TENNIS: Smashing holiday season at Horncastle club

Horncastle Tennis Coach Mark Sutton entertaining the children at a holiday workshop EMN-151204-202915001
Horncastle Tennis Coach Mark Sutton entertaining the children at a holiday workshop EMN-151204-202915001

Horncastle Tennis Club has been very busy over the last week with matches for all ages and holiday activities too.

The Easter holiday Workshops have had almost 50 children taking part and new coach Mark Sutton was in his element, bringing a wealth of experience from his many years of running holiday programmes in The Algarve.

The u8 tournament winner was Jessica Frick and Grace Sheldon won the u9 tournament.

The older junior tournament saw eight competent boys battling it out with Ross Armstrong, Ben Tyrrell, Louis Croves, Adam Dame, Ted Harper-Smith, Freddie Merritt, Joe Shelden and George Nelstrop taking part.

Ross had a narrow 6-4 loss against the older and powerful Ted Harper-Smith. Ben Tyrrell lost to Joe Sheldon in the semi-finals and Ted lost to Freddie in the other semi.

The final between Joe and Freddie produced some great points and long exciting rallies. Joe eventually came out on top with a 7-6 (7-3 tie break) win.

The weather wasn’t as kind on Sunday and both Men’s and Ladies teams had to battle the wind as well as the opposition.

The ladies summer Vets team travelled to Grantham while Grantham Men’s Aegon team travelled to Horncastle. The ladies representing Horncastle this week were Jayne Dyas and Fiona Purkiss and Yvonne Thomas and Pearl Pilling. The ladies had to adjust to the very different artificial grass surface as well as the windy conditions and unfortunately lost the match.

The Men’s Aegon team proved to be a nail biting affair going right down to a final doubles tie break shoot out. Team members this week were Ben Wilkinson, Karl Sutton, Mark Sutton and Daniel Dalton.

Ben played a great singles match against a higher rated player from Grantham but lost. Karl and Mark both won their singles and Dan lost his so it was two all after the singles.

The captains then have to decide how to play the doubles pairings. Captain Karl decided to play him and Ben and Mark and Dan. Mark and Dan won their doubles but Karl and Ben lost on a third set tie break.

At three a-piece ‘shoot out’ rules came into play. Karl and Mark were nominated to play the singles tie break shoot outs. Karl won and Mark lost so the match would now be decided by the final doubles shoot out which Ben and Dan had to play.

At this point the supporters decided they better brave the wind and support their teams from courtside rather than the warmth of the clubhouse. Ben and Dan kept their cool and worked well together. In the end they coped with the increasingly high winds slightly better than their opponents and came through to win 10-8.