Pocklington Tennis Club teams battle on in the Driffield & District Tennis League as reported by Jean Hunter.
As Wimbledon gets underway, the Pocklington Tennis Club teams are well into this season’s matches, with all teams jockeying for position in their various Divisions in the Driffield League.
This week the matches were like club night on steroids, as with a number of teams in the same Divisions, Pocklington players faced each other. Mixed A played Mixed B, with the A team winning 7-2, including an extraordinary performance from Rebecca Hill/Trevor Loten, who swept all before them, winning each all three sets without conceding a game. The same evening Mixed D played Mixed E, a much closer affair, with D winning 5-4, including one tie-break. All four teams then enjoyed enjoyed a very sociable and tasty barbecue provided by Dan & Harriet at The Plough at Allerthorpe. The C Team had no game.
Pocklington Ladies also played at home in numbers. Following their first win of the season last week against Scalby, the Ladies B faced Ladies A – a much tougher challenge! Despite determined play, and good tennis, Ladies B were comprehensively outplayed by the A team, (even with some wardrobe malfunctions)…but all retired to the clubhouse for an excellent supper, highlights of which were the cream eclairs and sloe gin!
But there’s been no time to rest on any laurels, as re-scheduled matches are coming thick and fast. A trip to Driffield Rec on Friday saw the B team come up against Driff’s grass court experts. Despite Andrea Bland/Louise Wilkinson battling to secure 2 sets; Frankie Marsh in devastating form with partner Angela Bush could only manage one set, and Rachel Bloom/Jean not even one, so a 3-6 loss.
The Ladies D under the guidance of Shelley Morgan and Kate Browne are on a roll playing well and in the hunt for promotion from Division 4. This week they cast aside Middleton with a 9 – 0 victory and a great performance from youngsters Bryony Underwood and Alice Mowforth dropping only four games. Well done Ladies.
In the Mens the B lost at home to Middleton and the C Team lost away to an unbeaten Market Weighton side destined for promotion.
In the York Fulford League, Pocklington fields two Ladies teams. The A team are doing well in a this very competitive League Division One – having beaten York 2 last week, and securing a good win against Bishopthorpe this week, they are mid-table, having won 5 and lost 4 matches so far. The Ladies B team is still looking for their first win in their Division Two, despite some frustratingly close results…but are fighting hard each Saturday, this week travelling to Castlegarth (Wetherby) where they lost 74-34.
For those inspired by Wimbledon and wanting to get back into tennis, you can of course still join and join in – either in matches, or just as a social player – social tennis continues at the West Green Pock Tennis Club courts on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, with club nights where you can just turn up and play