Coniston tennis aces serving up success

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Smash hits: The Coniston tennis squad for the 2017 season. Back row: Dave Jackson , Stevie Bushell Front: Peter Helm, Joseph Wilkinson, Jona Ilett, Jeff Atkinson Picture by Nick Matthews
Smash hits: The Coniston tennis squad for the 2017 season. Back row: Dave Jackson , Stevie Bushell Front: Peter Helm, Joseph Wilkinson, Jona Ilett, Jeff Atkinson Picture by Nick Matthews
2 June 2017 2:42PM

CONISTON men’s tennis team have adjusted well to life in the Kendal And District League.

In what is only their third season in the league, Coniston are well placed in third spot nearing the halfway stage of the season.

They are unbeaten at home and have won half of their matches, including some extremely testing encounters against Heversham, Windermere, Kirkby Stephen and Wanderers. Particularly impressive was the 8-2 drubbing of last season’s runner-up, Slyne with Hest.

The decision to enter the villagers into the Kendal League was taken in 2014, following back-to-back titles in the Barrow And District League.

Coniston’s success in the new competition was immediate, with the securing of the Division Three title in 2015 followed closely last year by capturing the Division Two crown – a feat never before achieved in the Kendal League.

Ever-present during the team’s rise through the divisions have been Dave Jackson, Jon Ilett, Jeff Atkinson and Stevie Bushell, with young county star Joseph Wilkinson joining the squad for last season’s Division Two triumph.

Freshly recruited from rivals Wanderers for this season’s campaign has come Peter Helm, and he has teamed up with Wilkinson to provide a genuine cutting edge for life in the top flight. Valuable contributions have also been made by Ilett and Bushell and Jackson and Atkinson.

It has been a long road to success for the Coniston club, but these are heady times indeed, with the mixed team currently top of the Kendal League and the club seemingly going from strength to strength. The are pursuing success on no less than four fronts, including the Barrow League and the Duddon League.

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