Press Report – Week 16


wig 2 2017 Left to Right: Caz Mackender, Maggie Downs, Catherine Field, Pauline Wreglesworth, capt Sandra Burley, Karen Walker and Helen Brown.

Wiggington have claimed the division 5 title of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League; even though Su Watson and Nicky Browne bagged 28 games for Fulford, Wig claimed a 56-52 victory to take the title ahead of fellow promoted team, Riccall.

Emma Owen and Victoria Bland were in form for Pocklington, netting 28 games in their division 1 victory over Poppleton and in doing so condemned Popp to relegation from the first tier.

In division 2, Castelgarth beat Wistow, to ensure they remain in division 2.

David Lloyd seconds confirmed their promotion from division 3 with an emphatic victory over struggling Knaresborough, this will leave the latter in a head to head relegation match against Rowntree Park.

Boston Spa went down to their first defeat of the season in divison 4 against Bishopthorpe 2, for whom Andrene Watson and Georgina MacKenzie scored 24 games. Spa are assured of the title and will likely be joined in division 3 by Bish. Sutton have an outside chance of catching Bish after demolishing Poppleton 88-20.


Division 1: Pocklington 76, Poppleton 32.

Division 3: Copmanthorpe 1 55, Cliffe 53; David Lloyd 80, Knaresborough 28.

Division 4: Sutton Upon Derwent 88, Poppleton 2 20; Boston Spa 60, Heworth 48; Bishopthorpe 2 66, Boston Spa 2 42.

Division 5: Wigginton 2 56, Fulford 3 52.

Division 6: Knaresborough 86, David Lloyd 4 22; Stamford Bridge 60, Copmanthorpe 3 48.



Press Report – Week 15 – (sort of)

York 1 Retain Division 1 Title

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Left to right – Wendy Stirke, Kathryn Place (captain), Fay Chapman, Karen Retief, Jill Le Pla, Louise Marshman.

York 1 wrapped up the division 1 title of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League with two victories in two days. They had a comprehensive win at Bishopthorpe and then edged past title challengers Dunnington 57-51. This will be the Clifton Park club’s fifth title in a row and seems a fitting tribute to former captain and regular, Karen Retief, who’s sixteen-year partnership with current captain Kathryn Place closed on a high as they finished their last match unbeaten to retain the top crown.

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Current captain Kathryn Place (left) & former captain Karen Retief.

The top two teams in division 2 ended their season with victories; David Lloyd against Starbeck and Wigginton over Wistow, this despite a valiant effort from Rachel and Sarah Huggins who netted 25 games. Castlegarth’s defeat at Rufforth means they now become involved in the relegation battle.

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David Lloyd 1 – Division 2 Champions – Front from left to right: Helen Larkin, Sarah Smelik, Debbie Holman, Sheila Duxbury; Back from left to right: Jo Powell, Louise Dwyer, Sharon Davidson.

Division 3 champions Pocklington cruised to a 64-44 win at Knaresborough. Elsewhere Lisa Garland and Liz Taylor were in form for David Lloyd as they beat Fulford, leaving Lloyd battling out the second promotion place with Copmanthorpe, who overcame Bubwith 61-47.  Elizabeth Mallory and Jane Wallace only dropped one game as Fulford then went on to demolish Bubwith and so secure their third division status.

The two teams challenging for second spot in division 4 both lost. Heworth at champions Boston Spa, and Bishopthorpe, by the tightest of margins, at Tollerton. Meanwhile, Lucy Collier and Sally Simpson bagged 30 games in Sutton’s 63-45 win over Appleton.

In division 6, champions Copmanthorpe completed the season unbeaten as they hammered Bubwith 83-25.

Latest results:

Division 1: York 1 57, Dunnington 51; Bishopthorpe 30, York 78.

Division 2: David Lloyd 59, Starbeck 49; Wigginton 61, Wistow 47; Rufforth 57, Castlegarth 51.

Division 3: Knareborough 44, Pocklington 64; Fulford 2 46, David Lloyd 62; Copmanthorpe 61, Bubwith 47; Fulford 89 (E. Mallory & J. Wallace 35), Bubwith 19.

Division 4: Boston Spa 61, Heworth 47; Sutton Upon Derwent 63 (S. Simpson & L. Collier 30), Appleton Roebuck 45; Tollerton 55, Bishopthorpe 53.

Division 6: David Lloyd 39, Knaresborough 69; Copmanthorpe 83, Bubwith 25.




Press Report – Week 14

Undefeated Division 4 Champions – BOSTON SPA

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From back left to right – Anne Milne, Sandy Clough, Alison Ward, Simone Devereux, Kate Pirie and Captain Ann McCreesh.


In a tense clash at the top of division 1 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League, York 1 overcame Dunnington 64-44. All three of York’s couples scored over twenty games to edge out the opposition and so close in on the first division title. Belinda Turnbull and Catherine Baker netted 33 games for Poppleton, but it may be too little too late as they still failed to beat a consistently scoring Pocklington team. Bishopthorpe and Fulford were defeated by Castlegarth and York 2 respectively, so both are still fighting for survival along with Poppleton.

David Lloyd claimed the division 2 crown after a comprehensive victory at Starbeck, Helen Larkin and Debbie Holman leading the way with 31 games. Wigginton will join them in the top flight after comfortably beating Castlegarth.  Christine Edmond and Kate Lewis were in form for Rufforth as they defeated Wistow and in doing so sent them back to division 3 after just one season. Dunnington are struggling to maintain their second division status, this week going down 47-61 to Boston Spa.

Pocklington will be promoted as champions from division 3. Louise Wilkinson and Andrea Bland bagged 28 games as the champions crushed Knaresborough 73-35. Similar scores from all three couples facilitated David Lloyd’s victory over Fulford, leaving them in the battle for the second promotion place. Copmanthorpe’s close victory at Bubwith leaves them hard on DL’s heals, Laura Simpson and Rhian Scott’s 22 games proving invaluable in Cop’s win.

Boston Spa celebrated taking the division 4 title as one of only two unbeaten teams in the league. Captain Anne McCreesh and Sandy Clough took 28 games in Spa’s victory over second place Bishopthorpe. Anne Gray and Chris Vis were undefeated for Heworth as they overcame Tollerton, leaving them still in contention for promotion. Elsewhere Sutton gained valuable points as they edged past Appleton 56-52. At the base of the table, Pat MacKeller and Hilary Brown bagged 24 games for Poppleton as they beat New Earswick.

Division 5 table toppers Wigginton suffered a surprise defeat against Fulford, they are assured of promotion and look likely champions, though Riccall are chasing them hard, Michelle Hall and Sophie Marshman scoring 28 games in their win at Cawood. This defeat means Cawood will now be relegated along with Dunnington 3 who went down 74-34 at Wilberfoss.

Copmanthorpe demolished Poppleton to claim the division 6 title. Lynda Withers and Amanda Robson won 26 games as undefeated Cop eased past their second placed rivals. Sheriff and Dunnington 4 will both be relegated after losing out to David Lloyd and Bubwith respectively.


Division 1: Bishopthorpe 42, Castlegarth 66; York 2 56, Fulford 52; Poppleton 50 (B. Turnbull & C. Baker 33), Pocklington 58; Dunnington 44, York 1 64.

Division 2: Starbeck 34, David Lloyd 74 (D. Holman & H. Larkin 31); Boston Spa 61, Dunnington 2 47; Castlegarth 40, Wigginton 68 (D. Crane & E. Bradshaw 34); Rufforth 75 (K. Lewis & C. Edmond 30), Wistow 33.

Division 3: Cliffe 48, Rowntree Park 60; Pocklington 73, Knaresborough 35; David Lloyd 2 72, Fulford 36; Bubwith 51, Copmanthorpe 57.

Division 4: Appleton Roebuck 52, Sutton Upon Derwent 56; Heworth 57, Tollerton 51; Boston Spa 65, Bishopthorpe 43; Poppleton 65, New Earswick 43.

Division 5: Wilberfoss 74, Dunnington 3 34; Fulford 56, Wigginton 52; Cawood 41, Riccall 67.

Division 6: David Lloyd 56, Sheriff Hutton 52; Copmanthorpe 73, Poppleton 35; Dunnington 36, Bubwith 72.

Division 7: Wilberfoss 57, York 51.