Following the club’s recent notice regarding the re opening of the tennis club, one key aspect of the safe playing guidelines is Tennis Balls. During this time the club cannot provide balls for general play. The LTA recommend that when playing against someone who is not from your household each player should handle their own personalised tennis balls marked with their initials. Stray balls should be moved with the foot or your racket.
The club does have some brand new Wilson balls that can be sold to members at a cost of £4 for a sealed tube of 4 balls. As we cannot access the clubhouse to issue these out by hand we are proposing our own mini home delivery system around the Wetherby/Spofforth area.
Being part of a club gives us a great opportunity to support each other, especially in difficult times, and never have they as challenging as they are right now. For some club members the lock down will need to be more severe and prolonged than for others. So as a club, the committee would like to reach out to all members to ask if they need any support. Whether it is directly with practical things such as shopping and errands or just socially, just to speak to other people and catch up on different news to break up the monotony.
To this end, we are looking at the viability of introducing a ‘Tennis Buddies’ system, putting those who are locked in or who might like some contact, in touch with those who can spare some of the time they may have spent on court helping out. At this stage, it would be good to understand if there is a need for such a scheme and if so, how many people would like to take part?
If you would like a buddy, or could be one, please simply drop us a line letting us know which and we will look at how we introduce the scheme. Please email: Wetherbyltc@gmail.com outlining what you would like or can offer. We’ll then review the need and look at setting something up.
Being in a club gives us all some common ground we can build on and a different community we are part of. So let’s not leave anyone out and get through this together.
Your Wetherby Castlegarth Tennis Club (WCTC) Committee have been working hard to react to the changing restrictions resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic. Our priorities have been to make the courts available as much as possible whilst keeping members safe. Currently the courts are closed, with little prospect of restrictions being lifted in the immediate term. As the period of time of closure is undetermined at this point, the Club’s Committee have unanimously decided to :
Extend all existing members 2019-20 membership by three months (until June 30th 2020) at nil cost.
Create a new membership tariff for the balance of the year once the courts are able to be accessed.
Welcome new members to join on a zero tariff until the end of June.
Refund members who have already paid for 2020-21 membership.
These measures have not been taken lightly, and the financial implications of this approach on the Club has been modelled. Our objective is to face this challenge as a Club and maintain as many of you as WCTC members as possible once we are back up and running and able to play tennis again.
The Committee commits to continuing to keep the closure of the courts under review in line with Government advice, and we will of course continue to communicate with you through this process. Please feel able to contact myself or any of your Committee team for any clarification or comment.
Many thanks for your continued support. Please do all you can to keep yourself and your family safe through this period.
Further to the PM’s announcement this evening on restricting social gatherings, and after due consideration, the Club’s Management Committee have taken the decision to close access to the courts and Clubhouse until further notice.
We will continue to review the guidance given and will reassess at the earliest opportunity to safely provide facilities to our members.
Please stay safe and look after those around you.
Stephen Jones (WCTC Chairman) and the WCTC Committee.
In my note of earlier this week, I stated that Wetherby Castlegarth Tennis Club (WCTC) would respond to new advice as the current situation develops. We now need to advise you of further changes for those wishing to continue to play tennis at Wetherby.
Following the Government’s announcement of yesterday (Friday 20 March) that social spaces such as pubs, gyms and leisure centres must close, and following LTA advice, all tennis clubhouses and similar social facilities should be closed as soon as possible.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has specifically advised us however that tennis is one of the best examples of social distancing in practice, and so we should be encouraged as long as the guidance permits to continue playing.
Guidance with regard to advised social distancing measures (defined by Public Health England as spending no more than 15 minutes and not within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) is provided on the Government website. On this basis, Courts can remain open for use to help ensure people remain active, subject to strict social distancing and hygiene practices being employed.
In practice for WCTC this means:
Closure of all social spaces at a venue, including changing and toilet facilities
Use online booking for courts and sessions where at all possible
All sessions to conclude 10 mins before the end of the hour for players to leave the court and the car park
Players are advised not to change ends during play
Coaches to avoid close proximity when giving feedback, or when players are resting
Ensure no physical contact between players during warm-ups or games
No extra-curricular or social activity should take place
Club social tennis and other organised events are suspended at this time, but please feel free to use the courts as members to organise singles or doubles matches.
Furthermore, we are requesting that members adopt best practice in relation to hygiene, especially before and after training sessions, including but not limited to:
Washing hands before and after a tennis session without exception (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible). Members are to provide their own soap or gel and use the outside tap.
Clean and wipe down equipment, including rackets, courtside benches, cones. Do not allow racket sharing or use of communal rackets
For tennis balls, use your own tennis balls, and consider using new balls where possible. Separate arrangements will be made by the coaching staff for balls used in lessons. Please contact Angela Crossley (email@example.com) for further information on the provision of tennis balls, and adaptations of drills at coaching sessions.
Avoid touching your face during and after tennis play
Of course this guidance is liable to change at very short notice, and we will do our best to provide the best information to members at this time, such that you can continue to enjoy playing tennis with risks mitigated to the best of our collective capability.
Thanks again for your understanding.
Steve Jones (Chairman) and the Wetherby Castlegarth Tennis Club Committee.
A crisp evening at Castlegarth as Boston Spa and Collingham met in their last Winter League match of this season. Boston had captain Kate Gilman leading them and she was joined by Marc Mottershead, who was making a belated first appearance of the campaign. Regulars Richard Whaley and Pauline Belt formed a strong duo. Collingham captain Tony Cutler was also in action and joined by his regular side kick Bradley Triffitt whilst Fiona Chantrey and Sophie Hunt were back on court after been regulars this winter too.
Boston were looking for the two points that would see them join Wetherby 1 at the summit and this would be a tough challenge for Collingham to hold their higher rated opponents.
Bradley and Sophie have been forming a useful partnership recently and helped Collingham to success against Knaresborough as well as starring in the Seniors v Juniors clash. However facing Richard Whaley and Pauline Belt meant a serious rise in class. It was soon evident this would be a bridge too far as Richard was his usual imperious best whilst Pauline produced her strongest Winter League performance of the year with some brilliant decisive play and clinical finishing at the net. Richard used spin to great effect and the youngsters were unable to put any balls out of his incredible reach. There was some cracking rallies still and plenty of close games but the Boston duo were incredibly consistent and ran out cosy 11-1 winners.
On Court two Fiona and Tony were playing extremley well and had forged ahead 5-3 against Kate and Marc on the back of some super teamwork. However their experienced opponents are a wily pair and Marc played a crucial role helping the Spa men’s second team to promotion from York division six last summer. He has a very useful and accurate serve and with Kate strong at the net the pair began a comeback. Tony and Fiona couldn’t find the space from earlier and despite a valiant effort were unable to prevent a narrow 7-5 reverse.
Brad and Tony knew the men’s rubber would be a another big challenge and at 3-0 down they were already starring down the barrel. However the duo rallied and won the next two games to give themselves hope. This proved only the signal for Richard to move through the gears and he completely dominated with some breath taking tennis. Marc was excellent at the net and the pair turned on the style to run out 10-2 winners.
Fiona and Sophie had won 8-4 against Boro in their previous match but Kate and Pauline proved a far different proposition. This pair are extremely consistent and easy going on court and they were in no mood for mercy. However this proved a really enjoyable and exciting affair as Fiona battled away at the baseline and Sophie executed efficiently at the net. Once more plenty of long punishing rallies but it was the Spa ladies who had a touch of class and a 9-3 success confirmed that.
With Boston already in the winners enclosure the final round was a chance to relax but Richard and Pauline were in no mood to let up. Continuing their fine form together they produced some more high quality tennis although Tony and Fiona were certainly not waving the white flag. The Collingham pair gave everything and were rewarded with three hard fought games during a 9-3 loss.
Brad and Sophie knew the only way was up and they came out all guns blazing for the last. They both suddenly found their form and raced into a 4-0 lead. However Kate and Marc showed little panic and in no time had leveled up at 4-4 before Brad showed great character to save a bundle of break points to regain the Collingham lead at 5-4. This seemed to spur the juniors on and with Sophie stepping in at the net to make some very accomplished and punishing smashes the pair were playing with big smiles and enjoying themselves. They took the next three games to run out 8-4 winners and end the season on a high.
Boston however ran out 50-22 winners to move into joint first although Wetherby 1 and Rufforth 1 have games in hand. Its always a pleasure welcoming Boston and a big thanks to our near neighbours for all their help and support once more during the season. Collingham finished with a respectable twelve points from their ten games and certainly enjoyed plenty of giant killing moments. Tony Cutler was delighted to introduce promising youngsters to the fold and seasoned campaigners from Wetherby and his sides showed great team spirit throughout. Thanks to Tony for all his support and help once more too.
A great performance from Richard Whaley, Pauline Belt, captain Kate Gilman and Marc Mottershead secured victory for Boston tonight.
Thanks to Bradley Triffitt, Sophie Hunt, Fiona Chantrey and captain Tony Cutler for their considerable efforts this evening.
On a lovely evening for tennis it was great that Wetherby 2 and Rufforth 2 were able to meet. This was one of the warmer evenings we have witnessed in the Winter League and some players were even in shorts!
Rufforth arrived with a strong quartet and would start firm favourites against their hosts.
Richard Franks and Anne Lillywhite had enjoyed a successful summer season together in the mixed a few years back and they took on Rob Berry and Denise Reilly. The Rufforth pair are certainly first team standard and Rob has caught the eye on several outings this winter. Denise was making a welcome return from injury and it didn’t take her long to get into stride. She was extremely clinical at the net and with Rob covering every inch of the court and hitting some booming serves and tricky spinning returns, the home pair were often left chasing shadows. Credit their effort and the duo fought bravely but Rufforth were deserved 10-2 winners.
On court two youngsters Gabe Mead and Iris Greaney stepped in and it was lovely to see youth been given a chance. Both are full of energy and quick around court but they would have their work cut out to contend with winter league regulars Emma Whiting and Dan Russell. The visitors pair were the leading couple in York mixed division five last term and soon started to show their class. Gabe is a big hitting left hander and was happy to attack from deep whilst Irish can also return with venom but the Wetherby pair lacked the craft and guile of their opponents who were very consistent. Despite plenty of deuce games a 11-1 reverse was harsh on the youngsters but they will learn from the experience.
So Rufforth were well on their way to victory after round one and further increased that advantage in the ladies rubber. Emma and Denise showed no mercy as they quickly put points on the board and whilst Iris and Anne couldn’t be faulted for effort, they couldn’t match the weaponry of a very impressive Rufforth duo who ran out cosy 10-2 winners.
On Court two however Gabe and Richard were looking strong and they quickly developed a nice partnership. Gabe was certainly enjoying the challenge that Rob and Dan presented but was not fazed as he hit some cracking winners. Richard used his experienced well and this was a close affair. Leading 5-3 Rufforth looked set for success but three games on the bounce put Wetherby in the lead 6-5. They couldnt quite secure a famous win but a share of the spoils at 6-6 was a tremendous effort and richly reserved.
Rufforth had already secured the two match points and Denise and Rob were once more unstoppable in the finale as they faced Iris and Gabe. The young Wetherby pair were rewarded many times for their efforts with some eye catching winners but finding the consistency to match their higher rated opponents was difficult. Rufforth never took the foot off the pedal as they strode to a 11-1 victory .
However on court two Wetherby were playing well and Richard and Anne sensed this could be the time to take the incentive. Dan and Emma were in good form but with a few errors creeping in the hosts looked to cash in. This was an enthralling tie and extremely hard fought but leading 6-5 Wetherby were able to close out the rubber to great delight and celebrate a hard fought success. Rufforth took the match therefore 53-19.
A big thanks in the current climate to everyone who took part tonight and thanks to the parents who joined me on the sidelines to offer support, we even took one bench each to keep our social distancing!
Thanks to Gabe Mead, Iris Greaney, Anne Lillywhite and Richard Franks for a big effort tonight against very strong opponents.
Keeping their distance for Rufforth 2 were Dan Russell, Denis Reilly, Rob Berry and Emma Whiting who certainly all impressed on court.
Wetherby Castlegarth Tennis Club (WCTC) are conscious that Members will have questions on the use of the Club at this time. The Club is guided by Government, NHS and LTA (as our governing body) guidance, and we will respond to new advice as the current situation develops.
WCTC is a Members only Club. Members and their Guests remain free to use the Club at their own risk as long as they follow NHS hygiene advice.
Anyone who has been advised to self-isolate or stay at home based on the advice on the NHS.UK website, or
Anyone who is suffering from any symptoms,
should clearly not take part in tennis activities until advised differently.
As with other organisations offering community and leisure services, the Government has advised that hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged, and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use. E.g. racquets, No specific recommendations have been given with respect to tennis balls, however you may considering using your own, or purchasing new balls from the Club when available. Members should avoid contact (inc shaking hands), and at the end of a session, bag up their own rubbish and remove from the Club.
The Club are currently assessing postponing organised events where larger groups of players are likely to be co-located.
Additional mitigation measures are being taken by the Club’s Coaching team during their interaction with group and individual sessions. For further information please contact Angela Crossley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Whilst every effort is made by the Club’s volunteer team to keep facilities in good order, there may be occasions when shortages occur (e.g. Soap, Toilet Paper), and we would ask members to consider bringing ‘back up’ supplies for their visit to the tennis Club. The Club will continue to do it’s best to keep the facilities available to members to remain fit and active, whilst we comply with national efforts to limit the spread of the virus.
I ask for your understanding at this time, and recognise that we will continue to review our approach, in line with Government/NHS and LTA guidance.
The Seniors v Juniors challenge made a welcome return after a two year absence and what a cracking event it turned out to be!. This year captains Angela Crossley and Mike Triffitt changed the format and five matches were played with pairings closely matched in anticipation of a close encounter and thankfully it certainly played out that way.
On court three Ben Gold and Tom Harrington are regular social men and they are great supporters of many social events. They paired up to face Angus Harte and Tom March who have come through the ranks at U16 level and have regular coaching at the club as well as assisting the coaches at various mini league junior coaching. The juniors started brightly and with Angus Harte hitting some tremendous hard returns they forged ahead. Tom March is a consistent player who has the ability to change the pace well and the juniors were playing some impressive tennis. The seniors fought back and Ben Gold used his all action style to make some excellent net interceptions whilst Tom Harrington often had his opponents bamboozled as he changed hands and wasn’t afraid to adopt lob and drop shots. However the extra pace and power was generated from the juniors and they ran out cosy 6-3, 6-2 winners to record the first victory of the morning.
Court Two was seeing some explosive action and Ollie Parks and Gabe Mead were in sensational form against Jonathan Tyler and Dave Warner. Ollie is a very accomplished player having started his career at an early age and climbing the ladder to men’s first team level. Gabe is a member of the U16 team and has played in the Winter League too this term and this eye catching left hander is certainly a big hope at the club. He and Ollie were soon nicely into stride leaving their bewildered opponents shell shocked. They took the opener 6-0 and at 5-1 in the second seemed poised to record a comfortable success. However Jonathan has also been playing well at Winter League and with Dave a regular at the club , seen at many social and coaching sessions, they suddenly began a fightback. Jonathan was now starting to punish any errors from the juniors and with Dave a huge presence at the net they incredibly won six games on the spin to take the set 7-5. Tensions were high and it was a battle of wills to see who held their nerve with the watching crowds enthralled with some edge of your seats tennis. However credit the youngsters who regained their composure to secure a 10-6 third set tie break to claim the rubber and move 2-0 ahead overall.
The Seniors were desperate for points so step forward Dave Rowlands and Ann Jones on court four who faced Henry Brown and Iris Greaney. Dave has been a great new recruit to the club and a regular on the Winter League scene where he and Ann had previously paired. Henry was one of three Browns in action this morning and he teamed up with the promising Iris Greaney who has also been involved with Winter league this term. This was expected to be another tight rubber but Dave and Ann had other ideas and showing great power and poise they ran away with the opener 6-0. Henry and Iris however looked determined to fight back and ensured the second set was far closer. Some enthralling long rallies and great teamwork from both pairs meant it was always going to be difficult to call the winner. This really was in the melting pot and a tie break was needed at 6-6. However Dave is a PE teacher by trade and very fit and he was using his energy levels to great effect as he and the very experienced Ann managed to close out the match 7-2 for a 2-0 win and reduce the overall arrears to 2-1 to the Juniors.
Court Five produced a real roller coaster affair with Rupert Brown and Tony Cutler taking on George Brown and Jack Metcalf. The U14 lads were the youngest on show but would prove tough opponents with their amazing enthusiasm and court coverage. Tony Cutler has been a regular, captaining Collingham in the Winter League but knew he would need all his box of tricks to secure a win whilst Rupert Brown was making his competative debut after showing up well on Saturday mornings at parent social. It was the Seniors who started stronger and with Tony using his great experience he and Rupert soon gelled and took the opener 6-3. Beginning to relax the youngsters started to hit some nice forehands and using the width of the court created plenty of space to start putting their older opponents under considerable pressure. This was a real thriller which needed a tie break. Despite having a number of match points Tony and Rupert couldn’t close out the tie and George and Jack were delighted to record a 7-5 tie break success to level up the rubber. The third set championship tie breaker was certainly not for the faint hearted and the match ebbed and flowed. Some amazing recovery shots from each player made for super viewing and both pairs had chances to win. The youngsters were unable to convert three match points and it was Tony and Rupert who held firm for an amazing 13-11 success which leveled the overall scores at 2-2.
With parents and players congregating on court one the scene was set for an intoxicating finish to the morning as youngsters Bradley Triffitt and Sophie Hunt took on Richard Franks and Fiona Chantrey. This clash was certainly living up to its show court billing as some exhilarating tennis was on show. A close opener had gone the way of the Seniors 6-4 but showing no sign of nerves Brad and Sophie battled back strongly to take the second set 7-6 after a 7-4 tie break success. Richard and Fiona were the leading pair in Harrogate division five last summer and Brad and Sophie knew they would need to be at their best to lower their colours. Brad has been in scintillating form for Collingham this winter whilst Sophie has often caught the eye with her great enthusiasm and power playing many times in Winter League too. The pair had won two rubbers on Friday in the Winter League and took that form into this morning. Fiona is a classy player and her difficult spinning returns are a useful weapon. Richard will rally all day and the juniors knew they would need to stay calm and patient to win.
The tie break was of course equally exciting in what was now a winner takes all clash and with Sophie playing arguably her best tennis of the season and Brad finding some lovely winners, they sensed the finish line was in sight. The Seniors battled back but a tremendous two handed back hand winner from Sophie produced the winning points as the young pair ran out 10-8 winners in the tie break and secure the point needed to see the Juniors lift the title winning 3-2.
An excellent morning with five great ties and a finish no one could have scripted. Thanks to all the players, organisers and parents for their support in making this event happen today thanks.
After the disappointment of the previous evening where two winter league games were lost to the weather, tonight was a crisp, cold but dry night allowing Knaresborough 2 and Collingham to play their rearranged clash. Captain Paul White led his Boro troops into battle and was joined by Andy Little , Jan Blogg and Jeanette Bowden who are all great supporters of the Winter League. Collingham captain Tony Cutler was joined by Fiona Chantrey, who kindly stepped in at late notice, whilst youngsters Bradley Triffitt and Sophie Hunt were given an outing together after showing promise at coaching and various social events.
Brad and Sophie began on court one and they faced Paul and Jan. This would be a good test with Paul having been a regular in the Boro first team who had played in Harrogate division two last summer whilst Jan competed in both division two and three for the North Yorkshire outfit. Brad is a regular for Collingham and Sophie has been catching the eye with some impressive performances and the juniors were hoping to cause a shock. Brads game is built on hard hitting from deep and creating some good angles he was playing well. Sophie has great court coverage and enjoys the net. She has a great two handed backhand which was unleashing plenty of winners too. With Paul not able to get his favoured forehand into gear it was Collingham who made all as they led from pillar to post under the watchful eye of dads Mike and Doug on the sidelines. They were certainly impressed with what they saw as Brad and Sophie formed a more than useful partnership here. Jan is a crafty player and with speed around court and good anticipation she was proving a very difficult opponent. Paul is lethal given half a chance at the net and with some big serving this was a hard fought battle. However Collingham were not to be denied and a 8-4 victory was a very impressive result.
Tony and Fiona were making their competitive debuts together and they faced Andy and Jeanette. This duo were regulars with Harlow and now Knarsborough and have an excellent understanding and on court relationship. Andy has a crafty swinging serve whilst Jeanette will run down every ball with her all action style. Andy is also a big hitter and he was certainly punishing Tony and Fiona with some well positioned forehands. Fiona is a classy player whilst Tony uses his unorthodox shot selection to good effect. However Collingham were always on the back foot and couldn’t prevent Boro from running out impressive 9-3 winners.
Round two commenced with Boro ahead 13-11. The men’s rubber looked well matched and both teams looked confident. Brad and Tony have played many times together and they made a cracking start to move into a 4-1 advantage. Brad was having great success with his outswing serve from the advantage side and with Tony showing soft hands at the net the Collingham chaps were gaining in confidence. Paul and Andy are far too experienced to down tools however and they fought back strongly and with some exciting tennis on show this was a close affair. However showing great character Collingham managed to record the win with a narrow 7-5 success.
On court two Fiona and Sophie were also competing together for the first time after meeting at the Ladies second team practice last week. This would be a good challenge for them ahead of hopefully a successful summer season and they soon gelled together. There was plenty of long enthralling rallies with Sophie happy to play the long game and hit from deep whilst Fiona waited to pounce at the net. Fiona used her exquisite backhand to produce some clever winners whilst Sophie dictated the pace and wasn’t afraid to hit big when required. Jan and Jeanette were proving tough cookies though and with some amazing recovery shots and clinical winners ensured this was another close match. Finally Collingham celebrated a 8-4 victory which eased them into a narrow 26-22 lead with the finale to come.
Round three commenced and thankfully with no wind, conditions were perfect for tennis. The show court saw Brad and Sophie entertain Andy and Jeanette and it was the youngsters who were quickly out of the blocks as they stormed into an early 4-0 advantage. However Andy and Jeanette were not concerned and playing some great tennis of their own fought back to 6-5 down with the crucial last game to be served by Jeanette. It was another close one but fittingly as her mum arrived, she hit an incredible two handed backhand winner from out wide to clinch the point and ensure Collingham took the honours 7-5 after a real thriller.
With a six point lead things were looking rosy and with Tony and Fiona showing improved form from their opener against Paul and Jan it was looking like Boro would struggle to reduce the deficit. Now developing some understanding and upping their game, the Collingham due were proving a real handful and with Fiona content to make some lovely returns and Tony hovering at the net, they were certainly in no mood to lose this rubber. Paul and Jan gave everything but neither couple deserved to lose and a 6-6 draw was a fair reflection of events.
Therefore Collingham made in six wins and twelve points on the season so far as they ran out 39-33 winners moving them back into joint second in the table. A thoroughly entertaining evening and once again great credit to all the players for some outstanding tennis.
Despite the challenges of the season with bad weather and flooding ,hopes are high we will complete and these Friday night clashes are proving popular and a useful way of catching up on the schedule despite a few players mentioning it stops their regular wine and curry Friday night relaxation !!!
A great team performance from Tony Cutler, Fiona Chantrey, Sophie Hunt and Bradley Triffitt helped Collingham to victory this evening.
Many thanks to Andy Little, Jeanette Bowden, Jan Blogg and Paul White who, playing with wide smiles and good banter, ensured a cracking match tonight.