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Press report - Week 14

14 August 2019

Sarah Dwyer and Kathryn Place were undefeated for Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League division 1 champions elect, York, as they eased to a 70-38 victory over David Lloyd. Three teams are battling for the runners up slot, two contenders, Wetherby and Wigginton met with Wig edging a 58-50 victory. Fulford are also in the mix, they were once again inspired by Ellie Page and Laura Rhodes’ 30 game contribution in their comfortable win over Dunnington. Starbeck kept their survival hopes alive as they overcame Pocklington 57-51, captain Helen Halsall and Christine Noddings bagging 25 games for the Harrogate club.

York seconds are assured of promotion and likely the division 2 title after defeating Fulford 74-34; Jackie Eccles and Caroline White were the weekend’s top scorers, only dropping a couple of games in the Clifton Parker’s victory. The second promotion place will go to Wistow or Boston Spa, both of who won this weekend, beating David Lloyd and Bishopthorpe respectively, Rachel Huggins and Ali Wortley top scoring for Wistow and Loz Peary and Sheila Stuart for Spa. The two teams have yet to meet in the league, which will prove decisive. Elsewhere, Judith Evans and Kathryn Elliot-Smith won all their rubbers for Rufforth as they defeated Wetherby 77-31.

Cliffe will be promoted from division 3 after a 62-46 win over Knaresborough, Jo Earl and Liz Bramley taking 28 games in their triumph. The teams battling for second place, Poppleton and Boston Spa, met this weekend with Boston winning 61-47, aided by a 24-game contribution from Anne McCreesh and Sandy Clough. Tollerton put in a solid team performance to defeat Wigginton, Pippa Bailey and Mary Foster winning all their rubbers, despite this, they will be relegated along with Bishopthorpe who went down 39-69 at Copmanthorpe.

Division 5 champions, Rufforth, dented Poppleton’s promotion hopes as they defeated them 67-41, Liz Powells and Phillippa Page top scoring for the leaders with 25 games. Emily Broadbent and Ann Walker were in form for New Earswick as they overcame Dunnington to move into second place. Lorraine Bishop and Lorna Pope bagged 28 games for Cawood in their basement battle with Riccall, though both teams still look in serious trouble at the wrong end of the table.

Division 6 leaders, York, were held to a draw at Fulford, who were indebted to Linda Irving and Liz Paxman for their 28-game contribution. All Knaresborough’s couples scored 24 games in their win against Sheriff Hutton, leaving the two clubs equal on points in second place, though Sheriff do have games in hand.

Appleton Roebuck secured two victories against Rufforth and Dunnington to move into second place in division 7; Julia Campbell and Pauline Connolly taking 30 games to be the team’s highest scoring pair in the two matches. Meanwhile, Sharon Fletcher and Imogen Fuller took 25 games for Copmanthorpe to seal victory over David Lloyd and check their promotion challenge.


Press report - Week 12

26 July 2019

Division 2 promotion contenders, Boston Spa – Left to right – Lucy Crowther, Lesley Haley, Alison Ward, Kate Gilman, Sheila Stuart and Loz Peary

Wetherby held on to second spot in division 1 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League after a close match at Dunnington, Sue Jacklin and Sarah Woon took 21 games to edge a 56- 51 win. Eleanor Bradshaw and Isobella Moss were among the weekend’s top scorers taking 31 games for Wigginton, despite this, it wasn’t enough to prevent Wig losing out to David Lloyd by a couple of games. Fulford won every rubber to pile the pressure on struggling Pocklington with a 73-35 win. Starbeck look odds on for the drop after a heavy defeat against leaders York.

Spa remain in the hunt for promotion from division 2, Kate Gilman and Sheila Stuart netting 25 games in their 65-43 win at Fulford. Wistow stay in contention, Sue Hudson and Sarah Huggins scoring 27 games in their 68-40 win at Rufforth. High flyers, York, remain top after a comprehensive victory over David Lloyd. Louise Beasley and Louise Williams bagged 24 games to lead Wetherby to a first win of the campaign against Bishopthorpe, though both teams are struggling at the bottom of the table, Bish subsequently going down 56-52 to Fulford in a rescheduled match.

The top two teams in division 3 met with leaders Cliffe coming out as big winners over Poppleton, Jo Earl and Sarah Boville scoring 29 of Cliffe’s games. Catherine Field and Sandra Burley notched up 29 games as Wigginton hammered Bishopthorpe 75-33. Boston Spa are third after beating Copmanthorpe 62-46, aided by a 24-game haul from Kate Pirie and Anne Milne. Tollerton look in deep trouble at the foot of the table following their 42-66 defeat against Knaresborough.

Helen Walker and Monica Haritakis won all their rubbers as Heworth edged a 57-51 win in their division 4 clash with David Lloyd. Amber Steel and Chris Howat took 24 games for Appleton in their basement battle with Bubwith, leading them to a 63-45 win. Lynne Marriage and Anna Morley’s 22 game haul proved invaluable to Sutton as they scraped a 56- 52 win against Rowntree Park.

Division 5 leaders Rufforth went down to a shock defeat at Riccall who were only able to field two couples; Steff and Cynthia Jackson racked up 32 games to see Riccall home to a 55- 53 win. Elsewhere, Copmanthorpe maintained their promotion challenge by defeating Cawood 65-43.

Despite being at opposite ends of division 6, Poppleton pushed leaders York all the way, finally going down to a 58-50 defeat, Kim Crowhurst and Milly Batterton starring for York. Karen Anderson and Angela Rothery top scored for Stamford Bridge as they overcame Fulford 64-44.

Andrea Webster and Barbara Newlove were undefeated for division 7 leaders Wilberfoss as they beat Copmanthorpe 62-46. Appleton’s Lisa Payne and Jess Dawkes matched David Lloyd’s Monica Smith and Gilly England’s 23 games score as the two teams fought out a draw leaving Appleton in second place.


Press report - Week 11

19 July 2019

Dunnington are fighting to maintain their division 1 status in the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League; Emma Loten and Katy Sykes racked up 33 games as they hammered fellow strugglers Pocklington 84-24. At the other end of the table, the top two teams met with leaders York coming out as comfortable winners over Wetherby. Anna Bradshaw and Emma Foster won all their rubbers as Wigginton comprehensively beat Starbeck to remain in third position. Fulford are looking comfortable in mid table as they edged a 56-52 victory at David Lloyd.

Lesley Haley and Sheila Stuart netted 27 games for in-form Boston Spa in their convincing division 2 victory over David Lloyd. Solid scores from all three Rufforth couples saw them defeat Bishopthorpe 68-40. Leaders York were indebted to Margaret Whitehead and Jackie Eccles, who’s 27 games helped them edge a 58-50 win at Wetherby. Wistow were unable to field a team against Fulford.

The top two teams, Poppleton and Cliffe, met the bottom two in division 3. Jane Pemberton and Liz Bramley took 33 games in Cliffe’s 81-27 win against Bishopthorpe, whilst Rosie Cantrell and Hilary Spencer bagged 30 games in Popp’s 71-37 victory over Tollerton. Knaresborough and Boston Spa couldn’t be separated so are now equal on points. Wigginton edged a 55-53 win against Copmanthorpe, Sandra Burley and Kate Dance’s 23 game contribution proving vital for Wig.

Division 4 leaders, Wilberfoss crushed Sutton 83-25, Ros Latham and Caroline Gaines taking 28 games for Foss. Katy Fowler and Vicky Selby-Jerrold were unbeaten for David Lloyd as they defeated Bubwith 67-41. Despite notching up 30 games, Laura Robson and Sandra Pauw were unable to prevent Rowntree Park losing out 66-42 at Heworth.

Rufforth look odds on for the division 5 title, Clare McMahon and Kate Lewis won all their rubbers to see them defeat Cawood 59-49. Linda Molloy and Alison Wigdahl bagged 30 games for second placed Dunnington as they crushed Riccall 81-27. Emily Broadbent and Ann Walker’s 27 game haul eased New Earswick to a 59-49 win at Copmanthorpe.

Melanie Satterthwaite and Andrea Pitman were undefeated for Sheriff Hutton as they defeated division 6 leaders York. Karen Anderson and Angela Rothery starred for Stamford Bridge as they gained valuable points in their 59-49 win against Knaresborough.

Division 7 leaders, Wilberfoss, fell to second placed Rufforth, who’s top two pairs, Wendy Farnell and Kathryn Elliot-Smith and Alison Tullie and Phoebe McKelvie both scored 27 games.


Pink Weekend

14 July 2019

A selection of photos from Pink Weekend

The League wishes to thank all the teams that participated in 'Pink Weekend’ – primarily to raise awareness and show support to all those affected by breast cancer. From various fund-raising events run in support of this event, the Ladies League have raised an amazing £612 which will be donated to breast cancer charities.

Press Report - Week 10

14 July 2019

The York 1 team, who top division 1 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League

Poppleton remain top of division 3 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League, Liz Burdett and Jennifer Jones were undefeated as they edged a 55-53 win over Knaresborough. Cliffe are hard on their heels, Liz Bramley and Jane Pemberton racked up 25 games in their 65-43 win at Copmanthorpe.

Boston Spa moved up the table after a close fought battle with Wigginton, eventually emerging as 57-51 winners. Despite logging their first victory this season against Bishopthorpe, Tollerton remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Wetherby won all their rubbers as they trounced Pocklington in division 1, Sue Perkins and Yvonne Mannall netting 28 games in their 79-29 triumph. Fulford had a much closer margin of victory, Jill McCreedy teamed up with Georgie Stephenson to take 21 games as they squeezed past Starbeck 56-52.Louise Marshman and Wendy Stirke were in form for leaders York, taking 29 games in their 67-41 win over Wigginton. Dunnington crashed to a heavy defeat against David Lloyd, Sharon Davidson and Sarah Smelik taking 28 games in Lloyd’s 81-27 win.

York seconds remain top of division 2, captain Ilianna Evangeliou and Caroline White were undefeated as the Clifton Park team beat Boston Spa 65-43. Wistow are keeping the pressure on as a solid team performance saw them overcome Bishopthorpe 60-48. Wendy Cook and Pauline Craddock bagged 30 games for Fulford in their 64-44 win against Wetherby. Denise Reilly and Maggie Zhang saw Rufforth home in a close encounter with David Lloyd, resulting in the teams trading mid tables positions.

Caz MacKender and Gerry Screeton were once again the top scorers for division 4 leaders Wilberfoss, netting 31 games in their team’s 62-46 win at Heworth. David Lloyd remain second after positive scores from all their couples saw them to a comfortable win at Appleton. Zoe Walker and Vanessa Kennedy took 31 games for Rowntree Park as they trounced struggling Bubwith.

Rufforth are the runaway leaders in division 5, Vicky Wrigley and Carole Withers scored 25 games as the table toppers dispatched Copmanthorpe 63-45. Riccall prop up the division as they conceded their match at New Earswick.

Knaresborough climbed into second place in division 6 after destroying Fulford 80-28, who although they were hampered by injury, had no answer to Ros Murdoch and Helen Flynn who racked up 31 games for ‘boro. Elsewhere, Poppleton beat basement club Stamford Bridge 58-50.

Liz Walker and Andrea Webster’s 30 game haul inspired division 7 leaders, Wilberfoss, to a 64-44 victory against Dunnington. Chris Hanby and Lisa Payne were undefeated for Appleton as they overcame Copmanthorpe 63-45. Rufforth were unable to field a team against David Lloyd.


Press Report - Week 9

03 July 2019

The York 1 team, who top division 1 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League

There were big wins for Wetherby and David Lloyd in division 1 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League. Sue Perkins and Angela Wood bagged 33 games to inspire Wetherby to an 82-26 win over Starbeck. David Lloyd didn’t drop a rubber as they crushed Pocklington 81-27. Wigginton captain Eleanor Bradshaw teamed up with sister Anna to lead her team to a commendable 58-50 victory over Dunnington, even more remarkable considering Wig only had two couples. Despite falling to leaders York, Fulford put up a good fight, going down 46-62, and so claiming more games than any other team has this season against the title favourites.

York seconds remain top of division 2, all three of their couples scored twenty plus games as they cruised to a 79-29 win over Bishopthorpe. Debbie Crampton and Sarah Huggins netted 25 games for second placed Wistow as they beat Wetherby 70-38. Lorraine Peary and Lesley Haley were undefeated in Boston Spa’s win at Rufforth; meanwhile, Fulford crept up to fourth place, Anna Baker and Su Watson taking 20 games in their 65-43 win at David Lloyd.

Poppleton head up division 3 following a 67-41 win at Bishopthorpe. Cliffe had a resounding win over Boston Spa, aided by a 27 game contribution from Jo Earl and Nicki Jackson. Knaresborough’s good form continued as a solid team performance saw them defeat Wigginton 65-43. Tollerton are finding life tough in division 3, although Pippa Bailey and Mary Foster won 22 games it wasn’t enough to prevent their team losing out at Copmanthorpe.

Wilberfoss have opened up a four-point gap at the top of division 4 after defeating Appleton Roebuck 63-45. Jo Dyer and Eva Pears scored 22 games for David Lloyd as they beat Rowntree Park. Sutton were indebted to Sally Simpson and Olivia Turner who bagged 27 games as their team edged a 56-52 victory over Bubwith.

Pam Campbell and Debbie Godwin were unbeaten for Cawood as they overcame Dunnington in division 5. Copmanthorpe climbed the table after edging a 55-53 victory at Riccall, helped by a 25 game haul from Lynn Kent and Ann Hopwood. New Earswick could only field two couples so went down heavily to Rufforth.

Millie and Georgia Ainley starred for Sheriff Hutton taking 25 games as their team squeezed past Fulford 55-53 in division 6. Helen Hatfield and Kate Harpin were undefeated for Poppleton as they logged a first win of the campaign against Knaresborough. York remain top as Stamford Bridge conceded their match against them.

All players are asked to wear something pink this coming weekend to demonstrate their support and awareness to all those affected by breast cancer.


Press Report - Week 3

15 May 2019

The Cliffe team, who lead division 3 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League after comfortably beating Copmanthorpe

Cliffe top division 3 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League after a comfortable 64-44 win against Copmanthorpe. Georgina MacKenzie and Sue Hanley top scored for Bishopthorpe as they logged their first win of the season against Tollerton. Wigginton moved into second place after edging past Boston Spa 57-51, whilst Poppleton overcame Knaresborough to stay in touch with the leaders.

York 1 captain, Jill Le Pla teamed up with Wendy Stirke to rack up 31 games in her team’s division 1 defeat of second placed Wigginton. Yvonne Mannall and Lucy Wright won all their rubbers for Wetherby in their victory at Pocklington, whilst Fulford had a convincing 75-33 win against fellow div 1 newcomers, Starbeck, aided by a 29-game haul from Ellie Page and Laura Rhodes.

York seconds strong start in division 2 continued, Diletta Puddu and Denise Wilson won all their rubbers in their 75-33 win against Boston Spa. Georgie Stephenson and Sarah Richards bagged 24 games to help Fulford to their first win of the campaign at Wetherby, whilst Wistow turned in a good team performance to defeat Bishopthorpe.

David Lloyd 3 lead division 4 after edging the closest encounter of the weekend, a 56-52 victory over Appleton Roebuck. Sandra Pauw and Laura Robson were in form for Rowntree Park, contributing 26 games in Park’s 63-45 triumph at Bubwith. Wilberfoss hold second place following their 66-42 defeat of Heworth.

Rufforth are the early leaders in division 5, solid scores from all three couples saw them home to victory at Copmanthorpe. Elsewhere, Alex Leach and Heather Page netted 29 games in Riccall’s 67-41 win against New Earswick.

Knaresborough are top of division 6 after their 58-50 win at Fulford, meanwhile Angela Rothery and Karen Anderson inspired Stamford Bridge to victory, taking 31 games in their win at Poppleton.

Mum and daughter Kate and Anna Lewis paired up to steer Rufforth to the top of division 7 after their 63-45 victory over David Lloyd.


AGM Minutes 2019

3 April 2019

The minutes of the 2019 AGM are now available for download here:

   AGM minutes


AGM 2019

27 February 2019

The 2019 AGM will be held at 19:00 on 18 March 2019 in the clubhouse at Fulford Tennis Club.


Welcome to the new website!

27 February 2019

Welcome to the new website for the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League. The website has some new features, including statistics, scorecard viewer and the ability to view fixtures sorted by team and by club. Many of the features won't become active until some matches have been played, so check back during the season for more information.

The 2019 season will start on the weekend of 27 April. If you need to contact the league in the meantime, please visit the contact page.


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