Jean Hunter reports on Pocklington Tennis Club’s Driffield League Teams’ performances during the week ending 6 June 2016.
Pocklington Tennis Club’s Mixed teams continue in their winning ways this week. Mixed C welcomed a reduced team of only two couples from Rudston, so started out with a distinct 3 set advantage. However the Rudston pairs who came provided stiff opposition, and some close sets were played: Fiona Lambert/Ross Gleig and Val French/Stuart Barnett both secured a set apiece, and Josephine Nuttman/John Wood were close in losing one set 6-8, and the other on a tie-break. But the 2 sets won were enough for a Pocklington overall win 5-4.
Mixed D travelled to Driffield LTC with a changed team for a competitive night’s tennis. Rachel Bloom/Zak Los and Lesley Smithson/James Eaglesfield both won 2 sets apiece, with Rachel and Zak pipped at the post in one tie-break; Jean Hunter/Matt Jones had 2 sets in the bag, and then battled on into the gloom, coming back from a 2-5 deficit against the LTC top couple to take the final set 8-6: in the end a convincing Pock win 7-2.
Pock Men playing in Division 5 travelled to face Beverley Town B, for a tantalisingly close match. The Beverley first couple took all before them, but the Pock men did well against the other two pairs…just not quite well enough, with Matt Jones/Sam Britton taking their other two sets; James Eaglesfield/Robert Sampson managing one, as did Mark Smith and partner Jack, but a whisker away from taking another in a tie-break… However, ultimately a 4-5 loss for Pock.
Over to Pocklington Ladies and our B side had the dubious pleasure of playing on 2 of Malton’s shale courts, and one grass court, on a damp and cold evening (remember those?!). Rachel Bloom/Di Flint got the measure of the shale and its unpredictable bounce, taking 2 sets. Andrea Bland/Louise Wilkinson took one, as did Loobie Kettlewell/Jean Hunter, who played on grass, which suited the Malton ladies’s expertise on the green stuff. So a 5-4 win for Malton, sadly. But it was a great supper afterwards!
By contrast, Ladies C welcomed Bridlington A to the newly refurbished Pock courts, the sand making the seaside ladies feel at home. But not too comfortable, as Pock waltzed out convincing winners across the board, with Mel Watson/Louise Durkin, Helen Fairey/Rosanne Dane, and Josephine Nuttman/Helen Stephenson all taking all 3 sets: a comprehensive 9-0 win for Pock.