Press Report – week 13

Wistow – Celebrate promotion from division 3

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York have wrapped up their sixth successive division 1 title in the FLITL; captain Kathryn Place and Louise Marshman took 26 games in their comprehensive 80-28 win at Wigginton as they claimed the crown with matches to spare. Sofie Woon and Angela Wood were in form as Castlegarth inflicted a heavy defeat on a depleted Pocklington team. Despite an unexpected win against York seconds, Bishopthorpe will now be relegated, though the defeat for York leaves them in deep trouble near the foot of the table.

Three teams are battling for promotion at the top of division 2. Fulford look to be in the strongest position after overcoming Boston Spa, Ruth Painter and Jill McCreedy including a 12-0 in the 76-34 victory. Second placed Rufforth went down to a strong David Lloyd side, Debbie Holman and Helen Larkin teaming up to take 21 games for Lloyd. In form Starbeck are hard on Rufforth’s heals, Dee Nolan and Helen Halsall netted 30 games as they trounced Poppleton 83-25. Castlegarth scraped past Pocklington to ease their relegation worries, leaving Pock and Popp looking likely for the drop.

Dunnington will go up as division 3 champions after Fulford conceded to them. Wistow’s strong second half of the season sees them promoted, Ali Wortley and Lisa Hunter were their top scorers as they crushed Bubwith 88-20 and condemned them to relegation. Jackie Mason and Krysia Clack were undefeated for Bishopthorpe in their 64-44 win over Boston Spa as Bish continue their battle to stay up. Elsewhere Arina Fjordova and Francesca Baker posted 29 games for Knaresborough as they edged a 55-53 win over Copmanthorpe.

David Lloyd and Wilberfoss will be promoted from division 5, who, as champions remains to be seen. Miranda Stephenson and Philippa Ashley impressed with 24 games for Lloyd in their 65-43 victory at Poppleton 3, a defeat which sees Popp return to division 6. They’ll be joined by Fulford who crashed to a 79-29 loss at New Earswick, who’s captain, Maz Broadbent and Lisa Debenham racked up 30 games. Consistent scores from all three Copmanthorpe couples led them to a comfortable 70-38 win in their mid-table clash with Poppleton seconds.

Stamford Bridge will be division 7 champions, Natalie Muir and Angela Rothery only dropped three games in Bridge’s 78-30 triumph over Wilberfoss. Despite falling to defeat at Dunnington, there were encouraging signs for Rufforth as youngsters, Emma Wood and Anna Lewis, aged 15 and 13, top scored for their team with 15 games.

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Rufforth youngsters Emma Wood and Anna Lewis


Press Report – Week 12

Wilberfoss 1 – Top Division 5

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From left to right –  Gerry Screeton, (captain), Caroline Gaines, Caz Mackender, Georgia Pratt, Ros Latham and Chris Oldfield.

York 1 are in touching distance of retaining the division 1 title of the FLITL after demolishing bottom club Bishopthorpe 75-35. Pocklington remain second despite losing 71-37 to Wigginton, who were inspired by the Bradshaw sisters, Eleanor and Anna, taking 28 games. Angela Wood and Charlotte Todd finished undefeated for Castlegarth as they beat Dunnington to score precious points in their fight to stay up. York seconds were only able to field two couples so lost heavily at David Lloyd.

Fulford look to have regained the upper hand in division 2 after a comprehensive 70-38 victory over David Lloyd. Rufforth fell to defeat by Starbeck, Helen Halsall and Dee Nolan leading the Harrogate club to their fourth consecutive win. The trusted partnership of Rosie Cantrell and Hilary Spencer starred for Poppleton as they overcame Pocklington in their battle at the wrong end of the table. Lorraine Peary and Dominique Morrissey bagged 23 games to help Boston Spa see off local rivals Castlegarth.

Wistow and Fulford continue to battle for the second promotion place in division 3 behind leaders Dunnington. Both teams logged victories, Wistow at Copmanthorpe and Fulford hammered Bubwith 81-27, aided by a 31 game contribution from Pam Campbell and Su Watson. Sarah Mawby and Andrene Watson racked up 29 games for Bishopthorpe in their comfortable win over Knaresborough, it may be too little too late for Bish though, as they look in deep trouble near the foot of the table. There were no such worries for high flying Dunnington as the maintained their 100% record, defeating Boston Spa 72-36.

Cliffe remain top of division 4, captain Jane Pemberton teamed up with Sue Midgley to score 28 games in their 66-42 defeat of Appleton, whilst Helen Brown and Kerry Rafton were unbeaten for Wigginton as they overcame Tollerton by the same score. Rowntree Park checked Heworth’s progress as they cruised to a 64-44 win. Anna Morley and Fenella Hobson helped Sutton to a tight 56-52 win at Riccall to move them out of the relegation zone.

Division 5 leaders, Wilberfoss, annihilated lowly Fulford 92-16, Gerry Screeton and Caz MacKender achieving an outstanding maximum 36 game haul for Foss. Elsewhere New Earswick beat Copmanthorpe to edge towards mid table safety.

Dunnington look to be closing in on the division 6 title as they dispatched Knaresborough 62-46. Liz Powells and Philippa Page bagged 26 games for Rufforth as they cruised past David Lloyd 61-47.


Division 1: Pocklington 37, Wigginton 71; York 1 73, Bishopthorpe 35; David Lloyd 81, York 2 27 (York only had 2 couples); Castlegarth 65, Dunnington 43.

Division 2: Poppleton 66, Pocklington 42; Rufforth 49, Starbeck 59; Boston Spa 65, Castlegarth 43; Fulford 70, David Lloyd 38.

Division 3: Bishopthorpe 71, Knaresborough 37; Copmanthorpe 47, Wistow 61; Fulford 2 81, Bubwith 27; Dunnington 72, Boston Spa 36.

Division 4: Rowntree Park 64, Heworth 44; Cliffe 66, Appleton Roebuck 42; Riccall 52, Sutton Upon Derwent 56; Wigginton 66, Tollerton 42.

Division 5: New Earswick 66, Copmanthorpe 42; Wilberfoss 92, Fulford 16.

Division 6: Knaresborough 46, Dunnington 62; David Lloyd 47, Rufforth 61.

Division 7: Rufforth 33, Sheriff Hutton 75.

Press Report – Week 11

Rufforth are the new leaders of division 2 in the FLITL, Sarah Skidmore and Emma Whiting taking 19 games in their comfortable 70-38 victory over Pocklington. David Lloyd inflicted a crushing defeat on Poppleton, Lisa Garland and Liz Taylor racking up 33 games for Lloyd taking them up to third and leaving Popp struggling at the foot of the table. Elsewhere, Christine Noddings and Sophie Cousins netted an impressive 33 games as Starbeck beat Boston Spa 62-46.

York look unstoppable in their quest for the division 1 title, they won every rubber as they trounced David Lloyd 84-24. Bishopthorpe could only field two couples so fell to a heavy loss at Pocklington leaving them looking odds on for the drop.

Wistow are on a charge in division 3, Sue Hudson and Sarah Huggins bagged 25 games, just one more than both of their other pairs, as they defeated Knaresborough 73-35 and climbed to second place in the table. Bubwith logged a first win in their basement battle against Bishopthorpe, who were hampered by injury, Lou Smith and Anna Airaksinen finishing undefeated for Bubwith. Boston Spa demolished Fulford, Anne Milne and Kate Pirie winning 34 games, though Fulford suffered from an early withdrawal of one of their players.

There were some surprising results to keep things tight in division 4. Cliffe are just holding top spot after drawing with bottom placed Sutton. Heworth remain second despite falling to a heavy defeat against Appleton, Chris Howatt and Amber Hickman leading the way with 29 games. Rowntree Park gained ground by beating Wigginton, Sandra Pauw and Laura Robson winning all their rubbers in their 72-36 victory. Pippa Bailey and Teena Gallon were top scorers for Tollerton as they edged a close 56-52 triumph over Riccall.

Nicky John and Emily Broadbent scored 33 games to help ease New Earswick’s relegation worries as they sailed past Poppleton thirds in division 5. Leaders Wilberfoss had their progress checked by second placed David Lloyd, Fran Critchley and Katy Fowler top scoring to facilitate Lloyds 56-52 win. Despite recording a positive score, Fulford captain Jane Thresh and Liz Paxman couldn’t lead their team to victory over Copmanthorpe as they went down 60-48, leaving them rooted to the base of the table.

Dunnington lead division 6 after defeating Rufforth 66-42, Linda Malloy and Katy Sykes netting 28 games. Shelagh Elcock and Oxanne Wlson finished unbeaten for Cawood as they hammered David Lloyd 81-27. Ros Murdoch and Mary Riley won 26 games in Knaresborough’s 75-33 victory over York, leaving both teams equal on points.

All three Dunnington couples posted scores of 24 games as they overcame second placed Wilberfoss and closed the gap near the top of division 7. Sarah Davies and Harriet Smith included a 12-0 as Copmanthorpe scraped past Sheriff Hutton 56-52.

Last weekend the ladies tennis league suggested players wore something pink for their matches to raise awareness and show support for those affected by breast cancer. Many players participated and there were even some fund-raising events held. To date £225 has been raised to donate to breast cancer charities. The league chair expressed her heartfelt thanks to all those that participated and contributed to the `pink’ weekend.



Division 1: Bishopthorpe 1 33, Pocklington 1 75 (Bishopthorpe only had 2 pairs); York 1 84, David Lloyd 1 24.

Division 2: David Lloyd 85, Poppleton 23; Pocklington 38, Rufforth 70; Starbeck 62, Boston Spa 46.

Division 3: Bubwith 67, Bishopthorpe 41; Wistow 73, Knaresborough 35; Boston Spa 83, Fulford 25.

Division 4: Rowntree Park 72, Wigginton 36; Heworth 31, Appleton Roebuck 77; Sutton Upon Derwent 54, Cliffe 54; Tollerton 56, Riccall 52.

Division 5: Fulford 48, Copmanthorpe 60; Poppleton 3 16, New Earswick 92; David Lloyd 56, Wilberfoss 52.

Division 6: Cawood 81, David Lloyd 27; Knareborough 75, York 33; Dunnington 66, Rufforth 42.

Division 7: Sheriff Hutton 52, Copmanthorpe 56; Wilberfoss 36, Dunnington 72.

Pink Weekend

This weekend the York Ladies tennis league held a `pink weekend’ in support of breast cancer.

The idea came from watching the Ashes cricket series this winter, in which a day of the Sydney test is designated `pink’, an idea that was initiated by Australian bowler Glenn McGrath after losing his wife, Jane, to breast cancer.

Many people are affected, or know someone that has been, by this illness. The league wanted to highlight and primarily raise awareness about this form of cancer. Any funds that were raised over the weekend were considered to be a bonus!

Ladies were asked to wear something pink for their matches, though in the current weather conditions there were many pink faces! Several teams throughout the league supported this worthy cause, there were pink cakes and pink lunches, and to date over £165 has also been collected.

The primary reason for the `pink theme weekend’ was to raise awareness and show support to those affected directly and also indirectly by breast cancer.

The league would like to express their thanks to all the clubs that supported this worthy cause.

Personally, as league chair, I’m absolutely made up by your support here guys!! Mega thanks!

Loads of photos!!

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Bubwith and Bishopthorpe enjoying lunch


Fulford 3 and Copmanthorpe… pink lunch…pink wine included!

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Rufforth 1


Wilberfoss 2

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Wistow and Knaresborough


York 1 and David Lloyd 1

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Big Thanks again to all of you that were involved!


All ladies are asked to wear something pink this weekend for their matches in the league’s inaugural `Pink Weekend’.

The idea is to raise awareness and show solidarity and support to all those affected by breast cancer.

Donations from any clubs wishing to run any fund-raising activities to support the cause over the weekend would be gratefully received.

Press Report – Week 10

Heworth – Pushing for promotion in division 4

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Heworth captain Helen Gray led her team to a division 4 victory over promotion rivals  Wigginton in the FLITL, resulting in them climbing into second place in the table. Cliffe remain top following a tight 56-52 victory over Tollerton. Meanwhile, Laura Robson and Sandra Robinson bagged 26 games as Rowntree Park scraped past Riccall by the same score line.

Jo Coverdale and Angela Wood racked up 31 games as Castlegarth hammered Bishopthorpe in their division 1 clash. The trusted partnership of Lou Lister and Wendy Stirke saw leaders York 1 ease past their second team 67-41.

Poppleton got their first points on the board in division 2 as they overcame Castlegarth, but then went on to lose to table toppers Fulford 66-42. Rufforth again turned in a solid team effort to log a comfortable 75-33 win against Castlegarth, whilst Starbeck climbed into third spot after defeating Pocklington 66-42. Elsewhere, Chris Twigge and Sharon Davidson netted 22 games for David Lloyd in their win at Boston Spa.

Division 3 leaders, Dunnington, were pushed all the way at Knaresborough, finally coming out as 56-52 winners, Anne Davies and Rachel Booth finishing unbeaten. Fulford returned to winning ways and stay second after beating Bishopthorpe. Three members of the Huggins family turned out for Wistow to steer them to victory at Boston Spa and so climb to third in the table. Bubwith are still without a win after falling to a heavy defeat against Copmanthorpe, for whom Maggie Zhang and Laura Simpson included two maximum scores in their three rubbers.

David Lloyd are maintaining the pressure on Wilberfoss at the top of division 5, captain Suzanne Straw and Michelle Cossey bagged 21 games in their 63-45 defeat of Copmanthorpe. Leaders Wilberfoss continue to rack up their games difference, Gerry Screeton and Caz MacKender scoring 32 in their 75-33 win over Poppleton seconds. Fulford finally got a win against Poppleton 3, but both clubs still look in deep trouble at the base of the table.

Cawood closed the gap on table toppers Dunnington in their division 6 clash, Lorraine Bishop and Lorna Pope taking 26 games in their 61-47 victory.  Emma Whiting and Wendy Farnell impressed for Rufforth, who remain third after dispatching York 73-35.


Division 1: Castlegarth 84, Bishopthorpe 24; York 2 41, York 1 67.

Division 2: Pocklington 42, Starbeck 66; Rufforth 75, Castlegarth 33; Poppleton 42, Fulford 66; Boston Spa 48, David Lloyd 60.

Division 3: Knaresborough 52, Dunnington 56; Bubwith 34, Copmanthorpe 74; Boston Spa 47, Wistow 61; Bishopthorpe 49, Fulford 59.

Division 4: Wigginton 46, Heworth 62; Cliffe 56, Tollerton 52; Riccall 52, Rowntree Park 56.

Division 5: Copmanthorpe 45, David Lloyd 63; Wilberfoss 75, Poppleton 2 33, Fulford 64, Poppleton 3 44.

Division 6: Rufforth 73, York 35; Dunnington 47, Cawood 61.

Division 7: Stamford Bridge 77, Dunnington 31.