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Victorious Captains with their League Trophies

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York notched up their sixth consecutive division 1 title as they were crowned champions of the Fulford Ladies Invitational Tennis League. Finishing nine points clear of runners up Pocklington, they were the only team throughout the league to finish the season undefeated.

Fulford headed up division 2 so will return to the top flight after just one season. Starbeck’s strong second half of the season sees them promoted alongside Fulford to the top tier.

Long term division 3 leaders, Dunnington, dominated their league to take the title and so bounce straight back up to division 2, as do runners up, Wistow.

Cliffe took the division 4 title, helped by a strong run at the end of the season. Tollerton just pipped Wigginton to the second promotion place.

David Lloyd 3 won the division 5 crown, just a point ahead of Wilberfoss, both teams finishing comfortably ahead of the chasing pack.

Dunnington and Cawood will be promoted from division 6, the former as champions after losing only a couple of matches all season.

Stamford Bridge wrapped up the division 7 title and will be joined in division 6 by Sheriff Hutton, who took the second promotion slot on games difference.

The League also recognized the top scoring players from each division. These were Wendy Stirke (York 1) – 339 games, Kate Lewis (Rufforth) – 317, Maggie Zhang (Copmanthorpe 1) – 301, Teena Gallon (Tollerton) – 290, Gerry Screeton (Wilberfoss 1) – 282, Linda Molloy (Dunnington 3) – 246 and Ann Murray (Dunnington 4) – 212.

Wendy Stirke won the Terry Haw trophy which is awarded to the player who won the most games in the league.

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York Captain Kathryn Place receives the Terry Haw Trophy on behalf of her team mate Wendy Stirke.


Beryl Bean – Over 55’s Tournament

Beryl Bean, centre, presents Fulford’s Anna Baker, left, and Jill McCreedy with the Rosebowl trophy


This year’s Beryl Bean tournament saw ten couples from various clubs participate as Wigginton once again hosted this popular event.

Couples were split into two groups with the top two from each going into the semifinals. Group highlights included Tollerton pair Sandra Jennings and Ed Hope’s battle with their team mates, Teena Gallon and Pippa Bailey, and Bishopthorpe’s Andrene Watson and Georgina McKenzie logging a 7-0 win.

The semi finals saw Poppleton’s Hilary Spencer and Rosie Cantrell go down to Fulford’s Jill McCreedy and Anna Baker and Dunnington’s Sue Sumner and Joyce Rhodes defeat Wigginton’s Denise Crane and her sister Angie Sleightholm.

In a close fought final, which included some long rallies and tactical match play, McCreedy and Baker eventually emerged as winners to take the crown for the first time.

Tournament sponsor, Beryl Bean, thanked Wigginton for running a sociable and competitive event and praised all players that took part in some high-quality matches.


Competitors from this year’s Beryl Bean Over 55’s tournament.

Press Report – Week 15


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Left to Right – Sally Cammidge, Sue Lacy, Nicola Browne, Kim Lees, Emma Cammidge (captain), Angela Rothery.

Nicola Browne and Kim Lees starred as Stamford Bridge celebrated winning the division 7 crown with a 75-33 win at Wilberfoss, this sees them leapfrog Sheriff Hutton to take the title. Elsewhere, Carole Martin and Heather Hogg won all their rubbers as Dunnington trounced Rufforth to finish in third place.

The Bradshaw sisters, Eleanor and Anna, were unbeaten for Wigginton as they drew with division 1 champions York 1. The point means Wig will retain their division 1 status leaving York seconds looking likely for the drop. Pocklington finished as runners up as they destroyed Dunnington 84-24, Mel Duncan and Cordie Cavill netting 30 games for Pock, though they were bettered by team mates Ruth and Rebecca Hill.


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Left to Right – Jane Wallace, Wendy Cook, Pauline Craddock, Elizabeth Mallory, Jill McCreedy (captain), Charlotte O’ Shea.

Fulford have wrapped up the division 2 title with back to back victories over Rufforth and Boston Spa. Captain Jill McCreedy and Charlotte O’ Shea top scored in both matches to lead Fulford back into the top flight. Starbeck’s 68-40 win at Castlegarth sees them promoted in second place, Helen Halsall and Dee Nolan scoring 29 games for the Harrogate based club. Pocklington finished their season with a victory at David Lloyd, Josephine Nutman and Sheila Williams bagging 21 games in the 55-53 win.

The top two teams met in division 3, although positions were already decided, it was second placed Wistow that edged a 56-52 win to spoil champions Dunnington’s 100% record, Ali Wortley and Lisa Hunter top scoring for Wistow. Copmanthorpe and Knaresborough had a good mid table battle to end their season, Cop coming out as 57-51 victors. Jill Street and Gill McGrory were unbeaten for Bubwith as they closed their campaign with a win against Boston Spa.

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Copmanthorpe celebrate the end of the season!


Division 1: York 1 54, Wigginton 54; Pocklington 84, Dunnington 24.

Division 2: Rufforth 49, Fulford 59; David Lloyd 53, Pocklington 55; Castlegarth 40, Starbeck 68; Boston Spa 42, Fulford 66.

Division 3: Copmanthorpe 1 57, Knaresborough 1 51; Bubwith 66, Boston Spa  42; Dunnington 52, Wistow 56.

Division 7: Rufforth 36, Dunnington 72; Wilberfoss 33, Stamford Bridge 75.


Press Report – Week 14

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Bish duo – Laura Rhodes (left) & Ellie Page 

David Lloyd 1 wrapped up their season with a comprehensive 72-36 win over Dunnington in division 1 of the FLITL. Fiona White and Debbie Holman bagged 27 games for Lloyd meaning they will finish mid table in their first season back in the top flight. Ellie Page and Laura Rhodes lead Bishopthorpe to victory over York seconds who now look in a precarious position at the bottom of the table. Their rescheduled match against Wigginton looks likely to be a relegation showdown between the two teams.

Starbeck’s strong run continued in division 2 as they trounced Poppleton 79-29; with all three couples making significant contributions, they racked up their games difference which could yet prove significant in their push for promotion. Elsewhere, Fiona Lambert and Andrea Bland were undefeated for Pocklington as they logged a 65-43 win at Castlegarth.

Division 3 champions, Dunnington, were pushed hard by Copmanthorpe, so were indebted to the reliable duo of Sue Sumner and Joyce Rhodes who netted 24 games to see their team home to a 57-51 victory.

Cliffe are confirmed champions of division 4, however, who will go up with them is very much in the balance. Wigginton rounded off their campaign with a comfortable 71-37 win over Sutton, Sandra Burley and Catherine Field taking 29 games for Wig, leaving them in second spot. Tollerton and Heworth fought out a draw, aided by Tollerton’s top scorers Pippa Bailey and Tina Gallon. This leaves both teams equal on points with Wig, but both with a game in hand.

Christine Thomas and Natasia Wisniewka starred for Sheriff Hutton as they took down long term division 7 leaders Stamford Bridge 72-36. The result sees Sheriff leapfrog Bridge into top slot, they are now equal on points, though Bridge have one more match to play.


This season’s Beryl Bean over 55’s Tournament will be held at Wiggington Tennis Club on Sunday 2nd September from 1pm.  Anyone interested in entering should e mail Denise Crane ( by August 27th.


Division 1: David Lloyd 1 72, Dunnington 1 36; Bishopthorpe 1 63, York 2 45.

Division 2: Poppleton 1 29, Starbeck 79; Castlegarth 2 43, Pocklington 2 65.

Division 3: Copmanthorpe 1 51, Dunnington 2 57.

Division 4: Tollerton 54, Heworth 54.

Division 5: Fulford 3 33, New Earswick 75.

Division 7: Stamford Bridge 36, Sheriff Hutton 72.


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.