The Steels are improving match on match but faced a tricky tie against newcomer Philip Longstaff, brother of ladies first star Yvonne Mannall, and he was joined by Rachel Butterworth. Phil and Rachel proved a super combination with both hitting well from deep and the great court coverage of Philip allowing the visitors to establish an early lead. The Steels couldn’t find their line and length and were left frustrated as they were beaten 3-9 which left the match nicely poised at 18-18.

Round Two saw Peter and Christina pop down to the show court for their intriguing clash with Lindsay and Fiona and another exciting close tussle developed. Lindsay is also a great mover on the court and was chasing many seemingly lost causes down whilst Fiona used her consistency to keep many rallies alive. Peter and Christina were looking to force the pace and with some quick play moved ahead as they just managed to run out narrow 7-5 victors.

Ollie and Dawn looked determined to improve on their opening round effort and were quickly away against Kevin and Judy. Judy is a good hitter from deep and was happy to rally away allowing Kev to look after the net but with young Ollie happy to play the long game and keep his opponents on the run, it was the Steels who were getting the upper hand and ran out tremendous 10-2 winners. Richard and Helen moved up a notch in this round too as they looked impressive against Philip and Rachel who couldn’t match their first round performance. Helen had her backhand finely tuned and with Richard a constant runner, the hosts took the honours with an eye catching 9-3 success leaving Plants Predators ahead 44-28.

Work to be done in the finale if the Chancers were to mount a comeback and Philip and Rachel were looking to reduce the arrears as they took on Peter and Christina. They certainly enjoyed themselves with some entertaining quality tennis as they exploited the gaps with clever play. Both were wearing big smiles and showing good teamwork they had the scoreboard moving in their direction. Peter and Christina were finding it harder to fashion winners but kept going to the wire before succumbing 4-8.

However that was as close as the Chancers would come as Richard and Helen wasted little time on court two against Kevin and Judy. They were playing extremely well and showcasing plenty of weapons as they confidently went about their business. Kevin and Judy gave everything but the hosts had a touch of class to wrap up a 9-3 win.

It was left to the Steels to conclude the evening as they took on Fiona and Lindsay and this once more was a tight tussle. Fiona and Lindsay were very consistent in each of their matches and it made good viewing for the spectators enjoying the action on court one this evening. Ollie and Dawn were gaining in confidence and showing great patience quietly went about executing their excellent game plan to take the rubber 8-4 and help guide the Predators to a 65-43 victory.

Great to see new members getting opportunities and showing the club has great strength in depth at this level. Thanks to Barry for organising and we look forward to more partnerships developing next week thanks .

  

York Too Strong For Harrogate Mixed

The recent spate of in house friendlies continued at the club this evening with a clash between the mixed first teams in the York and Harrogate league.

Jeremy Reddish paired up with Yvonne Mannall at top seed for the York league and they faced Harrogate league duo Adam Turner and Lucy Wright. This looked difficult to predict from the start and no surprise we witnessed a close and intriguing rubber. Yvonne was still on a high after her ladies doubles success earlier in the day and was seeking revenge for a defeat against Adam and Lucy in the recent mixed doubles semi-final. She was in good form and spraying plenty of hard returns about whilst Reddish has one of the sweetest back hands at the club and was happy to rely on his favourite weapon. There are not many that serve faster than Adam and he was racking up the points via this method whilst Lucy won’t be beaten for enthusiasm or determination. Finally it was York who narrowly prevailed 7-5 after a thriller.

Steve Jones has been a recent regular down at the club playing in various matches and he teamed up with Rachel Hill who was also celebrating a ladies doubles crown today. This duo entertained Andy Roberts and Sue Perkins. Andy has been at the club a year and has made a great contribution for many teams and involved himself at many social events on court. Sue was in good form last week for Harrogate against York 2 but the pair knew they would face a tough ask here. Andy is a powerful and aggressive player and with Sue happy to hit hard this proved a clash of styles with Steve using his customary craft and guile to slow the pace and find some lovely angled winners. Rachel was strong at the net and busy around the court and they were proving very consistent and playing error free tennis. York held the advantage and took the honours 8-4.

Men’s first team captain Richard Whaley was joined by Jo Coverdale at seed three as they faced Harrogate captain Helen Robinson and her reliable and regular partner Marc Bickers. Helen and Marc are often seen on court and have developed a great understanding and they used this to good effect this evening. Richard has electric court speed and coverage and Jo has solid consistency and this was developing into a fascinating battle. Helens backhand is a key element of her game and with Marc all action this ended all square at 6-6 leaving York ahead 21-15

Round two saw Jeremy and Yvonne build on their opening performance by moving through the gears as they proved too handy for the battling Marc and Helen. With efficiency they recorded an impressive 10-2 success. Steve and Rachel enjoyed themselves against Adam and Lucy in a contest that would remain close throughout. No quarter given and a 6-6 draw a nice reflection of events. Richard and Jo found the going tough against Andy and Sue who certainly came on a bundle from their opening debut tougher as they were very impressive taking a 4-8 victory. Andy and Richard are due to meet again in the men’s doubles final and Roberts will have been pleased with his performance ahead of that big match.

York were now puling clear and leading 41-31 so it would take huge effort for Harrogate to pull of the surprise in round three. Richard and Jo saved their best performance of the evening as they faced Adam and Lucy. This clash saw men’s doubles finalists Adam and Richard on opposite sides of the net but the duo enjoyed their clash testing each other well. Little to choose between the quartet before the hosts took the tie 7-5. Steve and Rachel were also in eye catching form as they too finished the night strongly as they produced a tremendous performance to see off Marc and Helen 9-3 whilst Jeremy and Yvonne completed another good nights work as they took their match against Andy and Sue 8-4 to record 25 points in total.

A final score line of 65-43 to York but an entertaining affair with plenty of positives and once again highlighting the strength in depth the club now has at the higher end of the scale . Well done to all who contributed thanks.

 

Bombers Beat Fighters In Mixed Clash

Once again we had lovely conditions for an inhouse mixed friendly that the Harrogate 2 mixed squad arranged. Barry Johnson captained the Bombers with Richard Franks skippering the Fighters.

Mike Triffitt and Louise Beasley are a standing dish together and opened at seed one this evening against Richard Franks and Fiona Chantrey in a clash that promised to be close. There was plenty of good tennis on show and lots of lengthy rallies but well executed winners. With most games reaching deuce this produced a war of attrition and those serving were having to earn their corn!. However it was Triffitt and Beasley who found themselves on the better of the deuce exchanges and surprisingly leading 0-6. However Richard and Fiona were not the unbeaten champions of Harrogate mixed division 5 last season for nothing and they began a comeback. At 1-6 the other two first round matches had finished and with three games left to play the pairs decided to adopt sudden death deuce to quicken proceedings along. By now it was 3-6 and with Richard using his great fitness and energy to conjure plenty of winners following more lengthy play, Mike and Louise were starting to run out of gas. Fiona started to showcase her classy array of shots and despite a back to the walls effort the Bombers couldn’t last the pace and honours were shared at 6-6 after a thriller.

On court two Jonathan Tyler and Christina Plant were making their competitive debut together and what an impressive evening this duo would have. Jonathan will be looking towards the men’s second team and it was easy to see why as he combined a strong serve with some big baseline hitting and looked confident at the net. Christina was enjoying the fast pace and with her lightning quick serve proving difficult for opponents Kevin Duckenfield and Rachel Butterworth, the Bombers were starting to pull clear. Rachel produced a number of beautiful forehand returns out wide whilst Kevin can serve quick and make some nice net winners so this was far from one sided. However the team work was impressive as Plant and Tyler ran out cost 3-9 winners.

Court three saw Dawn and Ollie Steel host Barry Johnson and Helen Robinson who kindly stepped in following a late withdrawal. This proved a very close and keenly fought affair with little between the pairs throughout. Mum and son combination Dawn and Ollie have been showing up well during the summer and continue to blossom and they were making Barry and Helen work hard. Helen used her crafty backhand to great effect as she fashioned plenty of winners but with Dawn chasing everything down and Ollie hitting hard the hosts came close but narrowly lost 5-7.

So 14-22 to the Bombers heading into round two and Richard and Fiona headed down to court three to face Barry and Helen. Despite their lung busting exertions in round one the pair looked fresh as daises here and quickly hit top gear as they played some eye catching tennis. Barry was doing his best to be active around the net and Helen’s groundstrokes kept them in many rallies. But the champions looked determined to claw back the deficit and recorded a well-deserved 9-3 success. Mike and Louise had little time to compose themselves on court one as Kevin and Rachel arrived eager for action. However Louise was on fire in this rubber with her volleys and smashes at the net particularly impressive and the source of many winners. Triffitt was happy to hit deep and pin his opponents back allowing Beasley to showcase her net play skills and Kevin and Rachel were finding it difficult to gain a stranglehold. However Duckenfield is capable of some venomous returns and caught Triffitt out on a couple of occasions whilst Butterworth used the width of the court to ensure points were still going the Fighters way. But not to be denied Mike and Louise took the rubber 3-9

Jonathan and Christina turned up the tempo even higher in this round as they showed no mercy to the Steels with some quite breath-taking tennis. They ran though their whole repertoire gaining in confidence with each passing winner. There was little Dawn and Ollie could do to stem the flow and in all honesty the visiting pair were just sensational and basically unplayable. A 0-12 victory was richly deserved after an error free performance.

With 46 points on the scoreboard victory was  in sight as the eagerly awaited clash of the titans between Franks and Chantrey v Plant and Tyler got underway. This proved a tough match for both and the quality on show was excellent. Despite Richards constant retrieval work, he was unable to match the power of Jonathan who cleverly worked his opponents around till the gap was exploited. Christina proved the perfect partner and they continued to impress. Fiona wasn’t throwing the towel in though and with some clever short play kept things close but finally the visitors top dogs ran out 4-8 winners .

Barry and Helen were involved in a close encounter as Kevin and Rachel found their best form of the evening in this very tight rubber. Again plenty of exciting tennis and with little between the pairs it was going to be difficult to call the winner. Eventually the Bombers had the edge winning 5-7.

On the show court no surprise Mike and Louise were last to finish and still playing although the duo were starting to feel the effects of a gruelling evening against the lively Steels. Ollie was serving well and hitting some punishing returns whilst Dawns showed incredible fitness as she covered every inch of the court reaching many seemingly lost causes. With the lights negating Louise’s power at the net she and Mike were always playing catch up although after training 6-3 they won two games on the bounce to take the match into a final decider. However fittingly the Steels were rewarded for a tremendous performance with victory to celebrate a 7-5 success to finish their evening on a high.

The final score saw the Bombers winning 42-66 against the Fighters but another first class evening of tennis and a big thanks to Barry Johnson for organising and all who played.

Top Mixed Action Under The Lights This Evening

A lovely evening greeted Harrogate 1 and York 2 tonight as Helens Hellraisers did battle with Abel’s Army in this mixed clash. Jill had seen a number of withdrawals from her original squad but was still able to field a competitive six although they started underdogs against the Hellraisers.

On court one Steve Plant and Sue Perkins continued their partnership but faced a tough opener against Roger Fawcus and Charlotte Todd. Charlotte was still on a high after lifting the ladies singles crown last Saturday whilst Roger was serving quick and dominating at the net. Steve and Sue were on the back foot and finding it difficult to stop their opponents supremacy. However Steve is also an excellent server and with Sue hitting some crisp returns they ensured the contest was competitive. However Roger and Charlotte were not to be denied and ran out cosy 4-8 winners.

On court two Steve Jones paired with Louise Williams and they faced experienced duo Adam Turner and Lucy Wright who have fashioned a great partnership on court. Adam is a quick left hander with a difficult serve to contain whilst Lucy is eager around the net and a confident baseliner. There was certainly some terrific rallies in this rubber and Louise was producing some stunning returns and clearly enjoying the challenge. Steve used his trickery to good affect but the duo were always going to find it hard to combat the pace and power of the Hellraisers pair. Jones and Williams gave it everything but couldn’t prevent the visitors taking the spoils 3-9.

Court three saw captains Jill and Helen in opposition with Marc Bickers once again partnering Helen and Bradley Triffitt getting a late call up to partner with Jill. Brad had caught the eye on Sunday when scoring 28 for Tony Cutlers Blades outfit but this was a significant rise in class. He and Jill looked confident however and with good understanding were playing well. With both happy to hit hard from deep and producing some good net play they were well in this tie at 4-4. However Marc upped the pace and with Helen showing terrific skills on her excellent backhand, they began to take control. Showing a touch of class they ran out 4-8 winners after a good contest.

So round two commenced with the Hellraisers six points ahead and Roger and Charlotte were looking to close that gap even further as they arrived on court three to face Helen and Marc. However their opponents played some incredible tennis and remained strong throughout. Enjoying the quicker pace , Marc unleased some impressive returns and Helen was eye catching around the net. Roger was still proving hard to handle and his all action style ensured many points. Charlotte was finding some nice angels but this was close throughout and a 6-6 draw was a fair reflection of events.

Jill and Brad knew a big effort was needed once more against Lucy and Adam but they made a terrific start and raced into a 4-1 lead. But Adam turned up the tempo and with Lucy running down every ball the duo began to turn the screw. They battled back strongly to move ahead 6-5  and with everything to play for in the finale, Lucy held her serve to enable her and Adam to take the honours 5-7.

Steve and Louise were to feel the full wrath of Steve Plant and Sue Perkins on the show court as the Hellraisers top duo found their top form to deadly effect. They produced plenty of error free tennis and with clinical finishing kept the scoreboard ticking over. Great credit to the Army duo who didn’t throw the towel in but they were unlucky to meet the top dogs in this form. Plants serve was unplayable and Sue found space to exploit the gaps and finally they ran out 1-11 victors.

The visitors were now in the driving seat and on court two Adam and Lucy were looking forward to the challenge of Roger and Charlotte. This proved an excellent rubber with both couples in fine form. Each looked determined and this resulted in some splendid tennis. With points hard won and no quarter given it was fitting that honours were shared at 6-6.

Steve and Louise were keen to finish the evening on a high and made Marc and Helen pull out all the stops in their match. Steve was having plenty of success with his serve, which produced plenty of winning points and with Louise hitting deep with great success they made sure this would be a very close encounter. Marc was hitting well and using the width of the court and Helens returns came back with interest. Eventually the visitors just shaded the tie 5-7.

Jill and Brad made their way over to the show court knowing a huge effort was needed to contain Steve and Sue. However the underdogs started well and led 2-1 and only trailed 3-5 playing some enterprising and confident tennis. There was some long rallies and well crafted winners but the big guns began to show their class with some punishing clinical tennis. Steve was a threat at the net and placed some lovely winners out wide and with Sue strong they took the final four games for a 3-9 success and an impressive 24 points on the evening.

So it was the Hellraisers who celebrated a 41-67 victory over the Army but once again there was plenty of positives on an excellent evening of tennis. Thanks to all who were involved and it was nice to see all the courts in action and even play under floodlights once more.  

Mixed Tennis Makes A Welcome Return

After their exertions in the men’s match this morning, Tony Cutler and Bradley Triffitt were back on court this afternoon as they turned out in the mixed battle and even Mike Triffitt made an appearance in the final round. Tony’s team, Cutlers Blades, took on David Rhodes outfit, Rhodes Runners, and pleasant weather greeted the players.

David teamed up at seed one with new member Lara Fawcett, who has been showing up well, but they faced a tough test against Bradley Triffitt and Bev Lyn. This was the first outing together for Brad and Bev but they were soon into stride with some excellent teamwork. Bev was happy to stay around the net whilst Bradley managed the baseline and playing backhand he enjoyed plenty of cross court winners once more. David is a tricky and crafty veteran and made some lovely returns whilst Lara didn’t need a second invitation to hit a winner which she often did with ferocious power. However it was Brad and Bev who remained the more consistent and they ran out cosy 9-3 winners.

Tom Harrington and Fiona Chantrey were at seed two for the Runners and they faced Tony and Debbie Vines for the Blades. Little between the quartet early doors but Fiona was showing some classy touches and with Tom a willing runner, the pair began to get on top. Tony was trying to force the pace and Debbie is very consistent but it was Chantrey and Harrington who exploited the gaps to record a 8-4 success.

On court three Lindsay Edgar teamed up with Anne Lillywhite and they took on another newcomer in Arun Manoharan and the vastly experienced Ann Jones. Arun has been a regular at social and was looking forward to the step up to match tennis but this was a tough introduction against such a strong pairing at this level. Arun is very quick around court and happy to extend the rallies but Anne has a lethal backhand and Lindsay has been improving all summer so it was no surprise they began to take control. Ann Jones was her usual competitive self and wasn’t giving any cheap points away and she and Arun were having good fun. Ultimately they came up short 3-9 but were smiling throughout.

Tom and Fiona popped down to the show court to start round two and their match with Brad and Bev promised to be very close and competitive. A tight opening saw the pairs tied at 3-3 with some real quality on show but Triffitt began to unleash his forehand and spray some nice winners about. With Bev solid and defending stoutly, they moved ahead and although Fiona and Tom battled bravely to the end they were unable to prevent a 8-4 loss.

David and Lara were looking forward to taking on Lindsay and Anne Lillywhite and this again promised to be a thriller. It didn’t disappoint and this was an end to end affair with some eye catching tennis on show. However it was Anne and Lindsay who were able to stay the more consistent duo and in a close contest they just held the advantage. There was good understanding between Lara and David but they couldn’t quite reach the finish line first as they lost 5-7.

Arun and Ann were still enjoying themselves but Tony and Debbie were far too clever in this encounter and used the width of the court to fashion some nice winners. Tony continued his great men’s form from this morning and with Debbie a rock, this partnership was strong and they ran out cosy 2-10 winners.

With the Blades building a useful lead, Lara was called away so Mike Triffitt stepped in off the subs bench to partner David against Tony and Debbie as the third round got underway. With the sun now beating down, conditions were tricky but Rhodes and Triffitt adopted a simple game plan and were happy to defend and pick off any loose balls. With the smell of her Sunday dinner in the air, Debbie looked keen to waste little time and hit some nice quick winners whilst the spin of Tony is always very tricky. However it was the men’s duo who took the rubber winning 8-4.

Tom and Fiona were once again in eye catching form in the finale as they proved too streetwise for Anne Lillywhite and Lindsay Edgar.  With Harrington chasing every lost cause and Fiona producing some lovely deft touches, the pair played extremely well and didn’t let their opponents have any time to compose themselves. Lindsay was serving well and Lillywhite hit many of her customary baseline winners, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 8-4 reverse.

Brad and Bev rounded off a good afternoons work as they took on Arun and Ann. The underdogs faced a big ask but never threw in the towel and made the favourites work hard for the points. However Bev was gaining in confidence as each round went by and with Brad looking happy and comfortable they ultimately had far too much weaponry to run out 1-11 winners to bag 28 points overall.

A final score of 42-66 saw Tony celebrating at the end but this was another great example of in house tennis at its best with so many happy smiling faces and players enjoying themselves in the sun. Thanks to all who contributed and we look forward to another match next weekend thanks.