Seniors v Juniors Match Report

After a number of changes to both line ups, we finally had twenty players stepping on court this morning in the annual Seniors v Juniors clash which was making a welcome return after a two-year absence. Those competitors were greeted with chilly but dry conditions and were pleased to see the sun emerging.

As usual we had five matches with each contest the best of three sets with a championship tie break to ten been played if the scores were level at one set all.

Rupert Brown was back on Court Three, after a thrilling tie break win in his only previous competitive fixture two years ago, and he was joined by newcomer Andrew Barratt who has been showing up well at recent social sessions. The duo took on Conor Duddy and Harry Sewell, who was a late replacement. Andrew looks like he may well be challenging for the summer teams this summer and he and Rupert were quickly out of the blocks and forming a useful partnership. Conor was hitting well from deep and with Harry providing spirited support the Juniors were making the Seniors pull out all the stops. However, Andrew and Rupert had a touch too much class and with a consistent game plan and efficient court coverage they took the honours 6-0, 6-2 to put the Seniors 1-0 up.

Well played Andrew and Rupert who proved too strong for Conor and Harry

Court Four looked an intriguing affair with the experienced Marise Richfield and ladies third team captain Bev Lyn taking on promising girls Amelia Moran and Annabelle Walker. The junior pair are firm friends and often play together and this proved to be a winning formula against opponents who were making their first appearance together. Amelia is ultra consistent from deep and hits well and with Annabelle an ever willing runner, the girls were starting to turn up the tempo with a powerful showing. Marise and Bev were fighting hard but despite some defensive heroics were beaten 6-1,6-3 in an entertaining match played in great spirit.
A great display from Annabelle and Amelia in the ladies rubber this morning

With the Juniors on the scoreboard and making the latest score 1-1, all attention switched to Court One where Bradley Triffitt and Zak Watson were taking on Andy Roberts and Philip Longstaff. Andy had answered a late SOS call but the youngsters were left wishing he hadn’t as it soon became apparent the men’s first team star would be a very difficult opponent. Early on the youngsters started brightly as they led 3-2 but with Roberts hitting hard and Philip Longstaff proving a consistent partner the Seniors began to turn the screw and up the ante. Andy is a very solid server and with both Zak and Brad reluctant to approach the net, he also took control there with some clever deft touches and excellent smashes. With the momentum with the big guns they ran out cosy 6-3, 6-1 winners to give the Seniors a 2-1 overall lead.

An impressive showing from Philip and Andy left Zak and Brad reeling!

However all was not lost as on Court Five a very interesting match was developing . Sonya Clarke and Melanie Brown are two promising types who are often found at social events and pairing for their competitive debut together were excited to face Maddy Patel and her brother Seb, who came in at the very last minute to save the day. This was a lovely match played with great laughter and fun as the quartet really enjoyed the occasion. The first set was in the melting pot throughout before the greater consistancy of the ladies saw them clinch the opener 6-4. However, the match was turned on its head as Maddy, who is highly regarded, began to influence proceedings as she moved through the gears in impressive fashion to play some excellent tennis which had her opponents reeling. An incredible 6-0 success meant a championship tie beak was needed and over on Court Two things were also extremely tight .

George Brown and Jack Medcalf were taking on wily veteran’s Lindsay Edgar and Nigel Sullivan and once more this looked hard to call. So it proved as although the Senior pair took the opener 6-2, the youngsters found their line and length in the second and unleashing some big winners took the set 6-4 to set up another championship tiebreaker.

With the final two matches on a knife edge the youngsters knew they could still take the crown but on Court Five Sonya and Melanie steadied the ship and showing remarkable composure took the tie break 10-6. It was also heartbreak for George and Jack who fell 10-7 to Lindsay and Nigel which gave the Seniors a 4-1 overall success which was extremely hard on the gallant youngsters.

A really good match and thanks to Melanie, Maddy, Seb and Sonya for providing some exciting tennis



A big effort from George and Jack just came up short against Lindsay and Nigel

Thanks to all who contributed this morning, including coach Steve Plant who helped officiate the tie breaks , and the players for ensuring many exciting rubbers. Hopefully even in defeat the juniors will take plenty of positives as they continue their tennis development .

Wetherby 1 Complete Perfect Season

The Kendall’s Wetherby Winter League concluded tonight as champions Wetherby 1 hosted Harlow. Rufforth 1 have still to play Rufforth 2 in Rufforth but this was the final fixture played at Wetherby. A lovely dry evening meant conditions were great for this finale. Bradley Triffitt failed a late fitness test so Andy Roberts kindly stepped in to partner Jill Abel whilst husband Mick paired with Helen Robinson. Harlow had captain Ruth Whaling leading her troops and she teamed up with John Berger whilst father and daughter combination, Andy and Simone Carrick, made up the quartet.

Helen and Mick have often partnered and the duo are always a tough nut to crack. They would need to be on their best form as Ruth Whaling is one of the strongest females at the Harrogate club and never takes a backward step. John Berger is a great team mate to have in the trenches as he always gives everything and this looked a close contest to call. The hosts began well and Helen was soon hitting some of her trademark forehands whilst Mick as always refused to be beat on enthusiasm. John was happy to cover every inch of the court and Ruth hit some booming returns from the baseline in this enthralling affair. Finally, Wetherby recorded a narrow but well deserved 8-4 success.

Andy and Jill look a useful pair and they took on the Carrick’s, who had been the leading duo in HDTL Division 5 last summer during their title winning campaign. Andy is a big hitter with excellent court coverage whilst Jill always shows tremendous spirit with her ground game the envy of many. The Carrick’s were struggling with the pace and power of the hosts and despite some lung busting rallies it was Wetherby who had a little too much class to take the rubber 9-3 which left them ahead 17-7.

The ladies match looked another intriguing event and so it proved with very little between the pairs. This was a tremendous match with each player refusing to buckle and some lovely tennis on show. Simone was hitting with great ferocity and the junior player continues to impress. Showing great teamwork she and Ruth looked confident but Helen and Jill have a wealth of experience to call upon and would ensure this tie went down to the wire. Finally Harlow were able to celebrate a 5-7 victory.

The mens rubber was equally competitive as Andy and Mick took on Andy and John. The Harlow men are great competitors and despite their underdog status love nothing better than to upset the odds. Andy was still hitting well and with Mick dominant at the net Wetherby sensed victory. However Harlow had other ideas and with no team deserving to lose a 6-6 draw proved a very fitting score line.

Wetherby now led 28-20 and were closing in on an eighth successive win but John and Ruth would ensure the tie still had life as they played particularly well in the last rubber. Both are such strong players and Harlow are lucky to have two great competitors on their books. Jill picked up an early knee injury which disrupted her play so great credit for a battling performance when others would have been waving the white flag. Andy made some eye catching returns and the Wetherby duo remained close enough that a 4-8 result still left them leading overall at 32-28.

All eyes were on Mick and Helen to close out the match and thankfully for Wetherby the duo were in good form and showing nerves of steel. Andy and Simone could not be faulted for effort bit they couldn’t match the weaponry of their opponents and in another exciting match up it was indeed the champions who secured an 8-4 win which gave them victory 40-32 to confirm an unbeaten season with a perfect eight wins from eight.

Always great to catch up with our friends from Harlow and a big thanks to captain Ruth Whaling, in her debut season,  been so organised and always wearing a smile.

 Winter League | Wetherby Tennis Club

Congratulations to Andy Roberts, Jill Abel, Helen Robinson and Mick Abel for success tonight as they proudly show off the title winning plate.

With first team practise on the adjoining court it was nice to see other members of the title winning squad present . Thanks to Charlotte Todd, Jeremy Reddish, captain Lucy Wright, Yvonne Mannall, Rachel Hill, Adrian Lobley and Harry Full for their much appreciated efforts this winter.

Many thanks to Harlow players Simone Carrick, Andy Carrick, Ruth Whaling and John Berger for providing tough opposition in a thrilling match this evening.

The 2021/22 Winter League season was kindly sponsored once more by our friends Kendall’s jewellers , who can be found on the high street in Wetherby, and we are extremely grateful for their continued and most valuable support.

Nine teams competed, playing a total of 36 matches resulting in 2,592 games! The standard was particularly high this season with Wetherby able to field Cumbrian county captain Louis Glaves amongst other well established stars. Rufforth chased the hosts all the way and a thrilling encounter between the pair in early February ultimately decided the title as Wetherby secured a narrow 40-32 success in tricky weather conditions. Rob Berry and Mike Graham were arguably the most successful partnership, representing the runners up, and the duo constantly impressed with some breath taking tennis. Its easy to see why they are one of the leading pairs in the Leeds men’s division one.

The beauty of this league is that those up and coming players get to test themselves against quality opposition and the benefits are often then seen during the summer season when such players are back to regular levels during mixed, men’s and ladies competition.

Despite rivalries on court the good spirit and fair play shines both on and off the field of battle and bringing clubs together certainly helps forge strong relations between clubs in the area and who again meet during the summer campaigns.

The support of captains and players is vitally important and their time and effort is most appreciated in helping ensure the Winter league continues to grow and remains an important part of league tennis during the winter months.

Kids Tennis Evening A Great Success

With the sun shining , it really felt like summer had finally arrived this evening as the junior members at the club took part in tennis coaching followed by fun and games . Head coach Angela Crossley and assistant Bradley Triffitt organised proceedings on court and with plenty of parents attending it was great to see so many enjoying the social gathering.

Charlotte Todd was doing a fabulous job on the side lines directing operations and even found time to feed the baby and entertain the dog!

The older youngsters then gathered to compete in a series of double’s matches with various scoring options employed and up on the balcony there was some great views as the action unfolded.

The pizza’s and chips were greatly received as everyone tucked in after a successful time on court. Lovely to see the great camaraderie and friendship shown and let’s hope a few can progress to make an impact in adult tennis further down the line.

Well done to the coaching team with Angela and Bradley not missing out on the food either of course!

Rufforth 1 Show Their Class

Wetherby 2 concluded their Kendall’s Winter League campaign as they hosted Rufforth 1 at Castlegarth last night. The weather gods continued to shine with another pleasant evening and I was joined by two away followers on the side-lines to witness the action unfold!

Adrian Lobley and Laura Delafield paired together for the first time at seed one whilst HDTL second team duo Fiona Chantrey and Bradley Triffitt were at seed two. The visitors fielded a strong quartet with ever present captain Rob Berry joined by leading lady Sue Slights and Mike Graham joined by Maggie Zhang who was making a quick return after playing for Rufforth 2 here on Tuesday evening.

Adrian and Laura took on Maggie and Mike on the show court and this proved a cracking and very entertaining contest. Laura is a willing runner and great competitor and with Adrian showing good defensive work and adopting some lovely back hand slices, the duo were looking to disrupt the big hitting Mike Graham. Maggie was proving a strong partner with her well placed groundstrokes pinning the hosts back whilst anything short was immediately dispatched in clinical fashion by Mike. Plenty of long enthralling rallies to entertain the galleries before the visitors took the rubber 4-8.

On court two Fiona and Brad were bracing themselves for battle knowing in Rob Berry they faced the ultimate competitor who literally is a wall!. Partnered by Sue Slights, who has been a great supporter of the league for many years, the Rufforth duo made the early running and as expected there were indeed some marathon rallies. Brad and Fiona were content to play cat and mouse but with Sue strong at the net , Rufforth were taking control and starting to dictate matters. This was a useful step up in class for the Wetherby couple who thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and experience so a 3-9 reverse came with many positives.

With the Winter League runners up ahead 17-7 going into round two it was already looking an even stiffer task but Fiona and Laura looked quietly confident as they teamed up to take on Sue and Maggie in the ladies rubber. This was to prove a nip and tuck affair with little between the teams and with Wetherby adopting adventurous tactics the visitors were been given a tough workout. There was plenty of smart recovery work from the energetic Laura whilst Fiona was proving ultra-consistent on the backhand and forcing errors from her opponents. Once more Sue was solid at the net and this ultimately proved the difference as she and Maggie ran our narrow 5-7 winners.

The men’s rubber was bizarre in that Adrian and Brad played some amazing tennis but came up against an insanely brilliant performance from Mike and Rob that left us all gasping in awe on the side-lines. Both the Rufforth chaps play for Sandal A in the Leeds men’s league division one , where they finished runners up last season, and it was easy to see why the pair were the top rated duo. Rob has incredible court coverage and reads the game so well whilst Mike Graham has the most ferocious two handed backhand seen at this level. The pair were very efficient and despite Adrian continuing to impress with some more lovely deft touches and Brad running around chasing everything ,they found themselves under continual attack. The hosts were delighted to avoid a whitewash as they celebrated a single game success but a very impressive performance from Rufforth ensured they now led 13-35 with victory assured.

Adrian and Laura finished with a mixed against Sue and Rob and once again there was no letting up from the visitors as they clinically went about their business. However, Wetherby were competitive and with Laura picking up more valuable match practise and Adrian happy to make Rufforth work hard they managed to keep the scoeline down to 3-9.

Brad and Fiona managed to drag themselves on court for their finale with Mike and Maggie and despite energy levels looking a little low made an electric start to lead 2-0. Mike Graham upped the ante to level at 2-2 but from there on this contest was tight and the visitors were unable to put any daylight on the scoreboard. The Wetherby pair continued to battle hard and forcing errors were threating a shock at they led 6-5. However, Maggie found some lovely angles and Mike ensured the tie finished all square at 6-6 which left the final result as 22-50.

A great night of tennis and many exhausted faces from the hosts but plenty of positives ahead of the summer campaign. For Rufforth 1 it’s been another strong season with just the derby fixture left against Rufforth 2. Only a Louis Glaves inspired Wetherby 1 prevented Rufforth  from completing a clean sweep and thanks to captain Rob Berry who has been very well organised and always brings a smile and good banter to every match.

A very impressive performance from Sue Slights, Rob Berry, Mike Graham and Maggie Zhang this evening.

A gallant and brave effort from Fiona Chantrey, Bradley Triffitt, Adrian Lobley and Laura Delafield who gave everything in an enjoyable evening.

Wetherby 1 Crowned Champions

Wetherby 1 were crowned the 2022 Kendall’s Winter League champions this evening after a cosy success against Rufforth 2 at Castlegarth. Captain Lucy Wright along with Richard Franks were late withdrawals with Covid so a big thanks to Charlotte Todd and Andy Roberts for stepping in and proving very useful deputies.

Todd was playing her first competitive match since welcoming her daughter into the world recently and paired up with Adrian Lobley whilst Roberts was joined by Louise Beasley.

The visitors had the ever-reliable captain Philippa Page on show alongside Dan Russell whilst Maggie Zhang was joined by newcomer Danny Adams for his first Winter league runout.

A warm, dry evening ensured conditions were near perfect as the action got underway. Charlotte and Adrian began against Philippa and Dan and the Rufforth duo knew early doors they faced an uphill challenge as the Wetherby top dogs were soon into stride playing some eye-catching tennis. Adrian has been an excellent recruit since joining and his crafty, elegant style allows him to create plenty of openings and dictate play. Charlotte was relishing her return to action and showed some nice deft touches at the net as the pair continued to turn on the power. Philippa and Dan can always be counted on to give everything and chasing many lost causes and refusing to throw in the towel they provided good opposition but the classy home pair were in no mood to let up and ran out worthy 11-1 victors.

Andy and Louise entertained Maggie and Danny and this proved a tight tussle between the strong quartet. Maggie has made some impressive performances during the winter league season and will surely enjoy success this summer whilst Danny looks promising with a great attitude and a keen runner, happy to cover every inch of the court.

Louise is always strong at the net and with Andy a terrific baseliner the duo began to exert pressure forcing their opponents onto the back foot. A good rubber but Wetherby finally prevailed 8-4 and the champagne was on ice as they led 19-5 after the opening round.

The ladies’ rubber looked intriguing and tough to call and so it proved as there was little between the pairs. Maggie and Philippa are a strong pairing and with great teamwork and good court coverage they looked confident. Louise and Charlotte were combing well too but the visitors looked sharper and despite some nice angles from Louise and powerful ground strokes from Charlotte, Rufforth ran out narrow 5-7 winners.

Adrian and Andy are a formidable partnership for Wetherby and Dan and Danny were right to think they faced a very tough task in the men’s contest. A lovely contrast of styles for the hosts with the aggression and hard hitting of Roberts providing the heavy weaponry whilst the craft, guile and general consistency of Adrian had the visitors reeling. Credit the Rufforth men for giving plenty but this was proving a joy to watch from the big guns as they took the tie 12-0 in a very impressive showing.

36-12 meant victory was all but ensured but the last round proved extremely tight and Rufforth would prove they have a strong mental attitude in refusing to buckle. Charlotte and Adrian may have taken the foot off the accelerator but in fairness Maggie and Danny did not allow the favourites to settle and got their tactics spot on as they attacked from deep and pinned the hosts back forcing errors. No one could argue with a 6-6 result and this was probably a moral victory for the plucky away team.

Louise and Andy were having to dig deep to keep Philippa and Dan Russell at arm’s length and once again this was a very entertaining and tough battle. Andy was serving well and his extra power ultimately proved the difference although Louise was confident at the net and happy to patrol that area with authority. A great effort again from Rufforth this time just came up short as Wetherby recorded a 7-5 rubber success and clinched overall victory 49-23.

Therefore, with a seventh straight win Wetherby can now not be caught at the summit and can celebrate their title win. They finish the campaign next Tuesday at home to Harlow looking to complete a perfect season but assured that the silver where will be in their trophy cabinet!

Always great to welcome Phillipa and her Rufforth 2 squad and thanks for your support in the winter league this season.

 Winter League | Wetherby Tennis Club

Congratulations to Charlotte Todd, Adrian Lobley, Andy Roberts and Louise Beasley for a great win tonight which helped clinch the title for Wetherby 1.
Thanks to the gallant effort from Rufforth 2 captain Philippa Page, Maggie Zhang, Danny Adams and Dan Russell who proved spirited opposition tonight.

Role of Honour

Louis Glaves

Lucy Wright

Yvonne Mannall

Harry Full

Charlotte Todd

Adrian Lobley

Louise Beasley

Andy Roberts

Sue Jacklin

Jo Coverdale

Mike Park

Jill Abel

Mick Abel

Helen Robinson

Bradley Triffitt

Jeremy Reddish

Rachel Hill

Marc Bickers

Adam Turner

Thanks to all of the above for representing the team this season

NEW DAYTIME TENNIS LEAGUE FOR SENIORS 50+STARTING MAY 2022

Following on from the success of 2019, the over 50s league is back.

Enjoy some friendly tennis and meet like-minded players from clubs in the Harrogate and District Area.

Three categories – men’s doubles, ladies’ doubles and mixed doubles.

Matches to take place between 09.30 and 16.30 hours, Monday to Friday inclusive. Running from May 1st to September 1st 2022.

Find a partner and sign up now!

For more details and to enter, email carolmtetlow@gmail.com

Already lots of interest from other clubs!

Wetherby 1 Pushed All The Way

Wetherby 1 put their title credentials on the line last night at Castlegarth as they hosted Wetherby 2 in the Kendall’s Winter League . Of the original quartet selected, only Adrian Lobley lined up for the first team, so a big thanks to Sue Jacklin, Mike Park and Jo Coverdale for stepping in.  

A fairly dry evening with occasional light rain and warmer temperatures meant conditions were pretty good as battle commenced.

It was great to see Sue Jacklin back on court for her seasonal debut and she paired with Adrian. The two have partnered for the first team in the HDTL division 2 last summer and are always effective. Adrian is a very crafty and cunning player. With great court coverage and mental strength he is a very accomplished individual. He was happy to sustain some long rallies with second team stars Ricard Franks and Fiona Chantrey whilst Sue was proving very effective at the net with some polished winners. Richard and Fiona have been the top duo for several seasons together in the second team and their amazing teamwork and consistency means they are always a tough nut to crack. This was an enthralling affair before Wetherby 1 took the rubber 8-4.

On court two Bradley Triffitt joined with Laura Delafield for their first outing together. Laura is enjoying a rise through the ranks and continues to catch the eye. She was very impressive in the York mixed third team last season showing impressive court speed and her competitive nature is a strong attribute. They took on Mike Park and Jo Coverdale who are no strangers together and this looked a tough rubber to call. Wetherby 2 came flying out of the blocks and with Brad confident on both forehand and backhand, he and Laura were soon gelling and making the early running. They raced into a 6-1 lead but Mike is a crafty veteran and his calm and composed style would now come to the fore as he began dominating the net on the back of some strong baseline returns from Jo . The tide was starting to turn and this thriller went down to the wire before Wetherby 2 held on to secure a narrow 7-5 success leaving them 13-11 behind.

The Ladies rubber looked intriguing and didn’t disappoint as this proved very entertaining and once again extremely close. Some more tremendous, long rallies with none of the quartet throwing in the towel meant points were hard earned as this contest ebbed and flowed. Nothing much between the pairs before the greater experience from Sue and Jo proved the difference in recording a narrow 7-5 victory.

The men’s rubber was even tighter with Brad and Richard producing the form of their lives and threatening to upset Adrian and Mike. Some incredible rallies had the watching crowds gasping in appreciation and this really was a super match. Adrian stepped up at 5-6 down to show some real quality and a 6-6 tie was a fair reflection of events in this absorbing clash.

So as the finale began things were still nicely poised as the table toppers led 26-22. Mike and Jo took on Richard and Fiona on the show court and at 2-2 this promised to be another tight affair. However the Wetherby 2 duo are used to long gruelling games and were quite content to adopt their usual consistent tactics again here. They began to turn up the power and despite some fantastic down the line winners from Jo and some incredible court coverage from Mike, they couldn’t prevent a 3-9 defeat that suddenly turned the match on its head.

Needing eight points for victory Adrian and Sue knew the would have to play well to see the first team over the line but a good start from Brad and Laura made things interesting. Plenty of strong returns from both couples had their respective opponents stretching on the baseline but Wetherby 1 were beginning to dominate in the trenches and looked confident at the net. Having to defend, Brad and Laura were now under pressure but still refusing to buckle and this was a brave performance. Finally the class from Sue and Adrian allowed them to take the tie 8-4 and secure the important two points after a 37-35 thriller.

Wetherby 1 extend their winning run to six games and know the title is now within reach with matches against Rufforth 2 and Harlow to finish but Wetherby 2 gave them the fright of their lives and shows what good strength in depth there is at the club. Once again a big thanks to all the players for contributing to tonight’s exciting action .

Winter League | Wetherby Tennis Club

Well played Mike Park, Jo Coverdale, Adrian Lobley and Sue Jacklin to finally take the spoils.
A great effort from Wetherby 2 with Richard Franks, Fiona Chantrey, Laura Delafield and Bradley Triffitt ensuring the match went down to the wire!