Ladies Charity Tennis Day June 29

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A date for your diary is Friday June 29th when Ginny Hinds and Angela Crossley will be hosting a Ladies charity tennis day from 10am. A fun tennis mix in tournament with a light lunch and pimms. There will be an informative health expert with presentation and discussions. Active wear and cake stalls with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s charity so please come along and support this very worthwhile event. Non tennis players more than welcome. There is a sign up sheet in the club house now so please try support this worthy event please.

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Honours Even In Derby Clash

The ladies second team were also at Castlegarth this afternoon as they took on rivals Boston Spa. With temperatures soaring this would be a gruelling afternoon for all on show. Wetherby have had a good start in Division 2 following three wins and just a solitary loss and captain Fiona Chantrey has been pleased. Spa arrived having won two of their four matches and a close match looked on the cards. Louise Williams, Ginny Hinds and Rachel Butterworth were absent today

Trish Bell had recovered from injury to partner daughter Angie at seed one and the duo were watched by Trish’s mum on the side lines who is becoming a bit of a recent regular! The Bells took on Kate Butterfield and Lesley Haley in what turned out to be an entertaining match on the show court. Angie has been in impressive form for the mixed second team in York and as usual was delivering some big blows from the baseline. Trish was covering the court and producing some deft touches at the net. Lesley Haley is a top performer at this level and was showing her class with some great recovery play as well as numerous winners. There was little between the pairs but Wetherby eventually just edged home 7-5. Fiona Chantrey and Jill Abel have produced plenty of heroics over the years and resumed their partnership at seed two. However the elements probably didn’t do the couple any favours today and they struggled to combat the heat. They entertained the wily Margaret Lindley and the competitive Anne Milne. This was another close encounter and with some punishing rallies the Boston ladies were having good success. Chantrey responded with some trademark returns whilst Jill battled away showing good energy to keep the hosts in the rubber. A 6-6 tie was the final outcome which may have left the visitors slightly the happier on reflection. Louise Beasley has been an important recruit to the club and after starring for Wetherby A in midweek during their win at Boroughbridge she was back in action here partnering Marise Richfield. This couple had a classy look and both looked comfortable and calm under pressure. They played Sandy Clough and Alison Ward on court three. Richfield is a very accomplished player on the backhand and was happy to maintain a good consistent level of returns whilst Beasley adopted the same tactics on the forehand. They needed to be strong as the Spa duo were playing well and hitting hard and volleying strongly this was yet another very close fought battle. With points hard earned the quartet couldn’t be separated and a 6-6 draw was the result leaving Wetherby slightly ahead 19-17 after round one.

Plenty of fluids taken on board the second round commenced with the sun showing no signs of abating.

The Bells were keen to keep the home scoreboard ticking over as they played the Spa third seeds but credit to the visitors who were not overawed and who played some tremendous tennis in the face of some powerful hitting from the hosts. A war of attrition ensued but Wetherby had to be content with an 8-4 winning margin which actually was the widest seen all afternoon. Abel and Chantrey took on the Spa top dogs who always just held the upper hand in this tight and gruelling match up. Spa were consistent and determined to close the gap and they ran out narrow 6-7 winners. Beasley and Richfield were enjoying their blossoming partnership and knew a big effort was needed to combat Lindley and Milne. Nothing between the pairs early on but it was Spa who finished the stronger to record a narrow 5-7 success which left the score line at 37-35 in Wetherby’s favour.

So round three promised to be edge of your seat stuff and the watching crowd settled to watch the action unfold.

The Bells took on the crafty Spa second seeds and just couldn’t manage to put daylight between themselves and their opponents. Battling away they still managed a win but not surprisingly it was close at 7-5 in Wetherby’s favour. This left Wetherby leading by four and Abel and Chantrey were hoping to edge the hosts a little further clear. But Clough and Ward had other ideas and disrupting their higher rated opponents they dug deep to keep the match very much in the melting pot with a tremendous 5-7 success to close the margin back down to just two points. All eyes therefore turned to the final match and suddenly Boston sensed a come from behind win with top seeds Butterfield and Haley looking for blood. Wetherby knew it would take a big effort from Beasley and Richfield to combat the threat from the big guns and thankfully this was yet another close rubber. Fittingly in such a close match it came down to the final game and with the Wetherby ladies doing unbelievably well and trailing 5-6 the final game became the decider. Perhaps it was only fair on such a day that honours were ultimatley shared as the Spa ladies ran out 5-7 winners which left the match tied at 54-54 and both therefore took a point.

A great effort by all on show who entertained a thoroughly appreciate crowd .Wetherby take a break next week and entertain Pocklington back at Scott Lane on June 2nd whilst Spa play Fulford at home the same day.

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The ladies first team travelled over to Dunnington for a late afternoon start but were missing Sue Jacklin, Helen Robinson and Jo Coverdale. Janine Smith kindly stepped in. This was always going to be a tough ask as the hosts are one of the stronger teams and so it proved with the York side holding too many aces today. A 74-34 score line was harsh on Wetherby for their considerable efforts but the team have still made a positive start with two wins from five in Division one which is very unforgiving. With Bishopthorpe struggling at the foot with 5 successive defeats hopefully Wetherby can secure enough wins to avoid the bottom two places . The next two matches are unfortunately against the top two clubs with an away trip to Pocklington followed by a home match with title favourites York 1 but we wish our ladies well in those two tough assignments

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Wetherby Break Duck With Narrow Win

The Leeds Men’s First team were in action at Castlegarth this afternoon as they entertained St Chads B. Wetherby had suffered an 8-0 opening day loss at a very impressive Alwoodley who are strong title favourites this season and followed up with a 7-1 thrashing of Dacre in their second game. With only five teams in Leeds Division Five it means two will be promoted and two go down leaving just the middle team safe. After promotion last season Wetherby knew victory was essential today in their hopes for survival. Both teams were limited on resources with the visitors only managing to name a four at the eleventh hour although they did manage to bring in Brent Horner and Stephen French from their A team who play in Division Two. Wetherby were indebted to Tom Warburton and Joe Cawcutt who both kindly volunteered to play after their coaching session earlier.

It was indeed the battle of the big guns that took centre stage on court four. Conditions were roasting and oven like with the sun burning down on the players. It was easy to see why Horner and French play higher as showing great understanding they were confident around court and looked calm and composed. Horner is a decent server and volleyed strongly and anything on his forehand is despatched with venom. French is a wily character who has great consistency and runs everything down and the pair were enjoying themselves in this battle. Warburton has a strong all round game with a lethal backhand whilst youngster Cawcutt is a promising talent and for one so slight hits with real ferocity and often with deadly accuracy. Wetherby were counting on their top seeds and they didn’t disappoint as they took the opener 6-3. There was no let up in the second and the home pair were now starting to move through the gears showing a touch of class they ran out 6-3 winners again in a very good advert for Leeds men’s tennis.

Over on court five David Stephenson and captain Mike Triffitt were in action as they played Richard Brown and Justin Carveley. Stephenson made his debut at Alwoodley but undeterred he was back on court eager for action. Brown has over 40 years of experience and is a very astute player with a great touch whilst Carveley is a relative newcomer but produced real moments of magic despite his inexperience. Triffitt was as dogged as always and playing a consistent game with a various mixture of shots he and Stephenson built up a useful 4-1 lead. However the visitors refused to go away and with Brown the best player on view he inspired the Leeds side to a good comeback which meant the rubber would go to a tie break. The hosts knew they needed to take at least a share of the spoils here and looked determined in the tie break. Stephenson was serving with real power and hitting some superb cross court forehands and with Triffitt keeping the ball in play and tempting St Chads into errors the hosts managed to grind out a narrow 7-4 success for a 7-6 victory which ultimately proved decisive. The exertions of the tie break seemed to have drained the Wetherby men however as St Chads roared out of the traps in the second set to open up a 0-4 advantage. The Wetherby men tried to reduce the arrears and at 5-6 they had given themselves hope but the poor start came back to haunt them as some more magic from Brown ensured it was St Chads who levelled the tie at 1-1 after a well earned 5-7 success.

Wetherby led 3-1 at the break needing two for victory and second seeds Stephenson and Triffitt knew their match with Horner and French would need a monumental effort to secure any points. Horner and French were well rested following a much quicker opening round encounter and the increase in pace was making the going tough for the hosts. With error free tennis Horner and French were playing some eye catching tennis with some lovely short play from both players they really dominated the net. Wetherby had moments of satisfaction but ultimatley they were no match for their higher rated opponents and fell 2-6 as St Chads closed the gap overall to 3-2.

Over on Court Four Brown and Carveley had taken a surprise early 1-2 lead but that only served to kick start Warburton and Cawcutt who resumed normal service with some flashy play. More ferocious hitting and some well executed volleys saw the hosts take the opener 6-2 for a 4-2 Wetherby lead.

Back over on court five Stephenson and Triffitt were starting to wilt in the sun and despite a big effort had no answer to the impressive visitors who quickly opened up a 0-5 advantage. Thankfully for Wetherby Warburton and Cawcutt were on fire and displaying a real high standard and some quality finishes they never gave Brown or Carveley a sniff as they ran out impressive 6-0 winners as Wetherby reached the magical 5-2 mark. A relieved Triffitt and Stephenson now knew victory was assured but dug deep one last time to take the sixth game and although losing the last they at least avoided a whitewash as the visitors were 1-6 winners for a 0-2 success.

So a Wetherby winning margin of 5-3 was certainly well received and gives the team hope of competing at this level. St Chads proved excellent opposition and in a game played in great spirits with former work colleagues Horner and Triffitt exchanging good banter, it proved a really enjoyable afternoon. Thanks to all on show for playing through such high temperatures today. Wetherby next go to last season’s Division Six champions Pudsey whilst St Chads face a crucial home match with Dacre next Tuesday.

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Todays winning quartet from left to right was David Stephenson, Mike Triffitt, Joe Cawcutt and Tom Warburton.

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Gallant runners up from left to right from St Chads were Justin Carveley, Richard Brown, Brent Horner and Steve French.

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Ladies Third Team Open With Impressive Win

The ladies third team finally got their season under way when they hosted St Chads at Castlegarth this evening. The visitors arrived after suffering a loss at home to Whitkirk and responded by sending a completely new quartet for tonight.

Captain Bev Lyn teamed up with Anne Lillywhite who has been in sparkling form for the Harrogate B mixed team. They took on left hander Vicki Lawton and Rohan Simpson. This promised to be a tight affair and so it proved. Lilleywhite is also an accomplished lefty and she began in typical form hitting hard from deep and putting the visitors on the back foot. With Lyn providing many deft touches at the net and smashing well Wetherby made a good start not allowing their opponents any time or room to secure an opening 6-4 success. Lawton is a classy player and serving well she gracefully covered the court with determination. Simpson was content to patrol the net and produced some lovely interceptions. However the Wetherby ladies were their equal and looked determined to close out the match which they did with a cosy 6-3 second set victory for a 2-0 win.

Ann Jones had played in a veterans league match with regular mixed doubles partner Tony Cutler in the morning but still looked like a spring chicken as she got under way with the experienced and rather useful Mary Fiddler. However they found the going tough against the wily Anne Wallace and the rangy and eye catching Gemma Dracup who is a long distance marathon runner and certainly looked the part. The Leeds based couple were able to take control with both hitting well from the baseline whilst the tall Dracup was intimidating at the net and the pair ran out winners 3-6 in the opener. Realising they must change to plan B the Wetherby ladies regrouped and started to mix up their game with some unorthodox play which had the visitors rattled. Jones was returning well and using her famed short game had the St Chads pair racing around . Fiddler was also playing well and showing great strength recovered many a lost cause and the duo were rewarded in fine style as they ran out comfortable 6-1 winners for a share at 1-1.

So with round one complete Wetherby led 3-1 needing two more points for victory.

Lillywhite and Lyn moved over to court five to take on Wallace and Dracup and continued their impressive opening win by taking the opener 6-3. St chads were starting to look like a beaten team and struggling to reenergise the Wetherby top seeds sensed blood and went in for the kill. Lillywhite was relentless in her ferocious attacks and creating some splendid low angles was rampant. Lyn was solid at the net and taking everything that came her way and the duo completed a fantastic evening with a 6-1 win and the maximum four points.

With the match won Jones and Fiddler were able to relax although their match with Lawton and Simpson was very hard fought and extremely competitive. Wetherby took the opener 6-4 and keeping the foot to the pedal Jones and Fiddler were showing no mercy. However Lawton looks a promising player and only a lack of tennis this year perhaps prevented her from squaring the match as she showed some lovely touches at times. However Wetherby were not to be denied and a 6-3 second set secured a 2-0 win and meant Wetherby opened with an impressive 7-1 success.

Well done to all on show in an absorbing contest with great sportsmanship shown from both teams this was a fine advert for Leeds Division Two. Wetherby will hope for further success at Almscliffe next Thursday with the hosts having lost their first two matches and we wish captain Bev Lyn and her troops all the best there.

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Well done to Mary Fidler, Bev Lyn, Ann Jones and Anne Lillywhite who celebrated with a cup of tea!

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Gallant runners up from left to right were Anne Wallace, Rohan Simpson, Gemma Dracup and Vicki Lawton.

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Wetherby U14 Battle Back For Important Draw

On a lovely balmy summers evening Wetherby U14 entertained Whitkirk in the Mixed Blue Group. The team had drawn their opener at Rawdon then beaten Sandal away so were hoping to add further points tonight. Gabriel Mead and Nathan Spencer came into the team to replace Sam Pratt and George Brown whilst captain Bradley Triffitt and Sam Spencer remained.

The visitors arrived having drawn their opening match away at Roundhay and this looked a well matched affair after the team news was announced.

Sam Spencer and Nathan Spencer began their doubles match on court three and they faced Jake Sterling and Charlie Wilson. Plenty of long rallies ensued and with both pairs sitting deep this tie would be won on which duo could keep the error count lowest. Wilson was using his tall frame to produce some powerful returns and with Sterling serving well the Leeds based side were edging ahead. Back came the Wetherby boys with Sam as usual scampering around and saving many a lost cause whilst Nathan produced some lovely lobs to take the opening set to a tie break which the visitors just prevailed. However Whitkirk were quickly away in the second set and forcing the pace they were beginning to take a strangle hold before finally running out cosy 1-4 winners for a 0-2 success.

Gabriel Mead is a lovely left hander with a nice temperament and he faced Joseph Charlesworth on court two. Serving well and placing some excellent winning shots the Wetherby youngster was playing well and he looked calm and assured in taking the opener 4-1. Charlesworth tried to rally and with some good scrambling was trying to stay in the tie. However Mead was moving through the gears and not allowing his opponent time or space ran out a 2-0 winner after another 4-1 second set to level the overall match score at 1-1.

On the show court Bradley Triffitt was taking on the highly rated Diego Van and it was easy to see why as the Whitkirk boy was unleashing some ferocious shots from the baseline. Triffitt responded and with some delicate back hand play tried to mix things nicely . However Van was equal to anything Triffitt could offer and took the opener 2-4. The second set turned into an epic with both players trading blows and exciting a large crowd with some eye catching tennis. Triffitt knew he would be unable to out rally his opponent and found success hitting deep and charging the net where he finished well on many occasions. The contest was end to end and at 4-4 a tie break to seven as needed. Despite the heat Triffitt looked confident and with some exquisite tennis managed to hold his nerve to win 7-5 and take the match into a decider. However all the effort took to take the match to a third set caught up with him and in fairness Van composed himself to clinically despatch the Wetherby man 2-10 for a 1-2 success after a tremendous spectacle with both players roundly applauded off court.

Nathan Spencer then took on Charlie Wilson in his singles rubber and playing with confidence after a good effort in the doubles Nathan was certainly well in this. However Charlie always appeared to have the upper hand and with less errors began to forge ahead to run out a 2-4,2-4 winner and leave the visitors well placed leading 1-3.

Triffitt and Mead knew that only victory in their doubles would keep Wetherby in the tie and they renewed a partnership that had been clinical at Rawdon. With left hander Mead complementing Triffitt the duo looked sharp and organised and not allowing Van to dominant played some lovely tennis to take the opener 4-2. The Whitkirk men looked in trouble and with the Wetherby game plan working a treat they piled on the pressure with many well executed winners. Mead was returning well and with Triffitt a menace at the net and gobbling up numerous chances they ran out impressive 4-0 winners for a 2-0 success to reduce the arrears to 2-3.

All attention then turned to court two where Sam Spencer was battling to save the match for the hosts. Young Sam is no stranger to pressure having won his singles in last year’s semi final and showing nerves of steel was playing really well. Opponent Jake Sterling too was in good form and the pair traded an amazing amount of rallies on numerous occasions with the crowd on the edge of their seats. Spencer took the opener after a tie break but Sterling levelled at 1-1 following a 2-4 win so a third set tie beak would now decide this tie and the overall match. A hushed crowd watched excitedly as Sterling took an early lead before a patient Spencer rallied to forge clear at 9-4 needing a single point for victory. However with great determination the Whitkirk boy would not go away and reeling off four straight points to close to 9-8 the tension was now unbearable. Sam knew he still had match point and realised this was his time to shine. Another hugh rally with both players giving everything before a delightful lob from Sam proved unrecoverable and Wetherby could celebrate a 2-1 victory and a share of the spoils from an exciting 3-3 stalemate.

Once again great credit to all on show for a wonderful evening of tennis and a big thanks to an excellent support from the side lines who all appreciated the tennis on show.

Wetherby are top of the table but have played more games than their rivals but know a win over Roundhay in their final game would secure a top two finish and a place in the end of season playoffs. That match is not until June 15 though so the chaps have almost a month to wait until battle recommences.

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From left to right Nathan Spencer, Sam Spencer, Gabriel Mead and Bradley Triffitt celebrate a great come from behind draw tonight.

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Great support from the galleries with the Meads and Triffitt’s watching their boys complete a dominant display in the doubles.

 

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Well done to Ellie Triffitt who manned the kitchen serving drinks and passing around biscuits this evening. She even did the washing up in a man of the match performance!!!!

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World Cup Wine Tasting Evening

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Doug Harrison returns next month to host his popular wine tasting evening and this time is accompanied by Roger Fawcus with Janine Smith around to keep them both in check!. With the football World Cup in full flow the team are basing their theme and wines around this major event and guests can look forward to some exotic flavours during the evening.

 Full details below and we look forward to another sell out with your support.

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Harrogate 1 Mixed Maintain Unbeaten Home Record

The Harrogate One mixed team returned to Castlegarth this evening hoping to follow up an opening day success over Boston Spa . The side had lost a frustrating shortened contest last week at David Lloyd but were hopeful a return to winning ways would follow back in familiar surroundings. The visitors arrived after two defeats and with resources stretched Ali White and Chloe Miller stepped up from the B team who play in Division Three.

 James Landau was missing at David Lloyd but he was back this evening and he partnered Rachel Hill who received a late call up to replace the injured captain Sue Jacklin who had taken a nasty fall the previous evening. They took on useful Starbeck pair Rich Noland and Christine Nodding’s who had just returned from her son’s wedding in America. This proved an intriguing opener with both couples taking time to settle. James was keen to charge the net and force errors from the visitors and his game plan was starting to reap dividends as his deft touch saw a number of well executed winners. Hill was consistent and the Wetherby pair were gradually getting on top. However Noland was serving well and with Nodding’s also very calm at the net this contest was tight and Wetherby were delighted to eventually run out 8-4 winners. On court two Nigel Williams and Lucy Wright teamed up and they entertained Shaun Holme and Ali White. Holme is a clever and powerful player and hard to read and he and White were producing some very effective tennis. Williams was content to play from deep whilst Wright waited patiently ready to pounce at the net. Little between the quartet meant this rubber would go down to the wire and it was the visitors who shaded it 5-7. Mike Butterworth and Helen Robinson were at three and they faced John Berger and Chloe Miller. Berger is another difficult opponent to read whilst Miller has made great strides recently and is an exciting player rising through the ranks. Another close encounter here ensued and there was little to choose between the pairs. Wetherby finally ran out narrow 7-5 winners which left the hosts ahead 20-16 ahead of round two.

 Williams and Wright came over to the show court ready to entertain the watching crowds and this promised to be another close one.Noland and Williams were trading blow for blow with many long rallies with Wright and Nodding’s both biding their time ready to intercept. Some great recovery play from the quartet meant this contest would last extremely long with both teams determined to take the points. The Wetherby duo however were on a mission and playing some inspired tennis with great teamwork would not be denied. With Wright serving well and with great consistency the hosts secured a vital 7-5 win to give themselves a flying start to the round. Butterworth and Robinson were struggling in their match with Holme and White however with the craftiness of the Starbeck man all too evident. They pressed home an early advantage and began to draw clear in excellent fashion to run out eye catching 3-9 winners. On court three Wetherby top seeds Landau and Hill knew the pressure was on to produce the goods with a big win needed. James has made a successful return from injury which side lined him all last season and has lost none of his class. Serving well,hitting accurately from deep and dominating the net he made tennis look ever so easy and with Hill a very useful partner the Wetherby pair were moving through the gears and dominating. Berger and Miller had little answer and despite a spirited performance fell 10-2.

 With Wetherby ahead 40-32 the last round was all to play for but the visitors would need to recover a big looking deficit to cause an upset. Williams and Wright took on Berger and Miller and little surprise we had another close match for the Wetherby second seeds. The Starbeck pair were intent on going down in a blaze of glory and played some impressive tennis but the Wetherby duo are renowned fighters themselves and were determined to end on a high. Finally they sneaked home 7-5. Butterworth and Robinson arguably left their best performance of the night till the final round and inspired play on the show court were fighting hard to secure crucial points. The classy Starbeck number one pair made life difficult but with great determination the hosts kept the score close and a 5-7 reverse was just reward for a smashing effort. Landau and Hill were therefore closing out victory as they finished on court two against Holme and White. The Starbeck man was starting to run out of gas after his tremendous exploits earlier and facing an inspired Landau knew it was now damage limitation. White fought bravely but Rachel was her match and striding confidently around the court they produced another impressive effort to win 9-3 and add a superb 27 points into the Wetherby satchel.

 A good match played in a nice friendly spirit finally saw Wetherby make it four points for the season after a 61-47 winning margin. Congratulations to both teams who provided good entertainment for the watching crowd. Wetherby move into second place in the very early table and host Almscliffe back at Scott Lane next Thursday. Starbeck may feel they will be involved in a relegation fight but if they show the spirt displayed tonight their first win must surely be just around the corner.

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Tonights winning team featured Nigel Williams, Mike Butterworth, James Landau, Helen Robinson, Rachel Hill and Lucy Wright with captain Sue Jacklin watching over.

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A strong effort from Starbeck who played from left to right with Chloe Miller, Christine Noddings, Rich Noland, John Berger, Ali White and Shaun Holme.

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And of course not forgetting the enthusiastic crowd who appreciated the excellent tennis on show.