Wine Tasting Evening Report

A small but select band gathered at the club last Saturday to partake and enjoy a wine tasting evening. Doug Harrison has hosted these for many years and was delighted to co host on this occasion with our very own Events manager Charlotte Todd.

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The lower numbers made for a personal and riotous evening of banter initiated by copious glasses of welcome fizz as Doug and Charlotte guided everyone through a range of white and red wines, tasted “ blind “ as normal, inviting answers to the grape,country and price. A number of tricky wine quiz questions punctuated the evening proving trickier and trickier to solve as the abundant amounts of wine kicked in.

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For the first time Aldi provided the bulk of the wine, the most fascinating being an English Bacchus white , a Greek Assyrito white and a Lebanese Cabernet Sauvignon red.

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Half way through proceedings everyone tucked into a wonderful buffet of cheeses pate chutney and much more provided by the Artisan Cheese company in Church Street Wetherby.

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The first prize was a bottle of champagne worthily won by Tim Coverdale who led from start to finish displaying his wide range of knowledge. Nick, a friend of long standing member Paul Keighley, proved a very able runner up.

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Congrats to our regular quiz master supremo Tim Coverdale who proved a class above with his excellent comprehension of fermented grapes!

Not so worthy was Nigel Williams, who having amassed a mere four points, received the booby prize of a gin and tonic without the gin! 😀

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Thanks to all for supporting this wonderful evening and a big appreciation as always to the king of wines himself, Doug Harrison, for delivering in his amazing and unique way. Of course a special thanks must also go to Charlotte Todd for a brilliant debut as co host and organiser 🥂🍷

Junior Pizza And Play Goes Down A Treat

The junior play and pizza event took place this evening and with the weather dry, conditions were perfect. With a great turnout of sixteen players, the youngsters were split into two teams captained by Bradley Triffitt and Henry Brown, our U18 stars. Competitors played three rounds each and four rounds were played in total in a series of doubles with Team Brad beating Team Henry 8-4. In a double or quits game of Wipeout to end the activities on court, an exciting contest ensued with fittingly Brad and Henry both left last in opposition, but Henry hit a forehand long to hand Team Brad another win!

The pizzas and chips were then served and proved very much appreciated by the players who certainly demolished everything in front of them!!

A big thanks to Head coach Angela Crossley and Events manager Charlotte Todd for arranging this tonight and it was great to see the juniors laughing and joking throughout and really enjoying the evening.

The club is lucky to have many promising junior players and hopefully they will continue to improve and help strengthen the adult teams.

Wetherby 1 Show Their Class In Winter League

A colder evening but thankfully a dry one as defending Kendall’s Winter League champions Wetherby 1 entertained Tadcaster at Castlegarth . Taddy had lost against Wetherby 2 in their opening fixture but welcomed star man Brent Horner back and he was joined by exciting prospect Sam Benn. Jodie Goodall continued and Sue McClure made her first appearance of the campaign. Wetherby had regulars Adam Turner and Lucy Wright at seed one but with several men missing, Bradley Triffitt came in at the last minute with Gabe Mead failing a fitness test, to be joined by Louise Beasley.

Adam and Lucy had played instrumental roles helping Wetherby first team to the HDTL mixed division two title this summer and are a very useful combination. They opened against Brent and Jodie but with Brent only returning after a lay off Wetherby made an electric start and were soon turning up the tempo. Despite Brents best efforts it was the hosts who were bossing the rubber and Tadcaster were finding it difficult to get a foothold. Jodie responded with some splendid net play but the Wetherby top dogs were too clinal and recorded an 11-1 success.

On court Five Brad and Louise had also enjoyed summer mixed league success in the HDTL as they had helped the Wetherby second team to the Division four crown and they were looking to continue their fine form against Sam and Sue. Sam was a member of the Tadcaster men’s team that finished second in the Leeds League Division Six which earned them promotion in their debut season and is a hard working and all action player. Sue is consistent and is happy to play out the rallies but Brad and Louise have a strong partnership and with clever understanding began to take control. Louise is always strong at the net and mixing the pace had her opponents on the ropes whilst Brad is ultra-consistent with his ground strokes and waited patiently to strike the killer blow on many occasions. Some excellent tennis but Wetherby were able to celebrate a 10-2 victory to give themselves a useful first round advantage.

The men’s rubber promised to be close and so it proved as the quartet produced some big hitting and entertaining tennis. Brent enjoyed his cross court battles with Adam whilst Sam and Brad were playing cat and mouse looking to exploit any mistakes. However Wetherby carried the bigger threats and were able to run out cosy 8-4 winners in a rubber that everyone really enjoyed.

The ladies were doing battle on court four but Tadcaster looked to face an uphill task as Lucy and Louise often practise together and are very competitive and strong opponents. So it proved as despite a gusty effort from Jodie and Sue they couldn’t combat the strength and power of the Wetherby girls who took the honours 11-1 to guarantee Wetherby would be taking the two match points as they stretched their overall lead to 40-8.

The final round saw Adam and Lucy continue to press home the advantage and playing with great freedom the duo were in sparkling form as they defeated Sam and Sue 11-1. They really showed the benefit of a strong partnership and were able to exploit the space with some scintillating play. On court four things were tighter as Brent and Jodie were finding success against Brad and Louise. However the Wetherby second pair were still producing good moments themselves and began to take a stranglehold. Louise continued to produce some excellent backhands and with Brad finding some clever angles they moved through the gears. Brent covered every inch of the court as he looked to repel the challenge and Jodie was staying strong at the net again but it was the hosts who ran out 9-3 winners to ensure the Champions began their defence in style with a 60-12 overall victory.

Always nice to welcome our friends from Tadcaster and catch up with some familiar faces and thanks to all on show tonight. Wetherby are next in action on November 9th when rivals Boston Spa are due in town and this looks a mouth watering clash in the making. Taddy will regroup and look to open their account against Harlow next Thursday.  

Some excellent tennis from Bradley Triffitt, Adam Turner, Lucy Wright and Louise Beasley tonight with Lucy holding the Winter League trophy the team had secured last season.

Thanks to Sam Benn, Sue McClure, Jodie Goodhall and Brent Horner for their considerable efforts this evening. Good luck in your remaining matches.

Boston Early Winter League Pacesetters

Unusually warm temperatures greeted the players of Wetherby 2 and Boston Spa last night in the Kendall’s Jewellers Winter League although the occasional drizzle and high winds ensured conditions were testing. The hosts had opened their campaign with victory over Tadcaster but fielded a different quartet here as they faced one of the title contenders. Helen Robinson and Marc Bickers were at seed one after enjoying a good summer in the mixed where they helped Wetherby to the HDTL Division two championship whilst Mike Park made a welcome return to the Winter league and was joined by long standing member Judith Crossley who was relishing this step up in class.

Boston arrived with captain Kate Gilman joined by her regular mixed partner Richard Whaley whilst long standing supporter of the Winter League Pete Smith was paired with another regular in Dominique Morrisey. Boston had also recorded an opening day success over Knaresborough so tonight’s winner would go clear at the top.

 Marc and Helen took on Richard and Kate on court one in this eagerly awaited clash. Richard needs no introduction as captain of the Wetherby men’s first team and his ultra-consistent game, which involves power and spin, would prove difficult to combat throughout the evening. Kate is a more than useful partner and she produced some excellent baseline returns as the visitors made a good start. Marc is a strong server whilst Helen has a delicious backhand but Wetherby were always playing catch up here. However it was close and Boston just edged a keen contest 5-7.

On court two Mike and Judith looked content and quickly began stringing some promising tennis together. It was tough as Pete Smith has a bag full of tricks and is extremely difficult to read whilst Dominique is a willing runner and a keen competitor. Mike used his strong serve and excellent net play to good effect whilst Judith was very consistent and slowed the pace enough to disrupt her opponents. Once again little between the pairs and an enjoyable rubber went the way of Boston 5-7 meaning all to play for at 10-14 after the opener.

The men’s rubber promised to be tight as Mike and Marc took on Richard and Pete. Whaley was proving the star attraction however with a series of amazing shots and his ability to keep opponents guessing would prove the difference. Marc Bickers produced an incredible service game that pinned the Boston duo to the back fence as Wetherby remained competitive but the highlight for him was a spectacular backhand winner down the middle hit with venom that would have certainly impressed coach Steve Plant!. Pete Smith continued to churn out the winners and despite the best efforts of Mike it was Boston who ran out cosy 4-8 victors.

On court one the ladies were having some long and exciting rallies with the quartet all enjoying moments of magic. Wetherby knew his would be hard to combat a strong Boston duo and despite trailing early gave a backs to the wall comeback to ensure Spa would have to work hard for success. Once again a 4-8 win for Boston now meant they had the winning post firmly in sight as they stretched their advantage to 18-30.

Mike and Judith began against Richard and Kate knowing their task would be difficult but playing with smiles they certainly enjoyed the challenge. Mike was covering every inch of the court and with dogged determination Judith was the proverbial wall at the baseline returning anything the visitors could throw at her. Ultimately Richard and Kate proved too strong with a very professional performance as they recorded a 4-8 success after another entertaining rubber.

Marc and Helen looked determined to ensure Wetherby took one rubber and they looked impressive against Pete and Dominique. However no surprise it was too close to call and in another high quality affair it went down to the wire. However Wetherby were able to celebrate a 7-5 success which left the final score as Wetherby 29 Boston 43.

Once more an enjoyable evening of tennis and thanks to all the players on show. Boston move top of the early table on four points and will have high hopes of been amongst the title contenders this season. They take on Rufforth 1 next in early November and that looks a mouth watering fixture against a team rarely out of the top two in recent seasons.

An impressive performance from Richard Whaley, Kate Gilman, Dominique Morrisey and Pete Smith who guided Boston to victory.

A big thanks to Marc Bickers, Helen Robinson, Judith Crossley and Mike Park for ensuring a competitive and enjoyable evening of tennis.

Mark Jackson Memorial End of Season Tournament 2021

This afternoon saw the seventeenth running of the Mark Jackson memorial tournament and thankfully the weather gods were smiling again allowing the twelve participants to enjoy three rounds of eight matches. Each player competed in a best of four games before partners were switched for another four games and this was repeated for three rounds to give each player a total of twenty four games during the session.

Dawn Steel, Helen Robinson, Fiona Chantey and Christina Plant formed a very useful and strong quartet of ladies and after a fantastic tussle only two points separated them. Dawn took runners up with twelve points, just one ahead of Christina and Helen, but Fiona Chantrey was crowned champion for a third year running after securing thirteen points.

The men’s was also well fought with Bob Kirkby taking the veterans title with an excellent ten points whilst youngsters Ollie Steel and Bradley Triffitt managed eleven and they shared the junior accolade. However Jonathan Watmough played some eye catching tennis to assemble sixteen points which gave him runners up but no one could prevent Richard Franks from regaining his men’s title with an incredible twenty one points making him the top scorer today.

Mark Jackson Memorial End of Season Tournament

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.

Our current title holders Richard Franks and Fiona Chantrey seen above

Wetherby 2 Open Winter League With Victory

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 Match Report 2021

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.