Horsley Trophy Shines A Light On The New Season
Pocklington had a good cause for celebration with their opening Horsley Trophy which was a mixed tournament played under the Club’s new floodlights. The tournament saw 28 players contend for the silverware and show their skills on the court in a late push for team places in the forthcoming Driffield & District Tennis League matches.
The Trophy was eventually won again by Richard Hart who teamed up with Helen Marsden to beat James Eaglesfield and Louise Wilkinson in an entertaining final 6-4.
The Club provided the celebratory fizz and a barbecue cooked by its Chairman Chris French. The Tournament was very capably organised by Ross Gleig.
The Club also drew the lucky names for its Wimbledon ticket allocation in a very successful evening with a wonderful atmosphere.
The League Season Begins
The Tennis Club kicked off the York League matches off with the men captained by the massively improving Matt Ralphs taking over captaincy and getting off to a flying start by crushing Bishopthorpe 71-37 taking 11½ points out of 12 on offer.
Richard Hart & Jim Holding led the way with 26 games from Ross Gleig & James Eaglesfield with 25, and Matt Ralphs partnering David Moores to gather up 20 games.
It was a slightly different for Pocklington’s Ladies who were always going to be up against it playing York 1 at home. The Ladies were well beaten 74-34 with only the Hill girls, Rebecca & Ruth remaining unbeaten to take 23 of the team’s games.
Floodlights Make Their Mark
Pocklington move into their Driffield League games this week. In previous seasons they would worry about finishing matches in daylight which was very nearly impossible. This season with their new floodlights they can play without rushing through. This is thanks to fantastic funding from East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the LTA, Yorkshire Tennis and Pocklington Town Council for their project.
The floodlights enable tennis to be played throughout the year and their coaching programme under head coach to continue especially with the junior players. Along with the floodlights the club now have a fully automated entry system to the club. This can be accessed by non-members who can book a court and go along and play.
Read more: 2019 league fixtures