Christmas Jumper Tennis Social

The Xmas jumper social makes a return this winter after proving a great success last year. Its for all abilities from aged fourteen and upwards with details shown on the poster below.

Social events manager Charlotte Todd has put together a booking guide so follow those instructions to register and pre pay online.

Fun And Laughter At The Annual Quiz

The annual quiz, organised by Angela Crossley and Jo Coverdale, made a welcome return to the clubhouse on Saturday after its zoom debut last year. Six teams competed for the 2021 title and with high scoring there was little between them all evening. Once again Tim Coverdale was at the helm delivering the questions in his usual unique way that captivated the audience. Tim spends many hours preparing these well created contests and with themes and subtle clues throughout the evening, also showcased his vast knowledge along the way.

The recent improvements to the upstairs clubhouse were well received with new seating and large patio style doors along with the creation of a new kitchen area . Cooks Louise Williams and Jo Coverdale were delighted the new oven provided them with facilities to create their delicious supper and this was greatly received by the eager and hungry hordes! A special mention to Ladies star Christina Plant who conjured up an exceedingly delicious Lemon drizzle cake which would have put Mr Kipling himself in his place and this was well appreciated too.

The quiz questions were particularly challenging this year and certainly had the brain cells in full use. Some interesting and well-conceived picture sections lead to plenty of discussion and debate.

The Tom Harrington led ‘Toms Angels’ took the wooden spoon in sixth place although they were disadvantaged numerically in only having a quartet of competitors and battled away manfully throughout. Incredibly only eleven points separated the next four teams which confirmed the intriguing nature of the event with the coaching team taking fifth under the guise of ‘Quiztal Meth Addicts’. They seemed to fade after a strong opening but judging by the number of empty bottles on their table it was easy to see why !!. The ‘Dream Team’ were in good vocal form too and with Rachel and Paul Hill dictating matters, had a nice blend of youth and experience with Mark Bickers showing his quality too along with Helen Robinson and Sue Jacklin. They took fourth place.

The tension was now mounting as Tim excitingly set the scene and the three remaining teams waited with baited breath to see who had secured the bronze. It turned out to be ‘The Captions’ led superbly by Richard Whaley, who showed that not only is he an exceptional player on court, but also an extremely clever individual who astonished team mates with a wealth of information and was the star attraction on show.

Louise and Nigel Williams , Debbie and Mark Vines and Rachel and Mike Butterworth brought a huge amount of experience to the table and it was no surprise ‘Beautiful People’  took runners up but the worthy winners were ‘Randy Murray’ led by newcomer Jenny Wain and her family who certainly produced the goods with some exceptional high scoring and a vast array of knowledge involving a number of topics. They broke the 200 mark with a spectacular 209 and were crowned champions.

Congratulations to Jenny Wain and family who were deserved winners.

Great work as always from Tim Coverdale whose energy and humour ensured a tremendous success and enjoy your bottle of Jack Daniels sir.

Wetherby 1 Hit The Summit

The recent good run of pleasant weather continued in tonight’s Kendall’s Winter League as Wetherby 1 hosted near neighbours Knaresborough at Castlegarth. The hosts were looking for a third straight win that would take them into sole leadership at the summit. Jill Abel and Andy Roberts came in for season debuts whilst Helen Robinson partnered Mick Abel who was also making a first appearance of the campaign. Boro were missing captain Paul White but Tony Graham and Andrew Little ensured they were still strong and Mel Sobberton and Jeanette Bowden were their respective partners.

The evening remained dry but with a gentle breeze sometimes becoming more stronger, the players had to often judge their shots carefully to allow for this disruption. Jill and Andy started on court four against Mel and Tony and this promised to be a close affair. Andy had helped the Wetherby first team clinch the HDTL Division Two title during the summer whilst Jill is captain of the York second team who performed very well in Division three after promotion. Mel and Tony are useful members of the Boro mixed first team who finished third in Division three of the HDTL and will be hoping to mount a promotion assault next term. Tony is a strong server and hard hitter whilst Mel has been one of the leading ladies at Boro and made very important contributions in both their mixed and ladies teams. She is a good all-rounder and very consistent and there was some excellent tennis on show during this tremendous battle. Andy is always a difficult opponent and hits with great zest from the baseline whilst Jill is a great predator at the net and her control was very important on many occasions with some well placed winners. Fittingly a 6-6 draw with neither pair deserving to be on the losing side.

Court five was just as close as Helen and Mick took on Andy and Jeanette. Helen captained the first team to their summer divisional crown whilst Mick joined Jill in York Division three. Andy and Jeanette have been a standing dish together for many years and often punch above their weight competing in HDTL Division three. With great understanding and team work they made life very difficult for the leaders and with Andy often referred to as the King of Spin, showing just why here with some bamboozling efforts, the Boro second pair were threatening a shock. Helen has a very strong backhand and with her forehand equally as deadly she began to make some brilliant returns to keep Wetherby in the contest. Mick as always was covering everywhere and with his positional play allowing for plenty of winners around the net once more the teams couldn’t be split and another 6-6 tie was seen.

All to play for at 12-12 heading into round two. The men’s battle was immense and it would take a brave man to call the outcome. Tony and Andy had played major roles in helping Boro men’s to Dales League success last summer and this duo have great understanding on court. Roberts and Abel were equally as organised for Wetherby and this rubber was exciting and action packed. Finally the hosts just sneaked a 7-5 win in an epic battle.

With Wetherby only two ahead the ladies sensed this was their time to shine and longstanding friends Jill and Helen looked confident striding onto court. With Mel and Jeanette making their debuts together the hosts looked to have the advantage and they were quickly away with some clinical finishing. Boro enjoyed success using the lob but both Helen and Jill were returning well and the power and pace was proving too much for the spirited visitors. A resounding 10-2 score line meant suddenly Wetherby were showing their title aspirations as they moved ahead 29-19.

Mel and Tony knew they needed the win and saved the best till last as they turned up the tempo with clinical precision. Tony was showing incredible agility to power down a number of eye catching smashes whilst Mel was a rock defending and returning everything thrown her way. At 4-4 the rubber was in the melting pot but after a big effort to repel the visitors, Wetherby started to fade. Tony was now in superb form and with Mel showing no signs of easing up Boro ran out cosy 4-8 winners to leave the deficit at just six games.

However Jill and Andy were showing all their experience against Little and Bowden and very quickly hit top gear. Roberts was unleashing the guns from deep and really pinning the Boro duo back whilst the soft hands of Jill continued to reap rewards at the net. Andy and Jeanette always battle till the very end and were giving everything but there was to be no stopping the Wetherby top pair who ran out impressive 9-3 winners to seal a 42-30 victory overall.

Always great to see plenty of smiling faces at the finish and all on show enjoyed the evening and can be proud of their efforts.  Knaresborough are quickly back in action as they face Starbeck next Tuesday whilst Wetherby have a break until 2022 before facing Rufforth 2 on January 18th.

Thanks to Andy, ‘King of jumpers’ Roberts who along with Helen Robinson, Mick and Jill Abel were worthy winners this evening in a hard fought battle.

Great to catch up with Tony Graham, Mel Sobberton, a thin and lean looking Andy Little and Jeanette Bowden tonight who provided tough opposition in this thrilling encounter representing Knaresborough.

Wetherby 2 Enjoy Winter League Success

Temperatures were once again unbelievably high for November as Wetherby 2 hosted Harlow in tonight’s Kendall’s Winter League. Debbie Vines and Philip Longstaff had helped Wetherby A to title success in Division Four of the HDTL last summer and paired up together here whilst Dawn Steel and Dave Rowlands completed the line-up.

Harlow arrived with an international feel about their quartet with Andy and Simone Carrick at seed one. They had dominated HDTL Division Five last summer helping Harlow to the divisional crown whilst Spaniard Carlos Gabaldon had impressed in the men’s teams and was joined by Latvian debutant Silva Sarkovska.

Debbie and Philip took on the Carrick’s in the opening rubber played on court four. This promised to be a tight affair and it didnt disappoint. Philip proved a very useful recruit for the hosts during the summer and he added to his mixed winners medal by assisting the Leeds men’s first team to runners up in Division four and promotion. Debbie needs no introduction and has been playing league tennis at Castlegarth for a number of years. Her consistency never wavers and with good court coverage and excellent anticipation skills is always welcome on court. Philip was hitting hard from deep and covering plenty of ground but Wetherby faced a battle against the ultra-consistent Harlow top dogs. Simone is one of the hardest hitting ladies on the circuit and with dad Andy a real predator at the net they are a very strong duo. End to end stuff in an absorbing encounter before Wetherby took the honours with a narrow 7-5 success.

On court five Dave Rowlands and Dawn Steel took on Carlos and Silva. The Wetherby couple are notorious slow starters and Harlow were soon ahead 4-1. However Dave is very quick around court and the left hander started to turn on the style. Dawn is another long serving player at the club and her game is built around consistency and clever positional play. Carlos is also a strong player and hits with real venom whilst Silva was not overawed on debut and her enthusiasm and never say die attitude was a great help for the visitors. Wetherby were starting to reap the rewards with some strong teamwork and in a great comeback took the rubber 7-5 leaving the match well poised at 14-10 heading into round two.

The men’s match looked too close to call and it was Harlow who began well and never let go of the initiative. Andy and Carlos proved a winning formula and kept the Wetherby chaps on the back front throughout. Some tremendous rallies and great entertainment but a worthy 4-8 victory for the Harrogate club levelled matters up overall.

Debbie and Dawn looked confident in the ladies contest and used an abundance of poise and craft to ensure they would not be found wanting. Despite the big hitting from Simone, the hosts remained calm and methodically moving though the gears were in sparkling form. A brave effort from Silva who will undoubtedly come on for the experience but Harlow couldn’t repel the hosts who recorded an 11-1 success.

With a 29-19 advantage Wetherby were very much in the driving seat but the Carrick’s were determined to make things tight. They were involved in another excellent contest against Dawn and Dave who were now starting to gel and have the makings of a more than useful partnership. Little between the teams here and fittingly a 6-6 draw was a good reflection of the finale.

Carlos and Silva were playing ever so well against Debbie and Phil and this was a cracking match up with no quarter given. Plenty of lung busting rallies and backs to the wall defending but Wetherby just edged a thriller 7-5 to celebrate a 42-30 win overall.

Always great to welcome our friends from Harlow and no doubt there will be plenty more battles this summer. Thanks to all for competing this evening and good luck with your remaining fixtures.  

A cracking effort from Carlos Gabaldon, Andy Carrick, Simone Carrick and Silva Sarkovska ensured a great match and thanks for coming over to play this evening.

Wetherby 1 Prove Too Hot To Handle

Another warm evening , especially for November, and despite early drizzle making the courts difficult, Wetherby 1 and Boston Spa served up a cracking match in tonight’s Kendall’s Winter League clash down at Castlegarth. The hosts had opened with a cosy win against Tadcaster and for this derby fixture a new quartet were on show. Lucy Wright and Adam Turner were both late withdrawels due to injury so a big thanks to Rachel Hill and Marc Bickers for stepping in to cover. Yvonne Mannall and Jeremy Reddish both made rare Winter League starts to give the hosts a strong look. Boston were missing captain Kate Gilman, who watched from the side-lines,so Pauline Belt partnered star man Richard Whaley whilst the reliable Pete Smith and Dominique Morrissey teamed up at pair two.

Yvonne and Jeremy enjoyed success at the end of season in house tournaments where the duo collected three trophies between them and this excellent pairing entertained Richard and Pauline on the show court. The rain meant a few early mistakes and in a tense opening there was little between the teams with Wetherby just ahead 4-3. However Jeremy was serving exceptionally quick and with the power of Yvonne causing the visitors problems they began to move into top gear. Richard produced his usual bag of tricks to keep Wetherby on their toes and with Pauline strong at the net this was certainly a great advert for the Winer League. Finally Wetherby took the honours 8-4.

On court two Rachel and Marc took on Pete and Dominique . The Wetherby pair had played key roles in securing the HDTL Division two crown in the summer and both played well here. Marc caught the eye with some superb serving and with his backhand once again improving each week he was on fire. Rachel has spent many years bossing the net with her great anticipation skills and tonight was no different meaning Boston would have to play out of their skins to take anything from this rubber. Pete is always crafty and keeping his opponents guessing managed to produce plenty of winners whilst Dominique used her good court coverage to great effect. Once more a quality rubber but another 8-4 win for the hosts left them 16-8 ahead after the opening round.

Yvonne and Rachel have been great ambassadors, flying the flag for Wetherby ladies for many years, and this top pairing looked confident in the ladies clash with Pauline and Domingue. However the Boston ladies are very useful and this was a tight affair with Wetherby leading 4-3. However the Mannall forehand was getting into full swing as she exploited the gaps with clinical precision and with Rachel bossing the net it was another 8-4 success for the hosts.

The men’s clash was equally competitive with hard hitting and some incredible rallies on court one. Jeremy and Marc just had the greater firepower and consistency which helped them secure yet another 8-4 success meaning at 32-16 Wetherby 1 were now in the driving seat.

Marc had been using his ‘soft hands ‘to make some lovely sleight of hand winners and growing in confidence he played well throughout the evening. He and Rachel had good teamwork and it was needed to repel the threat of Richard and Pauline. This contest had everything and was played in a great spirit with each player showing touches of class. It always promised to be ever to close and at 7-5 Wetherby had just done enough to take the bragging rights.

Yvonne and Jeremy were now in first gear on court two and in the mood for blood as they turned up the tempo to devastating effect. A series of hard hitting winners were reigning down on Boston as the Wetherby top dogs showcased all their array of weaponry. Boston refused to buckle but wave after wave of attacks were impossible to stop and despite a brave rear-guard action it was a convincing 11-1 victory for Wetherby who ran out 50-22 winners on a splendid night of tennis action.

Thanks once again to all on show and your effort and commitment was much appreciated and enjoyed by the viewing gallery. Wetherby 1 return to action a week on Thursday against Knaresborough and will be looking to maintain their good early season form.

Never easy to get Rachel Hill on camera and despite her Obi One Kenobi gown, she is seen celebrating for Wetherby 1 here alongside playing partner Marc Bickers and Yvonne Mannall and Jeremy Reddish. Congrats to all on a superb performance.

AGM – Tuesday November 30th 7-30pm

The club will be holding its Annual General meeting on Tuesday 30th November 2021 at 7-30pm

This year the meeting will be held both virtually via Zoom and in person at the Tennis club meeting room. We recognise that not everyone will be comfortable with face to face meetings and or are unable to get to the club.

If you would like to receive the Zoom details for this AGM please contact myself directly by email.

The Agenda is below and also on the Tennis club noticeboard. Any members wishing to make a proposal for the meeting must do in writing to myself no later than two weeks before the meeting. Whilst we will consider questions on the evening at the AGM and answer them to the best of our ability, we are unable to accept any motions on that day that require a vote.

Best Regards

Mike Butterworth

Hon Secretary


AGM 2021

The Annual General Meeting of Wetherby Castlegarth Tennis Club will take place via ZOOM and in the Clubhouse

Tuesday 30th November 2021 at 7-30pm


  1. Apologies for absence
  1. Minutes of the last AGM held on the 25th November 2020
  1. Matters arising                      
  1. Chairman’s report
  1. Treasurer’s report (Acceptance of Annual Club Accounts) & Subscriptions 2022                   
  1. Match Secretary’s report & Teams to be entered for the 2022 season
  1. Junior review & Coaching                  
  1. Election of new committee members
  1. Health and Safety
  1. Proposals
  1. AOB
  1. Wine and Cheese

This years meeting will be take place in the Clubhouse. However for those who wish to join via Zoom please contact the club secretary by email

Wine Tasting Evening Report

A small but select band gathered at the club last Saturday to partake and enjoy a wine tasting evening. Doug Harrison has hosted these for many years and was delighted to co host on this occasion with our very own Events manager Charlotte Todd.

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The lower numbers made for a personal and riotous evening of banter initiated by copious glasses of welcome fizz as Doug and Charlotte guided everyone through a range of white and red wines, tasted “ blind “ as normal, inviting answers to the grape,country and price. A number of tricky wine quiz questions punctuated the evening proving trickier and trickier to solve as the abundant amounts of wine kicked in.

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For the first time Aldi provided the bulk of the wine, the most fascinating being an English Bacchus white , a Greek Assyrito white and a Lebanese Cabernet Sauvignon red.

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Half way through proceedings everyone tucked into a wonderful buffet of cheeses pate chutney and much more provided by the Artisan Cheese company in Church Street Wetherby.

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The first prize was a bottle of champagne worthily won by Tim Coverdale who led from start to finish displaying his wide range of knowledge. Nick, a friend of long standing member Paul Keighley, proved a very able runner up.

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Congrats to our regular quiz master supremo Tim Coverdale who proved a class above with his excellent comprehension of fermented grapes!

Not so worthy was Nigel Williams, who having amassed a mere four points, received the booby prize of a gin and tonic without the gin! 😀

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Thanks to all for supporting this wonderful evening and a big appreciation as always to the king of wines himself, Doug Harrison, for delivering in his amazing and unique way. Of course a special thanks must also go to Charlotte Todd for a brilliant debut as co host and organiser 🥂🍷

Junior Pizza And Play Goes Down A Treat

The junior play and pizza event took place this evening and with the weather dry, conditions were perfect. With a great turnout of sixteen players, the youngsters were split into two teams captained by Bradley Triffitt and Henry Brown, our U18 stars. Competitors played three rounds each and four rounds were played in total in a series of doubles with Team Brad beating Team Henry 8-4. In a double or quits game of Wipeout to end the activities on court, an exciting contest ensued with fittingly Brad and Henry both left last in opposition, but Henry hit a forehand long to hand Team Brad another win!

The pizzas and chips were then served and proved very much appreciated by the players who certainly demolished everything in front of them!!

A big thanks to Head coach Angela Crossley and Events manager Charlotte Todd for arranging this tonight and it was great to see the juniors laughing and joking throughout and really enjoying the evening.

The club is lucky to have many promising junior players and hopefully they will continue to improve and help strengthen the adult teams.

Wetherby 1 Show Their Class In Winter League

A colder evening but thankfully a dry one as defending Kendall’s Winter League champions Wetherby 1 entertained Tadcaster at Castlegarth . Taddy had lost against Wetherby 2 in their opening fixture but welcomed star man Brent Horner back and he was joined by exciting prospect Sam Benn. Jodie Goodall continued and Sue McClure made her first appearance of the campaign. Wetherby had regulars Adam Turner and Lucy Wright at seed one but with several men missing, Bradley Triffitt came in at the last minute with Gabe Mead failing a fitness test, to be joined by Louise Beasley.

Adam and Lucy had played instrumental roles helping Wetherby first team to the HDTL mixed division two title this summer and are a very useful combination. They opened against Brent and Jodie but with Brent only returning after a lay off Wetherby made an electric start and were soon turning up the tempo. Despite Brents best efforts it was the hosts who were bossing the rubber and Tadcaster were finding it difficult to get a foothold. Jodie responded with some splendid net play but the Wetherby top dogs were too clinal and recorded an 11-1 success.

On court Five Brad and Louise had also enjoyed summer mixed league success in the HDTL as they had helped the Wetherby second team to the Division four crown and they were looking to continue their fine form against Sam and Sue. Sam was a member of the Tadcaster men’s team that finished second in the Leeds League Division Six which earned them promotion in their debut season and is a hard working and all action player. Sue is consistent and is happy to play out the rallies but Brad and Louise have a strong partnership and with clever understanding began to take control. Louise is always strong at the net and mixing the pace had her opponents on the ropes whilst Brad is ultra-consistent with his ground strokes and waited patiently to strike the killer blow on many occasions. Some excellent tennis but Wetherby were able to celebrate a 10-2 victory to give themselves a useful first round advantage.

The men’s rubber promised to be close and so it proved as the quartet produced some big hitting and entertaining tennis. Brent enjoyed his cross court battles with Adam whilst Sam and Brad were playing cat and mouse looking to exploit any mistakes. However Wetherby carried the bigger threats and were able to run out cosy 8-4 winners in a rubber that everyone really enjoyed.

The ladies were doing battle on court four but Tadcaster looked to face an uphill task as Lucy and Louise often practise together and are very competitive and strong opponents. So it proved as despite a gusty effort from Jodie and Sue they couldn’t combat the strength and power of the Wetherby girls who took the honours 11-1 to guarantee Wetherby would be taking the two match points as they stretched their overall lead to 40-8.

The final round saw Adam and Lucy continue to press home the advantage and playing with great freedom the duo were in sparkling form as they defeated Sam and Sue 11-1. They really showed the benefit of a strong partnership and were able to exploit the space with some scintillating play. On court four things were tighter as Brent and Jodie were finding success against Brad and Louise. However the Wetherby second pair were still producing good moments themselves and began to take a stranglehold. Louise continued to produce some excellent backhands and with Brad finding some clever angles they moved through the gears. Brent covered every inch of the court as he looked to repel the challenge and Jodie was staying strong at the net again but it was the hosts who ran out 9-3 winners to ensure the Champions began their defence in style with a 60-12 overall victory.

Always nice to welcome our friends from Tadcaster and catch up with some familiar faces and thanks to all on show tonight. Wetherby are next in action on November 9th when rivals Boston Spa are due in town and this looks a mouth watering clash in the making. Taddy will regroup and look to open their account against Harlow next Thursday.  

Some excellent tennis from Bradley Triffitt, Adam Turner, Lucy Wright and Louise Beasley tonight with Lucy holding the Winter League trophy the team had secured last season.

Thanks to Sam Benn, Sue McClure, Jodie Goodhall and Brent Horner for their considerable efforts this evening. Good luck in your remaining matches.