Entrants from this season’s BB Over 55’s event
Wigginton hosted this season’s Beryl Bean over 55’s ladies doubles tournament, which saw ten couples competing from nine different clubs.
The event, now in its thirteenth year, consisted of two groups playing in a round robin format.
Poppleton’s Sheena Jackson and Hillary Brown just missed out on qualifying from the group stages, as did Bishopthorpe pair, Andrene Watson and Georgina MacKenzie.
The semi-finals saw defending champions Denise Crane and Sue Espiner comfortably overcome New Earswick’s Maz Broadbent and Amy Walker and Fulford couple Jill McCreedy and Anna Baker edge past Dunnington duo Joyce Rhodes and Sue Sumner.
The final was contested over one set. All four players were involved in some excellent cross court rallies, Fulford pair Baker and McCreedy easing into a 4-2 lead; Wig duo Crane and Espiner were not about to relinquish their crown however, and after some inspiring play, they came back to retain the title, winning 6-4.
Presenting the trophy, Beryl Bean thanked all the players for taking part and Wigginton for hosting the competition.
Proceeds from the raffle held on the day raised £100 to be donated to St Leonards Hospice.
Beryl Bean (centre) presents Wigginton’s Denise Crane (left) and Sue Espiner with the Beryl Bean trophy
Third Time Lucky For York Duo in IT Sports Tournament
York pair Jill Le Pla (left) and Siobhan Gilfillan
Fulford TC hosted this season’s IT Sports and IT Too tournaments.The IT, for players from divisions 1 and 2, saw seven couples compete in a round robin format.York’s Jill Le Pla and Siobhan Gilfillan dominated the group stages, only coming unstuck against team mates Karen Retief and Kathryn Place. Rufforth pair Christine Edmond and Judith Evans qualified for the semi-finals to face fellow Ruffordian, Sue Yoward and York’s Ilianna Evangliou. A combination of strong serving and volleying from the latter pair saw them qualify for the final. Jill Le Pla and Siobhan Gilfillan were participating in their third final in a row. Having lost the previous two, there were no slip ups this time as their determination and consistency saw them claim the trophy in a high-quality match.
Players from this season’s IT Sports event
Fulford Couple Claim IT Too Title in Record Breaking Event
The IT Too competition, which is open to players from divisions 3-7, had a record entry level of seventeen pairs.
Players competed in three groups which featured strong performances from New Earswick’s Emily Broadbent and Nicky Georgiou, Wilberfoss’s Gerry Screeton and Ros Latham and Tollerton’s Sandra Jennings and Mary Foster.
The semi-finals saw Fulford duo Jane Wallace and Elizabeth Mallory narrowly defeat Cliffe’s Jane Pemberton and Kelly Holmes and Copmanthorpe’s Jane Harding and Laura Simpson overcome Fulford couple Sarah Richards and Charlotte O’ Shea.
The final was played in deteriorating weather conditions. Wallace and Mallory lost the first two games, but then settled into their stride, making several winning volleys, to take the next five games and so secure the title.
IT Too Winners – Fulford’s Jane Wallace (left) and Elizabeth Mallory
Proceeds from entry fees and raffles held at both events raised £200 for Macmillan Cancer Support.