Defending champions are slain to leave Park A in driving seat

Park A remain leaders of Division One of the Calderdale Mixed Doubles League after a comprehensive 7 -2 win over defending champions Queens A.

This was anything but an easy victory though, with many of the sets very close as the damp conditions meant the serve dominated on the lightening quick Queens courts.

Suzanne Celensu and Dominic Simpson were unbeaten, although they had to come from behind to win their first set 7-5.

Felicity Raud and Chris Williams won two sets, as did Margaret Bottomley and Connor McLoughlin.

Park B made it a double by defeating Queens B by 5.5 sets to 3.5.

Regular pairing Janet Green and John Langton won three comfortable sets while Alison Hunter and Jordan Hoyle won two sets and drew one. This was a boost for Park B’s chances of survival in Division One.

Queens claimed the victory between the C teams at home on the slower clay courts at Bute Avenue, with Kerry Burston and James Johnson Park’s best pair.

In the men’s doubles fixture against Oakfield, Park A lost by 3 rubbers to 1, with Mark Scott and Sean Colclough claiming one win against the table toppers.

Meanwhile the ladies A team took on Marsden, one of five teams tied along with Park at the top of Division One as a result of so many matches being tied due to being rained off.

With Felicity Raud unavailable, Joanne Hudson came into the team and partnered Alison Hunter to win one set, while Janet Green and Margaret Bottomley won three sets. A close match played in good spirits, resulting in another occasion where the points were shared.

n Free tennis is being offered at the Bute Avenue club to any high school students on Wednesdays during term time between 3.15-4.15pm. Rackets are provided, so come along and try out playing on clay!

n Rastrick Tennis Club are holding a Family Social Day on Sunday, July 3 from 1-5pm.

As Wimbledon fever starts to hit the shores, Rastrick are inviting old and young players the chance to pick up a racket and learn a new skill and encourage players looking to get back into tennis the ideal opportunity.

During the course of the day, club coaches Andy Smith and Natalie will run some social events including a parent and child sponge ball competition, an adult doubles competition and a junior doubles competition with certificates and prizes for all children. There will be a free barbecue and strawberries and cream for everybody.

Andy says the social day is a great time to come down with your families, everybody is most welcome, play some tennis and meet others.

The club will provide the use of rackets and equipment for the day. For those who decide to take up tennis after the day, membership and coaching offers will be available.

For more information on the Social Day or any tennis enquiries, email tennisrastrick@hotmail.com, telephone Andy on 07876 718968 or visit www.tennisrastrick.com.