Back row L to R: Claudia Nisbet (Bubwith 2), Kathryn Maude (York 1), Suzanne Straw (David Lloyd 3), Maxine Gordon (David Lloyd 2); Front row L to R: Helen Gray (Heworth), Jill McCreedy (Fulford 1), Jill Marsden (Wistow).
Jubilant York lifted the division 1 trophy at the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League presentations for the fourth year in succession. They were the only team to finish the season with a 100% win record and in doing so secured 1054 games, the most by any team in the league. Runners up, Dunnington, were only defeated twice, on both occasions by the champions, and were the only other team in the league to win over 1000 games.
Fulford took the second division crown and also completed the season undefeated, though did include a couple of draws in their results. They return to the top tier, along with Castlegarth, both teams having had just one season away.
Wistow took the division 3 title and so will move into division 2 for the first time in their history. Second placed Castlegarth bounce straight back up after being relegated last year.
Two teams battled out the division 4 top slot for most of the season, David Lloyd’s eight match unbeaten run ultimately saw them finish the stronger to top the table ahead of Bubwith.
The league’s closest finish was in division 5 where Heworth claimed the title by finishing just a point ahead of Bishopthorpe.
David Lloyd 3 lost only one game in their march to the division 6 crown. Fulford will join them in division 5, returning after their relegation last term.
Two of the three new teams to enter the League, Bubwith 2 and David Lloyd 4, will both be promoted from division 7, Bubwith as champions.
The League also recognised the top scoring player from each division, these were Wendy Stirke (York 1) – 377 games, Jill McCreedy (Fulford 1) – 334, Rachel Huggins (Wistow) – 314, Liz Bramley (Bubwith 1) 283, Andrene Watson ( Bishopthorpe 2) – 286, Charlotte O’ Shea (Fulford 3) – 265 and Tracey Howbridge (Bubwith 2) – 242.
Wendy Stirke won the Terry Haw trophy which is awarded to the player that won the most games in the league. On presenting the cup, Terry Haw recognised Stirke’s incredible achievement of playing at such a high level and consistently gaining such impressive scores.