Collingham Celebrate Winter League Debut Success

After a blustery couple of days conditions were much better on Tuesday evening as Wetherby 2 entertained Collingham who were making their debut in the Winter League. Captain Janine Smith paired up with newcomer Dexter Waud who was making his first competitive appearance for the hosts in team tennis whilst Louise Williams and Greg Vince brought experience to the table and were successful in helping Wetherby A to promotion in Harrogate Division Five this season.

Collingham captain Tony Cutler is also a member at Wetherby and he selected fellow Castlegarth member Richard Franks along with Liz Douthwaite and June Hudson who are regulars down at Cottage Lane.

Smith and Waud took on Hudson and Franks in the opener which turned out to be a very competitive affair. Waud is a useful singles player and covers the court well hitting aggressively. With Smith content to prowl the net this pair employed tactics to good effect. However Franks is also a big hitter and confident server and with the consistent Hudson alongside him the Collingham duo were more than able opponents. In a nip and tuck encounter honours were eventually shared following a 6-6 draw.

Williams and Vince took on Douthwaite and Cutler and again there was very little to split the quartet. Cutler is a difficult opponent as he has a number of well disguised shots in his armoury and a tremendous slice shot that often produced winners.Douthwaite proved an excellent accomplice with some useful returns of her own and standing firm the pair played some attractive tennis. Williams was hitting well from deep with her deadly forehand and with Vince proving difficult to pass and also producing some superb recovery shots this rubber could have gone either way. Finally it was the visitors who narrowly prevailed 5-7 to give themselves a two point lead after round one.

Smith and Williams teamed up in the ladies rubber against Douthwaite and Hudson and this was too prove a match of contrasting styles. Wetherby used pace and power but with the guile and consistency of Collingham proving a useful combination the visitors took the contest 4-8 to extend Collinghams lead.

Vince and Wuad were battling away against Franks and Cutler and really there was little to separate the pairs. A game full of energy and determination resulted in a 6-6 draw after some breath taking tennis.Collingham battled back from 5-2 down and this comeback would ultimately help prove the difference.

So the final round commenced with all to play for and Wetherby upping the tempo in an attempt to reduce the six point arrears. However the match continued its very close nature and once again there was nothing to separate either tie. Smith and Waud were enjoying their encounter with Douthwaite and Cutler but despite a massive effort had to settle for another 6-6 draw.

Williams and Vince were also involved in a tight skirmish and with Hudson and Franks playing some effective tennis too not surprisingly another 6-6 draw was the outcome.

So after an evening of great tennis it was Collingham who celebrated a 33-39 victory after a hard fought success. Well done to Tony Cutler and his team and good luck to both teams for the remainder of the season.



York 1 Mixed Team Receive Trophy

The York and District Mixed Tennis League held their presentation awards this evening at Copmanthorpe Tennis Club. Wetherby 1 had a tremendous season and under the leadership of captain and head coach Angela Crossley she led her troops to the Division Two title where they finished an impressive five points clear of Rufforth and only lost one of fourteen games with two draws.



From left to right a delighted Charlotte Todd, Jeremy Reddish and Angela Crossley celebrate their comprehensive title success tonight. Good luck in Division One next term guys!



Wetherby 1 Win Season Opener

Wetherby 1 were in Winter League action tonight as they took on Knaresborough. Once again weather conditions were excellent with the evening mild and dry. Josh Bayliss and Lucy Wright paired up at seed one for Wetherby and this duo, who have played together in the Harrogate league, took on Steve Duckenfield, son of our own Kevin, and Jan Blogg. There was plenty of long rallies with Wright returning extremely well from deep whilst Bayliss was happy to prowl the net and intercept with tremendous smashes and some soft handed drop shot winners. Wright too was dominating the net and the Boro duo had their work cut out to contain the strong Wetherby pair. Duckenfield is also a big hitter and covers the court extremely well. The wily veteran Blogg was proving a good foil and played some crafty winners. However Wetherby just had a touch of class and ran out cosy 8-4 winners.

Fiona Chantrey, on the back of a successful promotion winning campaign for Wertherby A in Division five of the Harrogate league, pared up with the crafty Mike Abel and this experienced duo were very much at home in one another’s company. Chantrey was enjoying the step up in class but was more than holding her own. Abel was his usual bundle of energy and ensured he covered every inch of the tarmack.Opponents Andy Little and Fran Bakes however were proving very useful opposition. Little was part of the successful promotion winning Harlow team that finished runners up in Division four whilst Bakes is a rising star and played some fantastic recovery tennis with some strong running and aggressive stroke play. This proved an excellent contest with Wetherby taking the spoils and running out narrow 7-5 winners.

As round two began Wetherby led 15-9.Bayliss and Abel took on Duckenfield and Little in the men’s doubles. The quartet served up a treat with some solid tennis which ensured a close encounter. Wetherby just edged a close match 7-5. However Lucy Wright and Fiona Chantrey were to really swing the match in the hosts favour in the ladies singles against Jan Blogg and Fran Bakes. The Wetherby pair were quickly out of the blocks with some aggressive tennis and looked determined to take the win. Wright continued to press hard and with Chantrey showing some classy touches and some well thought out returns the Wetherby girls were in full swing. They didn’t allow their opponents an inch and despite a battling display from the Boro ladies Wetherby won 11-1 to ensure they led 33-15 going into the final round.

There was no let up from Wright and with Bayliss once again proving a strong accomplice they began to turn the screw. In fairness to Little and Bakes they gave it everything and forcing a number of deuces ensured the Wetherby pair had to fight hard for victory. However a 9-3 success was richly deserved after a powerful performance. Over on Court Five Chantrey and Abel had built up a useful 6-1 lead against Duckenfield and Bloggs but the Boro pair were not giving up without a fight and fought back to 6-5 before Chantrey and Abel steadied the ship to win 7-5.

So a final winning scoreline of 49-23 saw Wetherby leapfrog Rufforth at the top albeit with only two games played. Well done to all on show for an entertaining evening of tennis played in a good spirit. Knaresborough are next in action against champions Rufforth whilst Wetherby 1 face Boroughbridge on October 26.


Tonights winning team from left to right was Mike Abel, Fiona Chantrey, Josh Bayliss and Lucy Wright.


Runners up from left to right were Andy Little, Fran Bakes, Jan Blogg and Steve Duckenfield.


Winter League Back With A Bang


Defending champions Rufforth opened this seasons title defence with an exciting 43-29 success over Boroughbridge played in good conditions on a mild evening. Both teams fielded very strong quartets with James Edmond and Sue Yoward of Rufforth finishing as the top scoring pair in the York mixed league Divison two last season which saw them promoted to the top flight. Ed Zeigler and Kate Lewis were also part of that successful Rufforth team and were in action tonight too.

For Boroughbridge new captain Charlie Grasby was inspirational in helping Boroughbridge A to runners up in Harrogate mixed Division two which also saw them promoted to the top section and fellow team members Chantal Lancaster, Jamie Jarman and Helen Ball also played important roles.

Therefore the standard was top class tonight which resulted in some excellent and competitive tennis and a number of close and edge of the seat battles. Rufforth ultimately proved too strong to run out 43-29 winners but well done to both teams for a fantastic match and setting the benchmark high for the other sides!

Wetherby 1 play Knaresborough on Thursday whilst Rufforth are next in action on October 24 against Knaresborough and Boroughbridge play Wetherby 1 October 26.



All The Best Louise

After 5 1/2 years as coach with Wetherby tennis club, Louise Evans bid farewell on Thursday and she will be sorely missed. Louise just wanted to thank everyone for a great send off and had the below to say afterwards.

Hi All,

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone at the club for their support over the last 5 and a half years. I was overwhelmed by the number of cards, gifts and messages I have received over the last month. The club and all members have always been very welcoming and supportive towards me and I know the club will continue to be a fun and positive place to be. A huge thank you to all at ACTC, especially Angela and Jo for their unwavering support of me and always wanting to improve the club. I have met some fabulous people and friends along the way. A big thank you also to everyone who came and joined us at Bar 3 on Thursday night, I had a great night although a sore head Friday morning! Anyhow, it isn’t goodbye, but see you all soon!

Many thanks,

All the best Louise and sure we will see you in the future.

Starbeck U14 Secure Close Victory Over Wetherby U14

After a day of rain, thankfully Friday evening was clear and fine for the friendly fixture between Wetherby U14 and Starbeck U14. The contest consisted of teams of six with six singles and three doubles in a best of three short sets and sudden death deuce.

Henry Brown has been very consistent for the hosts this season and opened up against Yorkshire player Leo Putman on the show court. A good crowd was treated to some excellent tennis with both players hitting well and this proved one of the ties of the evening. Putman ground out a first set 2-4 win but Brown was far more relaxed and turned on the style to level with a cosy 4-0 victory. However Putman regained his composure and finding some good angled returns was able to take the championship third set tie breaker 5-10 to give the visitors an early lead.


Plenty of parents enjoying the action this evening.

Bradley Triffitt was promoted to seed Two and he entertained Nathan Little who is a school colleague and friend from King James. The opening set was tight and it was no surprise it went to a tie break which Little prevailed to win 4-5. Triffitt got into his rhythm during the second for a 4-0 win and the final set tie break was finely poised at 5-6 before an injury cut down the Wetherby man in his prime. Hobbling on he went down 5-10 in another great contest.

Finding themselves trailing 0-2 Wetherby needed a lift and Tom March proved the man to inspire his team mates. Along with playing partner Sam Pratt they took on Simone Carrick and Ben Toulman in the doubles on Court Three. Carrick has enjoyed a good season and been a regular in the adult Harrogate league but she found the Wetherby boys tough opponents. Both pairs produced some wonderful play but the greater consistency of March and Pratt enabled them to run out 4-2,4-2 winners and reduce the match score to 1-2.

George Brown,younger brother of Henry, was a late call up off the bench due to injury and the ten year old didn’t disappoint as he and Max Svenson gave it all during their doubles with Jack Onslow and Lewis Kettlewell on court four. The visitors took the opener 1-4 before the hosts battled back well in the second for a 5-3 win. This set up a nervy and tense third set tie break which Starbeck just edged 8-10 in a thriller.

So after round one Starbeck led 1-3 but with the match still too close to call.

Tom March was in no mood to surrender and was back out playing Ben Toulman in the singles. He looked determined to get Wetherby back in the contest and played exceptionally well to record an impressive 4-1 4-1 victory.

George Brown was also in good form and he kept his head to produce some excellent tennis and run out a cosy 4-1,4-2 winner over Jack Onslow. This had Wetherby back at 3-3 and left the watching galleries eagerly awaiting the final three games.

Max Svenson and Lewis Kettlewell were slugging it out on court three and the tie was finely poised at one set all after Lewis took the opener 2-4 but Max levelled at 4-2. The tie break couldn’t have been closer and with both not giving an inch it was nip and tuck throughout. Finally Svenson triumphed 10-8 to put Wetherby ahead for the first time on the night at 4-3.

Court One was once again witnessing some tremendous action as Henry Brown and Bradley Triffitt were trying to withstand the onslaught from impressive Starbeck duo Leo Putman and Nathan Little. Putman was the calmest player on the court and with some ferocious hitting was proving tough to handle. With partner Little showing good court coverage the Wetherby chaps were struggling to contain them but with Brown matching Putman for power and Triffitt having success at the net it made for compelling viewing. However Starbeck were ultimately too canny and took the rubber 3-5,1-4 to ensure the match went down to the wire.

Sam Pratt and Simone Carrick were battling out on court five blissfully unaware initially that their match would decide the outcome. Carrick hitting hard took the opener 1-4 but Pratt surprised his older opponent with a 4-1 success in the second to set up another third set tie break. With the crowd holding their breath the experienced Carrick proved too good and ran out the closet of winners at 8-10 in another fantastic advert for junior tennis.

A 4-5 Starbeck victory in a great battle with tennis the real winner on the evening. Thanks to all the players for contributing to an absorbing evening and to many parents for supporting from the sidelines.


Some of the players on show tonight. From left to right – Simone Carrack, Lewis Kettlewell and Leo Putman from Starbeck along with Sam Pratt representing Wetherby, Starbecks Nathan Little and Wetherbys Bradley Triffitt.