Court Cleaning

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The court cleaning will be carried out from Friday this week and hopefully can be completed over the weekend. This means all tennis activities are cancelled this week. This includes York trials Tuesday, Harrogate trials Thursday, Winter League Friday, Ladies trials Saturday and Seniors v Juniors Sunday unfortunately. We will rearrange and confirm new dates . Thankfully the water quickly dispersed Sunday and with a dry forecast this week hopefully disruption will be kept to a minimum.

Thanks for your patience and understanding and we will be in touch again with further updates.

 Steve Jones

 Wetherby Tennis Club Chairman

Ahead of the court cleaning this Friday Peter Johnston, Bob Kirby and Jim Clark were busy Tuesday afternoon collecting debris and tidying many areas of the club grounds. A great effort chaps and your time and work is very much appreciated.

 

Wetherby Tennis Courts Flooded

Unfortunately we have awoken this morning to pictures of flooded courts at the club after a day of rain yesterday that was unrelenting. It would seem many sporting facilities have also been hit across the country. Thankfully the forecast this week is for dry weather so hopefully the river levels will reside and the courts can then be cleaned. Of course its hard to put any timescale and what damage may lie beneath so a case of one day at a time for now and the club will make further updates as news develops.

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Thanks to Tom Harrington for updated picture showing the water is indeed residing so small mercies and all that hey!

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Peter Johnston sent the picture below showing the courts free of water but covered in sediment around 3pm Sunday afternoon.

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Final Winter League Double Header Of The Season

Tonight saw the last double header of the Winter League season. Knaresborough 2 were entertaining Boston Spa whilst Starbeck played Boroughbridge. Katie Draper teamed up with Kevin Lodge at seed one whilst captain Di Lang played her second match of the campaign and with Starbeck short of men, Bradley Triffitt who had been representing Collingham this season stepped in. Boro captain Jamie Jarman was once again leading his troops and he was joined by Kate Lewis from Rufforth who was making her second appearance after playing her other match for Collingham. Charlie Grasby and Chantal Lancaster made up the quartet.

With the rain abating and the wind finally calming the contest began in dry conditions. Draper and Lodge took on Lancaster and Grasby and this proved a great rubber. Little between these two pairs with both men serving exceptionally well whilst the ladies produced some impressive ground strokes. Finally Boro proved just the stronger for a narrow 7-5 success. Over on court 2 Lang and Triffitt junior were enjoying their match with Jarman and Lewis. Again there was some super tennis on show and some incredibly long games with virtually every game going to deuce. Kate and Jamie soon gelled and were both producing the winners and they led 5-2. Back came Di and Bradley and with Brad getting is forehand going and Di starting to dominate the net they fought their way back before suffering a narrow 7-5 reverse.

Boroughbridge therefore led 14-10 as the second round commenced. Chantal and Kate began confidently for Bridge and quickly moved 3-1 ahead in the ladies rubber. Try as they might Di and Katie were always playing catch up but this match certainly proved very enthralling. Some great backhand rallies from Chantal and Di were exciting to watch whilst Kate Lewis suddenly started producing some excellent net play with many timely interceptions. Draper produced some brilliant lobs but Boro held firm for a 8-4 victory.

On court two Brad and Kevin led 3-0 and threatening a shock against their higher rated opponents Jamie and Charlie. Both Boro men were serving with venom and now finding their line and length started to turn the screw. However the Starbeck duo were not going down without a fight and regained the lead 6-5 before Boro took a close last game to leave honours even at 6-6.

Bridge led by eight going into the final round and it was going to take huge effort to reduce that deficit. Bradley and Di were playing with great freedom on the show court and with Brad covering every inch and Di showing consistency they started very well. At 4-0 ahead they were starting to believe they could produce the upset but Chantal and Charlie are far too experienced and crafty and showing good mental strength they fought back. However with Starbeck finishing the stronger and producing a fantastic 8-4 win the overall lead was now down to four.

All eyes on court two but unfortunately for the Harrogate outfit Jamie and Kate’s partnership was blossoming and both were on top form. Kevin and Katie battled away manfully but were always behind and despite a spirited effort lost 8-4 giving Boroughbridge a 40-32 winning margin.

A splendid match played in great spirit typifying what Winter League is all about.

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Well done Charlie Grasby, Chantal Lancaster, Kate Lewis and captain Jamie Jarman for tonights success.

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Bradley Triffitt, Katie Draper, captain Di Lang and Kevin Lodge proved tough opposition and ensured a very close and exciting match.

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On courts four and five Knareborough and Boston were battling away. Spa had a strong quartet out and on paper were big favourites. It was nice to see Dan Wilson joined by his wife and daughter and the Wilsons have been tremendous supporters of the Winter League this season and it has been great seeing them in action on many occasions. Boro made a real good fist of the opening round finding themselves only trailing 14-10 but in Steven Lewis and Richard Whaley Spa have two very strong and exciting prospects and they won the men’s rubber 8-4. Likewise Dominique Morrisey and Alison Ward are a lovely combination and they ran out 9-3 winners in the ladies to suddenly give themselves some breathing space.

Youngsters Jonny Saddler and Ellie Wilson are undoubted starts of the future for Knaresborough and produced a great effort to narrowly lose 7-5 in the finale but Spa eventually ran out 47-25 winners after another good contest.

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Richard Whaley,  captain Alison Ward, Dominique Morrisey and Steven Lewis were in sparkling form to take tonight’s match.

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Jonny Sadler, Ellie Wilson, Jacky Bedford and Dan Wilson proved a tough nut to crack and enjoyed their evening.

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Boston move into second but can be overtaken by Boroughbridge who play Rufforth a week on Friday March 22nd in the final game of the season. Starbeck did well to finish fourth and Knaresborough 2 finished a point better off than Collingham who took the wooden spoon.

Champions Wetherby 1 are five points clear and with seven wins and a draw proved worthy winners after Rufforth had won the last two titles.

Thanks to all the captains and players who have made this a season to remember and Wetherby tennis club certainly appreciates and values your continued support.

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Mens Third Team Reprieved

At the Leeds AGM,held at Alwoodley this evening, the Wetherby men’s third team were delighted to see they had been reprieved and will still be playing in Division Five this summer. After a battling campaign, in a very strong section, they suffered heartache on the final day of the season when defeat at Dacre Banks meant they were relegated on points difference. However with two new teams admitted to the league it means Wetherby and St Chads , who had finished bottom, were both reinstated and will both continue in Division Five now. Thankfully the Six Divisions will all consist of six teams this season too which makes the set up much fairer.

In other news, the Ladies league were proposing to change to a 12 game format away from sets but after taking feedback decided against the move and will continue with sets like the men’s league.

 At the York AGM, held the same evening, the men’s second team, who were also narrowly relegated, were also reprieved after restructuring and will therefore remain in Division Four.

 

Wetherby Tennis Club Open Day

BREAKING NEWS…Now off due to bad weather, will look to offer anyone booked a free tennis taster in due course. Sorry for any inconvenience but the weather the one thing we cant control unfortunately.

The annual Open Day is scheduled for this Saturday March 16th from 12-30pm until 2pm. Head coach Angela Crossley will be helping to promote the club and offering various coaching on the day, details in link below. Please feel free to pass on to friends and family thanks.

 

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The membership packages for 2019 are now uploaded and can be found under the link below.

 

https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/WetherbyCastlegarthLTC/Membership/Join

Wetherby 1 Put The Icing On The Cake

Wetherby 1 had sealed the title with victory over Collingham last week and in their final match of the season were looking to complete an unbeaten one. After rain had threatened the match all day , Winter League organizer Mike Triffitt was rewarded for his bravery by deeming the conditions playable and his prediction of no evening rain during the contest proved spot on!

Wetherby fielded a very strong line up with Steve Plant and Lucy Wright at seed one and Adam Turner and Helen Robinson at two. Turner is a new member and has been thwarted by the weather on a couple of occasions this term so thankfully made his debut this evening.

Rufforth captain Phillipa Page has been a pleasure to deal with this year in her debut season at the helm and she was once again in attendance bringing along Dan Russell, Christine Place and David Laws with her.

Wetherby started strongly and Wright and Plant were in unrelenting form as they continued their excellent blossoming partnership together. Phillipa and Dan were the second highest rated couple in York mixed division seven last summer but faced nothing of the caliber of Lucy and Steve and try as they might they were unable to prevent a 12-0 whitewash.

Helen Robinson and Adan Turner were making their competitive debuts together and they faced Christine and David who had enjoyed a good summer season for Rufforth 2 in York mixed 5 last year. This proved a good battle with the crafty Christine certainly making the higher rated Wetherby duo work hard for the points. David was also battling away well but left hander Turner is a big hitter and strong server and with Robinson showing some classy touches at the net the pair opened with a nice 8-4 success.

In truth it was already looking like damage limitation for Rufforth but on what turned out ideal conditions in the end all the players were enjoying the action. Steve and Adam are certainly men’s first team quality and were eager to impress together in the men’s rubber. The pair were quite majestic as they coupled hard hitting with delightful short play to bamboozle their beleaguered opponents. All credit to Dan and David for never throwing in the towel but despite their best efforts they couldn’t prevent a 12-0 reverse.

Lucy and Helen are regular first team ladies and this excellent partnership was going to be very hard to contain. Phillipa and Christine enjoyed the challenge however but the Wetherby girls used the width of the court to create some lovely well executed winners and a 10-2 success was their reward.

Helen and Adam were beginning to shine now together in their second mixed and with a better understanding were able to record an impressive 10-2 victory over Phillipa and Dan whilst another battling display from Christine and David held Lucy and Steve to a 8-4 win.

Wetherby therefore did put the icing on a great season with seven wins and a draw from their eight matches making them worthy champions this season. A big thanks to all who have represented the club this season. Rufforth are back in action next Tuesday when they play Boroughbridge.

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Well played Steve Plant, Lucy Wright, Helen Robinson and Adam Turner who produced some exciting tennis for Wetherby 1 tonight.

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A great effort from Christine Place, Dan Russell, Dave Laws and Phillipa Page who fought to the bitter end for Rufforth this evening.

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Over on court five Boro were playing Collingham in another Winter League double header. Bridge captain Jamie Jarman is a regular and led his troops into battle once more. He was joined by Mandy Holmes for her first appearance of the winter whilst regular lady Chantal Lancaster paired with the highly rated Alastair Southworth. Collingham captain Tony Cutler is away so Bradley Triffitt, who is a regular for the team, took over captain duties and was joined by Christina Plant. Mike Triffitt and Louise Beasley completed the quartet.

With Boroughbridge still harboring hopes of runners up this was an important match for them and Lancaster and Southworth looked in determined mood against Triffitt junior and Plant. Southworth and Triffitt were hitting big from deep whilst Chantal and Christina were also keeping many rallies alive with some quality tennis. This was an absorbing contest although with Alastair serving well and beginning to dominate the net it was Boro who were moving clear. Christina is one of the quickest lady servers on the Winter league circuit and she was having success and the Collingham pair were not going down without a fight. Finally the favourites prevailed 8-4.

Over on court five Mike and Louise were enjoying themselves against Jamie and Mandy. This quartet were regulars in Harrogate mixed four last season so a tight affair looked on the cards. Louise was delighted to have been called up for Collingham after been a member of the club for many years in the past and she certainly was playing some eye catching tennis. Triffitt was adopting a safe and steady approach and gaining success with his favored forehand slice and the Collingham duo suddenly raced into a 9-0 lead. Jamie was struggling to get his impressive forehand going but when it did fire it proved a lethal weapon whilst Mandy has not played much since the summer season finished and was finding the going tough. Boro suddenly managed back to back games as they looked to close the gap but with Collingham taking the last they had given themselves a chance of an upset leading 14-10 going into round two.

The ladies game looked an even contest and with Chantal showing her class Boroughbridge took up the early running. Mandy was now playing with more confidence and the Collingham ladies were having to dig deep to remain in the rubber. Plant was hitting well and dispatching some lovely winners at the net whilst Beasley is a cool customer and remaining calm, recovered many a lost cause. At 6-3 down Louise and Christina however found their best form and in reeling off the last three games were delighted with a share of the spoils at 6-6.

It was certainly appreciated by Mike and Brad who were finding the pace and power of Alastair and Jamie hard to handle on court five. Southworth’s court coverage had to be seen to be believed as slipping and sliding around the court he covered every inch. Mike was testing him with some punishing lobs but he recovered to return many leaving the Triffitts exasperated!. Left hander Jarman was now finding his line and length although youngster Brad was his equal and hitting some screamers of his own. Both Collingham men were finding it hard to keep the ball away from Alastair at the net though and despite a spirited effort from an intriguing match it was the Boro men who ran out cosy 9-3 winners.

This left the tie still in the melting pot with Boro just two ahead. Mike and Louise knew they faced an uphill task against the Bridge top pair and once more the task was trying to find a way to overcome Southworth. Mike and Louise were unable to neutralize the impressive youngster however and with the evergreen Lancaster proving a more than useful partner the pair went 8-1 ahead. Thankfully the Collingham duo managed to restore pride with two further games after a mini fightback but a 9-3 win put Boro very much in the driving seat.

Needing 11 to win and 10 for a tie it was always looking mission impossible for Brad and Christina but they gave it one hell of a go in trying for an unlikely victory. Plant and Triffitt certainly were playing some very well executed tennis and playing with a freedom and a smile on their faces were really having great fun and enjoying themselves. Jamie and Mandy improved from the opener and were playing far stronger and this was a really exciting clash. Ultimately Collingham came up just short in winning 9-3 it meant Boro just hung on for a narrow 37-35 success. If they win their final two games it should ensure runners up.

For Collingham thanks to tonight’s quartet who certainly gave their higher rated opponents a fright and it was a nice run out ahead of the summer season.

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Congratulations to Boroughbridge who lined up left to right with Jamie Jarman, Mandy Holmes, Chantal Lancaster and Alastair Southworth.

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Thanks to Bradley Triffitt, Louise Beasley, Christina Plant and Mike Triffitt for ensuring such a close and exciting affair tonight despite a narrow loss.

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Wetherby 1 Crowned Winter League Champions

On Thursday February 26th Wetherby 1 hosted Collingham looking for the victory that would see them be crowned Winter League champions. With the visitors sitting at the foot of the table after just the one success this term it gave Wetherby a great opportunity. Steve and Christina Plant have been a welcome addition on the Winter League front this season and teamed up once more whilst Barry Johnson stepped in at captain and was joined by Fiona Chantrey. Collingham captain Tony Cutler was joined by usual partner Maryla Gledhill and with the team short of players Wetherby pair Ann Jones and Tom Harrington  kindly stepped in.

The opening round proved very competitive indeed with two very close rubbers. The Plants are consistent and both powerful players but the crafty duo of Jones and Harrington were certainly not going to roll over. Ann held both her serves in impressive fashion whilst Tom was happy to exchange some amazingly long rallies with Steve given the higher rated man plenty to think about. However finally the extra class of the Wetherby pair ensured victory 8-4, albeit after a titanic battle.

Fiona and Barry are often seen together on court and this Bramham pairing are a tough nut to crack. They took on Tony and Maryla. Once more little between the teams with Tony battling injury after falling from a ladder during the week. He was however covering every inch of the court and with Gledhill a very experienced and seasonal player the duo were enjoying themselves. This was another hard fought encounter but with the classy Chantrey holding firm with some punishing shots from the baseline and Johnson dominating the net, the Wetherby duo ran out narrow 8-4 victors.

So leading 16-8 Wetherby duo Christina and Fiona teamed up for their competitive debut in the ladies and they were soon forming an eye catching pairing. Both are strong individuals and with Christina having a powerful serve it paved the way for an encouraging performance. There are not many ladies at the club as consistent as Fiona and she produced some fine winners with some terrific returns. Ann and Maryla were giving their all together and ensured that many of the games went to deuce. However they lacked the power of the home pair who finally ran out 10-2 winners.

Steve and Barry formed a strong partnership too and Tony and Tom knew they would have to be at their best. Both were now having to contend with injury and the chances of an upset were looking slim. Steve can turn up the tempo when needed, both with his serve and lovely forehand, and with Barry once more picking up anything short with some lethal net play the duo were keeping the scoreboard ticking over nicely. Harrington once more was returning nicely and enjoying plenty of long rallies whilst Cutler was using his spin game to good effect. The Collingham men battled bravely but couldn’t prevent a 9-3 loss.

So Wetherby went into he final round relaxed with a cosy 35-15 lead and certainly maintained their good form. The Plants were 9-3 winners over Tony and Maryla whilst Barry and Fiona enjoyed a 10-2 success over Ann and Tom.

Wetherby therefore did clinch the title following a 54-18 victory. Thanks again to all on show with both teams completing their final games on Thursday Match 7th as part of another Winter League double header.

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Well done to Steve and Christina Plant joined by Fiona Chantrey and captain Barry Johnson for taking the title with victory here.

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A great effort from captain Tony Cutler joined by Maryla Gledhill, Ann Jones and Tom Harrington.

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Wetherby 2 were in action on Thursday February 28th as they faced high flying Starbeck. The Harrogate club are looking to secure runners up spot this season after a good term.  They were the home team this evening and fielded a strong looking quartet. It was great to see captain Di Lang make a welcome return from injury and she partnered Steve Hubbard whilst James Mathewman teamed up with Katie Draper who is a regular for the team.

Barry Johnson made a quick reappearance,once more on caption duties, and he paired with Katie Barrett and Jill and Mick Abel completed the quartet.

This was to prove a terrific contest which remained tight throughout the evening. The Abels enjoyed their opening clash with Di and Steve with little between the teams a 6-6 draw saw honours shared whilst Katie and James, who are ranked much higher in the summer leagues, showed that class to defeat Barry and Katie 8-4.

14-10 to Starbeck however meant all to play for in round two. This proved a good round for Wetherby who created a couple of slightly surprising shocks. Jill and Katie are both powerful and well organized on court and they knew they would have to be alert throughout to contain Starbeck first team ladies Di and Katie. Lang was enjoying her comeback but perhaps not at full pace allowed the Wetherby ladies to take control. This was a lovely encounter which saw Wetherby take the match 4-8 to level the overall scores. Mick and Barry were also in tremendous form against Steve and James , who are often seen in Division Three of the Summer mixed leagues. This looked a mouth watering clash on paper and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Some big hitting all round really caught the eye but with Abel his usual all action style the match was swinging towards Wetherby. It was close but a great 5-7 win meant now the Castlegarth outfit led 23-25 and threating a shock.

Katie and James knew they would have to stay strong against the Abels in what looked like another very well matched affair. Little surprise a 6-6 draw resulted. However Di Lang now used this round to show why she is often seen in Division One in the Harrogate mixed league as she and Steve began to move clinically through the gears. Barry and Katie were suddenly finding the going tough and with Starbeck producing some lovely winners the match was now going in the favourites direction. A 10-2 final score line was harsh but fair play Starbeck who rescued the match to finally prevail 39-33.

Starbeck maintain second spot and know victory in their final game with Boroughbridge will guarantee the runners up prize. Wetherby 2 become the first team to complete their fixtures and will finish seventh. Thanks to captain Richard Franks and to all who represented the team this season.

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