Great tennis and cakes on show

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The Guest & Phillips Horsley Trophy was recently held at Pocklington Tennis Club on a sunny Sunday afternoon, watched by a good crowd who were kept busy not only by the exhilarating tennis, but also by a wonderful array of tea and cakes prepared to Mary Berry’s exacting standards by the ladies of the tennis club.

However, the crowd were witness to some great tennis. The final was eventually won by the ever-improving Josephine Nuttman and the experienced Rachel Bloom, beating Melinda Watson and Di Flint 6-3.

In the Driffield League, Pocklington Mixed C team, promoted last year to division two, got off to a flying start in the first week of their campaign, against Market Weighton B Team at home.

The Pock team were led home by a the extremely experienced couple of Trevor Loten and Val French, who won all three sets. Darren Smith teamed up with Di Flint to win two sets and Chris French partnered Melinda Watson, who made her mixed debut, showing her potential and Aussie mettle with a great final set tie-break to win one set, giving a 6-3 victory.

Last week, Mixed C then travelled to Bridlington with a much-changed team on a rain-threatened evening.

Chris French partnered Victoria Bland who has been on an intensive training course with rugby coach Tom Peters, which really showed with the pair winning all three sets.

The old adage of youth and experience came to the fore with Adam Smith making his debut with Val French. He showed what potential he had with some great shots and retrieves as they won one set and lost one 6–8.

Billy Bartram and Josephine Nuttman could not quite click into gear as the team went down narrowly with a 5-4 defeat.

Mixed B welcomed Long Riston to the West Green courts, and were battling the weather as much as the opposition. After a rain break, and a tie break played out in the dark, Pocklington prevailed, winning 6-3.

Ladies A had a good 6-3 win against Driffield LTC in pretty dank and drizzly weather conditions. It was a good team effort, everyone played their part and Mel Duncan and captain Emma Owen were on top form, taking all three sets with ease. Lisa Eade/Helen Whilesmith got two sets, and Fiona Lambert/Rachel Bloom got one. A great team effort.

Ladies B travelled to some of the most rural courts in the league, playing against Harpham in decidedly tricky conditions. It was worth the trip and the effort, though, as it gave the B team another good win.

In the York Fulford League this week, Pocklington Ladies B team notched up their first win in their newly-promoted position in division two. Having had the first match of the season cancelled due to bad weather, and then losing last week to Bishopthorpe, the ladies battled to a well-deserved victory in a hard fought match against Dunnington.

Some great tennis was played, despite very squally conditions, with Loobie Kettlewell/Josephine Nuttman, Andrea Bland/Louise Wilkinson, and Angela Bush/Rosanne Danea coming out on top, 58-50.

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