Mixed fortunes for mixed tennis teams

Torrential rain, gales, floods, yes, the new tennis season is underway again. Not surprisingly, the weather laid waste to most of the matches in the opening week of the Driffield and York Leagues.

However, the mixed teams did manage to play on Tuesday evening, with mixed fortunes.

The mixed B, away at Cherry Burton, fielded a changed side for an evening of good competitive tennis on Cherry Burton’s impressive new courts. Stalwarts Jim Bloom and Fiona Lamb won two sets, as did new signing Andy Stockham and partner Jean Hunter. Sadly, Rachel Bloom and Mick Douglas were less successful and lost their sets, one very closely, to result in an overall 5-4 win to Cherry Burton.

The mixed C met Beverley and East Riding B at home, who had been relegated from division one last year. The Pocklington team came away worthy winners over their opponents 6-3. Beverley’s first couple won all three of their sets, but Darren Smith and Louise Wilkinson reformed their partnership of old to win two sets, as did Billy Bartram and Christel Wake. Chris French and Sally Simpson finished their last set in darkness to also win two.

The mixed D team opened the new tennis season with an away match against the newly-promoted Long Riston B.  Despite heavy rain earlier in the day, the hard courts played well and the three new pairings of Gav Smith and Angela Bush, Patrick Wilkinson and Di Flint and ‘Mr’ Paddy Dare and Tash Bloom achieved a very respectable 7-2 win. 

Tash and Paddy had the unenviable task of playing Long Riston’s first couple first and, with his signature style, the Long Riston man sliced and chopped his way to victory 8-1. They then got into their stride with some great forehands from Tash and sneaky volleys from Paddy to give them the next two sets 8-3 and 8-1. 

Patrick and Di comfortably won their first set 8-1 but they also fell foul of the slicing and chopping, losing 4-8 in the second and then finished the night off with another 8-1 win in the final set. Gav and Angela eased through their first two sets comfortably, winning them 8-2 and 8-3 and then played some great tennis to beat the ‘slice and chop’ man and his partner, 8-3.

Mixed E played Market Weighton D. Top couple were Helen Stephenson and Stuart Barnett who, despite not meeting, let alone playing together before, won all three rubbers to give a healthy score of 17-24. Hot on their heels were Helen Marsden and Mark Smith who won two rubbers and lost the third in a tie-break - their score was 13-23. Just behind were Louise Durkin and Owen Wroot, with another healthy score of 19-23. 

In the Saturday York League, in the morning the ladies B team romped to a convincing first win of the season at home against Bubwith, despite a short rain break. Rachel Bloom and Helen Marsden; Angela Bush and Rosanne Dane, and Louise Wilkinson and Di Flint overwhelmed the Bubwith ladies 73-35.

Helen Whilesmith flew in from Istanbul, during the morning, to play in the first ladies Fulford League match of the season later that day, at Castlegarth, Wetherby. She and her partner, Liz Jones, had three wins, accruing 21 games. Unfortunately the team, having just returned to division one, lost overall 48-60. 

Pock’s tennis coach, Matt Ward, and his team are running a wide range of coaching sessions for players of all ages and standards – open to Pocklington Tennis Club members and non-members alike.

From adult drills and cardio tennis to junior clubs and teen tennis, there really is something for everyone, weather permitting, of course. The sessions run throughout the week, with tennis camps during school holidays. For full details see www.icanplaytennis.net, or contact Matt at matt@icanplaytennis.net, or call 07882 267971. Or, of course, visit Pock Tennis Club’s website at www.pocklingtontennis.com.