This Sunday October 17th will see the welcome return of the Mark Jackson memorial event which was unable to take place last year due to Covid restrictions. If players can arrive from 1-15pm for a 1-30pm start that will be appreciated and allows time to organise the draw and pairings. Typically, mixed doubles are played during short rounds and game scores added to produce our winners. Richard Franks and Fiona Chantrey were the last winners in 2019 and Fiona will be looking for a Hat Trick after she and Steve Plant won the title in 2018.
As always it will be great to see a healthy turnout for this long standing tournament which is entering its seventeenth running with all welcome and Helen Robinson and Mike Triffitt will kindly host.
Incredible weather this evening with temperatures like summer as Wetherby 2 hosted Tadcaster in the opening game of this seasons Winter League, kindly sponsored by high quality jewellers Kendall’s, who can be found on the High Street.
Wetherby captain Richard Franks teamed up with regular partner Fiona Chantrey whilst Dave Rowlands was joined by debutant Laura Delafield who has enjoyed a great season playing for York 3 mixed and who continues to impress. She was also runner up in the mixed doubles at the recent annual club tournament.
Tadcaster arrived with captain Will Woodrow pairing with another debutant in Jodie Goodhall whilst regular Clint Cockcroft was joined by Helen Taylor, again making her first appearance in the Winter League.
Players were dressed in summer attire such was the balmy evening as Fiona and Richard took on Jodie and Will. The hosts need no introduction and as one of the clubs most consistent couples continued their fine summer form from the HDTL mixed with some impressive play. Will had led Tadcaster men’s to promotion from Leeds League division 6 after they had finished runners up in their debut season and is a strong competitor with a solid service and excellent court coverage. Jodie proved equally as efficient around court and enjoyed some lung busting rallies but the Tadcaster duo struggled with the consistency of the Wetherby top dogs who ran out 9-3 winners.
Laura and Dave were meeting for the first time but both have bubbly characters and were soon gelling. Dave is very quick and covers every inch of the court. He has enjoyed playing men’s doubles this summer and is improving with every match played. Laura has been one of the finds of the season and the mixed and ladies team will surely benefit next year as she climbs up the ladder. She is strong from the baseline and is a keen competitor. However Clint was the leading player, alongside Will, in the men’s doubles league and has plenty of firepower in his artillery. With Helen proving to be very crafty and hitting hard too this promised to be a fascinating battle. And so it proved with little between the pairs it was the visitors who took the honours 5-7 leaving Wetherby ahead 14-10.
The second round saw an epic contest in the men’s which again looked tough to call before a ball was hit. Tadcaster had the advantage of Will and Clint playing regularly together but Richard Franks has proved one of the stronger men in the Wetherby men’s second team and with Dave showing his undoubted potential, they were certainly going to give the visitors a strong challenge. Tadcaster may have just shaded the duel but had to work hard to edge a thriller 5-7.
On court four the ladies were also involved in some tremendous rallies with all the quartet playing starring roles. Laura was again meeting her partner Fiona for the first time but will have appreciated the clever ground strokes that Chantrey was producing whilst hitting some eye catching returns herself. Laura proved strong at the net and despite Tad giving everything in a back to the walls display it was Wetherby running out 8-4 winners to extend their advantage to six points as they led 27-21 going into the finale.
Jodie and Will knew they must win to give Tadcaster hope but trailing 5-2 against Laura and Dave things looked bleak. However a sterling fightback was rewarded with a narrow but well deserved 5-7 success. However hopes of a surprise overall victory quickly evaporated as Richard and Fiona were in majestic form on court five. With excellent teamwork they were content to grind out points, often after long rallies, and despite the heroic efforts of Clint, who must have covered the most ground of any player tonight, he and Helen couldn’t quite convert on crucial points and fell to a 10-2 loss.
Some splendid tennis and great entertainment with Wetherby 2 celebrating a 42-30 win which not surprisingly takes them to the summit of the Winter League table!. The standings, results and fixtures can be found in the link below.
Congratulations to Dave Rowlands, Fiona Chantrey, Richard Franks and Laura Delafield on their solid performance in victory this evening.
All smiles and a great effort from Helen Taylor, Jodie Goodhall, Clint Cockcroft and Will Woodrow who represented Tadcaster this evening.
Club Finals day proved a great success today and we were blessed with some amazingly hot weather too. The day kicked off with three junior finals and it was great to see the enthusiasm shown by our younger members.
Gabe Mead has been a long term member at the club and has competed in many junior events as well as breaking into the adult teams this season too. He is a top lad and quality player and he proved too strong for George Brown in the boys U18 final. All credit to Brown however who is also improving and is a big hitting left hander who is a good prospect.
The Boys U14 final was played earlier in the week and Jack Medcalf defeated Sam Duffy.
Gabe Mead was quickly back on court as he paired with Jonny Tyler in the men’s doubles where they took on Chris Iles and Jeremy Reddish. Gabe had already played football before the tennis but was showing no signs of fatigue. The big hitting left hander continues to impress and has formed a good partnership with men’s second team star Jonny Tyler. Chris is a new member and his steady and very consistent approach proved an excellent foil to the big serving and strong play from men’s first team man Jeremy Reddish. This proved a really exciting match for a good sized crowd with a championship tie break needed to separate the pairs. Finally in a lung busting encounter Chris and Jeremy ran out narrow winners 7-5,3-6,12-10!
Yvonne Mannall teamed up with debutant Suzanne Harte and they took on Debbie Vines and Katie Barrett in the final of the Ladies doubles. Yvonne is one of the clubs strongest females and she showed her class in this battle. With Debbie and Katie proving tough opposition however the favourites had to work hard to secure victory but ran out winners 6-0,6-3.
The crowd was building nicely in eager anticipation of the men’s singles final with long term defending champion Jamie Perkins taking on newcomer Louis Glaves. Louis has been a welcome addition to the coaching team and captains Cumbria at county level so is a very useful player. The duo provided some incredible tennis on the show court which left the crowd gasping in awe at the many brilliant rallies and clinical finishing. Plenty of aces and eye catching net play but despite a number of deuces it was Louis who took the crown with a 6-1, 6-1 success.
A brilliant performance from Louis who took the mens singles title.
Nothing lost in defeat for Jame Perkins who gave everything today in ensuring we had a brilliant match to watch.
The crowd enjoyed both the tennis and weather as many topped up their tans!
Close friends Katie Barrett and Rachel Woodward were the finalists in the ladies singles and they enjoyed themselves. Rachel was making her debut in the club championships and this social player certainly showed she is capable of league tennis with some lovely ground strokes. However Katie is a veteran of many competitions and used her consistency and craft to run out a 6-1, 6-4 winner.
The mixed doubles concluded the day and this looked an intriguing matchup. Adam Turner and Laura Delafield took on Chris Iles and Yvonne Mannall who were both returning to the court after celebrating success earlier. Adam was serving very well and with great court coverage was proving hard to pass. Laura is a new member and after joining Harry Fulls development squad made some useful contributions in the York mixed team and is highly rated showing plenty of promise. She was battling away with some great defending from deep and produced some lovely touches at the net. However Yvonne is so powerful and produced a number of thunderous returns whilst with Chris hardly missing at the net, they ran out narrow winners 6-2, 7-6 despite a cracking effort in a second set tie break from Adam and Laura.
Great teamwork from Chris and Yvonne secured further silverware today.
Thanks to Tournament organiser Mike Triffitt and his assistant Bradley Triffitt, who after a long day at the office, were looking forward to their Fish n Chips tonight!. A special mention too for Helen Robinson who sourced all the prizes and whose help was greatly appreciated thanks.
Also a very big thanks to all who contributed to this seasons various events. Its great to see many new faces as well as those established members and many players ensured we reached finals day with some top organising and arranging of matches throughout.
A great team effort this afternoon at Castlegarth as over sixty people attended the open day which ran on into the night!
There was plenty of current members entertaining potential new recruits with some good doubles action on show.
Tim Coverdale plays a crucial role at social events and today was no different as he manned the BBQ in impressive fashion producing some exceedingly tasty burgers which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Many thanks for your culinary delights Tim and great work from Mike Butterworth and Declan Grogan for organising the bar too.
Several new families were in attendance and enjoyed the short tennis events on courts four and five.
The exhibition match took place on court three and attracted plenty of interest from a large crowd. A big thanks to Louis Glaves and Sophie Cousins who took on Harry Full and Angela Crossley in a match of very high quality. A good battle with Louis and Sophie running out winners 6-2.6-3.
Bradley Triffitt took over the umpire responsibilities and enjoyed his burger afterwards!
A very big thanks must go to Charlotte Todd and Jo Coverdale who played influential roles in ensuring today got off the ground. Along with Angela Crossley they made the afternoon a great success.
On a crisp evening in Almscliffe, the Wetherby first team arrived in confident mood knowing victory would leapfrog them from third into first place and secure the crown. A fantastic performance from top seeds Roger Fawcus and Rachel Hill laid the foundation for a cosy 36-72 success with strong support from Adam Turner and Lucy Wright as well as captain Helen Robinson with Andy Roberts ensuring the visitors would celebrate the Division two title.
Lucy Wright, Rachel Hill and Marc Bickers finished tied at the top of the team stats table but Lucy took first place after only losing six rubbers. Seventeen players were called upon this summer and a big thanks to everyone for their contributions.
Wetherby A celebrated lifting the HDTL Division 4 crown with a crushing victory over Thirsk 82-26 this evening. With the visitors missing a few regulars the hosts were in no mood to miss this golden opportunity and with a strong six on show were able to run out cosy winners. It was a great team effort with Richard Franks and Fiona Chantrey bagging 27 points along with Philip Longstaff and Louise Beasley whilst Jonathan Tyler and Christina Plant finished one ahead with 28.
Congratulations to Louise Beasley, Jonathan Tyler, Mike Triffitt, Bradley Triffitt, Philip Longstaff, Fiona Chantrey, Christina Plant and captain Richard Franks for their efforts in helping Wetherby A to the title.
It was a shame the HDTL didn’t offer promotion this season but hopefully the team can get a chance to confirm their supremacy next summer when the league are hoping a return to normal is possible. Many thanks to the HDTL for operating a successful season and Wetherby are very grateful to their undoubted efforts with our own members Mike Butterworth, Mike and Bradley Triffitt playing influential roles on that committee.
A big thanks to new captain Richard Franks for leading the team to glory and representing the club well this term and with this been a one off season the trophy will be kept by Wetherby as a record of their great achievement.
It was a crucial evening for Wetherby tennis club in the HDTL tonight with both the first and second teams in action and facing crucial matches.
Wetherby A entertained leaders Harlow A in Division four knowing victory would keep them in the title hunt and overtake the Harrogate based team . Debbie Vines withdraw on the morning and with Louise Beasley also absent the hunt was on for a replacement. Thankfully Anne Lillywhite, who is enjoying a good season in Division five, stepped up and the team were extremely grateful. She paired with Bradley Triffitt at seed three with Richard Franks and Fiona Chantrey at one and Jonathan Tyler and Christina Plant at two.
All eyes were on the Harlow team as they arrived with captain Chris Milnes pairing with usual partner Ruth Whaling at one. John Berger and Helen Flynn formed a formidable duo at two whilst Andy Poulton and Loopy Parker are strong seed three’s and ensured this would be a difficult match to call.
The action began on the show court and Ricard and Fiona entertained Chris and Ruth in a high quality affair. Little between these pairs and some lung busting rallies with nearly every game going to deuce. Chris is very strong from the baseline and can mix power with guile whilst Ruth is one of the sections stronger ladies and packs a punch from deep with her powerful forehand. There is no denying the hosts great teamwork however and with excellent defending they ran out narrow 8-4 victors.
Jonathan and Christina are a standing dish at seed two and took on John and Helen. Once more some entertaining action and this was a full blooded rubber. Nothing to split these excellent players and no surprise a 6-6 draw ensued.
Brad and Anne had enjoyed success a few years back together in Division six but knew they would face a tough evening. They began slowly against the powerful Andy Poulton and with Loopy clinical at the net the visitors raced ahead 2-5. However settling into a rhythm the hosts fought back and took the last two games to level the score at 6-6 which left Wetherby ahead 20-16.
Round two was equally close with Jonathan and Christina producing some wonderful tennis to entertain the crowd which included the HDTL secretary Carolyn Rothwell who was watching on eagerly. Jonathan produced some exquisite backhands down the line whilst Christina’s serving was top drawer and she made many aces. This was a hard fought but well-earned 8-4 win and was arguably the rubber that gave Wetherby the edge overall. Richard and Fiona were held 6-6 against Andy and Loopy in another rubber where no quarter was given whilst Brad and Anne dug deep and came from behind to earn another 6-6 tie against John and Helen.
So going into the finale Wetherby had extended their advantage to eight points as they led 40-32.
Brad and Anne moved down to court one expecting their hardest challenge against the Harlow top dogs and so it proved as the classy duo of Chris and Ruth showed no signs of slowing down. They were always behind but mindful of trying to keep the scoreboard ticking over worked their socks off with some tremendous court coverage and backs to the wall defending to secure four points in a 4-8 reverse which saw Harlow closed the gap overall to just four points.
Richard and Fiona also had to dig deep against John and Helen whose battling qualities and crafty play were difficult to contend with. However the Wetherby top pair secured a narrow 7-5 victory meaning the winning line was in sight.
Jonny and Christina were in no mood to let slip the advantage and although Andy and Loopy were consistent throughout the evening there was no way they could overturn the deficit. The Wetherby duo stayed mentally strong and calm to celebrate a narrow but crucial 7-5 win which meant victory by 58-50 and revenge for an earlier defeat in Harrogate.
Wetherby jump into pole position level on points with Harrogate Spa but at the summit on points difference ahead of their two remaining matches , both at home against Starbeck and Thirsk. Two wins would almost certainly guarantee the title. Well done to all on show for such a superb match played at a very good standard.
Further north in Bedale, the Wetherby first team travelled knowing that the Division Two title was also in the melting pot after the hosts had let slip what appeared an unassailable lead following a draw and loss in their two recent matches. After a 56-52 loss at David Lloyd the night before, Bedale were surprisingly hosting Wetherby who arrived with a strong team. It was all or nothing for Wetherby as only a win could keep title hopes alive whilst Bedale had another chance to claim the silverware. However an important 2-10 win for Andy Roberts and Lucy Wright in the opening round saw the visitors open up a 15-21 advantage and in this 12-8-8 format with Bedale not having lights, the pressure was on the hosts to close that gap with less games at stake. However despite top pair Ann Hatch and Mark Woodward remaining unbeaten, Adrian Lobley and Rachel Hill along with Marc Bickers and captain Helen Robison proved too strong as the points were heading back south after a super 30-54 win.
Wetherby close the gap on Bedale to just three points and with Bedale now having finished their campaign and Wetherby having Almscliffe to play home and away, its Wetherby who can secure the crown with wins in both. David Lloyd in third are still in the hunt and if Wetherby do slip up, know victory over Boston Spa can see them lift the cup too so plenty to play for still.
A great night of tennis for Wetherby and good luck to both teams in their final two games.