Wetherby 1 Too Strong For Wetherby 2 In Winter League Showdown

Wetherby 1 hosted Wetherby 2 this evening in the Winter League. Once more dry weather greeted the players and for November temperatures were pretty decent. Captain Mike Triffitt was joined by Janine Smith who was making her first appearance of the season whilst the ever reliable Steve and Christina Plant were also in attendance. For Wetherby 2 captain Richard Franks was joined by regular partner Anne Lillywhite whilst Ann Jones teamed up with Dexter Waud for his first start of the campaign.

The Plants began on court five against Richard and Anne and were confidently into stride. They raced into a 5-2 lead and things were looking rosy. However Richard and Anne are certainly battlers and after a tremendous season together in the mixed summer league they have now built a strong on court partnership. With Franks covering every inch of court as usual and Lillywhite unleashing some lovely left handed forehand winners the pair fought back to take a share of the spoils following a 6-6 tie.

Over on court four Ann Jones and Dexter Waud started well against Triffitt and Smith. Janine was lucky to be playing after arriving home from work and jumping into her pj’s. Settling down with a glasss of wine for a cosy night in, thankfully she remembered she was due on court!!. She found herself trailing 3-1 early doors but battled back to sneak ahead before finally securing a narrow 7-5 success.

So after round one the scores were very close with Wetherby 1 leading 13-11.

The ladies did battle on court four and once again there was little between the pairs. Christina and Janine were making their first appearance at any level together but quickly gelled and were producing some terrific tennis. Both are powerful players who hit hard and with Christina serving extremely well things were looking promising. The two Anns however are both tenacious competitors and having played numerous occassions over the years are a very good partnership. This rubber ebbed and flowed before a 6-6 draw was a good reflection of events.

Mike and Steve had played very well together previously in the mens during an earlier 9-3 victory over Knaresborough and the pair looked confident of further success. However at 2-2 the rubber was tight and would need a touch of class to open it up. Thankfully for the favourites Steve Plant was just the man for the job and he started to up the tempo and produce some clever tennis to keep the scoreboard ticking over. With Mike very consistent and making some nice winners at the net alongside some impressive serving the duo kicked on and ran out 9-3 winners which suddenly gave them a nice eight point cushion as they led 28-20.

Wetherby 2 were not going down wihout a fight however and Richard and Anne were quickly out of the blocks against Mike and Janine. Franks really was proving difficut to pass as he appeared everywhere and despite a shoulder injury Anne was still hitting some excellant returns. With Triffitt and Smith struggling for consistency and a game plan to combat their opponents it was Wetherby 2 who just shaded the contest as they ran out 8-4 winners to reduce the overall gap to just four points.

However hopes of a shock were dashed on court four as Steve and Christana were showcasing their considerable talents at the expence of Ann and Dexter. As hard as they tried they couldnt match the Plants and with Steve showing some lovely touches with more clever play they made all and kicked on to run out convincing 11-1 victors. Harsh on Ann and Dexter who had many good moments but Wetherby 1 therefore ran out cosy 43-29 winners to go top of the table.

Thanks again to all who played and good luck for the rest of the season. Boston Spa play Knaresborough 1 on Thursday with the prize a top of the table position at stake.

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

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Congratulations to Steve and Christina Plant, Janine Smith and captain Mike Triffitt.

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A good effort from captain Richard Franks, Anne Lillywhite, Ann Jones and Dexter Waud who ensured a close game this evening.

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Rufforth Too Classy For Battling Collingham

Winter League champions Rufforth hosted Collingham at Castlegarth on a windy but dry evening. Captain Philippa Page arrived with Phil Sinton, Andy Ivel and Emma Whiting who were making their first appearances this term. For Collingham, captain Tony Cutler had regular ladies Liz Douthwaite and Maryla Gledhill but with youngster Bradley Triffitt absent through injury, dad Mike stepped in to replace him.

Douthwaite and Triffitt opened at seed one and took on Rufforth top dogs Page and Sinton. Phil had a good summer season competing in the York mixed division five where Rufforth narrowly missed out on promotion. It was easy to see why he had done so well as with some excellent well executed tennis he made a number of well-placed winners. Page was hitting well from deep and stayed in a number of long rallies with some tremendous court coverage .  Douthwaite and Triffitt were matching them and at 4-4 the tie looked well poised. However the Rufforth duo upped the pace and finally managed to seal an 8-4 success to give themselves a nice start.

Over on court five Cutler and Gledhill took on Ivel and Whiting. Andy was also in the team that went agonisingly close to promotion during the summer and Emma played a number of matches in that division with him where in fact they were Rufforths leading pair. Whiting also brought a touch of glamour to proceedings and was sporting some impressive leggings which looked the height of fashion indeed! Her performance on court was just as sparkling and along with Andy they played some dazzling tennis. Working well together the pair looked confident and were soon on top. They didn’t allow their Collingham opponents many chances and clinically despatched those that fell their way. Running out cosy 9-3 winners it gave them a useful 17-7 advantage after the opening round.

Liz and Maryla are a useful combination in the ladies and were hoping to reduce the deficit against Philippa and Emma. This turned out to be a tremendous battle with nothing between the quartet. Ebbing and flowing it was always going to be difficult to call the winner and eventually honours were even after a 6-6 draw. However Rufforth were to virtually seal the match in the men’s rubber were Andy and Phil were in majestic form against Tony and Mike. The Rufforth duo played with great authority and  error free and consistent tennis were running away with the contest. Tony used his spin game to stay in the tie and with Triffitt returning well they didn’t look outclassed but despite a number of tight games it was Andy and Phil who were able to find the winners and they sealed an emphatic 11-1 victory which left the champions 34-14 ahead.

With only pride left Collingham were looking for a good finish but Phil and Philippa were in no mood to take the foot off the pedal and they quickly surged ahead. Tony and Maryla had many good moments and certainly enjoyed the challenge but once more Phil showed his craftiness with some clever finishing and Rufforth ran out 9-3 victors.

Liz and Mike were still enjoying their debut together and were beginning to develop a reasonable understanding. They stood firm against Andy and Emma and this was proving an intriguing affair. Emma is strong at the net and with clinical finishing put away most things that fell her way. Likewise Andy was comfortable and was using the width of the court to keep Mike and Liz busy. Liz has a lovely forehand and was really testing the Rufforth duo with some hard hitting and with Triffitt finally getting success with his lobbing game and also covering the court well Collingham were still in this rubber. Finally they held their nerve in the last game to secure a 6-6 draw which left all four happy and Rufforth winners by 49-23. This takes them up to third place in the table and well poised to make a challenge once more. Another match played in great spirit and thanks to all on show this evening.

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

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Well played Rufforth who lined up from left to right with Phil Sinton, Philippa Page, Emma Whiting and Andy Ivel

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Runners up Collingham featured Mike Triffitt, Maryla Gledhill, Liz Douthwaite and Tony Cutler.

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AGM Wednesday November 21st 7-30pm

The Wetherby Castlegarth Tennis Club AGM has been set for Wednesday 21st November 2018 starting at 7-30pm

The Agenda is below and we encourage as many members as possible to attend and listen to the successes and challenges of the past year and how our club is moving forwards.

Anyone wishing to submit a proposal for the meeting must do so in writing to the Secretary, preferably one week before the meeting to allow the proposal to be circulated to all. The Chairman will not allow new proposals to be submitted at the meeting.

This year there are two vacancies on the committee. The club are looking for applicants for club secretary and treasurer. If any members feel they can offer their support in filling these vital and rewarding roles please speak in confidence to the Chairman, Steve Jones.

Looking forward to seeing as many members as possible at the AGM where there will be a wine and cheese buffet to conclude.

AGENDA

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the last AGM held on November 22nd 2017
  3. Matters arising
  4. Chairman’s report
  5. Treasurer’s report (Acceptance of Annual Club Accounts) & Subscriptions 2017
  6. Match Secretary’s report and teams to be entered for the 2018 season
  7. Junior review & coaching
  8. Election of new committee members
  9. Health and Safety
  10. Any other business

Refreshments – Cheese and wine supper will be provided on the night

 

Winter League Double Header Match Reports

Despite the indifferent weather two matches were played on Thursday evening in the Winter League. Wetherby 1 were finally able to start their campaign as they played Knaresborough 2 in this rearranged clash. Boro arrived with a strong looking quartet with Dan Wilson joined by daughters Izzy and Ellie and Tony Graham completing the squad. Wetherby lined up with Steve and Christina Plant whilst captain Mike Triffitt was joined by Helen Robinson. Wetherby would start as favourites but this looked an intriguing contest .

Dark clouds were hanging over Castlegarth as play commenced and quite a lot of the evening endured rain but the players to their credit continued on thankfully. Steve and Christina have been regulars at the club since joining recently and they have certainly made a positive impact. Steve looked confident as he strode onto the show court having lifted the Mark Jackson end of season trophy last Sunday. He and Christina are a useful combination but would have their work cut out against the excellent Tony Graham and improving youngster Izzy Wilson. The rubber was a real roller coaster affair with little between the pairs. Tony was serving well and hitting hard from deep. He has a useful spin game and excellent court coverage. Izzy may only be small in stature but she canes the ball around aggressively and found some lovely angles. The Boro duo finally prevailed 7-5 after a titanic battle.

On court two Mike Triffitt and Helen Robinson teamed up for their first competitive match together and they too would be involved in another tight battle against Dan and Ellie Wilson. The Wilsons are certainly tough opponents and with Dan covering every inch of the court and hitting some impressive winners the duo were quickly out of the blocks. Youngster Ellie is a powerful player with a terrific forehand and she is lethal at the net, especially in dispatching a number of cracking smashes away. Triffitt was content to keep the ball in play and Robinson hitting harder was creating some excellent angles to keep Wetherby in the contest. Little between the quartet but finally it was Knaresborough again who ran out narrow 7-5 winners to take a 14-10 advantage into round two.

With the rain now making things decidedly difficult and players having to tread carefully, Helen and Christina were enjoying their debut together on court one. They soon gelled and with both playing aggressive began confidently. This was actually a great advert for ladies doubles as the Wilsons were equally as powerful and there was some superb winning shots unleashed. Perhaps the only difference was the experience Wetherby brought to the table and with a little more consistency ,allowed them to seal an 8-4 success which levelled the overall scores.

On court two Triffitt and Plant were teaming up for a second occasion and are regulars at social so were confident of putting on a good show once more. However it was a cagey opening with Tony Graham and Dan Wilson and the scores were level after each players opening service game. Wetherby knew they needed to up the tempo and in Steve Plant had a player who could certainly move through the gears, However mindful of the conditions he was playing with great authority and taking opportunities carefully when they arose. With Triffitt a useful ally the pair started to get the scoreboard moving and with some clever play finally managed to run out 9-3 winners that suddenly turned the match in the hosts favour.

Going into the final round Wetherby now led 27-21 and knew a steady finish would secure victory. However Tony Graham and Izzy Wilson looked determined to keep Boro in the contest and they quickly moved two games clear against Triffitt and Robinson. Izzy was hitting with real venom and made a number of breath taking winners and with Graham adopting clever tactics this was going to be hard for the Wetherby duo. Luckily Robinson used her class to start pushing her opponents deeper and was able to create some more lovely angles. Triffitt held strong at the net and they eased their way back into contention. The final 6-6 tie was a good reflection of events and left Wetherby the happier.

With a six point advantage Steve and Christina were in a strong position and with Steve ever so consistent and Christa making a number of well executed winners from close range the duo were guiding Wetherby home nicely. Dan and Ellie were certainly not going down without a fight and once more hit some tremendous winners. But with another man of the match performance Steve had too much weaponry and the Plants sealed an 8-4 success to help guide Wetherby to a 41-31 victory.

Despite the rain this was a really close affair which was always in the balance and credit to all on show.

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Well done to Steve and Christina Plant alongside Helen Robinson and Mike Triffitt this evening.

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Captain Tony Graham joined by Ellie, Izzy and Dan Wilson for Knaresborough.

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Over on court four and five, Winter league favourites Boston Spa were taking on Collingham. Spa had opened with victory over Starbeck and once again had a strong team out this evening. New captain for this year Kate Butterfield led her troops into battle and was joined by Pauline Belt, Peter Smith and Richard Whaley.

Collingham were missing their regular ladies so June Hudson kindly stepped up along with Jill Abel whilst Tony Cutler and Bradley Triffitt once more completed the team.

Cutler and Hudson took on Belt and Whaley and it was soon apparent that debutant and new member at Boston Spa Richard was a little bit special. He looks to be an excellent recruit for Spa and played some terrific tennis throughout the evening. With no weaknesses he and Belt stormed ahead and made all giving their opponents very few opportunities. The Collingham due at least avoided the whitewash and had to settle for a 11-1 defeat.

Jill Abel and youngster Bradley Triffitt were making their competitive debut together and faced a baptism of fire against the experienced and classy Spa pair Kate Butterfield and Peter Smith. However Triffitt has really enjoyed his adult introduction in the Winter League and in Abel had a great partner with a wealth of experience. The Collingham pair began well and were certainly not overawed and produced a real battling performance. Bradley was adopting his usual tactics and unleashing his best weapon , namely a lovely angled forehand , which produced great success. Abel was a rock at the net intercepting on many occasions and the duo had a good little partnership developing. Of course Peter and Kate were also making their presence felt but a 6-6 draw left Triffitt and Abel highly satisfied.

Of course realistically this was damage limitation for Collingham against such a powerful Spa outfit and Jill and June, despite so many long rallies, were up against the odds against Kate and Pauline. The Boston girls were confident and playing extremely well. Allowing few opportunities they ran out 11-1 winners.

Brad and Tony likewise were feeling the full force of Smith and Whaley but did give their all in trying to stop the onslaught. A 9-3 reverse allowed the Collingham men some success and satisfaction.

So Boston were now well on course and in keeping the scoreboard ticking over were improving their points difference. June and Tony playing with a freedom were enjoying their final round and managed to hit some quality winners. They didn’t have the consistency to threaten a shock but a 9-3 defeat was good reward for a big effort. Peter and Kate played some lovely tennis however and were worthy winners.

Brad and Jill were also enjoying themselves and relishing testing themselves against strong opponents. Pauline and Richard are certainly that and were playing some eye catching tennis. However this blossoming partnership were playing competitive tennis and this rubber was well fought. Some lovely rallies ensued before a Boston victory of 8-4 meant they moved top of the Winter League table following a 54-18 victory.

Once more great credit for battling the weather but there was enough dry time to enjoy the evening.

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From left to right Pete Smith, Kate Butterfield, Pauline Belt and Richard Whaley who guided Boston to victory.

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Bradley Triffitt, Jill Abel, June Hudson and Tony Cutler who fought bravely for Collingham.

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Plant and Chantrey Take Mark Jackson End Of Season Title

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The Mark Jackson End of Season Tournament was held this afternoon at Castlegarth. Dry and often sunny weather greeted the players and with 16 in attendance a perfect number for organiser Helen Robinson to work with. With four courts in operation the format allowed for doubles matches to be played and members enjoyed best of four games before swapping partners and playing another best of four meaning eight points were available in each round. With four rounds played a player could in effect reach a maximum of 32 points.

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As always there were prizes for the top male and female with the trophy shared between the pair. Going into the final round the men’s event was now a two horse race with Mike Richards and Steve Plant joint leaders on 18. However new member Steve was able to show his undoubted class and quicken clear to finish champion on 25 with Mike runner up on 22.

In the ladies Fiona Chantry was in electric form and was able to coast home after putting daylight between herself and the chasing pack. She finished with an excellent 22.

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Thanks to all for participating in this regular end of season finale and there was some lovely tennis played throughout the afternoon. A Big thanks to Helen Robinson and Mike Triffitt for organising.

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Wetherby A Lift Autumn Cup Plate After Thriller With Thirsk

On a busy night of team tennis at Wetherby this evening, Wetherby A hosted Thirsk A in an Autumn Cup consolation plate  final clash. This match has been lost to poor weather and court painting over the last three weeks so it was a welcome relief to both teams that tonight was dry even if rather chilly especially later on.

Wetherby captain Helen Robinson was absent so Christina Plant was drafted in and she paired with husband Steve. Regular Wetherby A competitors Marc Bickers and Lucy Wright formed a strong top seed for the hosts. Thirsk arrived with a squad from their successful Harrogate Summer league division three team which had agonisingly just missed out on promotion by a solitary point this season. Thierry Boero and Lucy Bosomworth were their top performers and both played this evening and were joined by Elaine Cook and Ben Watson. Wetherby began as favourites but this looked an intriguing clash.

Lucy and Christina teamed up on court one and took on Lucy and Elaine in the opening ladies rubber. It was easy to see why Bosomworth is highly rated and such a strong performer as she hits hard from deep and with some lovely angles and is a cool customer with a strong temperament. Partner Cook is a left hander and uses tremendous power to force some terrific angles and is not afraid to advance the net which she often did to great effect . Wetherby knew they would struggle to contain the Thirsk ladies and so it proved. However each game was keenly fought with multiple deuce games as Wright battled manfully to keep the hosts in the tie with some tireless defensive work as she covered every inch of the surface. Plant was serving well and finding some nice backhand angles but she couldn’t quite maintain the consistency to turn those deuce games into points. Thirsk played with a confidence and took the opener 1-6. Undeterred Wetherby continued to create chances and there was some excellent long rallies on show. A late fightback threatened an upset but Thirsk held firm to take the second 3-6 and a well deserved victory.

On court two Steve Plant and Marc Bickers faced Thierry Boero and Ben Watson looking to level the match. Steve is a formidable presence on court and with a lethal serve and hard forehand would certainly enjoy his evening. Bickers is always consistent and has plenty of weaponry in his armour. A good server, big hitter and excellent court coverer the Wetherby pair formed a very exciting partnership. For Thirsk Boero is a classy individual and was able to mix things up nicely whilst Watson went for all out aggression and power and was hitting with real venom from deep. Steve and Marc were quickly into stride and managing to secure crucial winners however had the scoreboard ticking over nicely before prevailing 6-1,6-2 which left the match all square at 1-1.

The second round began with Marc and Lucy on the show court taking on Thierry and Elaine. Cook had been dominant in the ladies but found things tougher now as Bickers was producing some pulsating shots giving her little time and room for manoeuvre. Wright was typically determined and happy to grind long rallies out from deep but as the match progressed she produced some electric salmon leaping to produce a plethora of net winners . Thierry battled away and was able to find winners too but Thirsk couldn’t quite contain their higher rated opponents and Wetherby took the contest 6-0,6-2 after a fine display.

Attention now turned to court two where Ben and Lucy were looking to level for Thirsk but Steve and Christina looked determined to bring home the bacon for the hosts. The pair have a great understanding and with Steve unleashing a number of low missiles from deep Wetherby were getting on top. Ben was equally aggressive and returning fire but he couldn’t match the consistency of Steve. Lucy exploited the space to create some more acute angles but with Christa now finding her form to produce some deft touches at the net it was Wetherby who secured victory 6-3,6-3 to record a 3-1 success.

A really entertaining clash with some high quality tennis on show and both teams should be applauded for a terrific effort. Wetherby lift the trophy but a big thanks to Thirsk for providing strong opposition tonight.

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A strong performance from Wetherby A who lined up with Marc Bickers, Lucy Wright, Christina Plant and Steve Plant.

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Thirsk provided tough opponents with from left to right Ben Watson, Lucy Bosomworth, Elaine Cook and Thierry Boero.

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