MARSDEN Tennis Club have just cause to celebrate as this season’s Huddersfield Tennis League draws to a climax.
They have had a cracking season with the ladies first team winning Division II, while their second string look on course for promotion to Division IV with one match remaining.
The men’s section have been equally dominant with the A team lying second in Division III with one match to play, while the B team are champions of Division VI.
Marsden’s ladies A team have won all but two matches this season and their promotion to the top flight was guaranteed after Grove B conceded the last match to them due to injury.
Team member Cath Connor said: “We’ve had a great season and credit also goes to Lynn Sykes, who is currently sunning herself abroad, and Janet Thorpe who smacked the ball so ferociously that she’s sprained her wrist. We’re already really looking forward to entertaining the regular first division teams with our wacky array of unorthodox shots!”
Meanwhile, in Division V, the ladies B team had a strong start to the season with three convincing wins (10-4 against Thongsbridge F, 10-3 against Batley C and 10-1 against Shepley C). They were then resoundingly thrashed by Linthwaite in the Colne Valley derby clash, then closely beaten by Oakfield and Gregory Fields.
But Marsden B returned to form in the second half of the season with four wins leaving them second.
Now, all rests on the final result against Denby Dale, when a win will secure promotion.
Elsewhere, despite Longley having already won the men’s Division IV title, they beat sixth-placed Tingley in convincing fashion, 11-1.
In damp conditions Longley captain Colin MacKenzie and partner Chris Newsome did the business winning all four sets.
Second pair Martin Hoyle and Simon Haigh also won four while third pair Tony Ferrari and John Maule won three sets but dropped a set with the match scoreline at 11-0.
Peter, the landlord of the Flyboat at Aspley, provided the after-match celebration supper with appropriate background music: “We are the Champions,” by Queen.