Category - Match Reports

3/7/18

3rd Jul. 18

Taking advantage of the superb weather in recent weeks, Herne Bay LTC continue their efforts in the Kent Leagues.

In their final match of the summer the Mixed 4 team played the leaders of Division 7A as they hosted Hythe Mixed 2 and produced a fantastic performance. Bay’s 1st pair Colin Thompson/Tui Thain got things off to a flying start by claiming the first rubber in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Meanwhile Martin Feakins/Debbie Holden battled back from a set down to win the second set 6-4 and go on to take the 3rd on a championship tie-break. In the reverse rubbers Thompson/Thain again won in straight sets but were taken to a tie-break in a close second set. Against the visitors 1st pair Feakins/Holden repeated the scoreline of their team mates earlier to win 6-2, 6-2 and record a 4-0 victory to claim top spot in the table and the title.

Ladies 3 entertained Parklangley 2 in Division 6B. Against a strong visiting 1st pair, Helen Lipyeat/Sheila Wyver narrowly lost the opening set 5-7 before bouncing back to take the second set and the championship tie-break in a highly entertaining encounter. Bay’s 2nd pairing, Diana High/Tui Thain found their game quickly in their opening rubber to record a rapid fire win in two sets with the loss of only 3 games. High/Thain had a far tougher time in the reverse rubbers and having traded sets 6-3, 3-6 the visitors came through to take the 3rd set tie break for their only rubber of the day. Lipyeat/Wyver went on to win the final rubber 7-5, 6-1 for a well earned 3-1 win.

The Men’s 3 team travelled to Shooters Hill 3 in Division 9B with a changed line-up due to injuries and nearly pulled off an incredible win. New pairing Jason Hollingsworth/Bryan Packham struggled early on against the oppositions hard hitting 2nd pair losing 6-0, 6-4. Colin Thompson/Eddie Fisher on the other hand battled to a fine 5-7, 4-6 win in their opener that included some excellent interchanges and dramatic rallies. In the second round Hollingsworth/Packham again struggled, losing 6-2, 6-1. Knowing that to have any chance a big win was necessary in the final rubber, Thompson/Fisher got off to a flyer taking the first set to love but a close second set gave the hosts just enough and after drawing 2-2 in rubbers, 4-4 in sets, the spoils went to Shooters Hill 37 games to 32.

The Ladies Midweek 3 team enjoyed themselves in a relatively one-sided affair away at Kings Hill Ladies Midweek 2 in Division 4. Bay’s 1st pair Denise Parrett/Debbie Holden achieved the perfect ‘double bagel’ to win both their rubbers without losing a game! Sarah Pout/Diana High lost a competitive first set 6-4 before romping away with the next 0-6 and then comfortably winning the championship tie-break. In their second rubber Pout/High lost only 3 games to a now thoroughly dispirited opponent for Herne Bay to win 4-0.

Ladies 2 likewise had an easy 4-0 win at home to Sevenoaks Ladies 4 in Division 3B and are handily placed just behind the leaders with a couple of matches to play. Caroline Packer/Sue Toye dovetailed well to win their first rubber 6-3, 6-3 and their second 6-2, 6-3. The ever reliable pair Debbie Holden/Denise Parrett did even better winning 6-1, 6-1 and then 6-1, 6-2.

In what has been a frustrating campaign so far in Division 2A the Mixed 2 team hosted Knoll (Orpington) Mixed 1 and produced a great performance to beat the League leaders 3-1. The opening rubbers saw the tie evenly matched at 1-1. Bay’s 1st pair Anne Gibbs/Matt Newman overcame stubborn resistance but with some aggressive net play and recorded a 6-4, 6-2 win. Bay’s second pair faired less well, Sue Toye/Graham Miles losing in straight sets 3-6, 2-6. Toye/Miles then upped their game against the visitors first pair winning 6-3, 6-3 with Gibbs/Newman rounding off an impressive display by winning the final rubber 6-1, 6-3.

Elsewhere in the Dover & District League the Ladies team played out two very close matches within a couple of weeks of each other. First the entertained Canterbury and in an up and down match Bay were left ruing their chances losing out narrowly in games. Bay’s 1st pair Debbie Holden/Denise Parrett lost only 8 games over their 2 rubbers whilst conversely Bay’s 2nd pair Helen Lipyeat/Diana High never really got going all evening and heavily lost both theirs. The match was tied 4-4 in sets but 27-32 in games in favour of the visitors.

With a slightly changed line-up in their next match at home to Hythe A, a similar pattern to the previous match ensued resulting in the match being ties 4 sets all. Sarah Pout this time partnered Holden and they comfortably won both their rubbers. Sheila Wyver this time partnered High and although they lost both rubbers in 2 sets, they just picked up enough games to edge it 34 games to 32.

15/6/18

20th Jun. 18

May proved to be a excellent month of results for Herne Bay Lawn Tennis Club in the Kent League.

In Division 6B, the Ladies 3 team played host to Tunbridge Wells 6 and produced a near flawless performance with both Bay pairs playing consistent tennis. Helen Lipyeat/Sarah Pout teamed up and despite a nervy start edging a close first set 7-5, went from strength to strength to claim the 2nd set with the loss of only one game to take the rubber. Meanwhile Tui Thain/Diana High proved too strong for their opponents winning 6-2, 6-3. The visitor’s morale was now at a low and Bay took full advantage in the reverse rubbers, Lipyeat/Pout losing just 3 more games and Thain/High only 2. An excellent 4-0 win for Bay maintaining 2nd place in the league.

In their final match of the summer, the Men’s 2 team travelled to Sydenham 4 in Division 8B and came away with a creditable win 1-3. Both opening rubbers were cagey affairs with identical results in favour of Herne Bay. Graham Miles/Ian Cooke winning 6-7, 4-6 and Dan Walker/Mark Townsend doing the same. In the reverse rubbers Miles/Cooke proved far too strong for the host’s 2nd pair losing just 2 games whilst Walker/Townsend went down 7-5, 6-2. The precious 2 points keeps Bay top of the table but are reliant on other results to determine their final position.

The Mixed 4 team continued their impressive season with an emphatic win away at Gravesham Mixed 3 in Division 7A. Bay 1st pair Colin Thompson/Tui Thain were imperious in their rubbers winning both without losing a game whilst 2nd pair Roger Thomas/Lesley O’Connell won both theirs in straight sets losing just 6 games to cement a 0-4 win and maintain joint leadership in a very tight league.

The Ladies 1 team travelled to Parklangley in Division 2B with two regular first team players missing and in hot and humid conditions battled away to a fine win. The ever reliable first pairing of Anne Gibbs/Louise Tucker took control of their first rubber and took it relatively comfortably in straight sets. Meanwhile replacements Debbie Holden/Caroline Packer got off to a nervy start losing the 1st set 6-1. They found their game in the 2nd set but narrowly lost out 6-4. The second round saw Gibbs/Tucker win easily losing just one game. Holden/Packer played superbly to take the 1st set against the host’s first pair before narrowly losing the 2nd set in a tie-break. The deciding championship tie-break was a battle of attrition with the conditions taking their toll and Bay eventually losing 10-8. With the match tied 2-2, Bay won 6-5 in sets to maintain their unbeaten run in the 3 matches played so far.

Herne Bay Mixed Vets Midweek took on newcomers Hythe in Division 1 and Ian Cooke/Anne Gibbs and Mark Townsend/Kay Mileham proved to be too strong for the host’s. In an entertaining match including some long rallies, Bay were the dominant team losing just 10 games across 8 sets to continue their 100% record in the Division after 2 matches.

By contrast, Men’s Vets Midweek 1 could not have had a closer match when they entertained a strong Canterbury 2 in Division 1. After a delay due to a torrential downpour, both opening rubbers were keenly fought and went to championship tie-breaks. Bay’s first pair Graham Miles/Ian Cooke fought back from a set down before missing out in the tie-break 7-10 whilst Gary Smith/Mark Townsend won their tie-break 10-8. The reverse rubbers were far more one-sided with Miles/Cooke winning 6-1, 6-1 and Smith/Townsend picking up just the 3 games. With the match tied 2-2 in rubbers and 5-5 in sets, Bay triumphed by 36 games to 34 to consolidate top spot after 2 matches.

Also sitting top of the league are the Ladies Midweek 3 who travelled to Blackheath in Division 4. Bay’s first pair Sarah Pout/Denise Parrett had a tight 1st rubber eventually winning in straight sets 5-7, 4-6 whilst Helen Lipyeat/Lesley O’Connell also won in two 5-7, 2-6. The second round saw Bay go from strength to strength and closed out the remaining 4 sets with the loss of only 3 games.

Men’s Vets Midweek 2 played out their final 2 games of the season in Division 4 within a week of each other. In a close match at home to Horsmonden, Bay’s pairings of Greg Pearson/Mark Townsend and Steve Howard/Jim Holgate got off to good starts in the opening rubbers both winning in 3rd set championship tie-breaks. The reverse rubbers however went the way of the visitors in straight sets meaning a win for Horsmonden 6-4 in sets.

The following match saw a resounding win for the Bay 4-0 at home to Margate 2 to finish on a high. With a slightly changed line-up, Mark Townsend was partnered by Keith Curtis and Steve Howard with Mark Roe. Both pairs despatched the visitors first pair fairly easily losing just 5 games between them. Margate’s second pair put up far more resistance with Townsend/Curtis winning 7-5, 6-1 and Howard/Roe being taken to a 3rd set championship tie-break.

27/5/18

29th May. 18

With the summer season well under way the matches are coming thick and fast for Herne Bay LTC.

After a heavy defeat at home to a strong Bexley 3 team, the Men’s 2 team bounced back in emphatic style in their next two matches in Division 8B of the Kent League. Unusually, these were played over consecutive days the first being a trip to Bromley Wendover Mens 4. Bay’s first pair Graham Miles/Ian Cooke won both their rubbers in straight sets, whilst second pair Dan Walker/Mark Townsend comfortably won their first rubber losing just the 3 games and were then taken to a 3rd set championship tie-break, successfully coming through that to record a 4-0 win.

The following day the same players travelled to Danny Wynne Tennis Academy 1 and proved far too strong for the hosts winning all four rubbers in straight sets to maintain their position at the top of the table.

In Division 3A the Men’s 1 team continued their impressive form by defeating Sydenham 2. It looked like the match would be over quickly when both the opening rubbers were won by Herne Bay without dropping a single game. Sydenham rallied however and the second round of rubbers turned out much closer. Bay’s first pair Ben Keighley/Alex Kazakeos rallied from losing a tight 1st set tie-break to take the next two sets whilst new pairing Graham Miles/Dan Sharp lost out on a 3rd set championship tie-break. Bay won 3-1 and stay at the top of the table.

The Mixed 3 team looked to capitalise on their good start to the season and played their next match away at Brenchley & Matfield Mixed 1 in Division 5A. Bay’s first pairing saw young Robbie Benka partner the experienced Debbie Holden and in a topsy turvy first rubber just lost out in a 3rd set championship tie-break. Meanwhile Eddie Fisher/Sue Toye lost in straight sets to a strong home second pair. In the reverse rubbers, Fisher/Toye found their rhythm and to win in 2 sets against the host’s first pair but sadly all hope of a comeback by Bay disappeared when Benka suffered a back injury and had to concede the rubber.

In an extremely close and hard fought match, Herne Bay Men’s Vets Midweek 2 lost out away at David Lloyd Kings Hill 2 by 3-1 in Division 4. The scoreline did not reflect how tight the match was with 3 of the rubbers going to 3rd set tie-breaks. The opening rubbers saw Mark Townsend/Keith Curtis bounce back from a set down before going on to lose in the 3rd and Jim Holgate/Greg Pearson take a set lead before the hosts came back and won the next two. In the reverse rubbers, Townsend/Curtis did well to win in straight sets albeit also involving a tie-break whilst Holgate /Pearson battled gamely before losing out again in 3 sets.

The Ladies Midweek 3 team also had a close match when they entertained Sevenoaks 3 in Division 4. Bay’s first pair Lesley O’Connell/Helen Lipyeat did well to win both their rubbers in straight sets but Christine Hanson/Sarah Pout struggled all afternoon and only managed to win a couple of games. With the match tied 2-2 in rubbers and 4-4 in sets, Sevenoaks came out on top 27-37 in games.

Matches have also started for Herne Bay in the Dover & District League, played to a different format than that of the Kent League with only 2 sets to each rubber. Early indications are very positive.

The Ladies team got off to a fine start by beating Hythe B in a light affected match. Sarah Pout/Denise Parrett won their first rubber fairly comfortably 6-2, 6-3 whilst Sheila Wyver/Diana High shared a set apiece 4-6, 6-4. In the reverse rubbers in failing light Wyver/High had another close one again sharing the spoils 6-4, 4-6. With Pout/Parrett a set up and 4-1 in the 2nd set the light became too difficult and it was agreed to discount the final set with Bay winning 5-2.

The Men’s A team entertained Walmer B at home with young Josh Deverson making his debut for the 1st team. He partnered the highly experienced Peter Elsden and forged a formidable partnership winning their rubbers 6-1, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-1. Bay’s first pair Alex Kazakeos/Ben Keighley also produced fine tennis to outwit their opponents winning 6-4, 6-4 and 6-1, 6-1 for an 8-0 whitewash.

The Mixed B team have already played two matches, Hythe C at home and away. The first match was played at Hythe in glorious conditions with Bay’s first pair Keith Curtis/Diana High grinding out a hard earned draw in the first rubber, bouncing back from the loss of the 1st set to a tie-break to take the next 6-1. They then went on to beat the home team’s second pair 6-4, 6-2. Bay’s second pair Lesley Taylor/Dan Weigh got off to a great start winning their first rubber 6-3, 6-0 before losing to Hythe’s first pair 4-6, 2-6. Bay the winners 5 sets to 3.

The scores were nearly identical in the return match at home even if the weather was not. With the visitors arriving with a completely changed team, Herne Bay only made the one change, Helen Lipyeat in for the unavailable Taylor. Curtis again partnered High and got the ball rolling with a solid 6-3, 6-0 win. Their next rubber was drawn 6-3, 4-6. Lipyeat/Weigh produced excellent tennis to overpower their opponents 7-5, 6-0 before losing out to the visitors 1st pair 5-7, 3-6. bay the winners again by 5 sets to 3.

15/5/18

22nd May. 18

It has been a mixed bag of recent results in the Kent Leagues for Herne Bay Lawn Tennis Club.

Herne Bay Ladies 2 got their summer campaign off to a flyer in Division 3B with a well earned win at home to Tunbridge Wells 4. Bay’s first pair, Kay Mileham/Sue Toye got off to a slow start against a strong Tunbridge pair losing in straight sets. Bay’s second pair Caroline Packer/Debbie Holden on the other hand had little difficulty in their first rubber winning 6-1, 6-1. In the reverse rubbers Packer/Holden eventually overcame the visitor’s first pair winning a 3rd set championship tie-break whilst Mileham/Toye also only lost 2 games against Tunbridge’s second pair. Bay triumphing 3-1.

Ladies 2 then travelled to Meopham for their second match with a slightly changed line up with Toye unavailable and narrowly lost out by the odd set. Denise Parrett stepped in for Toye and forged a strong partnership with Packer and won both their rubbers, although they were taken to a championship tie-break in the first. Mileham linked up this time with Holden and they lost two very tight rubbers in straight sets. With the tie level at 2 rubbers each, Meopham ran out winners 5-4 in sets.

Ladies Midweek 1 also played their first two matches within a week and had similar outcomes to the Ladies 2 team. First they travelled to Sevenoaks to take on their Midweek 1 team in a highly entertaining encounter in Division 1. Bay’s first pair Anne Gibbs/Caroline Packer narrowly lost their first rubber in two close sets 4-6, 6-7 whilst Kay Mileham/Sarah Pout were taken to what turned out to be an all important 3rd set championship tie-break, edging ahead after levelling the first two sets 4-6, 6-4.

The reverse rubbers saw Gibbs/Packer winning in straight sets 7-5, 6-0 and Mileham/Pout losing 2-6, 3-6. Again, with the match tied 2-2 in rubbers, Sevenoaks the winners 5-4 in sets.

As with Ladies 2, the Midweek 1 team had to make some changes to the team but had a far easier time at home to Trottiscliffe with a comfortable 4-0 win. Kay Mileham/Nicola Mileham raced through their opening rubber without losing a game. Caroline Packer/Sue Toye also made relatively light work in theirs winning 6-1, 6-4. The formidable play of the Mileham’s continued to the next rubber where this time they only lost two games. Packer/Toye were taken to 3 sets having lost the 1st set to a tie-breaker, before bouncing back winning the 2nd set 6-1 and taking the 3rd set championship tie-break.

Ladies 1 maintained their 100% record in Division 2B with a fine performance at home to Sevenoaks 3. The experience of Anne/Gibbs/ Louise Tucker saw them through their two rubbers in straight sets whilst the explosive hitting of Danielle Miles/Nicola Mileham saw them blow away their opponents with the loss of only 3 games in each rubber to take the match 4-0.

In their opening match, the Mens Vets Midweek team took on Bearsted Mens Vets 1 in Division 1 and came away with the spoils after a 3-1 win. Bay’s first pair, the ever reliable Graham Miles/Ian Cooke won their first rubber losing just the 4 games whilst Gary Smith/Eddie Fisher did well to overcome the host’s second pair in 3 close sets. The reverse rubbers saw Miles/Cooke press home the visitor’s advantage with a solid 7-5, 6-0 while Smith/Fisher faded a little to lose theirs in straight sets.

 

Missed chances and a case of ‘what might have been’ was the order of the day when the Men’s 3 team travelled to Trottiscliffe 1 in Division 9B and lost 3-1. The scoreline did not reflect the closeness of the match which saw Keith Curtis/Jason Hollingsworth just lose out after a titanic struggle in their first rubber, that saw the host’s edge it 11-9 in a championship tie-break after two very close sets. In their second rubber, Curtis’ steady play and Hollinsworth’s dominant net play gave a glimmer of hope but alas Bay’s second pairing Colin Thompson/Dave Lawrence lost both their rubbers in straight sets despite having and missing numerous opportunities.

Their second match saw the Men’s 3 team bounce back from their previous disappointment to record a remarkable 4-0 win at home against Canterbury 6 in difficult windy conditions. In their first rubber, Curtis/Hollingsworth established an early 4-1 before the visitor’s clawed it back to 4-4. The Bay pair then regained control to take the set 6-4 before going on to take the second 6-2. Thompson/Lawrence raced through their opening rubber in double quick time without losing a game. In the reverse rubbers Herne Bay continued where they had left off and won both in straight sets.

Herne Bay Ladies Midweek 2 found the going tough in their opener in Division 2 when they travelled to Deal ITC and despite some very close games, came away with a disappointing 1-3 loss. Denise Parrett/Sue Flynn had chances in their rubbers but lost both in straight sets. Isobal Warnock/Tui Thain did well to win their first rubber 6-3, 6-4 before succumbing in their second.

Better luck was had by the Mixed Vets Midweek team who enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 win at home to Canterbury in near perfect tennis conditions. Bay’s pairings of Ian Cooke/Anne Gibbs and Graham Miles/Kay Mileham proved to be far too strong for their opponents on this occasion winning all their rubbers in straight sets to post the perfect start to their campaign.

23/4/18

24th Apr. 18

With the summer season well and truly under way, HBLTC have continued where the winter season left off with a number of excellent wins in the Kent League.

The Men’s 3 team travelled to Beckenham Men’s 6 in Division 9B and came away with a superb 4-0 win. Bay’s first pair Gary Smith/Jason Hollingsworth were in dominant form and won both their rubbers in straight sets with the loss of only 4 games in total. Colin Thompson/Robbie Benka took a while to overcome their first opponents in a highly entertaining rubber that saw Herne Bay edge it in a 3rd set championship tie-break. Their second rubber proved to be a more routine affair with a straight sets win.

Mixed 3 recorded a fine win in their opening match at home to Chipstead Place in Division 5A. In the first round of rubbers Bay’s 1st pair Eddie Fisher/Sue Toye got off to a good start and seemed to have the first set in the bag before a determined response saw the Chipstead pair claw their way back to eventually close out in two sets. Young Robbie Benka again made an appearance this time with the experienced Debbie Holden and they forged a strong partnership taking their first rubber in straight sets. The reverse rubbers saw Fisher/Toye despatch the visitor’s 2nd pair losing just the 3 games whilst Benka/Holden took the all important first set before losing out in 3. With the rubbers tied 2-2, Bay ended up victorious by 5 sets to 4.

The Men’s 2 team were far too strong for their opponents, local rivals Canterbury 5 in Division 8B with Bay’s pairings Ian Cooke/Graham Miles and Dan Walker/Mark Townsend winning all their rubbers in straight sets for a comfortable 4-0 win.

Also in imperious form were the Ladies 1 team who travelled to Bromley 1 in Division 2B and recorded another 4-0 win. Bay’s pairings Nicola Mileham/Danielle Miles dropped only 7 games, whilst Anne Gibbs/Caroline Packer lost just the 3 to start their campaign in emphatic style.

The Mixed 4 team played host to St John’s Mixed 2 in Division 7A with a new look line up and debuts for Roger Thomas and Lesley O’Connell. The first round of rubbers saw Bay’s 1st pair Colin Thompson/Tui Thain win after a close fought championship tie-break. Like wise, in a topsy-turvy encounter, Thomas/O’Connell came through in 3 sets. In the reverse rubbers Thompson/Thain had too much fire-power and comfortably won in straight sets and although Thomas/O’Connell lost the final rubber, Bay won the match 3-1.

In another impressive 4-0 performance, newly promoted Men’s 1 entertained Hartley 1 at home with two of the usual team missing. Alex Kazakeos was partnered by Dan Walker and they gelled well to beat both Hartley pairs in straight sets with some powerful hitting. Meanwhile Bay’s 2nd pair Matt Newman and the experienced Ian Cooke had quite a tussle in their first rubber eventually breaking down their opponents with some aggressive net play and taking the 3rd set tie-break. They continued the momentum crushing Hartley’s 1st pair and dropping only 2 games.

Elsewhere in the Deal Indoor Winter Leagues the final few matches have been played. Men’s 1 team regulars Alex Kazakeos/Ben Keighley and Matt Newman/Dan Sharp completed their fixtures against quality opponents. Firstly they produced a very solid performance against the highly fancied Deal 1 taking the match 3-1. In their final match they came up against a very strong Walmer team and the result could not have been closer with the tie finishing 2-2 in rubbers, 4-4 in sets and 33 games to 32 in Walmer’s favour. The final league tables are yet to be published.

2/4/18

12th Apr. 18

Herne Bay LTC have enjoyed another successful campaign in the Winter Kent League.

Having won their league convincingly the Men’s 1 team took on Sevenoaks 3 in the Men’s Division 4 Final. Although chilly, the conditions were favourable for good tennis. Herne Bay were without Patrick Thomassen suffering from a virus and he was replaced by the experienced Peter Elsden. In the first round of rubbers Bay’s 1st pair Alex Kazekeos/Ben Keighley got off to a solid start where Kazekeos’ consistent baseline play, Keighley’s expertise at the net and their excellent court coverage combined to take the first set 6-4. Sevenoaks rallied in the second set and with the Bay faltering stormed the set 1-6. Kazekeos/Keighley settled down again and eventually took the rubber in the third set championship tie-break. Meanwhile Bay’s 2nd pair Matt Newman /Peter Elsden overcame Sevenoaks 2nd pair combining brilliantly with their consistent serving and aggressive net play to take the rubber 6-2, 6-3. In the reverse rubbers Kazekeos/Keighley had little trouble winning 6-2, 6-0 whilst Newman/Elsden took the first set from the visitor’s 1st pair 6-3 and were leading 2-0 in the second when their opponents had to retire through injury and Herne Bay took the title 4-0.

The Mixed 2 team also enjoyed a comfortable victory in the Mixed Doubles Division 4 Final away at Freedom Leisure 2. Playing indoors, Herne Bay got to grips with the surface quickly, Bay’s 1st pair Dan Walker/Nicola Mileham set the ball rolling with a well earned 6-2, 6-4 win in their first rubber. Bay’s other pair Ian Cooke/Anne Gibbs got off to a flier and dropped just the one game winning 6-0, 6-1. The reverse rubbers continued in a similar vein, Walker/Mileham taking theirs 6-1, 6-4 whilst Cooke/Gibbs had more of a battle to overcoming the host’s 1st pair 6-4, 6-3 to record another 4-0 victory.

The Men’s over 60’s Midweek team completed a fine campaign by topping Division 3. Entertaining Bearsted 2, Bay’s 1st pair Ian Cooke/Mark Townsend fought out a close first set eventually winning a tie break before taking the 2nd set 6-2. Meanwhile, Bay’s 2nd pairing of Bob Toye/Greg Pearson had a tight opener losing the first set 4-6 before coming back to take the second 6-3 and sealing the rubber by winning the third set championship tie-break. The match took it’s toll on Toye/Pearson who only managed to take the one game off the visitor’s strong first pair but Cooke/Townsend completed the job with an emphatic 6-0, 6-1 scoreline to win the match 3-1.

Two other finals saw Herne Bay being proudly represented. In the Men’s Doubles Division 7 Final, the Men’s 2 team travelled to David Lloyd Dartford 1. Playing indoors on carpet Bay’s 1st pair Ian Cooke/Gary Smith did well to take their first rubber in a close match coming through to win a championship tie-break. That was as good as it got. Cooke/Smith lost their second rubber in straight sets while Bay’s 2nd pair Dan Walker/Mark Townsend never got to grips with the surface and only managed to win 3 games over both rubbers.

After topping their league, the Men’s 3 team travelled to Gravesham 4 for the Division 10 Final. Bay’s opponents fielded two father and son pairings and the 1st pair proved to be too strong for both Bay pairings Colin Thompson/Dave Lawrence and Robbie Benka/Jason Hollingsworth, winning both rubbers for the home side in straight sets. Both rubbers against the host’s 2nd pair could easily have gone Herne Bay’s way but both were eventually lost to championship tie-breaks to complete a 0-4 loss.

Other teams completing their fixtures were the Ladies Vets 2 who journeyed to Beckenham and played out an incredible draw. Denise Parrett/Debbie Holden won both their rubbers in straight sets while Diana High/Helen Lipyeat did just enough in games in their two rubbers to ensure the match was tied. Scores in the end were 2-2 in rubbers, 4-4 sets and 31-31 in games for a share of the spoils!

The final match for the Mixed 3 team ended with a resounding victory against bottom placed Bromley Mixed 2. The ever reliable Matt Newman/Caroline Packer won both their rubbers fairly comfortably whilst the new pairing of Bruce Emond/Debbie Holden forged an excellent partnership to win both rubbers, the second going to a championship tie-break and a great start for Emond in his first match for the club. The 4-0 win means a third place finish in a very tough Division.

Elsewhere there was success for the Herne Bay pairing of Anne Gibbs/Graham Miles in the Maidstone Open. In a repeat of last year’s Final they were matched up against the holders Jackie Bowen and David Willis from Sevenoaks. Bowen/Willis got off to a flier and secured a 4-0 lead in the first set with 2 breaks of serve. Gibbs/Miles rallied and at 6-5 missed a couple of set points before going to a tie-break which Gibbs/Miles won 7-3. In the 2nd set another early break for Bowen/Willis saw them go on to take the set 4-6. In a deciding 3rd set championship tie-break which was close throughout, Gibbs/Miles finally closed out the set 10-8 to claim the title.

3/2/18

1st Mar. 18

The winter period is always throwing up difficult conditions to play tennis in but despite this Herne Bay LTC have been able to complete a number of Kent League fixtures in recent weeks with a measure of success.

Herne Bay Men’s 3 produced an excellent performance away at St Johns in Division 10B claiming the points with an emphatic 4-0 win. Bay’s first pair Colin Thompson/Dave Lawrence did well to overcome St Johns first pair 4-6, 3-6 and had little trouble beating their second pair with loss of only 3 games. Meanwhile, Bay’s second pairing of the experienced Bryan Packham with youngster Robbie Benka proved far too strong for the hosts second pair before taking on the St Johns first pair and eventually edging the final rubber 6-7, 5-7. Bay are well positioned in the league currently lying 2nd with a couple more matches to play.

Maintaining a very strong position are the Mixed 2 team who top Division 4B with one more match to play after yet another fine performance away at Margate. After an indifferent start in which the Bay pairing of Anne Gibbs/Graham Miles lost the opening rubber in straight sets, Bay’s second pair Nicola Mileham/Dan Walker fought a marathon match eventually succeeding in a 3rd set championship tie-break after the first two sets were settled on tiebreaks. With neither side giving an inch, both the reverse rubbers culminated in championship tie-breaks, with Bay coming out on top in both to record a magnificent 1-3 win.

The Men’s Vets team played out two very different matches in recent weeks in Division 2A. Firstly they entertained Beckenham Vets 2 on a beautiful still day and ran out winners 4-0. In a fairly one-sided affair, Bay’s pairings Ian Cooke/Graham Miles and Gary Smith/Eddie Fisher proved far too strong and completed the job without losing a set.

Conversely their next match was played in strong winds and culminated in a very close match. The opening rubbers both went to championship tie-breaks with Cooke/Miles just edging theirs and Bay’s second pair Smith/Jason Hollingsworth (in for the unavailable Fisher) falling just short against the visitor’s second pair. In the reverse rubbers Cooke/Miles dropped only 3 games whilst Smith/Hollingsworth put up valiant resistance but fell short in two sets. With the match level in rubbers and sets, Bay just did enough winning by 4 games. Bay top the Division with one more match to play but are not yet assured the title.

Having suffered a 1-3 reverse at Canterbury, the Ladies over 60’s Midweek team bounced back in fine style at home to Blackheath recording an impressive 4-0 victory in Division1. Bay’s pairings of Diana High/Kay Mileham and Tui Thain/Isobel Warnock raced through the opening rubbers without losing a set. High/Mileham winnings 6-2, 6-3 and Thain/Warnock 6-1, 6-2. With High/Mileham brushing aside the visitor’s second pair 6-1,6-3, Thain/Warnock then had a real struggle in the final rubber of the day and after finding themselves 1-1 in sets, went on to take the championship 3rd set tie-break. The team still have two more matches to play and have consolidated their mid-table position.

The Ladies Vets 1 team hosted Sevenoaks Vets 1 in a very close match in Division 1A. In a keenly fought opening rubber, Bay’s first pair Nicola Mileham/Kay Mileham took some time to settle but after losing the 1st set 1-6, bounced back in a tight 2nd set tie-break and then went on to claim the 3rd set championship tie-break. Also finding the going tough were Bay’s second pair Anne Gibbs/Sue Toye. With Toye suffering the after effects of a recent illness, Bay fell away losing comprehensively in straight sets. In the reverse rubbers, Gibbs/Toye put up put up more fight and were unlucky to just miss out in a 1st set tie break before losing the 2nd set 3-6. The Milehams’ meanwhile had a more comfortable rubber against Sevenoaks second pair winning 6-4, 6-2. Although the rubbers were level 2 apiece, Sevenoaks took the match 4-5 in sets.

Elsewhere in the Deal Indoor League Herne Bay Men’s 1 took on Broadstairs 1. Initially it looked like it was going to be a tough evening when Bay’s first pair Ben Keighley/Alex Kazekeos were taken to a 1st set tie break but having successfully negotiated that, they went on to take the 2nd set 6-2 and with it the rubber. Bay’s second pair Matt Newman and new member Dan Sharp forged a formidable partnership and came through their first rubber 6-3, 6-0 and the trend continued in the reverse rubbers; Keighley/Kazekeos winning 6-1, 6-1 and Newman/Sharp continuing where they had left off comfortably winning 6-1, 6-2 for Herne Bay to take the match 4-0.

Herne Bay Men’s 2 also had a convincing 4-0 win this time against Hythe 2. The opening rubbers saw Bay’s first pair Colin Thompson/Rob Catterick get the better of Hythe’s first pair dropping just the 2 games winning 6-2, 6-0. In a feisty encounter Bay’s second pair Gary Smith/Jason Hollingsworth edged their rubber against Hythe’s second pair 7-6, 6-4 whilst in the reverse rubbers, Thompson/Catterick won 7-5, 6-3 and Smith/Hollingsworth 6-2, 6-2.

 

17/12/17

17th Dec. 17

Despite some difficult conditions to play tennis in, Herne Bay LTC have been able to fulfil a number of fixtures in the lead up to the festive period.

In Division 1 the Ladies Over 60’s Midweek team got their winter campaign off to a good start away at Bearsted with a 3-1 win. Newcomers to the club Tui Thain/Isobel Warnock convincingly won their opening rubber with the loss of only 3 games, whilst the experienced pairing of Diana High/Anja Stileman struggled initially losing the first set to love before their game improved dramatically bouncing back to take the second set and subsequently the third set tie break. In the reverse rubbers High/Stileman beat Bearsted’s 2nd pair with the loss of only 2 games. Thain/Warnock just lost out to the host’s first pair in three sets.

Having previously registered their first win in Division 3B of the Ladies Doubles, Herne Bay 2 entertained Meopham in their second fixture and had another nail-biter! Bay’s pairings Sue Toye/Caroline Packer and Denise Parrett/Debbie Holden both lost to the visitor’s 1st pair but succeeded against Meopham’s 2nd pair. Toye/Packer won in straight sets and although Parrett/Holden won they were taken to an all important third set which meant the visitors took the spoils 4-5 in sets after rubbers were level 2-2.

In another close call the Mixed 4 team narrowly lost their 100% record in Division 8B losing at home to Kings Hill. Bay’s 1st pair Bryan Packham/Helen Lipyeat lost their opening rubber to a strong Kings Hill 1st pair in straight sets before going on to win against their 2nd pair in a third set championship tie-break. Bay’s 2nd pair Steve Howard/Diana High produced virtually exactly the same results in their two rubbers. The match ended 2-2 in rubbers, 6-4 in sets to the visitors.

The Men’s 3 team have got off to a flier in Division 10B winning both their opening matches. In a highly entertaining encounter at home to Kemsing 2, Bay ran out 4-0 winners although the score did not reflect how close the match was. Bay’s 1st pair Colin Thompson/Dave Lawrence lost the first set in their first rubber before storming back in the second set before going on to win a third set championship tie-break. Bay’s other pairing Steve Howard/Jason Hollingsworth proved too strong for both visitor’s pairs and although both rubbers were won in straight sets, most of the games involved long rallies and some good doubles play. Thompson/Lawrence held a certain measure of control in their second rubber winning the first set comfortably but then stuttered somewhat before edging it in straight sets.

Their second match saw them take on Kings Hill again at home. With Howard unavailable it was a chance for some valuable experience for youngster Robbie Benka. He did not let the side down, indeed he more than played his part in an impressive 3-1 win. Bay’s 1st pair Thompson/Lawrence lost a very close opening rubber against the visitor’s 1st pair, just losing out in three sets. Meanwhile, Benka/Hollingsworth were comprehensively winning their first rubber in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. In the reverse rubbers, Benka/Hollingsworth carried on where they had left off and proved too strong for Kings Hill’s 1st pair winning in two sets with the loss of only 3 games. Thompson/Lawrence won their final rubber again in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.

Herne Bay Men’s Vets travelled to Hartley in Division 2A and edged an extremely close battle with three of the four rubbers going to third set championship tie-breaks! Bay’s 1st pair Ian Cooke/Graham Miles had little trouble overcoming the host’s 1st pair losing just 4 games but that was no indication of what was to come. Bay’s 2nd pair Gary Smith/Jason Hollingsworth lost their first rubber in a topsy-turvy affair. Having won the first set 6-0, they lost the next 1-6 before losing the 3rd set tie break. In the reverse rubbers, Cooke/Miles had far stiffer resistance but eventually succeeded in three sets while Smith/Hollingsworth just missed out falling at the last hurdle again in three sets. With the match tied at 2-2, Bay took the honours 6-5 in sets.

The Vets second match proved to be far easier than their opener. Playing host to Bearsted Vets 2, Mark Townsend came in for Hollingsworth. Cooke/Miles were too experienced for both the visitor’s pairs taking both rubbers in straight sets. Townsend/Smith formed a solid partnership and although taken to an opening set tie-break, again comfortably won in straight sets although one of the visitor’s players was forced to retire through injury. A 4-0 win for Bay to top the table.

Also topping the table are the Mens over 60’s Midweek team who travelled to Deal ITC in Division 3. Another close match ensued with Bay winning 5-4 in sets after drawing 2-2 in rubbers. Bay saw the welcome return to competitive tennis for stalwart Bob Toye after knee surgery. Partnering Greg Pearson, they got off to a slow start losing their opener in straight sets. They settled down however in the second rubber and took the host’s 1st pair all the way to a third set championship tie-break that proved pivotal in the contest. Bay’s 1st pair Ian Cooke/Mark Townsend were far too strong in both their rubbers losing just the 3 games in total.

Elsewhere in the Deal Indoor League, the Mens 2 team got a very creditable victory against Deal ITC team. Against Deal’s 1st pair, Gary Smith/Mark Kennard started strongly and took the rubber 6-1, 6-4. Meanwhile Bay’s 2nd pair, Colin Thompson/Steve Howard were also doing well winning their rubber 6-2, 6-2. In the reverse rubbers and in what proved to be the pivotal match, Smith/Kennard took Deal’s 2nd pair to a championship tie-break which Deal won. Bay’s 2nd pair, Colin Thompson/Steve Howard narrowly lost out 4-6, 4-6 to Deals 1st pair. Herne Bay victorious 5 sets to 4.

Also in the Deal Indoor League, Mens 1 took on Hythe 1 in what was largely a one-sided affair. Matt Newman/Patrick Thomassen comfortably won both their rubbers in straight sets. Bay’s 2nd pair Alex Kazekeos/Richard Marshall thrashed their opponents 2nd pair with the loss of just the one game and then started slowly against Hythe’s 1st pair being taken to a first set tie break which they won before getting their act together  and winning the second set 6-1.

12/11/17

16th Nov. 17

Taking up where they had left off after the summer, Herne Bay’s Men’s 1 team proved unstoppable in Division 4A of the Kent League. Having won their opening match of the campaign, their remaining fixtures came in quick succession. At home to Sevenoaks 2, Bay’s pairings Alex Kazekeos/Ben Keighley and Matt Newman/Patrick Thomassen enjoyed the unusually warm mid-October weather and won all their rubbers in straight sets. Against the visitors first pair, both Kazekeos/Keighley and Newman/Thomassen had close first sets before the Sevenoaks pair fell away, losing both 2nd sets to love. The visitor’s second pair played more consistently but were ultimately no match for Bay.

Bay then travelled to Gravesham and Kazekeos/Keighley got off to a flyer against the host’s first pair taking the 1st set to love before Gravesham took the 2nd set in a tie-break. Despite the host’s aggressive tactics, Bay prevailed taking the 3rd set championship tie-break. With a similar outcome Bay’s second pair Newman/Thomassen also overcame Gravesham’s first pair in three very tight sets. Herne Bay had little difficulty against the host’s second pair, winning both rubbers easily to record a well earned 4-0 victory.

With Thomassen unavailable for Bay’s final match, Peter Elsden partnered Newman away at Knoll (Orpington) 2. Both Bay pairs beat the host’s first pair comfortably in straight sets but then found Knoll’s second pair far more challenging. Kazekeos/Keighley found themselves up against it losing a marathon 1st set before rediscovering their form where Kazekeos’ consistent baseline play and Keighleys’ dominant net play proved too strong for their opponents, Bay came through to take the 3rd set championship tie-break. In another tight contest Elsden/Newman eventually overcame Knoll’s second pair in straight sets. Elsden’s experience and Newman more aggressive play proved to be the winning formula and Bay once again came out winners 4-0. The result means the Men’s 1 team have an unassailable lead at the top to take the Division 4A Winter League title. Remarkably Bay only lost 5 sets throughout their four matches.

Also doing well are the Men’s 2 team who have continued their good form in Division 7B. Playing host to Beckenham 4, the ever reliable pairing of Graham Miles/Ian Cooke proved far too strong for their opponents beating both pairs in straight sets with the loss of only three games. The new pairing of Gary Smith/Dan Walker did well to beat the visitor’s 1st pair having previously lost a close encounter with their 2nd pair. Bay the winners 3-1. The Men’s 2’s next match could not have been any closer. The visitors this time were Shooters Hill 2. In the first round of rubbers the normally solid Miles/Cooke struggled and lost in straight sets to the visitor’s first pair. Meanwhile the returning Mark Townsend paired up with Dan Walker and narrowly lost out to Shooters second pair in a 3rd set championship tie-break. In the reverse rubbers Miles/Cooke were taken all the way before eventually closing out again in a 3rd set championship tie-break. Walker/Townsend then produced a fantastic display to completely outplay Shooters first pair to win in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. In a rarity, the match was drawn 2-2 in rubbers, 5-5 in sets and 36-36 in games. Despite the draw the Bay team are well placed at the top of the Division.

The Men’s Over 60’s Midweek opened their campaign travelling to Blackheath. Bay’s first pair Ian Cooke/Mark Townsend were far too consistent for their opponents and won both their rubbers in straight sets, losing only 4 games. Making his debut, Jim Holgate partnered Bob Toye and the pair put in an admirable performance to take the host’s second pair to a championship 3rd set tie-break, narrowly missing out after some bad luck with a couple of ill timed net cords. The set gained though proved pivotal with Bay edging the match 5-4 in sets after drawing 2-2 in rubbers.

In the Ladies section, Herne Bay Vets 1 met Tunbridge Wells 2 in their first match in Division 1A and played well to take the points. The first round of rubbers ended all square with Anne Gibbs/Sue Toye winning theirs in straight sets but Kay Mileham/Debbie Holden lost out after a couple of close fought sets. The reverse saw Gibbs/Toye eventually prevail after a tight 1st set and Mileham/Holden overcoming Wells’ first pair losing only 4 games in the process. Bay the winners 3-1.

Yet another close match saw Ladies 2 edge out Broadstairs Ladies at Broadstairs in Division 3B. Although all the rubbers were won in straight sets, they were all very tight and hard fought. Sue Toye/Kay Mileham narrowly lost both their rubbers but the excellent pairing of Caroline Packer/Denise Parrett took both theirs to leave the tie balanced at 2-2 in rubbers and 4-4 in sets. The count back revealed Bay just taking the spoils by 39 games to 37.

Mixed 4 opened their winter matches by playing two within a week, both at home and both successful. Kemsing 3 were the first visitors and at times the players felt they were playing more the wind than anything else. The match was played in good spirits however with some good tennis at times. Helen Lipyeat/Colin Thompson edged their first rubber in two close sets whilst Diana High/Roger Thomas comfortably beat the second pair. In the reverse rubbers Lipeat/Thompson trounced the second pair losing only one game. High/Thomas lost to the visitor’s first pair. Victory for Bay 3-1. The same Bay pairings hosted Blackheath 4 in slightly calmer conditions and again ran out 3-1 winners. Lipyeat/Thompson played consistently to take both their rubbers in straight sets. High/Thomas narrowly lost to Blackheath’s first pair in a 3rd set championship tie-break but overcame their second pair in straight sets. Mixed 4 are currently sitting at the top of Division 8B.

Elsewhere, the Deal Indoor League has got under way with Bay recording a win and a loss. Herne Bay Men’s 2 met Deal ITC 3 in an epic encounter that could have swung either way. Gary Smith/Steve Howard took their opponents to three sets in both rubbers, narrowly losing both. Jason Hollingsworth/Rob Catterick edged past Deal’s second pair again in three sets but fell short against their first pair having lost a 1st set tie-break, Bay losing out 1-3 in rubbers. The Men’s 1 team took Walmer 1 that was always going to be a close affair with some fine tennis on show. In a tight first rubber Alex Kazekeos/Ben Keighley were taken to a championship tie-break, Walmer edging it 13-11. They bounced back in the second rubber to win in two fairly comfortably. Meanwhile Bay’s second pair Matt Newman/Richard Marshall formed a cohesive partnership and let their tennis do the talking by taking both rubbers in straight sets. A fine 3-1 win for Herne Bay!

13/10/17

13th Oct. 17

After their spectacular success in the Kent Summer Leagues, Herne Bay Lawn Tennis Club enjoyed more even more in both the East Kent and Dover & District Summer Leagues breaking all previous club records in the process.

In the East Kent League Men’s 1 completed their campaign with an excellent 3-1 home win against Danny Wynn. Bay’s 1st pair Matt Newman/Dan Walker fought out a very close battle with the visitors 1st pair eventually losing out in a third set tie-break 12 – 14. Bay’s second pairing Graham Miles/Ian Cooke found the going somewhat easier beating Wynn’s second pair 6-1, 6-1 before going on to beat their first pair 6-3, 6-3. Newman/Walker then trounced the visitor’s second pair with the loss of only one game. The win means the team has won all their matches in Division 1 and take the title.

Likewise in the East Kent Mixed Division 1, Herne Bay Mixed also won all their matches and took the Mixed title.

 

With all the fixtures completed in the Dover & District League and the final tables produced, the Men’s A and Mixed A won their respective Divisions whilst Men’s B (Div 3) and Mixed B (Div 2) finished 2nd and the Ladies finished 3rd in Division 1. A fantastic overall performance!

The Winter Kent League matches have started and once again Herne Bay has got off to a flier in all their matches so far.

The Men’s 2 team had two matches in quick succession in Division 7B, travelling first to David Lloyd Kings Hill Men’s 4 and followed that with a trip to Kemsing 1. At Kings Hill they came away with a hard earned victory by 6 sets to 4 having tied on 2 rubbers each. Bay’s first pair Graham Miles/Ian Cooke narrowly lost on a 3rd set championship tie-break whilst Dan Walker/Mark Townsend overcame a tough 1st set to beat the second pair 7-5, 6-1. In the reverse rubbers Miles/Cooke comfortably beat the host’s second pair 6-3, 6-3 and Walker/Townsend lost out to the first pair in a championship tie-break.

Herne Bay was able to field an unchanged team at Kemsing and Miles/Cooke had little trouble despatching the opposition in both their rubbers losing a total of only 5 games. Having comfortably beaten the host’s second pair, Walker/Townsend narrowly lost to Kemsing’s first pair in a 3rd set championship tie-break but Bay took the spoils with victory by 3 rubbers to 1.

In Division 4A, Herne Bay Men’s 1 entertained Tunbridge Wells 3 in damp and breezy conditions and made full use of home advantage taking the match 3-1 in rubbers. Bay’s first pair Alex Kazakeos/Ben Keighley got off to a fine start beating the visitor’s first pair in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. Graham Miles stepped up to the 1’s partnering Matt Newman and they also took their rubber in straight sets 7-5, 6-1. In the reverse rubbers Kazakeos/Keighley proved far too strong for Wells second pair taking the match without losing a game. Miles/Newman found things harder against the first pair and although went down in straight sets, the match overall was already Herne Bay’s.

In their first match of the winter in Division 4B Herne Bay Mixed 2 had an outstanding result against a strong Park Langley 1 team eventually winning 4-0. Both Bay’s first pair Dan Walker/Nicola Mileham and second pair Graham Miles/Anne Gibbs had tight matches against the visitors 1st pair both winning in straight sets  but only after second set tie-breaks. Both Bay pairs went on to beat Park Langley’s second pair somewhat more comfortably again in straight sets.

Herne Bay Ladies Vets 2 made the long trip to Bromley in Division 2A and endured a nail biting afternoon in what could not have been a tighter match. Bay’s first pair solid partnership of Denise Parrett/Debbie Holden proved too strong for both Bromley pairs winning both rubbers comfortably in straight sets. Bay’s second pair Helen Lipyeat/Diana High, despite producing some fine tennis, lost both their rubbers. With the match tied 2-2 in rubbers and 4-4 in sets, Herne Bay just about took the honours 34-33 in games.