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.