National Club Champs 2002
Pontefract claim Club Treble ...
Pontefract bt Lambs 5-0
Lee Beachill bt John White 9/5 9/1 8/10 2/9 9/2
Derek Ryan bt Craig Wapnick WO
James Willstrop bt Steve Richardson 4/9 5/9 9/0 9/4 9/3
Alan Norrish bt Adam Taleb 8/10 9/0 9/3 9/1
Christian Donelan bt Dave Speed 5/9 9/3 8/10 9/5 9/4
Pontefract bt New Eltham 4-1
Becky Botwright bt Keeley Johnson 9/2 9/5 9/5
Lauren Siddall bt Mandy Preuss 7/9 3/9 9/4 9/4 9/5
Kirsty McPhee bt Candy Wilton 9/7 9/4 9/0
Nicola Dudley bt Karen hume 10/9 9/5 10/8
Gill Topliss lost Lucy Murphy 10/8 9/5 9/6
Men's Semi Finals
Men's Over 35 Final
Womens Over 35 Final
Mens Over 45 Final
Non County Mixed Final
The Women's team were first off the
mark today, with wins by Becky Botwright
(1), Kirsty McPhee (3) and Nicola Dudley (5) all
three in straight but hard fought games. Final opponents New Eltham,
champions for the last two seasons, scored
initially with a win at fifth string when the fine strokes of Lucy
Murphy eventually held sway against Pontefract's
veteran Gill Topliss. At third string Kirsty
McPhee's drops won through in the end against
Candy Wilton and in a closely fought fourth
string the speedy Nicola Dudley delivered the
killer blow with an ambitious volley drop that nicked after her opponent
had saved matchball in the third and come back
to 8- all.
At fourth string Lambs' Adam Taleb, after coming back to win the first, conceded the second when 5-0 down and collapsed thereafter to give Pontefract the three rubbers required for the national title.
Meanwhile Jonny White was staging an unlikely comeback against Lee Beachill. White's comeback, after what, it must be said was an indifferent performance, followed the funniest moment of the weekend. Down 9-5, 9-1 White refused to change sides to receive service when ordered to by referee Massarrella who moved into official mode.
"Play on please," ordered Massarrella. "He XXXXX in that corner," said White and opened the door obstenciously for some fresh air while Beachill looked a little sheepish.
"He's made the court unplayable," exclaimed White to a chuckling Massarrella, hinting that perhaps the match should be his, and invited the referee down to inspect it - an offer declined.
This pantomine did little for Beachill's concentration and White surged back from 4-7 to 8-7 in a hand when his opponent should have had the match tied up. White now rampant on the volley won the game 10-8, and crisply ran through the fourth 9-2 before Beachill's greater composure and discipline took the fifth 9-2.
The remaining rubber was sensibly conceded by Pontefract who therefore won 4-1, the same score as their women and recorded a famous double the first since hosts Nottingham in 1998.