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    Now is the time to reflect on one of our most successful seasons for many years.

    Results shown in the Fixtures 2017 section show our progress in the Harrogate & District Mixed League, which we re-joined in 2015.

    We won 9 matches and lost 3, two of those to the eventual league champions Starbeck C. This enabled us to finish as runners-up, ensuring promotion to Division 5. This was achieved with more or less the same team members as the previous 2 years, which surely marks the progress we have made, both individually and as a team.

    As for our men’s team, the Vale of Mowbray league was wrapped up in July with the loss of only one match, a terrific achievement for such a relatively small club as ours.

    Play will commence in the Thirsk Winter League on September 24th.

    Mashamshire Tennis Club – Handicap Singles Competition 2017

    Since 2014 Terry Marshall has kindly run a handicap singles competition on behalf of the club. The event is a knock-out competition where competitors play the best of 3 sets, but where each set is the first to 25 points. To try and even things out competitors are given a handicap dependent upon their relative level of play, as assessed by a small group of seeding committee members. This year 13 members entered the event and thus the draw was made and the competition commenced in June.

    Thankfully the seeding committee got the handicaps pretty well sorted and all the way through the competition this resulted in some fine well contested matches. At the top of the draw the semi-final between Neil Hutchinson and Simon Kitching was a particularly impressive contest with Neil constantly advancing to the net in an attempt to dominate the points. Despite this, and at the end of 2 evenly contested sets Simon narrowly prevailed and thus progressed to the final.

    In the bottom half of the draw Tom Johnson had a hard fought contest against Lara Theakston in the first round and then progressed to the final as a result of the unfortunate withdrawal of his opponents in the following 2 rounds. Thus the final would be a repeat of their 2014 semi-final clash between Simon and Tom. The match was a fitting end to the competition with both players contributing to some long and strategically thought out rallies. Both sets were closely contested, particularly the second where Simon put in a strong finish to even out the scores at 20 all. However, after a long and closely fought match Tom narrowly ran out winner 25-17, 25-22 and thus took the trophy for 2017. The 2 finalists can be seen below with Tom holding the trophy.

    This competition is one of several competitive events that the club is involved with, either internally or externally. If you would like to be part of the club and take part in this and other events please contact one of the committee members.