Open Day Report

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.

Wetherby Clinch HDTL Division 2 Title

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 Crowned HDTL Division 4 Champions

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.

Crucial Success for Wetherby Mixed Teams Tonight

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.  

Annual Club Tournament 2021

The draw for the Annual Club Tournament has now been made with finals day scheduled for Sunday September 26th. There are five sections and the draw is random with partners selected out of the hat to make things more intriguing!

After several weeks of battle the finalists are now known and the schedule is below

We hope to see many spectators in attendance and fingers crossed the weather gods are smiling!

See you Sunday!

Each match is the Best of 3x Sets (a Set is the first to 6 games, if the score is 6 games all then a tiebreak to 7, winning by 2 clear points is played). If the score is 1 set all; then the third set is replaced by a Championship Tiebreak (first to 10 points, winning by two clear points).

As usual I will help if anyone needs assistance with phone details for their opponents and don’t hesitate to get in touch for help with match arrangements if required. Giving ourselves a reasonable time frame may encourage more entries and the schedule is fairly flexible.

Mobile is 07508 057744

Email – mtriffitt@hotmail.com

Please ask me for any contact numbers you may require and happy for players to start arranging games ASAP. Happy to field any phone calls for those wanting any additional details. Please let me know the result of your games so we can keep the matches flowing thanks. I can also book courts in advance if needed too.

Thanks

Mike Triffitt

Hope you can read my writing lol!!

Good Luck to all players

Going Up!!

The Leeds men’s first team had entered the season after promotion hoping to be competitive and retain their Division 4 status but after an excellent campaign they found themselves in second position and knowing a win over third placed St Chads would see them secure consecutive promotions.

Captain Mike Triffitt once more paired with son Bradley whilst due to absence the ever reliable Paul Godden was joined by exciting youngster Zak Watson for his debut. It was only last week that Zak had made his debut in Division 6 for the second team but such was his impressive performance in bagging all four sets that captain Mike Triffitt had no hesitation selecting him today for such a huge clash.

Paul and Zak began on court four and faced Chads captain Justin Carveley and newcomer Tom Wignall. Paul has played a significant role in the team this year after spending many years playing in the York league and would a useful partner for 15 year old Zak. The youngster is a big hitter from deep and with an improving service and net game is certainly a star of the future. The Wetherby duo did initially struggle and Tom caught the eye for the visitors with some big serving and ferocious hitting whilst the steady influence of Justin saw the Leeds based team secure the opener 3-6. However the Wetherby men began to settle and finding their rhythm moved up the gears and began to dominate. With good team work they reversed the opening set score to secure a well-earned point following a 6-3 win.

Over on court five there was little between the teams with father and son duo Mike and Brad having to dig deep against the experienced Richard Brown and exciting youngster Ollie Manners. This pair are a standing dish for Chads and work very effectively with a good understanding. However the Triffitt’s remained composed to take the opener 6-3 but found themselves playing catch up in the second. Trailing 5-3 then 6-5 they managed to force a tiebreak which proved to be a real rollercoaster affair. With tensions high both pairs looked nervous but thankfully for Wetherby the Triffitt’s held firm to take the tie break 9-7 after saving set point and with it a crucial looking 3-1 first round advantage.

Despite the long drawn out match both Richard and Ollie came out firing against Paul and Zak and looked determined to take the match down to the wire. Once more they had to suffer a tie beak but this time proved a little too match savvy as they took that and despite another classic second set, the Wetherby men couldn’t match the consistency of their opponents. Plenty of deuce games and long rallies but the craft and guise of the Leeds pair proved crucial and they celebrated a 4-6 victory to level up the overall scores at 3-3.

It was now down to the Triffs to see whether they could force a win to guarantee promotion and they looked determined to complete the task. With great consistency they made sure their error count was low and with Brad hitting more lobbed winners than Mike the duo began to take control. Mixing big hitting with delicate short play they took the opener 6-0 and refused to take the foot off the gas in the second. Tom was serving exceptionally however and the Triffitt’s couldn’t break him so the second set was very tight. However Brad ensured any loose balls were dispatched for winners whilst Mike controlled the net and they ground out a 6-2 success to ensure Wetherby would indeed be gracing the giddy heights of Division 3 next term.   

A big thanks to all the ten players who have represented the team this season. Brad hasn’t missed a game whilst Mike has only missed one and its great to see Brad and Zak playing at this level. I have seen them play at junior level and driven them all across West Yorkshire in the junior leagues so feel very proud they can now make such an impact in adult men’s tennis.

Two matches to play but it would take a mathematical surprise to prevent Horsforth from been crowned champions although they have and will be worthy winners in all honesty.

Thanks to chads for a cracking couple of matches this season and captain Justin Carveley remains one of the nicest in the league and has a good set of chaps to work with. We wish them well to go one better next term.

Leeds Men’s First Team March On

The Leeds men’s first team had dropped down to third in Division Four during the week after promotion rivals St Chads had won 6-2 at Grove Hill so were looking for victory today to jump back into second place. This afternoons visitors Whitkirk are struggling at the foot but are only two points from safety so both clubs were eager for success to improve their positions.

With a poor weather forecast, the players arrived at Castlegarth to mild and humid conditions and incredibly it was scorching sun and heat rather than cloud and rain that they enjoyed for their rubbers.

With players thin on the ground this week , Chris Iles came in for his debut for the club. Chris is a veteran of the Hampshire mixed leagues and still lives in that area and is heavily involved on the committee down south. He is looking to move North and we were delighted when he was available today. He paired with Roger Fawcus who stepped up from the subs bench and was of course a huge asset for the team . They began on court four against Whitkirk first pair Radomir Mazurek and Quentin Villard. This proved an intriguing contest with Frenchmen Quentin catching the eye with some booming serves and hard hitting for the visitors. Chris was content to adopt a conservative but highly consistent game plan whilst Roger impressed with his serve and volley game and the Wetherby men soon began to gel. Radomir covered the court well and this was a closer contest than the eventual score would indicate. However the power of Roger and craft of Chris proved a winning formula and they ran out 6-2, 6-0 winners.

On court five Mike and Brad Triffitt once again teamed up and faced Whitkirk captain David Whittaker and the hard hitting Craig Wood. David is one of the nicest guys on the circuit and is a gentleman both on and off court. He is very strong at the net and this left hander is difficult to read. Craig hits well from deep, covers the court well and is ultra-competitive and the Triffitt’s knew they would need to play well to compete. Thankfully for Wetherby they did and adopting their usual consistent tactics they used strong team work to grind out a 6-1, 6-3 success which left Wetherby well placed leading 4-0 at the break.

The sun continued to beat down and conditions were energy sapping as Roger and Chris moved over to court 5 to entertain David and Craig. The Leeds based duo seemed to enjoy the harder hitting and quicker tempo and Craig certainly was hitting some cracking winners. Ably supported by David they certainly made the Wetherby top dogs work hard but once again Roger proved too strong and with Chris continuing to give brilliant support it was the hosts celebrating a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Brad and Mike were preparing for a tough match on court four and Quentin didn’t disappoint with more big serving as he kept adding to his many aces served. However the Triffitt’s have such good team work and were able to exploit the lack of understanding in the visitors ranks. Many long rallies but Wetherby were happy to play the long game and began to take control. Once again the score line was harsh on Whitkirk but with Brad starting to fire some cracking cross court and down the line winners and Mike bossing the net, they ran out cosy 6-1,6-0 winners to help Wetherby to a 8-0 victory.

Thanks to Whitkirk for proving lovely opponents and we wish them well in their relegation fight. For Wetherby many thanks to Chris and Roger for playing and your contributions were greatly appreciated. Wetherby will have one eye on the crunch match between leaders Horsforth and St Chads on Tuesday before they travel to Ilkley on Thursday looking to maintain their promotion push.