Court Two – Reduced Lighting

One of the bulbs on Court Two is not operating so play on this court may be slightly more difficult with less visibility. The Court is still playable however and we are aware of the fault. We have an electrician booked to examine the lights and hope the issue will be resolved quickly.

Thanks for your understanding

Peter Johnson

TEAM TENNIS 2019 SEASON

Happy New Year ! We are starting to plan for the Team Tennis Summer season! Please do contact me for a chat if you have any questions.

Team forms now available on the website, click link below, and in the clubhouse to be returned by SUNDAY 17th FEBRUARY (to me or placed in the clubhouse box)

For those wishing to be considered as a Captain a separate form (available from Jill Abel ) should be completed and returned to me by SUNDAY 3rd February. Please send directly to me and NOT place in the clubhouse box .

Captains will be chosen shortly after the closing date and will aim to do trials in the 4/5 weeks after the team form closing date of 17th Feb . Squads will be chosen by the middle/end of March.

Sincerely , Jill Abel ( Match Secretary)

Abelmikea10@aol.com

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Old Boys Xmas Night Out

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From left to right Tony Cutler, Peter Baldwin, Mike Park, Barry Wilkinson, Ian Teasdale, Neil Ripley, David Rhodes, Ian Wells, Doug Harrison and Mike Triffitt enjoying their Christmas evening out.

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The exciting stand up / sit down quiz was won by the ever popular and long standing club member Ian Wells who promptly shared out his prize which was a box of mints!

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Wetherby 1 Winter League captain Mike Triffitt and Collingham Winter League captain Tony Cutler were the joint winners of the Xmas jumper competition with the two proudly wearing their festive garments with great pride!!

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Neil Ripley has been absent with injury for a considerable spell and all at the club wish him well and look forward to his return on court. David Rhodes has been spending summer both in Spain and down on the South Coast and is still doing well on the circuit.

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Mens Second team captain Mike Park was in good form this evening alongside Barry Wilkinson and Mixed B captain Ian Teasdale.

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Tony Cutler and Peter Baldwin can always be relied upon for plenty of tales from days gone by and entertained the group with a number of classics tonight!

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Ian Wells and Doug Harrison both have a vast amount of years on court and certainly shared a plethora of funny stories from their wealth of experience.

Thanks to all the chaps for a great evening and all the best for the festive season and good luck in 2019.

 

 

Rivals Produce High Quality Derby Clash

The last Winter League game before the Xmas and New Year break was played this evening at Castlegarth and what an eagerly awaited clash with rivals Wetherby 1 and Boston Spa meeting for this Derby Clash. The hosts lined up with Lucy Wright and Steve Plant at seed one whilst Roger Fawcus and Jill Abel were another strong pair at seed two. Spa arrived with captain Katie Gilman partnering the wily Peter Smith whilst former captain Jordan Gregory made a welcome reappearance and teamed up with the classy Pauline Belt.

 The mist was swirling but with little wind temperatures felt warmer and play commenced on courts one and two.

Wright and Plant were making their competitive debuts together and this looked a nice partnership for Wetherby. Plant continues to impress at the club since his move North and as well as been a regular at Social and in the Winter League, is also assisting with some coaching. They took on Gilman and Smith. Little between the pairs early doors and with the scores level at 2-2 a close encounter looked on the cards. However the home duo then stepped up the pace and playing some excellent tennis really began to move through the gears. Wright was in tremendous form and thoroughly enjoying herself. She was hitting with great accuracy from deep and producing some amazing angles whilst Plant is so strong on his backhand and when hovering at the net. He has the great ability to mix the pace and with some steady play was punishing the opposition. Smith and Gilman were playing well too and all credit to them as the quartet played out some breath taking rallies. However Wetherby were unstoppable and ran out 10-2 winners for a cracking start.

 Over on court two men’s first team captain Roger Fawcus was joined by York mixed second team captain Jill Abel. They faced Jordan Gregory and Pauline Belt. It was the visitors who were far more steady and with some lovely error free tennis they were soon in the ascendancy. Roger was struggling in the light and even took to wearing sunglasses to reduce the dazzle. He always serves fast and with strong smashing kept the hosts in the contest. Jill was battling away and returning plenty but Gregory is a tough opponent and with an unorthadox style and some terrific placement he was playing well. Belt is tough to pass and with great coverage she and Gregory were starting to pull clear. Eventually they ran out 10-2 winners to leave the scores level at 12-12 after the opening round.

The Ladies rubber took place on the show court and what a great advert for female tennis this turned out to be. The pairs produced some dazzerling tennis in what was surely one of the best ladies games of the whole of 2018. Wright and Abel were comfortable together as were Belt and Gilman for the visitors and every point was hard earned. Lucy was everywhere and whether rallying from the baseline or scurrying around the net, she was proving such a strong opponent. Jill was also battling away from deep and with some lovely returns and impressive winners the Wetherby girls were certainly entertaining the gallery. Pauline is a true model of consistency and another player who is difficult to pass. Aided by some fantastic court coverage from Kate, Boston were certainly not throwing in the towel and this rubber was going to the wire. Finally after a titanic struggle Wetherby prevailed 7-5.

The men’s rubber on court two was equally hard fought. Plant and Fawcus are both powerful well-built individuals and with both serving fast and approaching the net with great menace they adopted a real powerful game plan. This wouldn’t faze Peter Smith or Jordan Gregory however who over the years have developed a very impressive partnership of real class and guile. So in this battle of differing styles play commenced. Each player produced moments of brilliance and fittingly with neither pair deserving to lose a 6-6 draw was a fair reflection of events.

 As the final round began Wetherby held a slender 25-23 advantage in what was going to prove an intriguing finale.

 Jill and Roger looked determined to put their opening defeat behind them and with Roger now more accustomed to conditions the duo were looking more at home. However Peter and Kate sensed blood and looking to bounce back quickly themselves were nicely away. Neither pair however could find the consistency needed to open up and despite playing catch up the hosts were always well in contention. They finished the stronger and with both showing great test of character ran out narrow 7-5 winners to increase the overall lead to four.

 All eyes were on Wright and Plant as they looked to seal victory and they were still in sparkling form and making life hard for Jordan and Pauline. Thankfully for Wetherby they were always ahead and despite a valiant effort from Spa they couldn’t quite close the gap. Plant continued to play the percentages and with a safe and steady performance was looking assured. Lucy was also still maintaining a very high level and the pair finally ran out 7-5 winners which gave Wetherby success 39-33.

 A game played in great spirit with little between the teams and a big thanks as always to all on show. Wetherby leap over Boston to take over leadership at the summit and sit a point clear of Boston and Starbeck. With only five points separating top and bottom this has been one of the closest title fights in many a year and the majority of the teams will still be chasing first place.

The action resumes on January 22 when Wetherby entertain current champions Rufforth before high flying Starbeck play Collingham two days later.

 https://wetherbytennis.org.uk/winter-league/

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Congratulations to Wetherby 1 who lined up from left to right with Steve Plant, Lucy Wright, Jill Abel and Roger Fawcus.

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A great effort from Boston Spa who had from left to right Peter Smith, captain Katie Gilman, Pauline Belt and Jordan Gregory.

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All White On The Night!

The weather once more threatened the Winter League fixture between Knaresborough 2 and Collingham but thankfully despite drizzle the game was completed. This was a clash between the bottom two but such is the close nature of this year’s event that only five points separated top from bottom.

Boro captain Paul White came with a strong quartet as he was partnered by the excellent Fran Bakes whilst the canny Dan Wilson teamed up with improving daughter Ellie. Collingham were without all bar regular man Bradley Triffitt who took over the captaincy for the evening. He was joined by Autumn Cup partner Katie Barrett whilst Winter League organiser Mike Triffitt came in and was partnered by Lesley Haley from Boston Spa.

Bakes and White took on Triffitt senior and Haley on court four and were well in contention at 2-2 after the opening service games. However the Boro duo began to show the form that had seem them win promotion with the Knaresborough summer first team who finished runners up in Division Three, and the A team that clinched the Division Four crown. They played some excellent tennis and were very consistent throughout. Paul is a useful server and a giant at the net whilst Fran has incredible court coverage as she chased every seemingly lost cause down, often producing some memorable winners. Lesley was showing her class with some lovely touches  at the net whilst Triffitt kept Collingham in many rallies with some good defensive work. However the Collingham pair were unable to convert on many advantage situations and finally the favourites ran out cosy 9-3 winners.

On court five Dan and Ellie took on Bradley and Katie and this too was a close opening affair. Dan was instrumental in helping the B team to title success in Division Six during the summer and is a regular on the Winter circuit. Ellie is a fast improver and with a lethal forehand was making some lovely winners. Dan used his craftiness to keep the scoreboard ticking over nicely. Brad was also hitting well from deep whilst Katie enjoyed success at the net. However the Knaresborough pair had a little too much in the tank and took the rubber 8-4 to give the hosts a nice 17-7 opening round advantage.

The second round was therefore crucial if Collingham were to stay in the contest and thankfully they came out all guns blazing. Katie and Lesley were quickly into stride and were soon enjoying themselves. Left hander Haley was certainly using the width of the court well and producing some excellent winners. Fran and Ellie however were also proving a tough nut to crack as they both returned well and this was proving a fascinating contest. Katie was determined to see Collingham home and eventually they  came out on top with a deserved 8-4 success to reduce the overall deficit to six.

Mike and Brad were on court five taking on Dan and Paul knowing they too must produce their best form. With Brad hitting some great forehand winners and Mike happy to keep rallies alive and strike at the net they stormed out the traps to lead 6-2. However Dan and Paul were both influential members of the Knaresborough men’s team that had finished mid table in Division Four of the same section that Wetherby Second team had suffered relegated from and would be tough opponents throughout. Paul was upping the tempo and starting to dominate the net and with the Triffitt’s unable to sustain their strong opening the score was been eroded away. Finally Collingham did take the rubber 7-5 to great delight from both Mike and Brad.

Going into the final round the Knaresborough lead had been reduced to 26-22 and we were all set for a grandstand finish. On Court five Mike and Lesley made a cracking start to forge ahead 3-0 but with the drizzle incessant Boro came back to move ahead 4-3. Mindful, of needing to win however the couple refocused and with Lesley once more showing some exquisite touches at the net they managed to finish with a flourish to take the rubber 8-4 which left the score all square. However over on court four Bradley and Katie knew they faced mission impossible to lower the colours of Paul and Fran and despite a brave effort they could never trouble the top seeds. Fran was relentless once more covering every inch of the court and when the opportunity arose Paul was lethal both from close range and deep. Brad tried hard to match his power with some more excellent angles and Katie showed some lovely touches and strong net smashes to keep the pair alive. A final 10-2 reverse was harsh but sealed a 40-32 victory to lift Boro off the bottom swopping places with Collingham.

A big thanks and appreciation to all on show and a very big thanks to Katie and Lesley for stepping in to assist Collingham this evening. Your presence was very much appreciated by both Mike and Bradley. The rearranged match between second placed Boston Spa and third placed Wetherby 1 is scheduled for next Tuesday before a break for Xmas and New Year.

https://wetherbytennis.org.uk/winter-league/

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Well played Knaresborough who had from left to right – Dan Wilson, Ellie Wilson, Fran Bakes and captain Paul White.

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Gallant runners up from Collingham were Katie Barrett, Captain Bradley Triffitt, Lesley Haley and Mike Triffitt.

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Weather Relents To Allow Another Winter League Double Header

A poor spell of weather was threatening to derail another Winter League evening but thankfully the rain cleared and with a strong wind drying out the courts two Winter League games were played at Castlegarth. Leaders Boston Spa arrived having won their opening three fixtures but were missing some key players whilst opponents Wetherby 2 had the classy Steve Jones making a welcome return from injury and looking for competitive game time on his return. Jones teamed up with Dawn Steel while captain Richard Franks partnered Christina Plant. Regulars Peter Smith and Lesley Haley still gave Spa a strong look and they were joined by Gordon Milne and debutant Sue Watson.

Jones and Steel started on the show court and took on Haley and Milne. This promised to be a close match and so it proved. Steve was serving well with his famous out wide angles causing problems for the Spa duo and his lovely backhand short play was a joy to watch. Dawn was confident at the baseline and returning well with some punishing angles. However Gordon was battling away and intercepting nicely at the net and with Haley showing her class with some tremendous all round play there proved little between the quartet. Finally a 6-6 scoreline with honours shared.

Over on court two Richard Franks was teaming up with Christina Plant for their debut together and they didn’t take long to gel. However they did find themselves trailing 4-1 before hitting top gear. Franks is happy to play out endless stroke rallies with amazing patience and with Plant serving quick and putting some lovely volleys away they began to close the gap. Smith was his usual all action self and with Watson happy to patrol the net this was another rubber going down to the wire. Finally Wetherby finished the stronger to take a useful 7-5 lead leaving them two ahead after round one leading 13-11

The chaps played their men’s rubber on court two and Steve and Richard had the makings of a useful partnership with both very calm and level headed. Peter and Gordon for Boston are certainly no strangers on court and the pairs battled away producing some lovely tennis for the watching crowd.(Mike Triffitt and Steve Plant!) Jones continued his back hand dominance and with Richard happy to keep those long rallies in play they began to wear down their opponents. Steve was excellent at the net and Wetherby ran out deserved 8-4 winners.

The ladies were serving up a treat on court one with Dawn and Christina also developing a lovely partnership. They too adopted patient tactics and were more than happy to keep the ball in play. Lesley was proving a strong opponent and she and Sue ensured another tight affair. However the Wetherby girls emulated the men in securing a 8-4 success and suddenly the leaders were in trouble starring down the barrel of a first loss of the campaign.

Needing eight to win heading into the final round Plant and Franks found themselves in another titanic battle with some fantastic rallies in their match with Haley and Milne. Each player was in great form and fittingly in such a tight affair a 6-6 draw was a good reflection and a fair outcome.

Steve Jones and Dawn Steel were now turning on the turbo on court one and really putting on a show as they began to click into top form. Poor Peter Smith and Sue Watson had little answer to a majestic performance as Wetherby sealed a second win of the season with a 10-2 success in an overall winning margin of 45-27.

Derby clashes with our friends from Boston are always hard fought but played in a great spirit and tonight was no exception and a big thanks to all on show.

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Well played to Wetherby 2 quartet Steve Jones, Dawn Steel, Christina Plant and captain Richard Franks for their fabulous victory this evening.

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A great effort from Gordon Milne, Lesley Haley, Sue Watson and Peter Smith who ensured another good contest.

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Over on courts 4 and 5 there was a great match developing between Boroughbridge and Knaresborough 2. Knaresborough were looking for their first points of the season and had a nice four out led by captain Tony Graham. Boroughbridge captain Jamie Jarmon selected from strength and they were favourites going into the match and when they led 15-9 after the opener and 26-22 heading into the last looked sure to win. However Graham partnered by the classy Natasha Quigley are a strong pairing and helped Knaresborough record that elusive point with a great performance to ensure the scores were level at 36-36. This was a second successive draw for Boroughbridge in only four outings!

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Congratulations to captain Tony Graham, Natasha Quigley, Jeanette Bowden and Andy Little for a battling performance to help earn their side a first point of the campaign.

 

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Thanks to captain Jamie Jarman, Helen Bell, Chantal Lancashire and Alastair Southworth for their part in an excellent draw.

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https://wetherbytennis.org.uk/winter-league/