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!!

Boston Spa 2

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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.

Press Report – Week 9

Arina Fjordova and Francesca Bakes achieved perfection in winning all 36 of their games in Knaresborough’s division 3 annihilation of Boston Spa; this move `boro into equal second place along with Wistow, for whom Rachel Huggins and Helen Carbutt netted 29 games in their 60-48 victory over Bishopthorpe. Fulford remain in contention despite falling to a 59-49 defeat at Copmanthorpe.

Mel Duncan and Cordie Cavill were unbeaten for Pocklington as they cruised to a comfortable victory over York seconds and climbed to second place in the division 1 table. David Lloyd bagged a valuable win over mid table rivals Castlegarth, whilst Bishopthorpe logged their first points of the campaign against a depleted Wigginton side.

Division 2 leaders Fulford recorded a convincing 73-35 win over Pocklington, captain Jill McCreedy and Ruth Painter finishing undefeated. Kate Lewis and Christine Edmond’s 26 game haul helped Rufforth ease past Boston Spa and maintain second place. Di Lang and Sophie Cousins were in form for Starbeck as they overcame David Lloyd 66-42.

In division 4 Tollerton and Wigginton 2 remain in the chasing pack after logging comfortable wins over Sutton and Appleton respectively.

Wilberfoss remain in the driving seat in division 5, all of their couples making scores of twenty plus in their 73-35 win at Poppleton. Miranda Stephenson and Philippa Ashley won 27 games to help David Lloyd continue their promotion bid as they cruised to a 75-33 victory at Fulford.

Stamford Bridge are on a charge at the top of division 7, Karen Anderson and Natalie Muir only dropping one game as they battered Rufforth 82-26. Elsewhere, Andrea Webster and Katy Weld impressed with 23 games as Wilberfoss defeated Copmanthorpe 60-48.



Division 1: David Lloyd 67, Castlegarth 41; Bishopthorpe 65, Wigginton43 (Wig only had 2 couples); Pocklington 73, York 2 35.

Division2: Boston Spa 39, Rufforth69; Starbeck 66, David Lloyd 2 42; Fulford 73, Pocklington 35.

Division 3: Copmanthorpe 59, Fulford 49; Knaresborough 82, Boston Spa 26; Wistow 60, Bishopthorpe 48.

Division 4: Tollerton 86, Sutton 22 (Sutton only had 2 couples); Wigginton 74, Appleton Roebuck 34.

Division 5: Fulford 33, David Lloyd 75; Poppleton 35, Wilberfoss 73.

Division 6: David Lloyd 34, Knaresborough 74.

Division 7: Wilberfoss 60, Copmanthorpe 48; Rufforth 26, Stamford Bridge 82.

Press report – Week 8

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Division 1 Leaders – York’s Fay Chapman (left) and Jo Middleton

York continued their unbeaten run at the top of division 1 of the FLITL, new recruit Jo Middleton looks to be forming a useful partnership with Fay Chapman for the Clifton Park side as they demolished Pocklington 82-26. Despite netting 27 games, Ellie Page and Laura Rhodes still couldn’t lead Bishopthorpe to a first win, as they went down 55-53 to Dunnington, for whom Joyce Rhodes and Karen Mitchell’s 12-0 in the last rubber proved vital. Wigginton suffered a 75-33 defeat to David Lloyd so the teams trade mid table places.

Lorraine Peary and Lucy Kidd bagged 24 games for Boston Spa in their victory over Pocklington as they climbed to second place in division 2. David Lloyd are chasing hard, Frances Mutter and Chris Twigge finishing unbeaten in their win over Castlegarth. Leaders Fulford overcame a depleted Starbeck side to remain top, though were pushed hard as Helen Halsall and Lisa Jacob bagged 29 games for the Harrogate side.

Dunnington march on at the top of division 3, easing past Bishopthorpe 68-40. Fulford’s good run was checked as they lost to Wistow, whilst Bubwith just missed out on their first points falling to a 56-52 defeat against Knaresborough. Julie Barnes and Kate Pirie’s 26 games were invaluable for Boston Spa as they scraped a 57-51 win over Copmanthorpe.

Cliffe got the better of Heworth in their top of the table division 4 clash, Liz Boville and Mary Pepper winning 23 games in their 57-51 victory. At the wrong end of the table, Lucy Hodsdon and Anna Morley were unbeaten for Sutton as they overcame Rowntree Park. Elsewhere there were wins for Riccall and Appleton over Wigginton and Tollerton respectively.

Wilberfoss lead division 5 and look in form as they pasted Copmanthorpe 80-28, Chris Oldfield and Georgina Pratt contributing 29 games. Similar scores from all three couples saw Poppleton 2 see off their third team 62-46 and climb up to second place.


Division 1: Wigginton 1 33, David Lloyd 1 75; Bishopthorpe 1 53, Dunnington 1 55; York 1 82, Pocklington 1 26.

Division 2: David Lloyd 2 63, Castlegarth 2 45; Pocklington 2 47, Boston Spa 1 61; Fulford 1 64, Starbeck 44 (Starbeck only had 2 couples).

Division 3: Fulford 2 44, Wistow 64; Bubwith 52, Knaresborough 1 56; Dunnington 2 68, Bishopthorpe 2 40; Boston Spa 2 57, Copmanthorpe 1 51.

Division 4: Heworth 51, Cliffe 57; Riccall 67, Wigginton 2 41; Sutton Upon Derwent 60, Rowntree Park 48; Appleton Roebuck 1 58, Tollerton 50.

Division 5: Copmanthorpe 2 28, Wilberfoss 80; Poppleton 2 62, Poppleton 3 46.

Division 6: Rufforth 2 60, Cawood 48.

Division 7: Wilberfoss 2 75, Rufforth 3 33 (Rufforth only had 2 couples).

Press Report – Week 7

FULFORD 2- currently second in division 3

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Dunnington maintained their 100% record at the top of division 3 of the Fulford Ladies Invitational Tennis League, by defeating Wistow 63-45. Fulford 2 are maintaining the pressure on them, as captain Carolyn Taylor paired up with Linda Irving to lead them to a 66-42 win against Knaresborough. Jackie Mason and Krysia Clark’s 15 games proved vital as Bishopthorpe scraped past high flying neighbours Copmanthorpe by the tightest of margins. Meanwhile, Ann McCreesh and Sandy Clough top scored for Boston Spa as they saw off Bubwith 70-38.

Stela Penciu and Nejla Aslan netted 31 games to help David Lloyd to a convincing victory over Bishopthorpe in division 1. Charlotte Mitchell and Sue Sumner were unbeaten for Dunnington as they overcame Pocklington 63-45, leaving both teams level on points behinds leaders York 1 who annihilated Castlegarth 79-29. In a closer encounter, Wigginton overcame York seconds 58-50.

In the top of the table clash in division 2, Fulford came out comfortable winners against Rufforth so leap frog them to lead the pile. Pocklington gained precious points as they beat David Lloyd 2, whilst Helen Halsall and Tijane Metcalfe racked up 24 games in Starbeck’s 58-50 defeat of local rivals Castlegarth.

Division 4 leaders, Cliffe, crashed to a heavy defeat at Wigginton for whom debutant Kerry Rafton and Yvonne Petruso scored 29 games. Helen Gray and Hester De Groot won all their rounds to lead Heworth to a 60-48 victory over bottom placed Sutton. Riccall were triumphant in their mid-table clash with Appleton, Cynthia and Steff Jackson leading the way with 33 games.

The weekends star performers were Gerry Screeton and Caz Mackender, who only dropped one game as division 5 leaders Wilberfoss trounced New Earswick 79-29.  Consistent scores from all three Copmanthorpe couples facilitated their 65-43 defeat of Poppleton.

Dunnington 3 now have a four-point cushion at the top of division 6; Judith Peake-Vout and Margaret Jenkins bagged 29 games as they crushed David Lloyd 84-24. Elsewhere, Cawood edged past Knaresborough to climb into second place.

Pauline Connolly and Julia Campbell netted 10 games in each of their rubbers for Appleton as they overcame Rufforth 70-38 in division 7. Copmanthorpe were only able to field two couples so went down heavily to leaders Stamford Bridge.



Division 1: David Lloyd 1 75, Bishopthorpe 1 33; Dunnington 63, Pocklington 1 45; York 2 50, Wigginton 1 58; Castlegarth 1 29, York 1 79.

Division 2: Pocklington 2 60, David Lloyd 2 48; Starbeck 58, Castlegarth 2 50; Fulford 1 73, Rufforth 1 35.

Division 3: Bishopthorpe 2 55, Copmanthorpe 1 53; Fulford 2 66, Knaresborough 1 42; Wistow 45, Dunnington 2 63.

Division 4: Heworth 60, Sutton Upon Derwent 48; Wiggington 2 70, Cliffe 38; Riccall 73, Appleton Roebuck 1 35.

Division 5: Wilberfoss 1 79, New Earswick 29; Copmanthorpe 2 65, Poppleton 3 43.

Division 6: David Lloyd 4 24, Dunnington 3 84; Knareborough 2 50, Cawood 58.

Division 7: Stamford Bridge 79, Copmanthorpe 3 29 (Cop only had 2 couples); Appleton Roebuck 2 70, Rufforth 3 38.