TENNIS: All ages affair at Horncastle club

Connie Bark Memorial Trophy held at Horncastle Tennis Club EMN-140713-221729001
Connie Bark Memorial Trophy held at Horncastle Tennis Club EMN-140713-221729001

Horncastle Tennis Club has been a hub of activity again this week with players from seven year olds to over 70 competing.

On Wednesday evening the Mixed team had a good win against Spalding. Playing for Horncastle in this match were captain Steve Holmes and Julie Smith, Simon Barber and Julie Hillsmith and Neil Lee and Jane Reeds.

On Friday evening the very popular Connie Bark Memorial Trophy event was held in memory of Connie Bark, who was a stalwart member of the club for many years.

Six members of Connie’s family played in the event this year including her widower Dave and Granddaughter Jessica Jackson.

The format for this is American Doubles, so partners keep changing each round. 28 players took part and many more enjoyed the barbecue and Pimms whilst supporting.

The winners this year were Matthew Dalton and for the third year running - Jessica Jackson. More than £260 was raised for club funds.

On Saturday the courts were full all day with people waiting to play. An U8 team of Hannah Downs, Sam Baxter, Alex Frick, Jessica Frick, Jensen Tyrrell and Daisy Mills won their match against Tealby 18 games to 12. Hannah and Sam won 4 out of 5 of their matches. Jensen, Alex and Jessica won 3 and Daisy won 1. So 18-12 to Horncastle.

Playing for the U12s on Saturday were Jake Taylor, Lewis Downs and Alex Armstrong. Jake and Alex won 2 matches out of 4 and both played some great tennis to narrowly lose out to a more experienced player from Tealby. Lewis didn’t manage any wins this week but fought hard. 8-4 to Tealby

On Sunday the as yet unbeaten ladies second team played at home against Boston 5. It proved to be a very close match with the result eventually decided by a tie break set in the last rubber on court.

The team this week were Sally Speed and Karen Stott, Julie Hillsmith and Jane Reeds and Cynthia Goodacre and Edwina Jackson.

After 2 rounds it was 3 all with all of our pairs having won 1 rubber each. Julie and Jane faced the first pair from Boston and lost but Cynthia and Edwina came back from a set down to win the second set and the tie break.

It was a tense time for the supporters as Sally and Karen battled it out. They took the first set 6-0 and were 5-3 up in the second but Boston fought back and pushed the set to 6 all. The deciding tie break then went to 4 all before Sally and Karen pulled away and eventually won 7-5.

With just one match left to play at the end of the season Horncastle are sitting in a comfortable position at the top of the table.

The next social event will be the Rally for Bally Mini Tennis Tournament on the small courts for adults and children on Sunday July 28.

This will be a fundraising event in memory of Elena Baltacha, former British Number 1 female player who lost her fight against liver cancer earlier this year at just 30 years old.