York Press Reports

Tuesday 5 September 2017

The final match in division six of the I T Sports Mixed Tennis League resolved both promotion and relegation for the clubs. Wilberfoss have snatched the silverware from David Lloyd after their win against Dunnington and take the title on games difference, with Dan Jacques and Dinah Burke matching the 26 games won by team mates Charlie Dodds and Roz Latham. Dunnington went into their match the following night against Appleton Roebuck knowing that only a big win would save them, but Roebuck proved just too good on the night led by the unbeaten Mark Baxter and Chris Howat and Steve Temple with partner Sarah Heron strating with a 10-2.

 

Division One finally finished their matches with champions Poppleton loosing their perfect record to runners-up York 1 with both sides showing several changes, but still retain the trophy. Wigginton have had a good season and finish third winning their final two matches. The penultimate match was a nail biter against Fulford but Ben Walker and Eleanor Bradshaw finished with a 10-2 to ensure the points and Wigginton ended and the following week the same pair won 30 games against York 1 to complete the double.

 

Wetherby Castlegarth completed their matches against Rufforth in division two with winners Castlegarth losing their perfect record to the side that will join them next year in division one. York avoided a relegation battle after beating fellow strugglers Sherburn by just 6 games despite Sherburn's Tristan Gretton and Rachel Huggins winning 28 games. Bottom club Bishopthorpe's final match was against fellow strugglers Sherburn with both teams needing the win to avoid relegation. Despite a final round fight back Bishopthorpe lost by just 8 games to be relegated along with Poppleton on games difference

 

Wetherby Castlegarth finished with a flourish with wins against runners-up Riccall by just 4 games, Mike and Emma Abel won 24 games just ahead of Kevin Duckenfield and Rachel Butterworth in beating Fulford and in their final fixture met Rowntree Park. Park needed a draw or a win to save themselves but were unable to beat Castlegarth, Marc Bickers and Jill Abel unbeaten.

 

The end of season presentation evening will be held at Copmanthorpe on Friday 13th Oct. Details have been seen to all clubs.

 

Tuesday 22 August 2017

David Lloyd have secured promotion from division six after taking the points from their final match and must now wait for Wilberfoss to play their final game to see if they will win the trophy. Wilberfoss won their penultimate match led by unbeaten Dan Jacques and Dinah Burke and end Appleton Roebuck's slim chances. Wigginton will finish in third place. Cliffe won their final match by 2 games to keep opponents Dunnington still fighting relegation, but will be relegated themselves.

 

Rufforth will return to have another go at division one after David Lloyd lost their final match at York by just 8 games in division two missing out by just one point. York had 2 nights previously, lost to champions Wetherby Castlegarth with new pairing Tom Warburton and Louise Grand winning 25, needing the points at David Lloyd to avoid relegation.

 

Sutton on Derwent sealed the division three silverware and relegate their opponents Cliffe with captain Max Los and Frankie Marsh again unbeaten winning 25 games. Cliffe bounced back with a final win against Fulford led by Luke Crowther and Kate Reader who won 25 games and then had to wait for the final match between Wigginton and York 2 days later to decide the final relegation outcome. Wigginton yet again won their final match against a strong York side by just 6 games with top scorers Ben Storey and Lorraine Waudby winning their opener 10-2 to seal the points.

 

Appleton Roebuck ended their campaign as division four winners with a win against Wetherby Castlegarth led by unbeaten Dave Luscombe and Pauline Belt and finish ahead of Riccall who will be promoted with them after the divisions top pairing of George Lintott and Louise Marshman won 30 games to secure second spot in there match against third placed Copmanthorpe.

 

York are the runners-up in division five to end Rufforths dreams, on games difference, after winning their last match at Fulford. Fulford could find no answer to unbeaten Jake Lonsdale and Beth Barker and this loss will relegate the team. Steve Broughton and Oxanne Smith won 24 games for Alne to ensure the win and relegate opponents Bishopthorpe.

 

Heworth have won division seven after beating Stillington in their final match with top scorers Nick Milner and Christine Vis again being unbeaten with good back up from new pairing Wes Casey and Anne Gray. New Earswick will go up in second place after a comfortable win at Wistow led by Keith Pearson and Nicky Georgiou who just outscored Anthony Georgiou and Theresa Roberts-Hardy.

 

The final match of division eight has decided the two relegated teams after Wilberfoss ended with another win this time against Bishopthorpe. The bottom three teams all ended on the same points with Wheldrake just in bottom spot and relegated with them will be Bishopthorpe by just 3 games from Appleton Roebuck.

 

The final match in division nine was the decider for runners-up to champions David Lloyd, after Mark Cook and Su Watson had led Fulford to victory at Dunnington and the top scorers of the week Wigginton's Dom Wright and Sandra Burley won 32 games at Poppleton. The two teams met and predictably was very close with Wigginton's Jonathan Alexander and Karen Walker remaining unbeaten and helping their side to the win despite the best efforts of Fulford's Mark Cook and Pam Mason. The second relegation spot in this division was exactly as in division eight, between Bishopthorpe and Appleton Roebuck. This time Bishopthorpe will be safe after they beat Appleton Roebuck who were unable to beat Tim Mandle and Krysia Clack.

 

Tuesday 15 August 2017

Sutton upon Derwent first team have secured their promotion from division three with a win at Cliffe led by captain Max Los and partner Frankie Marsh in a close match with Nick Ridley and Lucy Collier winning their middle rubber 10-2 to seal the win. Sutton and Fulford who are in second place, both have to play Cliffe in their last matches to decide who are champions, but Cliffe have to win both matches to avoid relegation. The second relegation place is still wide open after Wigginton moved above David Lloyd with a much needed win, but end hosts Rowntree Park's outside ambitions. Jason Whiting and Yvonne Petruso were unbeaten for Wigginton, with Andy Withers and Sue Espiner winning their second rubber 11-1 to seal the win.

 

Poppleton,champions of division one, had a big win against Dunnington seconds with divisional top scorers Nick and Rebecca Turnbull winning 34 games, just one more than there mother Belinda who with partner James Silson added another 33 games.

 

Relegated Cliffe won their first match in division six against Poppleton led by the unbeaten John Leetham and Liz Boville but Poppleton find themselves still battling relegation with this division wide open and the outstanding fixtures crucial to the final outcomes.

 

Heworth and New Earswick will be promoted from division seven after Nick Milner and Christine Vis continue their fine season for Heworth winning 33 games to ensure the win against Sutton upon Derwent and then 2 nights later sealed Tollerton's relegation woes with Wes Casey and Anne Gray winning an unbeaten 26 games. Copmanthorpe finished their good season with a win against the other relegated side Wistow led by Mark Dadvar and Ann Hopwood who just outscored Dave Kershaw and Cath Wilson.

 

Wilberfoss have saved themselves from relegation from division eight with 2 wins against Appleton Roebuck and left their opponents now awaiting the final result from Wilberfoss to find out there divisional status in 2018. Sam Pratt and Jenny Hunt took advantage of playing at Home winning an impressive 31 games but were pushed much harder at Roebuck with Ben Alport and Georgia Pratt finishing with a 9-3 in a very tight match to secure their much needed win.

 

Who will be runners-up to David Lloyd in division nine is between Wigginton and Fulford after Fulford had a big win against Dunnington, Mark Cook and Sue Watson winning all 3 rubbers 11-1. The two teams still have to meet in what could be the promotion decider.

 

Paul Rhodes and Kate Addlestone finished David Lloyd's season off in fine style winning 30 games against Bishopthorpe in division ten, but are unlucky to loose out on games difference as they were one of the strong new teams that entered this year.

  

Tuesday 8 August 2017

Poppleton have retained the division one trophy with a win against York seconds led by the unbeaten Robbie Greenall and Belinda Turnbull well supported by Nikki Rohlfing and Sue Peach. The runners up spot is wide open after York stay second and Wigginton third, just one point behind after both teams beat relegated Heworth and Dunnington seconds.

 

Division Two is wide open again this season with Wetherby Castlegarth winning the title and blunting third placed David Lloyd's hopes of  promotion led by Tom Warburton and Angela Wood winning there second rubber 12-0 to take the points in an otherwise very close match. Rufforth stay in second place despite losing to David Lloyd and York who are one of 5 clubs who still could be relegated. Bubwith finished with a draw against Bishopthorpe and leave them along with Poppleton waiting for the results of the re-arranged matches to learn there fate for next year. Sherburn beat Poppleton by just 2 games and leave the bottom 5 clubs covered by just 2 points and all waiting for the end of August when all matches will be played.

 

Sutton upon Derwent are the new leaders of division three after unbeaten Louis Los and Vicky Bland after there win at Wigginton and previous leaders Fulford lost to Wilberfoss led by Kieran and Gerry Screeton, who are hoping that the win will secure their divisional status. Luke Crowther and Ffion Davies helped Cliffe to another 2 points in their fight against relegation and end York's promotion run. David Lloyd will also have the long wait as they lost their final match and leave opponents Rowntree Park still in with promotion hopes.

 

Four clubs are still in the frame in division four with Appleton Roebuck's Dave Bradley and Marilyn Almgill ensuring promotion with a win against second placed Riccall. John Lintott and Michelle Hall then kept Riccall's hopes alive winning 26 games against Poppleton. Copmanthorpe closed the gap on the top two with wins against Fulford and Johnny Kaye and Amanda Robson leading the way with 28 games and leave opponents Rowntree Park fighting for survival along with Poppleton who also lost there last match to Castlegarth.

 

Tollerton are division five winners after beating second placed Rufforth led by Ben Drummond  and Suzi Scott-Rix to leave Riccall waiting for York's final result after York took the points against Bishopthorpe. Cawood ended their year with a win against Alne and ensure their divisional status but leave Alne in a three way battle after Fulford closed the gap with a 2 game win against Stillington despite the best efforts of the 26 games from Stillington's Tim Madgwick and Liz Burdett.

 

 

Wigginton lost their final division six match against promotion rivals Wilberfoss who put in a good team performance and will now have to wait whilst new leaders David Lloyd who took the points against Appleton Roebuck finish their matches to see if they will be promoted. Tom Hitchenor and Fenella Hobson won 25 games for Sutton upon Derwent in their battle against relegation and leave adversaries Dunnington in an end of season scrap.

 

No change in the order at the top of division seven with leaders New Earswick ending opponents Sutton upon Derwents aspirations after Brian Hudson and Nicky Georgiou won 30 games. Bubwith's Steve Pinion and Lizanne Southworth won one more game than team mates Liam Moore and Diana Longthorp to end with a big win at Tollerton and now they also have to wait as the teams around them finish their games. Nick Milner and Christine Vis kept Heworth in the title hunt with a win at Wistow and relegate there opponents.

 

David  Lloyd have one hand on the division nine silverware after they ended with a big win at Appleton Roebuck led by Malcolm and Michelle Cossey winning 29 games. Bishopthorpe lost a competitive match against Dunnington and now know that the loser of  their last match against Appleton Roebuck will be relegated.

 

Stamford Bridge division ten champions have ended unbeaten but drew their final match against second placed Rufforth, leaving Rufforth waiting for David Lloyd to play their last match to see if they will be promoted. David Lloyd's Paul Rhodes and Kate Addlestone won 25 games in their win at Wilberfoss and have promotion in there own hands. The weeks top scorers were Brian Walker and Jennifer Hunt winning 25 games for Wilberfoss against Fulford. Fulford then bounced back and recorded there first win led by Dave Stewart and Coral Mutter at Bishopthorpe. 

 

Tuesday 1 August 2017

Stamford Bridge have won the division ten trophy in the I T Sports Mixed Tennis League after rejoining the league this year. They completed the double over Sutton upon Derwent playing there re-arranged match in the same week. Brett Carter and Kim Lees finishing with a flourish winning 31 and 32 games well supported by Adrian and Natalie Muir. The 2 losses denting Sutton's promotion hopes with Rufforth taking full advantage and taking over second spot with a comfortable win against Wilberfoss.

 

Poppleton need just one more point to retain their division one silverware after they had a big win against Poppleton and remain one of the 3 unbeaten teams in the league. The runners-up spot is wide open after Wigginton's Ben Walker and Eleanor Bradshaw won 28 games against second placed York firsts and Dunnington  first team giving Trevor Loten a seasonal debut along with partner Karen Mitchell halting york seconds push. These results relegate Dunnington seconds and Heworth.

 

The top two teams in division two met and shared the points despite Rufforth's James Edmond and Sue Yoward winning 26 against table toppers Wetherby Castlegarth. The rest of the teams are all trying to avoid relegation with Poppleton and Bubwith having to wait for the teams around them to play after they both lost. Bubwith lost to a strong Sherburn side, with the win lifting them off the bottom on games difference only after  Bishopthorpe also won, led by James Field and Ellie Page, brought their opponents into the relegtion frame for division two to end very close yet again.

 

Fulford lost the chance to grab the division three title losing by just 4 games to closest rivals Sutton upon Derwent with Sutton adding another win against promotion rivals Rowntree Park by just 6 games with Chris Hobson and Cordie Cavill top scoring. Neil Johnson and Margaret Whitehead were York's match winners against Park as they vie for divisional safety after the bottom two teams Cliffe and Wigginton met with the unbeaten Ben Storey and Lorraine Waudby ensuring the win. Dan Poole and Bev Tebbutt top scored for Wilberfoss as they beat David Lloyd but leave both teams waiting for the outstanding matches to be played to find out if they will stay.

 

Tollerton will be promoted from division five with new pairing Josh Hunt and Ed Hope winning 29 games in beating Stillington but this weeks match against Rufforth will decide where the trophy goes after Rufforth had another good win with Andy Ivel and Judith Evans ending with a match winning 12-0. Chris Hughes and Jackie Eccles won 34 games for York at Alne to drop Alne into the relegation zone.

 

Division six is wide open after the latest results with the top two meeting and leaders Wigginton going down to second placed David Lloyd to close the gap. James Hunt and Jess Cawood led the scoring for Wilberfoss as they ended Appleton Roebuck's aspirations, but know that there match this week against Wigginton could be the promotion decider. Relegation is still between four sides after Zak Los and Fenella Hobson led Sutton upon Derwent to a vital win against Cliffe and Dunnington's Nick Bentley and Sara Grinnell top scoring also against Cliffe.

 

No change in the order of division seven after James Chambers and Lisa Debenham kept leaders New Earswick at the top after beating Wistow, second placed Bubwith sharing the points with Sutton upon Derwent and Heworth edging by Stillington to stay third. Copmanthorpe are still in with a say as to the final line-up with a win against Tollerton led by Graham Garbett and Claire Fuller. Sutton have an outside chance after Stuart Paver and Sally Simpson had another good match and also beat Tollerton.

 

Promotion from division nine is still between three teams with David Lloyd in pole position after Phil Rigby and Joy Craig won 33 games as Lloyd beat Poppleton.  Appleton Roebuck are in the second relegation place after losing to Bishopthorpe and leave all the re-arranged vital to all the teams futures.

 

 

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Tollerton and Rufforth are closing in on the two promotion places in division five of the I T Sports Mixed Tennis League after Josh Hunt and Ed Hope won 30 games to keep Tollerton at the top with a win against Fulford and Rob Proudley and Helen McDonald won their final rubber 10-2 to keep Rufforth in second place with a 2 game win against Alne. York are still in the hunt with Chris Hughes and Jackie Eccles winning 26 games against Cawood to end Cawood's hopes. Stillington are finishing strongly with Peter Jones and Christine Cookman again unbeaten. The title decider will be the final match next week when the 2 teams meet.

 

Heworth and Dunnington will be relegated from division one after just one season after Heworth lost to Wigginton, with former member Eleanor Bradshaw teaming up with Ben Walker to win an impressive 32 games. Dunnington seconds were overwhelmed by a strong York first team to confirm there future. Poppleton open up a gap at the top with 2 wins in a week with Nick and Rebecca Turnbull achieving 36 games in a match against a good Fulford side and dropping just 4 games against Dunnington firsts.

 

Wetherby Castlegarth had another win to close in on the division two title winning a close match at Sherburn, David Corbyn and Angela Wood finishing with a 12-0 to seal the points. Poppleton and Bubwith swapped places and for winners Poppleton ease themselves out of the relegation area. John Anderson and Hilary Spencer putting in yet another winning performance for Poppleton.

 

The top four in division four clashed with leaders Appleton Roebuck being pushed to the last hit by third placed Copmanthorpe and win by just 4 games thanks to unbeaten Dave Luscombe and Pauline Belt. Second placed Riccall had a slightly easier match against Fulford led by unbeaten Andrew Dunning and Michelle Hall.

 

Wigginton are moving in on the division six title after closest rivals David Lloyd lost by 4 games to Wilberfoss and keep Wilberfoss in touch. The following night David Lloyd resumed winning ways led by Alex Brandon and Lisa Garland with 26 games to beat Poppleton. Nick Bentley and Sara Grinnell led Dunnington to their first win and lift themselves off  the foot of the table.

 

The top two teams in division seven both lost to throw promotion wide open. Leaders  New Earswick stay top on games difference after Copmanthorpe won by just 2 games and put themselves into contention. Second placed Heworth lost to third placed Bubwith, led by unbeaten Andy Corfield and Ann Wottge after the previous week defeating Stillington this time Liam Moore and Gill McGroy top scoring.

 

Rufforth are now favourites to take the second place in division eight as the other results went in their favour with Bishopthorpe just getting the better of Wheldrake and trophy winners Riccall winning against Wilberfoss.

 

The division nine title is still between leaders David Lloyd, who added another win led by Phil Rigby and Debbie Holman who won 30 games at Bishopthorpe. Dom Wright and Sandra Burley won 30 games to keep Wigginton in second place after beating Appleton Roebuck and just two points behind are Fulford who beat Poppleton thanks to Hayden Marshall and Pam Mason winning 27 games just 1 more than Mark Cook and Su Watson.

 

Stamford Bridge look to have the division ten trophy heading their way after Brett Carter and Kim Lees won 30 games against Wilberfoss just one more game than Adrian and Natalie Muir. The second place is wide open after none of the chasing teams were able to dominate. Second placed Rufforth took the points against Fulford but lost to David Lloyd with Lee Brayford and Katy Fowler winning 31 games.  Lloyd then lost the chance themselves to move upto second place as they lost by just 4 games to Sutton upon Derwent and Sutton added another win in a well matched game at Bishopthorpe and move into third place. Wilberfoss at long last got their first win with Ben Allport and Max Bailey winning 30 games.

 

Tuesday 18 July 2017

Riccall are the first team to win promotion in the I T Sports Mixed Tennis League in division eight after last weeks win at Appleton Roebuck. Alex Trembath and Faye Lintott top scored with 26 games just ahead of John Lintott and Heather Page. Favourites to gain the second place are Rufforth who had a much closer match against Bishopthorpe with unbeaten Dan Russell and Phillipa Page matching the score of team mates Tom Frame and Carole Withers.

 

Poppleton have opened a up a gap at the top of division one again after wins against the two teams facing relegation after both tasting top tennis this season after promotion. Siblings Nick and Rebecca Turnbull lost just 4 games in both matches and had good support from mother Belinda and Jack Hannah against Heworth and James Silson at Dunnington seconds. Adam de Vries and Karen Retief won 27 games for York seconds to take the points and move into third place after their win at Heworth.

 

Could next weeks clash between leaders Wetherby Castlegarth and second placed Rufforth be the division two title decider after Tom Warburton and Angela Wood led Castlegarth to a comfortable win at Bishopthorpe and Ed Ziegler and Kate Lewis contributed 22 games to Rufforth's winning total against Poppleton. David Lloyd still have promotion hopes after 2 good wins against Poppleton and unbeaten David McCardle and Fran Mutter top scoring against Bubwith.

 

No changes in division three after the to two clashed and leaders Fulford having a good win against Rowntree Park with Adam Magson and Jill McCreedy winning 26 games. Sutton on Derwent missed the chance to move up to second after their last gasp loss to York by just 6, unable to beat Neil Johnson and Margaret Whitehead. Wilberfoss increased the gap between themselves and the two relegation places with a win at Cliffe with top scorers Alex Gurnell and Chris Oldfield finishing with a 11-1 to seal the win.

 

Division Four still remains wide open with Appleton Roebuck adding another win at Poppleton, Geoff Bullock and Ruth Jones just outscoring their teammates. Copmanthorpe stay in touch with the top two after Johnny Kay and Amanada Robson  won 27 in their win at Dunnington, as the final scheduled match is between the leaders.

Tollerton are top of division five after their win against York led by unbeaten Josh Hunt and Ed Hope, but missed out on opening a gap at the top after loosing their re-arranged match at Stillington and then winning again against Cawood led by top scorers Tim Madgwick and Liz Burdett in both matches and move well out of the relegation battle.

 

Wigginton are favourites to take the division six title after back to back wins at Cliffe, Adam Houghton and Caz Mackender winning 25 games and again inspiring their side to the points against Poppleton. Tony and Fiona White kept David Lloyd in with a say winning 30 games in their sides victory against Cliffe. Re-arranged matches are going to be vital in the final outcome as Wilberfoss still hope to have a say in where the tile goes after unbeaten James Hunt and Jess Tebbutt led them to another win against Sutton.

 

David Latimer and Nicky Johns won 30 games for New Earswick and keep hold of top spot in division seven after defeating Tollerton and stay ahead of neighbours Heworth whose much changed line-up had a narrow win at Copmanthorpe, thanks to top scoring Andy Cuttill and Monica Haritakis.

 

David Lloyd are the new leaders of division nine after two wins against previous leaders Wigginton in a very competitive match a Holman the previous win at Dunnington with Tony and Fiona White matching the 30 games won by second pair Phil Rigby and Debbie Holman. Fulford are still in the mix after there big win against Appleton Roebuck, Mark Cook and Sue Watson winning 30 games just ahead of Hayden Marshall and Pam Mason.

 

Stamford Bridge are closing in on the division ten title with wins against Fulford as Finlay Burbridge and Natalie Muir being one of the weeks highest scorers with 33 games just ahead of the 30 from Brett Carter and Kim Lees. Rufforth have dented opponents Sutton upon Derwent's chances with a hefty win and 27 games from Matt Crawshaw and Fran Keighley just one less than Simon Detheridge and Vicky Wrigley.

 

Tuesday 11 July 2017

Just 4 weeks to go in the I T Sports Mixed Tennis League none of the promotion and relegation places have been resolved. The top 4 teams played the bottom 4 teams in division five. Rufforth stay top by one point led by top scorers David Laws and Sarah Skidmore following the visit of Stillington, just one point ahead of second placed Tollerton who beat neighbours Alne. Jake Lonsdale and Beth Barker ensured York stay in contention in third place winning 26 games against Fulford who are favourites for relegation. Adam Raistrick and Shelagh Elcock top scored for Cawood to keep them in touch for promotion after beating Bishopthorpe.

 

York stay in second place in division one after the visit of Fulford with unbeaten Angus Smith and Jill Le Pla closely followed by Dunnington first team after they beat Heworth and then Wigginton with Brad Swainston and Rebecca Hill winning 31 games in both fixtures.

 

Bubwith have moved up to third place in division two after the divisions top scorers Mark Harris and Jill Rounce put in yet another 2 match winning performances, 28 games at York and 27 against second placed Rufforth. Relegation looks gain to be going down to the re-arranged matches after bottom team Bishopthorpe had a good win against Sherburn and top scorers James Field and Ellie Page being unbeaten again.

 

Fulford go top of division three and halt visitors David Lloyd in there promotion hopes  with Tom Craddock and Wendy Cook winning 27 games. York and Wilberfoss played their scheduled match and early season rained off fixture last week and shared the points, the home teams winning. Chris Oldfield and Alex Gurnell winning 25 games at home for Wilberfoss and Neil Johnson and Margaret Whitehead with 26 at York.

 

Appleton Roebuck still top division four with Dave Bradley and Kate Butterfield being the pick of the pairings after their win against Rowntree Park and stay ahead of Riccall, with these 2 teams being favourites to go up. Top scorers of the week were George Lintott and Louise Marshman who dropped just one game against a very good Dunnington side.

 

All change at the top of division 7 again this week with New Earswick beating promotion rivals Bubwith as Keith Pearson and Nicky Georgiou matched by the 26  games won by James Chambers and Lynn Stables. Heworth grabbed the opportunity and moved into second place after Andy Cuttill and Monica Haritakis won 30 games just ahead of Nick Milner and Christine Vis in winning against Tollerton and their outstanding matches will have a big say in the final standings.

Riccall second team are looking to make it a double promotion year for their club with the second team making it one win closer after John Lintott and Heather Page won 25 games against second placed Riccall, well supported by Scott Anderson and Faye Lintott. Riccall stay favourites for promotion after bouncing back with a win at Wheldrake with Dan Russell and Phillipa Page top scorers.

 

Division eight looks to be between three teams led by Wigginton who had a big win against third placed Fulford after Dom Wright and Sandra Burley matched the 30 games won by team mates Ben Storey and Karen Walker. David Lloyd stay in second place with a victory against Dunnington. Gary Cashmore and Fran Critchley won 30 games for Bishopthorpe as they beat Poppleton to leave the second relegation spot wide open.

 

Any two from the top four of division ten after last weeks results with leaders Stamford Bridge still unbeaten. David Lloyd take over second spot denting opponents Sutton upon Derwent's own hopes not dropping a rubber led by Lee Brayford and Eva Pears. Rufforth move up to third place on games difference after Nick and Chris Edmond won an impressive 29 games to match that of Chas and Vicky Wrigley in beating Fulford. 

 

Tuesday 4 July 2017

Wetherby Castlegarth and Rufforth have taken a stranglehold on the two promotion places in division two of the I T Sports Mixed Tennis League after leaders Castlegarth beat Poppleton led by David Corbyn and Rachel Hill after David Woon and Angela Wood won 33 games the previous week at Bubwith. Rufforth are just one point behind after wins at York thanks to unbeaten Ed Ziegler and Kate Lewis and James Edmond and Sue Yoward top scored in the match against Bishopthorpe although none of the Rufforth pairs could beat Bishopthorpe's James Field and Ellie Page.

 

Rowntree Park have taken over the top slot in division three with a 2 game win at Wilberfoss thanks to top scorers Nils Moroz and Kate Dance ending with a 8-4 win in a two game thriller. Matt and Tanya Ward ensured Sutton upon Derwent's win at David Lloyd to lift them into third place and stay in the promotion hunt on games difference only behind Fulford.

 

Unbeaten Kevin Davison and Sandra Robinson could not stop Rowntree Park losing to the new leaders Appleton Roebuck in division four who go ahead on games to previous leaders Riccall. Park lost again by just 10 games at Dunnington for whom Kevin Todd and partner Denise Bolam, who was making her seasonal debut, were the top scorers.

 

York have moved into third place in division five with big wins against Alne, Jake Lonsdale and Beth Barker winning 30 games and 2 days earlier another victory at Stillington led by Chris Hughes and Jackie Eccles, 28 games. A good overall team performance saw the York side win against second placed Rufforth, keeping the division wide open. Josh Hunt and Ed Hope won an impressive 27 games for Tollerton to keep top spot after seeing off the challenge of Cawood.

 

No change in division six as leaders Wigginton brushed aside Sutton upon Derwent as Adam Houghton and Carol Mackinder(31) just outscore team mates David Rodgers and Helen Brown(30). Dave Morritt and Liz Taylor ensured David Lloyd stay second with a big win at Dunnington and open up a four point gap after third placed Wilberfoss lost to Poppleton with Reuben Young and Lauren Caley proving unbeatable.

 

New Earswick are back at the top of division seven after their win against Stillington despite having to concede games due to injury. Bubwith move up to second in a two game thriller against Copmanthorpe after top scorers Liam Moore and Julia Barber ended with a 9-3 win.

 

Riccall have lost their perfect record in division eight, but stay at the top, as yet another match being decided by just 2 games at Wheldrake for whom Don Grant and Suzanne Straw won 23 games.

 

Division Nine also have new leaders with Wigginton easing passed Dunnington led by Ben Storey and Pauline Wreglesworth and stay 2 points ahead of David Lloyd and Fulford who are on the same points after unbeaten Graham Cook and Pam Mason just outscored team mates Mark Cook and Su Watson.

 

The top two teams met in division ten with leaders Stamford Bridge emerging the winners in a strong team performance, top scorers Brett Carter and Kim Lees. With the defeat of David Lloyd, Sutton upon Derwent grabbed the opportunity to move into the second promotion spot with a big win against Fulford.

 

Tuesday 27 June 2017

 Tollerton are the new leaders of division five of the I T Sports Mixed Tennis League after beating previous top team Rufforth led by Ben Drummond and Pauline Brown in her first match, winning 31 games just ahead of Josh Hunt and Ed Hope, and winning again last week at Bishopthorpe despite the best efforts of unbeaten Rob Williams and Elizabeth Opie. Alne slip down a place after losing to Stillington led by top scorers Matthew Jones and Emily Sutton just outscoring Tim Madgwick and Liz Burdett to move Stillington out of the relegation zone.

 

The top two teams met in division one with Poppleton keeping their unbeaten record, just, against Wigginton who now slip down to third. York take over second place with a 2 game win against Dunnington firsts who only had 2 couples. A high scoring first round ensured the points for Fulford at Heworth with a spirited response from the hosts.

 

Wetherby Castlegarth are just one of four teams with a perfect record as the unbeaten Roger Fawcus and Rachel Hill kept their side at the top of division two after beating David Lloyd. Rufforth are just one point behind after Tom Shouksmith and Denise Riley won 30 games at Sherburn and open up a 3 point gap at the top after third placed Poppleton lost to York as they were unable to recover from a low scoring first round. Bishopthorpe won their first match, by 2 games against David Lloyd after top scorers James Parker and Ellie Page won 23 games.

 

No change at the top and bottom of division three as Fulford's Tom Craddock and Wendy Cook won 28 games as they beat Wigginton and Rowntree Park grabbing the points against a strong Cliffe side as the visitors were unable to beat Nils Morosz and Kate Dance. Games difference has moved Wilberfoss out of one of the automatic relegation places after they lost by just 2 games to Sutton upon Derwent, who stay third, in a very close match.

 

31 games for the new successful pairing of George Lintott and Louise Marshman ensure Riccall stay top of division four after their defeat of Rowntree Park and stay ahead of Appleton Roebuck who beat promotion rivals Fulford thanks to top scorers Geoff Bullock and Sara Heron. Copmanthorpe stay in touch but were beaten heavily by Wetherby Castlegarth who escape from one of the relegation places.

 

Heworth are the new leaders of division seven after ending neighbours New Earswick's unbeaten record with top scorers Nick Milner and Christine Vis just outscoring Andy Cuttill and Monica Haritakis. Bubwith also have the same points after their big win at Wistow with Liam Moore and Julia Barber taking 31 games. Copmanthorpe and Sutton upon Derwent change places after Graham Garbett and Claire Fuller remained unbeaten to move into fourth place and keep there promotion hopes alive. 29 games from Oli Everard and Jennifer Jones helped Stillington to there first win and send there opposition Tollerton into the bottom two.

 

Charlie Pearcy and Suzanne Webb opened with an 11-1 win to help Appleton Roebuck to there second win against Bishopthorpe in division eight after Rufforth added another win against a good Wilberfoss side with the unbeaten John Latham and Andrea Webster finding themselves on the losing side.

 

Fulford lost there first match to David Lloyd inspired by unbeaten Phil Rigby and Debbie Holman in division nine and drop from top to third place. Wigginton take over the second place after a win against Bishopthorpe with Alan Wreglesworth and Jill Anfield top scorers just ahead of Dominic Wight and Sandra Burley.

 

Stamford Bridge still lead division ten but were pushed all the way by fourth placed Rufforth who are in the running for one of the promotion places and added another win against Bishopthorpe, Vicky Wrigley and Simon Detheridge winning 32 games. David Lloyd are still in second place after the weeks top scorers Lee Brayford and Katy Fowler won 34 games against Fulford.

 

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Another perfect record has gone in division four after the top of the table clash with Riccall beating Appleton Roebuck led by George Lintott and Louise Marshman who won all three sets 10-2 and Riccall taking over at the top. Fulford stay third after Oli Lewis and Sarah Richards won 28 games against Dunnington to remain one of three teams all on 10 points and just games difference separating them as Graeme Butcher and Laura Simpson ensured Copmanthorpe are in with a say in the promotion battle after they won at Rowntree Park.

 

Nick and Rebecca Turnbull led Poppleton to another win and remain top of division one after playing York seconds with Wigginton still in second place after there win at Dunnington seconds a winning debut for Ben Storey and Denise Crane. Fulford's Josh Beavers and Kelly Spry were the only unbeaten pair as they took on Dunnington and move above there opposition on games difference.

 

Poppleton are now in third place in division two with the team not dropping a rubber after there win against Sherburn, Matt Everatt and Rosie Cantrell just outscoring John Anderson and Manon God. 33 games from Rob Jackson and Jill Rounce saw Bubwith move out of the relegation places with a win at Bishopthorpe.

 

Tom Craddock and Wendy Cook ensured another win for Fulford and lead division three with a good win against Wilberfoss. Second placed David Lloyd dropped 2 places after Nils Morosz and Kate Dance inspired Rowntree Park to a win and Sutton upon Dewent moved ahead of David Lloyd on games difference after they just managed to beat Wigginton by 6 games.

 

The second promotion place in division five is down to games difference with Alne moving into third place after their close win against Cawood and denying their opponents the opportunity of taking second spot, Charlie Price and Helen Mac Donald remain g unbeaten. Bishopthorpe are the third team on the same points after wins against Fulford and a 4 game thriller against York with a timely 10-2 win by top scorers Alan Wilkinson and Elizabeth Opie.

 

Wigginton were the other team to loose their perfect record after the visit of Wilberfoss in division six but remain top as they were unable to beat James Hunt and Jess Cawood. Wilberfoss stay above David Lloyd on games difference after Charlie Dodds and Ros Latham were just outscored by Dan Jacques and Bev Tebbutt. David Lloyd chalked up another win, just against a determined Appleton Roebuck team led by unbeaten Paul Harrison and Chris Howat.

 

Draw specialists New Earswick shared the point with visitors Sutton upon Dewent to leave division seven wide open after a match as close as the result would suggest. Andy Cuttill and Monica Haritakis won 30 games for Heworth and keep their team in second place after another win win this time against Wistow and stay ahead of Bubwith who are on the same points, after unbeaten Liam Moore and Julia Barber led their side to a win against Tollerton.

 

Division Eight favourites Riccall chalked up another win with John Lintott and Heather Page topping the scoring with 25 games against Bishopthorpe. Charlie Pearcy and Suzanne Webb ensured Appleton Roebuck moved off the foot of the table with a good win against Wheldrake.

 

The top four teams of division nine all won leaving just 2 points covering the four teams. Fulford are the leaders after unbeaten Graham Cook and Pam Mason led their side to another win and stay ahead of David Lloyd. Tony and Fiona White were the other couple to drop just one game all night as Lloyd proved too good for visitors Appleton Roebuck. 31 games from Wigginton's Alan Wreglesworth and Jill Anfield, just one more game than Dominic Wright and Sandra Burley keep them in third place after beating Poppleton. Despite being unbeaten Bishopthorpe's James Field and Kathryn Dickinson found themselves on the losing side as they went down to a good team performance from Dunnington to keep them in touch for promotion.

 

Tuesday 13 June 2017

As the I T Sports Mixed Tennis League reaches half way just 8 teams are unbeaten as last weeks rain caused havoc with the matches. Poppleton lead division one beating Heworth with Robbie Greenall and Belinda Turnbull starting with a 12-0, then followed with another win against a strong Dunnington first team, this time siblings Nick and Rebecca Turnbull winning two rubbers 12-0. Promoted Dunnington seconds along with Heworth are finding tennis hard but Ollie Hicks and Louise Haritakis for Heworth ensured them there first win. A timely final rubber 10-2 win by Phil Langley and Denise Crane for Wigginton kept their side in second place as they were pushed by Heworth. York moved up to third place with a big win against Dunnington seconds led by Paul Whurr and Sasha Taylor winning all three rubbers 10-2.

 

Wetherby Castlegarth lead division two by just one point as they narrowly won against visitors Sherburn but were unable to beat Sherburn's Tristan Gretton and Rachel Huggins. Rufforth are just one point behind after James Edmond and Sue Yoward won 31 games against promotion rivals David Lloyd. Poppleton moved out of the bottom two with wins against Bishopthorpe, who are still looking for there first win, and then at Bubwith led by unbeaten Tom Cantrell and Sue Peach. Mark Harris and Jill Rounce then won 27 games for Bubwith to share the points with Sherburn. John Anderson and Manon God top the scoring as Poppleton took the points in a close match against Bishopthorpe.

 

Division three is wide open now as there are no unbeaten sides and is led by Fulford with Tom Craddock and Wendy Cook winning 28 games in their win at York , but then lost at Sutton upon Derwent as they were unable to defeat Matt Ward and Vicky Bland. Despite winning 25 games Cliffe's Dave Tomlinson and Kate Reader found themselves on the losing side  against second placed David Lloyd who backed up the win with another 2 points against Wilberfoss.  Rowntree Park move up to third sharing the points at York with all scores either 7-5 or 6 all and Ed Martin and Sandra Robinson proving unbeatable against Sutton upon Derwent.

 

Debutants Rob and Ruth Jones won 27 games for Appleton Roebuck to keep them at the top of division four, still unbeaten after Dave Bradley and Kate Butterfield led the scoring against Copmanthorpe although none of the Appleton pairs could beat Johnny Kay and Amanda Robson. Riccall lost their first match at fourth placed Fulford but bounced back with a big win against Poppleton led by the new pairing of George Lintott and Louise Marshman. Copmanthorpe stay in third place just ahead of opponents Fulford with just 2 points separating the top four teams.

 

Rufforth still lead division five but lost their first match to Alne led by Charlie Price and Helen McDonald after Andy Ivel and Emma Whiting ensured the points against Cawood after a 55-53 thriller against Fulford.  Despite winning 24 games Tollerton's Ben Drummond and Suzi Scott – Rix found themselves on the losing side at York in another 2 game winner. Josh Hunt and Ed Hope won all three rubbers 9-3 at Fulford to keep Tollerton in second place just ahead of Cawood who beat visitors York helped by unbeaten Chris Abbott and Lesley Savage.

 

Wigginton have opened up a 4 point gap at the top of division six after Dave Rodgers and Julie Noonan won an impressive 31 games against Appleton Roebuck and then inflicting the first defeat of second placed David Lloyd with Adam Houghton and Carolyn Mackender winning all three 9-3. The third and fourth teams met with David Lloyd staying second with yet another 55-53 win of the week although Wilberfoss's Charlie Dodds and Ros Latham were unbeaten. Sutton upon Derwent gave a good solid team performance to win their first match against Cliffe and Dunnington's Nick Bentley and Sara Grinnell's 26 games were not enough to stop Poppleton winning their first match by just 2 games.

 

David Latimer and Nicky John  ensured New Earswick remain unbeaten at the top of Division seven after being pushed all the way by Copmanthorpe. Heworth move into second place after Nick Milner and Chris Vis ended with a 10-2 to ensure the win against Bubwith. Sutton upon Derwent climb into third place led by unbeaten John Los and Lynn Marriage against Bubwith and grabbed the points at Tollerton. Tollerton's Howard Thompson and Michelle Helm were unbeaten for the second week running but ended up on the losing side again as they lost to Copmanthorpe who climb out of the automatic relegation places.

 

Riccall still top division eight after John Lintott and Heather Page led the way at Wilberfoss and are followed by Rufforth after Charlie Dixon and Phillipa Page led their team to the points against Appleton Roebuck. Don Grant and Susanne Straw led Wheldrake to another win and out of the bottom two after going to Wilberfoss.

 

Division nine has been badly hit by rained off matches, but is led by unbeaten Fulford just ahead of David Lloyd for whom Phil Rigby and Debbie Holman won 27 games as they beat Bishopthorpe, then Tony and Fiona White winning 33 games in their team's win at Poppleton.

 

Who will be promoted with Stamford Bridge from division ten after Brett Carter and Kim Lees won 29 games in their win at Wilberfoss. Rufforth lost their first as they entertained rivals David Lloyd, unable to handle Paul Rhodes and Ellie Caley, but then bounced back with a big win against Sutton upon Derwent led by Simon Detheridge and Vicky Wrigley. David Lloyd are third on games difference thanks to unbeatable Lee Bratford and Katy Fowler against Bishopthorpe.  Sutton upon Derwent stay in the promotion hunt after Julian Field and Millie Goode remained unbeaten against Bishopthorpe.

 

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Wigginton are the new leaders of division one with Ben Walker and Eleanor Bradshaw proving unbeatable against a strong Fulford side and making her debut Anna Bradshaw younger sister of Eleanor. York first team beat there second string with a heavy scoring opening round led by top scorers Angus Smith and Sarah Dwyer  as games difference only separates the teams.

 

Wetherby Castlegarth are the only unbeaten team in division two just, after Bishopthorpe earned their first point with a draw, and stay top, thanks to unbeaten David Corbyn and Angela Wood.  Tom Shouksmith and Denise Riley led Rufforth to another win and move upto second spot with a comfortable win against an experienced Poppleton side after David Lloyd lost their first match.  David Lloyd scraped past another strong Poppleton team by just 4 games and then came up against a full strength Bubwith side looking for their first win led by Mark Harris and Jill Rounce who won 31 games. Stephen Duree and Alison Wortley top scored for Sherburn to lift them out of the bottom half of the division after their encounter against York.

 

Fulford take over at the top of division three after their 2 game win against Rowntree Park after top scorers Adam Magson and Jill McCreedy sealed the points ending with a 9-3. David Lloyd stay in touch with the top half of the division after entertaining Wigginton and winning by just 4 games led by unbeaten Matthew Kneafsey and Louise Dwyer.

 

The weeks top scorers were Appleton Roebuck's Dave Luscombe and Pauline who won all three rubbers 11-1 against Poppleton and take over top spot in division four.

Games difference only separates the top four with Fulford in third place after Alex Herriot and Jane Wallace led their team to the points against Rowntree Park. A very experienced Dunnington side found Copmanthorpe's Dave and Laura Atkinson too good on the night dropping just 4 games and keep their side in the promotion hunt.

 

Cawood move upto third after their match against Stillington with new pairing  Tim Tillet and Joanne Abbott winning 27 games, in division five.

 

Division six has split into two with the top four teams unbeaten and the bottom four without a point after the latest matches. Wigginton are the latest team to take over at the top with a last gasp win at Poppleton thanks to top scorers David Rogers and Caz Mackinder finishing with a 10-2. Just 5 games separate the next 3 teams, led by David Lloyd who beat Cliffe but they could not defeat Cliffe's Dave Hall and Jane Pemberton. Appleton Roebuck clung onto their perfect record and go fourth led by Paul Harrison and Chris Howat, by just 4 games.

The top two teams in division seven clashed, both unbeaten, with New Earswick winning by just 2 games despite the best efforts of Tollerton's Ben Drummond and Michelle Helm. Nick Hobson and Sally Simpson's 29 games ensured that Sutton upon Derwent moved out of the relegation spot with a win at Wistow.

 

Who will join Riccall as the other side promoted from division eight is the question as Alex Trembath and Faye Lintott win just one game less than teammates John Lintott and Sophie Marshman who won 28 against Appleton Roebuck. Rufforth are their closest rivals as they win handily at Bishopthorpe with Jack Benson and Carole Withers leading the way.

 

In contrast division nine is wide open as Fulford's Ben Taylor and Sue Watson are  unbeaten with 29 games just ahead of Graham Cook and Pam Mason and be the only unbeaten team after Wigginton loose to visitors David Lloyd. Dunnington move into third place with a win against 2 couple Poppleton.

 

Stamford Bridge look title certainties for division ten as Richard Story and Kim Lees with 32 games lead their side to another big win, with good support from Connor Steward and Karen Anderson at Fulford.

 

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Rain decimated last weeks matches in the I T Sports Mixed Tennis League. Dunnington lost their first match in division one as Wigginton's unbeaten Ben Walker and Eleanor Bradshaw ended their night with a 12-0 and were well supported by Phil Langley and Denise Crane. York got their first win but were pushed all the way by home side Fulford with a 4 game win.

David Woon and Angela Crossley ensured Wetherby Castlegarth stay top of division two winning 29 games at York. Rufforth remain third after top scorers James Edmond and Sue Yoward led there side to another win against Bubwith, with good support from the unbeaten Tom Shouksmith and Denise Riley.

 

Fulford lost their first match in division three against neighbours David Lloyd having to concede 12 games in a very close match otherwise. The previous week David Lloyd had no answers to an unbeaten Sutton upon Derwent side inspired by Matt Ward and Vicky Bland who won all 3 rubbers 9-3.

 

Rufforth are the division five pace setters with Will Edmond and Kate Lewis remaining unbeaten in a hard fought match against Bishopthorpe and last week taking the points at Stillington who were forced to concede games due to injury. Josh Hunt and Ed Hope kept Tollerton in second place with a victory against their neighbours Alne.

 

Wiberfoss stay top of division six on games difference with a 2 game win against Sutton upon Derwent thanks to a strong first round and stay just ahead of Wigginton. Visitors Cliffe pushed Wigginton all the way led by unbeaten Dave Tomlinson and Liz Boville but Wigginton's top scorers Malcolm Pringle and Helen Brown made sue of the points.

 

Despite the best efforts of unbeaten Liam Moore and Julia Barber, Bubwith lost their first game in division seven to leaders New Earswick with Keith Peason and Nicky Georgiou showing good early season form.

 

Bishopthorpe got their first win last week after previously going down to second placed Fulford, with a win at Poppleton led by Tim Mandle and Krysia Clack, although Poppleton's Harry Bowden and Pat Mackellar were unbeaten.

 

A very strong Stamford Bridge side brushed aside a useful Bishopthorpe side in division ten led by Brett Carter and Angela Robinson with Richard Story and Natalie Muir giving good support. Sutton upon Derwent kept their unbeaten run going with a win at Fulford thanks to the unbeaten Graham Stephenson and Clare Kettle despite the best efforts of Fulford's unbeaten Neil Herriott and Clare Taylor.

 

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Could this be the closest season for years as after only 2 weeks of the I T Sports Mixed Tennis League division two has only 2 teams unbeaten. David Lloyd's Mark Bland and Sheila Duxbury top scored to seal the points in a tough match at Sherburn after  they had home advantage in beating Bishopthorpe led by Andy Holmes and Fran Mutter. They stay ahead of Wetherby Castlegarth on games difference, who just missed out on promotion last year with David Woon and Becki Jones winning 29 games against Bubwith and then Woon teamed up with Angela Wood to win the same games against a useful Poppleton side.  Rufforth won there first match inspired by unbeaten James Edmond and Sue Yoward at Bishopthorpe.

 

No change at the top of division one as leaders Poppleton beat York first team with Jack Hanna and Claire Morrell unbeaten. Brad Swainston and Rebecca Hill proved too good for Heworth winning 32 games to keep Dunnington firsts in second place on games difference from a Fulford side led by Josh Beavers and Kelly Spry with 28 games.

 

Fulford are top of division three as one of just 3 unbeaten teams on games difference with unbeaten Zak Sheppard and Jill McCreedy ending with a 11-1 to ensure the win and stay ahead of nearest rivals York who took the points against Wigginton. Experienced Ed Martin and Angela Smith made sure Rowntree Park moved into third,the only other unbeaten side, but were pushed all the way by visitors Wilberfoss.

 

Riccall won their second match of the season with an identical scoreline to their match, this time against Copmanthorpe and new pairing of George Lintott and Louise Marshman winning 29 games. Appleton Roebuck are the only other team with a 100% record after Dave Bradley and Kate Butterfield topped the scoring with 28 games. Neil Johnson and Sue Pauer's Poppleton picked up their first win and remain unbeaten.

 

Tollerton are top of division five but only just, after they played Cawood ending in a draw and stay ahead of Fulford on games difference, after Fulford edged passed Alne thanks to unbeaten Ben and Carolyn Taylor. Tollerton opened with Josh Hunt and Ed Hope leading the way with 28 games against Bishopthorpe.

 

Dan Jacques and Dinah Burke won 30 games for Wilberfoss as they take top spot in division 6 at Poppleton on games difference in what looks to be as close as last season. Just 5 games behind are David Lloyd who beat neighbours Dunnington with David Morritt and Liz Taylor putting in another high scoring performance and stay ahead of  Wigginton. Adam Houghton and Yvonne Petruso won their final rubber 9-3 to seal the win in a very close encounter at Sutton upon Derwent.

 

Bubwith's Liam Moore and Julia Barber won all 3 sets to take home the points against a strong Copmanthorpe side and take over top spot of division seven ahead of unbeaten Tollerton. Ben Drummond and Michelle Helm were the only unbeaten pairing for Tollerton at Wistow. Stillington earned their first point with a draw against visitors New Earswick in a match that was even at the end of each round. Heworth's Nick Milner and Christine Vis won 28 games to earn them their first points against Sutton upon Derwent.

 

Only Riccall are unbeaten in division eight with Wilberfoss jumping up into second place after John Latham and Andrea Webster won 27 games just 1 more than teammates Brian and Liz Walker as they beat Bishopthorpe. Wheldrake secured their first win against Rufforth thanks to top scorers Don Grant and Suzanne Straw winning their final rubber 10-2.

 

Seasoned campaigners Alan Wreglesworth and Sandra Burley won an impressive 30 games for Wigginton in division nine and move into top spot against Dunnington. Appleton Roebuck seized the chance and took over third place with a win against Poppleton.

 

Rufforth were pushed all the way as they went to a Wilberfoss team led by unbeaten Sam and Karen Pratt, but Charlie Dixon and Liz Powell responded with 2 9-3 wins to  help take the win and top place in division ten. Two of the new teams clashed in their opener and advantage to home side Stamford Bridge led by Brett Carter and Kim Lees winning 30 games against David Lloyd.

 

Tuesday 9 May 2017

The I T Sports mixed tennis league opening fixtures featured last year's division one champions Poppleton, opening with a big win against Wigginton with siblings Nick and Rebecca Turnbull dropping just one game. Runners-up Dunnington got the better of York firsts with both sides having some new faces in their sides. Paul Blackett and Wendy Stirke were unbeaten sharing a 6 all with Dunnington's Greg Ashcroft and Karen Mitchell. Newly promoted Heworth pushed Fulford all the way with their first couple of Ollie Hicks and Louise Haritakis winning 28 games, but lost out as Fulford sealed the win with a high scoring final round.

 

Newly promoted Sherburn opened their campaign in division two with a 2 game win against relegated Rufforth led by Tristan Gretton and Rachel Huggins, but were unable to beat James Edmond and Sue Yoward.

 

Nils Morosz and Kate Dance ensured the points for Rowntree Park after relegation last season in their opening win in division three with another winner by just 2 games at Cliffe. The 2 promoted teams clashed in the opener with visitors York yet again getting the better of David Lloyd led by unbeaten Reg Favell and Jill Le Pla who just outscored teammates James Hirst and Siobhan Gilfillan. Another pair on the night to be unbeaten were Wilberfoss's Alex Gurnell and Chris Oldfield as they entertained a useful looking Sutton upon Derwent side.

 

Copmanthorpe bounced back to winning ways with top scorers Johnny Kay and Laura Simpson leading the way with 32 games against Wetherby Castlegarth in division four. Newly promoted Riccall had new pairing George Lintott and Louise Marshman heading the scoring with 31 games just ahead of Andrew Dunning and Michelle Hall against visitors Rowntree Park.

 

Stillington and Alne looked to be heading for a close match until Stillington had to concede the last rubber due to injury in division five. Fulford and Cawood did share the points after Fulford's top scorers Alex Herriott and Pam Campbell won their last rubber 10-2 but were unable to defeat Cawood's Chris Abbott and Lesley Savage.

 

David Morritt and Liz Taylor won all 3 rubbers for 29 games as their side David Lloyd beat visitors Sutton upon Derwent who were relegated last year. The other relegated side Appleton Roebuck entertained Poppleton and took the points with Geoff Bullock and Amber Hickman also winning 29 games just ahead of Steve Temple and Sara Heron who included a 12-0.

 

Neighbours New Earswick and Heworth kicked off division seven with a very close encounter except for the unbeaten pair of David Latimer and Emily Broadbent who won their final rubber 11-1 to take the win. Again just one rubber decided the outcome of Sutton upon Derwent's match against Copmanthorpe as Mark Dadvar and Claire Fuller won 10-2 in an otherwise tight game.

 

After just missing out on promotion on games difference, Bishopthorpe opened with a win against Appleton Roebuck although they were unable to beat Roebuck's Steve Temple and Suzanne Webb. The 2 promoted teams clashed in their opener with Rufforth's Tom Frame and Kate Lewis top scoring against Wilberfoss.

 

Unbeaten Tony and Fiona White could not stop their team David Lloyd going down after being unbeaten last year against a very useful looking Fulford side in division nine. Top scores Ben Taylor and Su Watson sealed the win with a 10-2 finish with good support from experienced Graham Cook and Pam Mason. Patrick Tasker and Anne Davies won a very valuable 24 games for Dunnington as they grabbed the win from visitors Appleton Roebuck by just 4 games.