Promising round sees Park earn big points

In a season where Park’s Men’s Doubles teams have enjoyed limited success, the latest round of the Calderdale Tennis League fixtures saw both teams gaining points.

The men’s A team drew against Soyland, thanks to wins by both pairs over Soyland’s second strings.

Father and son pairing of Chris and Oliver Williams narrowly failed to claim the win for Park, losing in a third set to Soyland’s first pair.

Meanwhile, Park B were able to strengthen their team with the return of Joe Thornton and James Goetz from their travels.

Once again the Bute Avenue-based side narrowly missed out on victory as Bruce Cockburn and Thomas Currie lost a third set tie break by the narrowest of margins, while Thornton and Goetz were undefeated.

Park’s ladies kept up their challenge at the top of their respective divisions after two more victories. The A team were 6 sets to 2 winners over Queens B, while the B won by 5-3 over Wellholme B.

In the mixed doubles fixtures, Park A had a predictable win over Park B, while Park C drew with Todmorden C in a bottom of the table clash in Division Two.

Steve Smith and Kerry Burston led the way, winning two sets and drawing one, while James Johnson and Sue Smith added another set.

Richard Farrar and Jane Colclough won one set at the start of proceedings and then recovered from 5-2 down to draw the final set of the evening and seal a draw.

n Two local tennis clubs are giving you the opportunity to try tennis for free this coming weekend as part of the ‘Great British Tennis Weekend’.

Park Tennis Club opens its courts to the public between 1pm-4pm on Saturday, July, 2, while Rastrick Tennis Club is holding an Open Day and barbecue on Sunday, July 3 from 1pm-5pm.

At both venues there will be on-court activities with coaches on hand to help where necessary and equipment available to use. Park Tennis Club is on Bute Avenue, Hove Edge (HD6 2JA) and Rastrick Tennis Club is on Carr Green Lane, Rastrick (HD6 3LT).

As Wimbledon reaches its halfway stage interest in tennis is usually at its height and the LTA aims to make the most of this with the national ‘Great British Tennis Weekend’ campaign.

The initiative aims to get more people to play tennis and encourages clubs to open their doors for free. The offer is open to everyone of any age, ability or background, so come and give it a go!