Wetherby B Maintain Promotion Push

Wetherby B were in action at a sun drenched Castlegarth this evening as they entertained Harrogate Spa A. Before play Spa announced the good news that they had surprisingly triumphed at leaders Harlow on Friday which was great news for the hosts. Even better was that Spa were missing some of their big guns that had played that night too!. Chairman and captain Steve Reffitt was still able to field a competitive outfit which included Ian Charters who had scored 19 during the morning for the Spa men’s 2nd team in their big win at Wheldrake.

Wetherby made two changes from the side that had won on Thursday at West Tanfield with Rachel Butterworth replacing Anne Lillywhite who was on holiday whilst Ann Jones stepped in for the absent Judith Crossley.

Bradley Triffitt had also been in men’s action over the weekend and was playing his third match in two days. However he looked fit and ready for action and he and Rachel formed a strong looking duo at seed one. They soon began to show their class against Steve and Pam Dight with both hitting well from deep and taking any opportunity at the net. The Wetherby couple were very consistent punishing any errors and ran out comfortable 11-1 winners. Tony and Katie continued their fine season as they had too much firepower for Margaret Jackson and Chris Norman. Once more consistency was key as Wetherby took the rubber 10-2. Lindsay Edgar and Ann Jones found themselves 1-4 down early against Sarah Bates and Ian but battled back well to narrowly lose 5-7 which meant the hosts had opened up a 26-10 advantage.

Tony and Katie maintained that strong start as they showed no mercy on court one dispatching Steve and Pam 9-3 whilst Brad and Rachel were ultra clinical as they produced some wonderful tennis to take the scalp of Sarah and Ian 11-1. Lindsay and Ann added another useful 5 in a 5-7 loss which extended the Wetherby lead to 51-21.

With an exciting men’s final taking place at Wimbledon all the players took opportunities to catch the action in the clubhouse whilst the watching Mike Triffitt gave regular score updates when the players were back on court!

Brad and Rachel had their toughest challenge in the last where Chris Norman was hitting some terrific shots with real power and testing the hosts top dogs. With Margaret crafty and difficult to pass this was a close affair but thankfully the Wetherby duo took it all in their stride and weathering the early storm proved too strong for a 9-3 success. This meant they accumulated 31 on the evening which was an excellent return . Tony and Katie were also involved in a titanic battle on court three where Ian and Sarah were playing some eye catching tennis. The hosts second seeds couldn’t break down the visitors and with Ian very difficult to beat the Spa duo were deserved 4-8 winners leaving Tony and Katie to add 23 to the teams total. Lindsay and Ann couldn’t quite break their duck on court one but were consistent throughout the evening with another narrow 5-7 reverse. 15 points from the third seeds was still most welcome and resulted in a final winning score line of 69-39.

Another good performance takes the team joint top with Harlow and four points clear of third placed Thirsk C. They face bottom side Bedale at home next Sunday before a huge clash at Thirsk on August 1st which may very well decide their promotion fate. A big thanks to Rachel Butterworth for stepping in and providing great quality and company both on court and later in bar 3!

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A beaming Bradley Triffitt, Ann Jones, Rachel Butterworth, Lindsay Edgar, Tony Cutler and Katie Barrett really enjoyed their evening in the sun playing some lovely tennis during a 69-39 success over Harrogate Spa.

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Leeds League Mens First Team Celebrate Promotion

After only avoiding relegation after two new teams were admitted to the Leeds league this season, the Men’s Leeds First team were looking to consolidate and improve last year’s position. However today after beating Kirkstall 7-1 at Castlegarth they are celebrating promotion after a marvelous transformation in form. The team knew doing the double over todays visitors from Leeds would be enough to move up to Division four and captain Mike Triffitt was able to field the same quartet that had earlier won at Kirkstall. Youngsters Ollie Newsome and Bradley Triffitt teamed up for their second appearance and these improving types formed a strong seed one for the hosts. They picked up three of the four sets in the first fixture but completed a clean sweep today. They saw off Kirkstall second pair Paul High and Tim Gillatt with some tremendous hard hitting and strong net play to finish 6-2, 6-1 winners. They followed this up in a cracking contest with James Maskill and Rob Carroll . Both pairs played some eye catching tennis and the lads had to dig deep to win the opener 6-4. They let rip in the second and oozing confidence ran out cosy 6-2 victors to complete a great days work.

Triffitt senior paired up with Richard Franks and this duo have enjoyed great success in the mixed as well as the men this term. They might not have the power of Brad and Ollie but are very consistent and hard to beat. They shared the spoils with James and Rob winning the opener 6-2 but losing the second 2-6. With the sweltering heat making conditions tough they quickly wrapped up a 6-2 success over Paul and Tim but the second set proved far closer and much more tricky. Trailing 4-2 then 5-4 they found extra reserves to take the last three games for a narrow 7-5 win to ensure a 7-1 success overall.

Thanks to Kirkstall for providing good opposition and a really nice team with all sets played without drama. Good luck in your quest to survive.

Wetherby now complete the season with a double header against struggling Dacre. They travel north on Tuesday before hosting next Saturday. Dacre are also looking to avoid the drop so Wetherby envisage a tough week but one win would seal an amazing title success so good luck chaps.

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Bradley Triffitt and Ollie Newsome played some scintillating tennis this afternoon and both lads were a real credit to the club as well. They have both come through the excellant coaching set up at Wetherby and are a real testament to the ongoing programme of talent that this continues to produce.

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Captain Mike Triffitt has been an ever present this season and despite looking almost as orange as Richard Franks shirt after the duo played an extra 40 minutes on court compared to Brad and Ollie, both men celebrated their promotion with wide smiles afterwards.

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Good Night For Wetherby Mixed Teams

Wetherby B travelled north to West Tanfield this evening looking to maintain their promotion push and eliminate the hosts from the race. After suffering a 48-60 reverse earlier in the season, Wetherby were looking for revenge and sent a strong outfit. Tanfield were not able to field the team that had won at Wetherby and Tony Cutlers side started strong favourites .

Mike Watson is a crafty veteran for Wests and he was paired with birthday girl Olivia Redhead who has played in Division two this season. They faced Bradley Triffitt and Anne Lillywhite who have enjoyed a tremendous campaign together. This was a good contest with some lovely tennis and excellent rallies on show. Little between the quartet early doors but the Wetherby top seeds found their rhythm and with clinical finishing ran out cosy 2-10 victors. Captain Tony Cutler has enjoyed his debut season at the helm and he was joined by regular partner Katie Barrett. Katie, like Anne, was playing her third match in as many days after two victories for the ladies third team but thankfully the pair looked full of energy. They faced Peter Scott and Sally White on court two and were always in control. They have great understanding and with some killer shots proved too hot for Tanfield recording a 0-12 whitewash. On court three Lindsay Edgar and Judith Crossley resumed their blossoming partnership. The pair were sorely missed at Harlow after top scoring at Almscliffe but found the going tough here. They faced Wests captain Barrie Cole and Lesley Chadwick. Cole is a very experienced campaigner with plenty of lovely shots in his armoury. He was happy to play the long game and frustrate his opponents and helped Wests to a useful 9-3 success.

However going into round two Wetherby led 11-25 and had built a solid foundation. Triffitt and Lillywhite continued their good form although Scott and White improved markedly from the first round with Peter in particularly really finding some success with some punishing returns, often on his opponents second serve. The visitors had to dig deep but were up for the challenge and with Brad dominating the net with some terrific volleys and smashes they ran out 3-9 winners. Tony and Katie had arguably their longest and toughest rubber of the season as they came from 5-4 down to defeat Cole and Chadwick 5-7 in a real war of attrition. The watching Mike Triffitt would have been proud and impressed with the number of well executed lobs on show but this rubber lasted an age and both pairs gave everything. Lindsay and Judith found their form in this round but couldn’t quite match the power of Mike and Olivia who were impressive 8-4 winners in a good event.

So heading into round three the visitors had eased further ahead now leading 27-45 with the finishing post in sight. Bradley and Anne certainly saved the best till last and taking advantage of a tiring Barrie and Lesley they turned on the class and the power. Anne was hitting some real cross court screamers whilst Brad was proving too hot to handle with his forehand from deep producing many winners. They looked determined and taking no prisoners ran out 0-12 winners to accumulate an excellent 31 points on the evening and give Wetherby the points. With the pressure off Tony and Katie enjoyed a fine clash with Mike and Olivia and a 6-6 draw was a good reflection of this tight and well balanced affair. They bagged a very useful 25 on the evening. Lindsay and Judith also saved their best till the end and were delighted to run out 4-8 winners over Peter and Sally which meant they contributed a much appreciated 15 in a final Wetherby winning margin of 37-71.

Wetherby therefore move two points behind leaders and title favorites Harlow whilst moving two points clear of Thirsk. West Tanfield are 4 points back in fourth so this looks a three horse race between the current top three. Wetherby now have important home games with Harrogate Spa and Bedale before a potential promotion winner takes all battle with Thirsk away on Thursday August 1st. A big thanks to our excellent hosts West Tanfield who were a credit to their club and played the game in great spirit and provided a feast of food afterwards.

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Very well played Katie Barrett, Bradley Triffitt, Judith Crossley, Tony Cutler, Anne Lillywhite and Lindsay Edgar who helped Wetherby B to victory this evening.

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Set in a lovely village surrounding, West Tanfield is a cosy place deep in the heart of North Yorkshire. With three good courts and a lovely new clubhouse surrounded by fields, a river and even a bowling club, it certainly has a real English countryside feel.

In Harrogate Division five, Barry Johnson led his troops into battle as they were looking to make it ten wins on the bounce against visitors Northallerton at Castlegarth tonight. His team didn’t disappoint with top seeds Richard Franks and Fiona Chantrey topping the scoring charts once more with another impressive 26 points. Johnson teamed up with Louise Beasley at seed two and they added another excellent 23 whilst a further 19 from Kevin Duckenfield and Dawn Steel ensured a comfortable 68-40 success.

Wetherby A are now almost mathematically promoted as they sit proudly at the summit with 20 points, 6 clear of nearest challengers Thirsk with Ripon 8 points further back in third. They travel to Mashamshire next Tuesday knowing victory will guarantee promotion and hopefully put them in a very strong position to take the title as well.

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July Sunday Social Event

20190707_163734A dry and sunny afternoon saw a good turnout of 16 for todays July start of the month Sunday social competition. As usual three rounds were played with each round consisting of 8 games and teams swopping after 4 games in each round. In the ladies Rachel Butterworth brushed aside the wine tasting hangover from last night to show her class in running out a cosy winner with an excellent 18 points.

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It was close for runners up where ladies 3rd team captain Bev Lyn just hung on from Marise Richfield after a good final round with a useful 13 points.

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The men’s event was very competitive with a number of chaps challenging for the chocolates!. Brian Thomas was also looking strong after his wine tasting success the previous evening and with 16 just missed out on second place. Bradley Triffitt finished with a 7 in the last round to secure runners up with 17 and take the Matchmakers!

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However the winner, and richly deserved, went to a surprised but delighted Tom Harrington with a fantastic 18 points on the afternoon claiming the quality street!!!

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With Mike Triffitt making up the numbers on court, Ann Jones was a super stand in organizing the draw and keeping the scores and she thoroughly enjoyed assisting.

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Thanks to all competitors for contributing and see you back in August on the 4th where Angela Crossley will be in charge of proceedings

League Team Updates

The ladies second team were unable to win at Fulford Saturday morning but on the traditional Pink Weekend they certainly looked the part on court. A spirited effort from the girls saw them lose 64-44 but despite a difficult season the super team comradery once again shone though. Fulford are always welcoming hosts and sixty pounds was raised between the teams in the pink tea party afterwards during the raffle so well done for all who contributed to such a worthy cause for Breast Cancer.

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Pretty in Pink..from left to right Ginny Hinds, Christina Plant, Rachel Butterworth, Fiona Chantrey, Louise Williams and Helen Browne enjoyed their morning supporting Breast Cancer.

20190706_200224A well earned lunch after a hard mornings work on court with teams mixing in to support the Pink Weekend charity.

The ladies first team are enjoying a tremendous season in Division One and once again showed their class this afternoon when beating Pocklington 79-29 at Castlegarth. The team are vying with Wigginton for runners up behind champions elect York 1 but once more it’s a credit to the strength in depth at Wetherby at this level that they are riding so high. Their fixture at Wigginton on Friday August 2nd will certainly be worth supporting for sure.

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The Leeds men’s first team are exceeding expectations this season and today entertained Wakefield in a top of the table clash in Division 5. The emergence of youngster Bradley Triffitt along with the rise of Richard Frank’s has certainly given the team some real quality and the rest of the squad have also played to a good standard. Wakefield brought two players who have tasted Division 1 action this term and all the sets were hard fought in the sun this afternoon. However such is the confidence in the team, with all four players today also enjoining regular success in the mixed, that they refuse to be beaten and a 7-1 victory moves them three points clear at the summit with promotion almost assured.

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The Leeds ladies first team are also on the promotion trail and a resounding 8-0 victory over Pool on friday evening took them to the top and made it six consecutive victories. Captain Bev Lyn is once again doing an excellent job at the helm and has retained her regular ladies . However special mention must go to Emma Youlden who has moved up from social level to play a significant role in the teams success and continues to improve each week.

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On Sunday morning the men’s first and second teams both face crucial matches. The first team are involved at the wrong end of Division 2 and travel to Rowntree Park who are just 1.5 points ahead of them. Remember in York 12 points are available in any match so a big win can see significant movement up the table. The 2nd team are riding high in Division 4 and are hoping for promotion. They host lowly Strensall 1 and will be confident of retaining second place as they fight out with Harrogate Spa for what is looking like the second promotion spot behind champions elect Wigginton 3. Good luck to both.

Good Night For Wetherby Mixed Teams In Harrogate League

The Wetheby first team in Harrogate Division 2 were in action tonight at Castlegarth as they hosted struggling Knaresborough. The hosts are looking towards promotion and in a tight and competitive section they find themselves in third, four points off leaders Starbeck. Wetherby fielded a strong team however and were in truth never in any danger all evening against their spirited opponents. Angela Wood made her first Harrogate start of the campaign and partnered James Landau at seed one. With James playing his best tennis of the term and Wood in classy form, they managed two 12-0 whitewash rubbers to accumulate an eye catching 32 on the night. Adam Turner has been a welcome addition to the ranks and he was at seed two with Yvonne Mannall. This pair are hard hitting and take no prisoners and were delighted to win their three rubbers collecting a useful 24 points on the way. Captain Helen Robinson was with her trusted partner Marc, the magic man, Bickers and there wont be many stronger third pairs than this duo in the division. Another excellent performance saw them take all three rubbers and 23 points towards the wetherby total which finished 79-29 at the conclusion. Wetherby therefore retain third position but only two points behind Starbeck now and just a single point behind Bedale, albeit both rivals have played a game less. The team will therefore have to keep winning to move into the top two places and we wish them well.

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In Division 5 Wetherby A were looking for a ninth straight win as they travelled to Harrogate Racquets. The hosts are struggling at the wrong end but are hopeful of avoiding the drop. They fielded a decent team and the visitors knew they faced a strong challenge. Thankfully the sections top couple Richard Franks and Fiona Chantrey were at seed one and they produced another impressive evening of tennis as they managed to rattle up 28 hard earned points with some eye catching stuff. With numbers low, Jill Abel kindly stepped in to partner Kevin Duckenfield and this experienced duo gave the side a strong seed two . Both produced clever tennis and a great 23 points to keep the visitors ahead. Mike Triffitt was at seed three where he was joined by Marise Richfield who made a welcome first start of the campaign for the side. Marise is a classy and very consistent sort and she and Triffitt certainly frustrated their opponents with long rallies and determined play. The pair improved after a slow start and were delighted to secure 25 points including a super 9 against the Racquets top pair. This gave Wetherby a 32-76 success which was far closer and harder than the score line suggests. With 18 points from 9 games they hold a 6 point lead over Thirsk whilst Northallerton in third are seven points adrift. The team need two more wins to guarantee promotion but are looking to take the title so will continue to fight in every game of course!

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Tony Cutlers B team in Division 6 had a bye week and although losing at leaders Harlow last time out are still in second place hoping for promotion. They travel to fourth placed West Tanfield next Thursday with a slender 2 point advantage over their hosts and will be looking to get back to winning ways. Third placed Thirsk are level on points having played a game more and this really is a very tight promotion race indeed.

July Sunday Social Tournament

This Sunday July 7th will see us host our third Sunday Social event of the year. This will be a 1-45pm registration ahead of a 2pm prompt start please. Mike Triffitt will kindly host and with a dry sunny forecast we are hoping for a good attendance following the success of the previous competitions this year. Looking forward to welcoming all members.