Drama on and off the court for Pocklington Tennis Club

It was another eventful week for Pocklington Tennis Club teams, both on and off court.

In the Driffield League, Ladies A played at Cherry Burton on a lovely sunny evening, perfect for tennis. It was another tight match with some really good tennis, resulting in another really good win for Pock 5-4.

Mel Duncan/ Emma Owen only got one set this week but the other two pairs, Lisa Eade/Helen Whilesmith and Rachel Bloom/Fiona Lambert played brilliantly and got two sets each.

Ladies C, the previous week, had gained a resounding 9-0 win away at Scalby against their B team. Louise Durkin/Helen Fairey, Jenny Wood/Mel Watson and Josephine Nuttman/Helen Marsden all comprehensively beat the opposition, albeit including two tie-breaks.

It’s an extremely strong C team, and deserving of their great start to their newly-promoted season in Division Two.

Mixed B played at home on Tuesday and, after a short downpour, the match was on against Hutton Cranswick A.

A new partner for Dave Gamble, Loobie Kettlewell, kindly stood in for injured Jean and what a partnership, easily annihilating their opponents 8-1,8-5 and 8-3.

Ross Gleig and Fiona Lambert, also not to be outdone, won 8-4,8-4 and 8-0 even if a certain male member of the opposition did have a magic serve, which totally dumbfounded Fiona.

Jim Holding and Rachel Bloom managed 8-2, 8-5 and lost one 4-8.

It was a lovely night’s tennis with much banter on and off the court.

Pocklington Mixed C travelled to Long Riston with their usual anticipation of slow tennis on slow tarmac courts, coupled with the usual hoard of youths intent on kicking a football against the tennis netting during play.

This was nothing in comparison with what actually occurred. The team were witness to violence and thuggery from the usual youths, who took exception to a local intoxicated cyclist’s tirade of obscenities at them and gave him a truly horrific beating on the courtside. And Chris French thought he had retired!

But what about the tennis? At 5-1 up in their first set, Victoria Bland/Chris French’s game lost its momentum, losing the first on a tie-break and only gathering themselves to take their third set easily, which was to prove invaluable.

Jim Bloom/Di Flint teamed up again for the team to win their first two sets 8-5 and lose in the gloom on a tie-break in their third set.

By that time, the match was won, as Adam Smith gave another maturing performance with the already mature Val French by winning two sets 8-6 and 8-4.

A good and very important win for the team under the circumstances.

Pocklington Men’s B entertained a sociable Rudston team at home on Thursday, with an evening of hard-hitting tennis.

Pocklington proved too strong for their visitors with a 5-4 victory coming from John Kaye who teamed up with Jim Bloom to take all three sets 8-5, 8-5, 8-3.

They were ably backed up by Ross Gleig and Jim Holding who finally left his work behind him to win the two important sets 8-4, 8-5.

In the York League in Division Two, Pocklington men’s A team started the 2015 season with a new look team after four of last year’s team had left.

It was down to Ross Gleig and Jim Holding to steady the ship by winning one set and drawing another of their three sets, but it was not enough as Pocklington lost to a decent Knaresborough team.

Young lads Adam Smith and James Larage faced the big time for the first time and managed to notch a few games. They will, without doubt, get better each week.