Boston Spa Too Strong In Winter League Derby Win

Wetherby 2 entertained close rivals Boston Spa at Castlegarth this evening in the Winter League. Boston sent a strong four with the quartet all regulars in the Harrogate Division Two Summer League. Wetherby captain Janine Smith was joined by regular Division Five colleagues Louise Williams and Barry Johnson with Nigel Williams from Division Two renewing battle with his regular opponents in the higher section.

Therefore Boston would be strong favourites on a lovely evening for Winter action.

Spa captain Jordan Gregory was making his first start of the campaign and he was soon into stride for the visitors pairing up with the classy Pauline Belt. The duo had too many tricks for the hard working Barry Johnson and Janine Smith and despite some exciting rallies Boston proved too strong.

Peter Smith has been a standing dish in the Winter League and is one of the most feared opponents in the competition. Teaming up with his regular partner Lesley Haley, who was back from holiday, the duo showed their undoubted class against Louise and Nigel Williams.  This was a return to competitive action after a break since the end of the Summer season for Nigel and like they say in racing circles, he will certainly come on for the run. Another exciting rubber with moments of exceptional tennis but once again Boston would have too much firepower.

There was no rest bite for the hosts either in the ladies or men’s rubbers with both Spa couples showing superb team work and awareness so keep the scoreboard ticking over nicely in their favour.

With the match in the bag Wetherby finished with a flourish to improve their score with Nigel and Louise combing nicely to run Belt and Gregory close. They were very competitive as they made the visitors pull out all the stops before narrowly succumbing 4-8.

Johnson and Smith managed another 2 for the Wetherby total and enjoyed themselves against their superior rivals. Producing some moments of real quality themselves both will have enjoyed the outing knowing they will thankfully unlikely face such strong opposition again this summer!.

Boston ran out cosy 13-59 winners and leap frog over Wetherby 1 back into third place in the table. Once again a big thanks to those on show for ensuring another good Winter league evening. Boston have just the one game left as they play high flying Boroughbridge next Tuesday looking to hold onto third place whilst two games remain for Wetherby 2 this year.

 

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Well done to the impressive Boston Spa team this evening who lined up from left to right as follows – Lesley Haley, Pauline Belt, Peter Smith and captain Jordan Gregory.

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A gallant second for the hard working Wetherby 2 quartet who lined up from left to right with captain Janine Smith, Barry Johnson, Louise Williams and Nigel Williams.

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Winter League Double Header Provides Plenty Of Entertainment Tonight

Castlegarth hosted another Winter League double header this evening to catch up with outstanding fixtures. Wetherby 1 entertained Collingham whilst Boroughbridge faced Knaresborough. Light rain greeted the players on arrival but thankfully play commenced on time and for the majority of the evening conditions remained reasonable.

 Boroughbridge were missing captain Charlie Grasby but still fielded a strong four with the quartet featuring players that had helped Boroughbridge A to promotion from Harrogate Division 2 last season. They faced a Knaresborough side led by captain Paul White who was making a quick return to action after playing in the Winter League on Tuesday. Infact Natasha Quigley and Fran Bakes were also playing twice in two days for a team that had finished mid table in Harrogate Division four last summer.

 Boroughbridge therefore started strong favourites looking for victory to join Rufforth at the top of the Winter League table. Simon Robinson and Nicola Scott formed a useful partnership for Boroughbridge and they faced Quigley and Tony Graham who has been successful in the Winter League this term. This proved a close and fascinating contest with little between the pairs. Finally the favourites crept home 7-5 in a tight struggle. Chantal Lancaster and Jamie Jarman took on White and Bakes and this too proved a real war of attrition. Nothing between the couples and with some lovely tennis on show honours were even at 6-6 leaving Boroughbridge marginally ahead 13-11 after round one.

 Robinson and Jarmon then teamed up in the men’s rubber against White and Graham and this also went down to the wire with Boroughbridge just edging a narrow 7-5 victory. However the ladies couldn’t be separated with Lancaster and Scott sharing the spoils with Quigley and Bakes from a 6-6 tie.

 So with Boroughbridge leading 26-22 and holding a slight four point advantage the final round was eagerly anticipated. Unfortunately the weather put paid to that with snow and hail reigning down the match had to finish prematurely with the favourites claiming the points. Well played to both sides for providing good entertainment on a chilly evening.

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Well done to Boroughbridge who from left to right lined up with Simon Robinson, Nicola Scott, Chantal Lancaster and Jamie Jarman.

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Gallant runners up from Knaresborough from left to right saw Tony Graham, Natasha Quigley, Fran Bakes and Captain Paul White.

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Over on Courts 4 and 5 Wetherby 1 were playing Collingham who were playing their final match of a debut campaign in the Winter League. Captain Tony Cutler has done a splendid job this year organising and sending out a competitive four and tonight was no exception. Barry Johnson once more teamed up with Cutler along with regular ladies Sally Johnson and Maryla Gledhill.

Cutler and Gledhill opened up on Court four and faced Marc Bickers and Rachel Butterworth. The magic man was a welcome addition to the team and was making his first start of the campaign along with the classy Butterworth. This looked a strong duo for the hosts and so it proved as they produced some impressive tennis to run out 9-3 winners. Bickers served well and hit some thunderous forehands from deep whilst the ever consistent Butterworth was particularly crafty and match savvy as she used the width of the court effectively. Cutler and Gledhill certainly put up a fight and there was some splendid long rallies but they ultimatley came up short.

On Court Five Wetherby captain Mike Triffitt was making his first start of the season and teamed up with another debutant in Dawn Steel. This pair have endured success in the Harrogate leagues and were certainly no strangers on court. They faced Barry Johnson and Sally Johnson who have developed a good understanding on court this year. This rubber was close throughout with little between the pairs. However at 5-5 Wetherby managed to find some consistency to run out narrow 7-5 winners and take a 16-8 advantage into round two.

 Bickers and Triffitt had enjoyed considerable success for the men’s third team as they gained promotion from Division 6 in Leeds last term and they looked in confident mood tonight reunited together on court. Bickers was certainly starting to dominate and show his class with some beautiful hit winners and great court coverage. Cutler and Johnson battled manfully and gave everything but with Triffitt steady and returning well Wetherby ran out cosy 10-2 winners.

Over on Court four the ladies match was seeing some long rallies and thoughtful tennis. There seemed little between the teams but Steel and Butterworth are an experienced duo and were starting to convert on the crucial points. The Wetherby girls were growing in confidence and great team work saw them celebrate a 11-1 success.

 Before the snow halted play round three had begun with Butterworth and Bickers 2-0 up against the Johnsons and Triffitt and Steel 3-1 ahead against Cutler and Gledhill.

The players rushed from Court with Wetherby running out 42-12 winners. Wetherby move above Boston Spa into third place and have two games to play.

Once again a match played in great spirit and a real credit to the Winter League. A big thanks to Tony Cutler and his merry band of players at Collingham who registered two wins in the season and we look forward to welcoming them back next year.

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 Wetherby lined up from left to right with Captain Mike Triffitt, Dawn Steel, Rachel Butterworth and Marc Bickers.

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Junior Tournament A Success Today

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From left to right Ed Grogan, Gabriel Mead, George Brown, Henry Brown, Nathan Little and Bradley Triffitt along with ball girl Ellie Triffitt enjoyed themselves this morning.

Despite a cold and at times blustery morning, the Junior open age Tournament took place at Castlegarth today. There were two events with a Singles and Doubles title at stake.

 U16 Wetherby team member Ed Grogan took on Wetherby U14 squad player Gabriel Mead in the quarter finals of the singles event. With conditions testing this proved a competitive heat before the older Grogan came through 5-3. Henry Brown, who was a very influential player for the successful Wetherby U14 team last summer, took on Nathan Little who was representing Harlow and had enjoyed playing with their men’s team in York last season. This was an excellent contest with some superb tennis on show between two big hitters. Finally the consistency of Little enabled him to win 5-3. George Brown, brother of Henry, at eleven was the youngest player on view and he took on Bradley Triffitt who was another member of the U14 team. Brown was quickly out of the blocks to lead 2-0 before the more experienced Triffitt started to find his form and exploiting the space well came back for a 5-3 success.

Dan Wright was the other semi-finalist after receiving a bye but unfortunately was too ill to compete so his semi-final opponent Bradley Triffitt advanced to the final. The other semi final looked close to call with Little playing Grogan. So it proved with a one set all score line meaning a tie break would be needed to determine the finalist. Eventually after a titanic struggle Grogan held his nerve in a close one.

Grogan therefore took on Triffitt on the show court in the final and this looked a very exciting match up on paper. Triffitt coped with the difficult conditions better as he took the opening set 4-1 before Grogan found some big forehands to level up after a 4-2 win. This set up a deciding tie break to ten . Both players were giving their all in front of an enthusiastic crowd before Triffitt ran out a 10-6 victor for a memorable success. Well played to both players for an excellent final.

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Well done to Bradley Triffitt who beat Ed Grogan in an excellent final

Bradley and Nathan teamed up in the doubles event representing their school King James. They beat Gabriel Mead and Ed Grogan 4-2 who then fell to defeat against brothers Henry and George in this mini round robin competition. This meant Triffitt and Little needed to beat the Browns to take the title but Henry and George produced their best tennis of the morning to take the rubber 3-1 . Therefore the Doubles trophy was shared between the Browns and Triffitt and Little to leave plenty of smiling faces.

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From left to right Bradley Triffitt, Henry Brown, George Brown and Nathan Little who shared the Doubles title.

Thanks to Wetherby head coach Angela Crossley and her assistant Jo Coverdale for organising and the players and parents greatly appreciated their time and efforts.

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Sports Massage At Wetherby Tennis Club

Phil Somers will be offering free sports massages to members every Monday evening from February 26th. Sessions will be 15 minutes and Phil intends to cover a two hour time frame starting from 6.30pm.

Please see details on poster below and feel free to contact Phil to arrange a booking. Phil will also be present at the club on Monday February 19th when he will host a meet and greet and answer any questions and take bookings. I hope members will support this generous offer and enjoy a sports massage.

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Barn Dance

Unfortunately despite the best efforts of the Events Committee, the Barn Dance scheduled for March 10th has now been cancelled. Lack of numbers and with considerable outgoings meant the decision has been taken and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Our next event will be on Sunday March 4th when Janine Smith will host the popular start of the month Tournament and as the season gets into full swing please check out the events page link below for further events both on and off the courts.

 https://wetherbytennis.org.uk/events/

 

Thanks

 Ginny Hinds

 

Court Cleaning

Unless we experience extreme weather the courts/path cleaning will take place the week commencing Monday 26th February. Ray Holt who is carrying out the work will try to ensure three courts are available for play throughout.

Thanks as always for your cooperation.

Cheers

Peter Johnston

Barn Dance Saturday March 10th

The Events Committee would like to remind those who have not already expressed an interest that the forthcoming Barn Dance will take place on Saturday March 10th. There has been a steady number of people adding their names to the sheet at the clubhouse but we still require more to make the evening a success. Please feel free to spread the word and friends and family are more than welcome.

 https://wetherbytennis.org.uk/2017/12/15/ceilidh-barn-dance-saturday-march-10/

 Thanks

Ginny Hinds