Pocklington Tennis Club Reports for week ending 5 May

As the week warmed up, so did the tennis, with some close fought tennis matches at all levels in the Driffield and Fulford Leagues.

Both Pocklington ladies teams playing in the Fulford League have had a flying start to the season, scoring wins in all matches to date. The Ladies A team, in Division 2, beat Fulford 2 at home 64-44 in the first week, and then Castlegarth away 76-32 this week. Young Rebecca Hill, partnered with Emma Owen, were top scorers both weeks, but their team-mates Ruth Hill/Mel Duncan, and Lisa Eade/Fiona Lambert (first match) and Liz Jones/Helen Whilesmith (second match) not far behind.

The Ladies B team, newly promoted to Division 3, are certainly holding their own, with a good win first week against Poppleton, and then beating Appleton Roebuck 66/42 this week. An excellent team performance, with all Pock couples getting 20+ games.

Pock Men’s B team in the York Tykes League have started less well, and played their opening match away at New Earswick one pair short. Given that the outcome in this League depends on the numbers of games won out of a regulation 12 per couple, a defeat was almost inevitable, bravely contested by Nick Boyd/Joe Thompson who scored 9 games and Dave Maultby/Stuart Barnett who won 10.

In the Driffield League, Driffield LTC ladies came en masse to Pocklington, with the A team playing Pock Ladies B, and the D playing Pock D. Pock Ladies B team, newly promoted to Division 1, played well against challenging opposition. Angela Bush/Jean Hunter notched up a hard fought tie-break win, as well as a surprising (especially to the opposition!) 8-0 win over a strong Driffield middle pair. Loobie Kettlewell/Di Flint and Andrea Bland/Louise Wilkinson won a set apiece – just not enough to take the match.

Ladies C team travelled to Harpham to play on their grass courts. A new pairing of Helen Stephenson and Lizzie Sedgwick battled hard and played well together. Louise Durkin and Josephine Nuttman played some excellent tennis with long rallies. Helen Fairey and Kirsty Procter had their fair share of ‘dying balls’ on the grass but enjoyed the quality of tennis. A 6-3 loss but an enjoyable evening .

The Ladies D team pairs were all successful against Driffield D’s third pair, however despite one lost tie-break for Sheila Williams/Jill Jackson, Pock could not make an impact on the first 2 pairs, resulting in a 3-6 loss.

Mixed B played away at Cherry Burton, also promoted to Division One last season, but that was all the two teams had in common on the night. Whilst it’s always a challenge to play on Cherry Burton’s windy, hard courts, last week there was no wind, but the courts, and the tennis were still hard. Dave Gamble/Jean Hunter took their first set, and it looked like a competitive night’s tennis ahead…but that was the last set for Pock. Despite game efforts by Ross Gleig/Fiona Lambert and Mick Douglas/Lisa Eade, Cherry Burton were just too good. In particular a newcomer to the team who showed how it was done. So a 1-8 loss for Pock.

Pocklington Mixed C team travelled to Beverley & East Riding  Tennis Club in the Mixed 2nd Division and came away having had a competitive night of tennis, but were well beaten by a Beverley team with three very good couples. The team lost 9 – 0 on the night. After two weeks of losses the team are keen to record a win and some points on the board.

Mixed E welcomed visiting team Flamborough, and 2 new Steves to the Pock E team. Steve Barker partnered Helen Stephenson, and clocked up 2 good wins, as did Nick Arnold and Louise Durkin. Steve Haigh partnered Jill Jackson, and despite a hard fought tie-break, couldn’t quite get a set…result a 5-4 win for Flamborough. The games scoreline of 57-54 shows how close it all was.

Mens B lost 0-9 to a very strong Brandesburton A team. Although by no means overwhelming - each Pock pairing notched up a fair number of games - the only close call was a tie-break for Ross Gleig/Jim Holding…which didn’t go their way in the end.

The men’s C team , playing at home, beat Bridlington c 7-2; the standout performance coming from Nigel Bartram with his best result in mens tennis winning 3 sets with captain Robert Sampson. Steve Barker in his men’s tennis debut partnered Gavin Smith to win two sets as well as losing one in a tie break. Mark Smith and new playing partner son Adam also won 2 sets, improving through the evening to finish their last set with an 8-0 victory; a good start after last week’s rain cancellation.