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Added: 12 June 2008


The start of the 2008 Tennis season saw a dramatic David v Goliath contest between Salts and Ilkley, who are one of Yorkshire’s premier tennis clubs. For the first time ever, Salts beat Ilkley on their home ground. This was a double whammy for Ilkley, as both clubs had been nominated for the coveted ‘Club of the Year’ award in 2007, and Salts Tennis got the nod. Salts were nominated by the YLTA because of their successful Affordable For All junior coaching and summer camp programmes.

After a hard fought 2007 season, both men’s doubles teams were promoted to the Yorkshire League First Division. Ilkley won Division 2B. Salts, despite their smaller membership, finished runner-up and won through the play offs. Over the years, large premier tennis club Ilkley, have frequently played in the top division. However, this is the first time Salts Tennis Club have achieved First division status since its inception in 1923.

The match was a hard fought contest played in blustery conditions on Ilkley’s superbly maintained grass tennis courts. It couldn’t have been closer; after eight rubbers the match was tied four all and Salts scraped home on the deciding championship tiebreak.

Adrian Kelly, Salts captain and his partner Tony Dyer were delighted to reverse the disappointment of the previous season when they lost the Ilkley match 15-13 in the final championship tiebreak. Adrian said, “It was an absolutely brilliant result for Salts Tennis as the team hardly ever plays on grass courts. The whole team battled valiantly and maintained their concentration to the end.”

Jim Dyer club Chairman commented, “All the players should be commended for the achievement of last season and this result suggests that Salts can compete at the highest level and hopefully maintain their hard-won First Division standing.”

John Bretherick Secretary and first team player said, “Reaching this high standard of play is fantastic for the club and our members. It raises our profile and should help expand our membership, attracting more experienced players to join us.”

Source: Salts Tennis Club
Added: 12 June 2008
Contact: John Bretherick, Secretary


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