Pocklington tennis reports

Pocklington men’s A tennis team have had a cracking start to this season, with a 100 per cent record so far, with the opening match an 8-1 win against Driffield Rec; then close 5-4 wins against both Scarborough and Cherry Burton.

The mixed teams were either on the receiving end, or dishing out, resounding 9-0 victories/defeats last week.

Pocklington mixed A won 9-0 against Driffield Rec A, with all three couples, Grant Pearce & Emma Owen, Trevor Loten & Helen Whilesmith and Adam Harvey & Carolyn Pearce in fine form - the latter couple winning all three sets on the tie break. 

The mixed C team entertained a strong Long Riston team who ran out easy winners. Once again the mixed D team battled hard and played some competitive tennis, this time against Hutton Cranswick A team, but to no avail.

The windy conditions proved a challenge for all, but the Hutton Cranswick teams used their knowledge of their courts to frustrate the Pocklington couples. 

Sophie Duncan & Nigel Bartram and Di Flint & Barry Johnson missed out in tight tie breaks and Christel Wake and Mike Evans had good matches with all three couples. A disappointing result but the team remain positive that another win is only just around the corner!

More successful were the mixed E team, winning 6-3 at home to Hutton Cranswick B. Mark Smith and Helen Marsden won all three of their sets, Gavin Smith and Roseanne Dane won two, and Kevin Beattie and Hazel Rowe won one.

This was good news, given the previous week’s close match away to Hornsea which they lost 4-5. Onward and upward.

Pocklington ladies A played away against Driffield Rec A. From a close 3-3 scoreline after the second round, they finally came away with a 5-4 win. Ruth Hill & Emma Owen and Helen Whilesmith & ‘trick shots’ Rachel Bloom won two sets apiece with Carolyn Pearce & Lisa Eade winning one. With the captain Mel Duncan sidelined with an injury, this was a great team effort.

Ladies C had another close battle at home to Driffield Rec B. At four sets each (Looby& Fiona winning three, and Andrea & Angela winning one), Di and Deb had to win their final set, having lost one on a close tie break, which fortunately they did, securing a 5-4 win.

Injuries and absences in the A and B teams meant that the ladies C and D teams were much depleted. A big ‘well played’ goes to Alice Hunter, Lizzie Sedgewick, Louise Durkin and Kirsty Proctor, who played up in the C team, and kindly said they enjoyed the evening and the tennis. 

Unfortunately, the team lost to Nafferton 8-1, with Rosanne and Alice taking the one set.

In the York League, Pocklington ladies A won in blustery conditions against Appleton Roebuck 68 games to 40. Youngster Rebecca Hill made her debut for the first team playing some great tennis with partner and mum Ruth.

Rachel Bloom & Fiona Lambert and Andrea Bland & Helen Whilesmith also played some good tennis under the eagle eye of Liz Jones, another captain out of action with an injury, watching from the sidelines.