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Finals Day

16th Oct. 18

Herne Bay LTC Club Tournament Finals were held on Sunday 2nd September although 3 finals had to be re-scheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. On a bright, warm and sunny day a healthy turn out of spectators watched 4 finals take place.

In the Mens Singles Alex Kazakeos was bidding to regain the title he held 2 years before. The first set comprised some varied tennis which eventually went to a tie break. Dan strolled into a 6-0 lead but Alex gradually fought back to 6-5. However, just when it looked like Alex would draw level, Dan got the deciding point to take the set. Dan gained confidence from this and immediately broke serve. Fifteen minutes later he was celebrating a 7-6 6-1 victory and his first club singles title. This year no Ladies Singles competition took place as there was only one entrant. This is a shame and we urge ladies to consider competing in future years.

The Mens Singles Plate final pitched Steve Howard against young Robbie Benka. This was a tight battle with some good rallies, Robbie emerging victorious 6-3 6-4.

The Mens doubles final gave Ben Keighley the chance to win his first doubles title after losing an extremely close final last year. He teamed up with Alex Kazakeos against past multi title holders Ian Cooke & Peter Elsden. A very close match was anticipated but a combination of Ian playing inspired tennis, together with lobs being put into the bright sun to thwart Ben & Alex’ attacking play, Ian & Peter controlled the match, winning 6-3 6-1.

The Mixed Doubles Plate pitched Helen Lipyeat and Colin Thompson against Sarah Pout and Bryan Packham. Helen & Colin controlled the first set but the second was close with lots of rallies containing dinks, lobs and angles. Helen and Colin managed to edge it 6-2 7-5.

The combined Mens/Ladies Doubles final was not played due to lack of availability of one pair so Dan Walker & Robbie Benka received a walkover.

The Mixed Doubles final was played on 27th Sept with holders Louise Tucker & Peter Elsden playing the club coach combination of Nicola Mileham and Dan Walker. Louise and Peter won the first dozen points moving into a 3-0 lead but Nicola and Dan reciprocated after finding their range. It was then very close with Louise and Peter managing to get a service break to win the set 6-4. After a close start to set two when Nicola and Dan edged ahead, Louise and Peter then called on their experience to gradually gain control and win the match 6-4 6-2.

The Ladies doubles final was played on 3rd October with defending champions Louise Tucker and Anne Gibbs playing Dani Miles and Nicola Mileham. A very close first set ensued and at 5-6, Louise and Anne had numerous opportunities to take the match into a tie break but failed due to a mixture of errors and good play by Nicola and Dani who won it 7-5. The challengers then grew in confidence and their more powerful game allowed them to race through the second set 6-0 and re-gain the title they won a couple of years ago.

Junior Finals Day

22nd Sep. 18

Herne Bay Tennis Club’s Junior Tournament took place on the 21st July.

The Mini Reds (4-8 year olds) kicked off the order of play with a round robin group format. It was great to see so many new junior members participating for the first time. All players demonstrated a good understanding of the game and were able to show their parents all of the skills they have been learning on a Saturday morning. The final show down was contested by two familiar faces, six-year-old Charlie Weigh and seven-year-old Ethan Roumania, who both made it through to the final for the second consecutive year. In a very close match which saw some great rallies, one in particular lasting 30 shots, ended up going to a tense deciding tie-break. It was Ethan who just managed to get the winning two points to take the title for the second year running.

Next up was the Mini Lower Orange group which saw seven juniors entered. The group stage was closely contested, so close in fact that there was a tie for 2nd place, resulting in a play-off between Charlie Weigh and up and coming player, Lois Courtney. It was Charlie who got the upper hand, sending him through to the final showdown where he would again meet Ethan Roumania. Ethan’s greater consistency of shot in the rallies rewarded him with the victory, winning 10-5 to take the Lower Mini Orange title for the first time.

In the Mini Upper Orange event, we had three entries including: Josh Norton, Lily Weigh and Milly Feakins (our most improved girl from 2017 and 9&U county player). Milly outplayed the others in her group to score the highest number of points and claim the Mini Upper Orange title for the first time.

Our last mini event was the Green ball competition which consisted of Josh Norton, Casey Judd and Milly Feakins all competing against each other. The group stage saw a high level of tennis by the players and it was Casey and Milly who made it to the final. Casey’s determination and experience gave him the edge over Milly to win his first Mini Green title in his last year as a green ball player.

The U14 Boys’ Singles competition kicked off with some great tennis on show. It was fantastic to see a strong number of players entering this year and the standard of play was high. The group stage saw some emphatic wins and some tense battles with four players making it to the Semi-Final stage. Sam Hodge played Jamie Macrae in the first Semi-Final, with Sam recording an easy 4-0 win. The second Semi-Final saw Nathaniel Dunk taking on Troy Judd which turned out to be a blockbuster. Nathaniel held his nerve in the tie-break to beat Troy 4-4 (7-3). It was a fantastic effort by both players with Nathaniel going through to play Sam. In the final, both players played well but ultimately Sam’s experience and court craft showed, winning the title for the first time 6-3.

The U14 Boys’ Doubles Final saw the new pairing of Nathaniel Dunk/Bradley Hopkins take on last year’s finalists Sam Hodge/Troy Judd. The match was very entertaining and after a close start, Sam and Troy played some excellent tennis, especially at the net to avenge last year’s loss and win the title in straight sets, giving Sam his second win of the day. Unfortunately, this year there were no U14 Girls’ Singles or Doubles events.

The U18 Girls’ Singles Final saw a repeat of last year’s title match, with last year’s champion Milly Mileham taking on Kimarie Fielder-Geurts. The girls were evenly matched throughout with both showing off their brilliant groundstrokes and tactical awareness. It was Milly who dealt with her nerves better and raised her game to a higher level when she needed to, winning the title 6-4, 6-3 for the second year running.

The U18 Boys Final saw Josh Deverson against Robbie Benka play against each other in a highly anticipated match-up between two of the clubs best junior players. Josh got the upper hand in the first set and didn’t take his foot off the gas to take it 6-0. Robbie fought back in the second set, cleaning up his unforced errors and forcing Josh to make some of his own, but Josh found an extra gear to win a tense second set with some clean, hard-hitting groundstrokes to claim the title for the first time 6-0 6-4.

The last match of the day was the U18 Mixed Doubles Final. Last year’s defending champion Milly Mileham and new partner Robbie Benka took on the new pairing of Sam Hodge and Kimarie Fielder-Geurts. The level of play was extremely high and the match was very close throughout. Milly and Robbie claimed a tight first set and then rolled to victory in the second to win in straight sets, with Milly securing her second title of the day and Robbie his first.

The 2018 Most Improved Boy trophy was awarded to Sam Hodge and the 2018 Most Improved Girl trophy was awarded to Lois Courtney.

Thank you to all of the players and parents who supported the event and to the coaching team for organising and running the tournament. A special thank you to Cloe Maple, President of Herne Bay Tennis Club, who supported on the day and presented the players with their winning trophies.

14th September 2018

Wins for 2 Herne Bay teams in Kent Finals

12th Apr. 18

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.

 

 

 

Club Opening and Wimbledon Ballot

2nd Apr. 18

Club Opening will be on Saturday 7th April at the earlier time of 12.30pm this year Please come along and enjoy an afternoon of tennis and, for a change, can gents please bring savouries and ladies bring cakes! This year, we will also be holding a Wimbledon Ballot, the same afternoon, for the tickets we have been allocated through the Wimbledon Club Opt-in process. This will take place in the clubhouse from 12.30pm onwards.  Everyone who opted in and is currently a member of the club is invited to come along and enjoy the excitement of seeing if they have secured tickets.  Thanks to everyone who opted in this year – we had a 73% opt in rate and were allocated 16 pairs of tickets plus 2 additonal pairs from Kent Tennis. Bob has been in touch with everyone who opted in to ask them for their preferences in advance of the ballot.

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18th Jan. 18
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Finals Day 2017

16th Sep. 17

With the summer season drawing to a close, Herne Bay Lawn Tennis Club held their Finals Day last weekend on a blustery day with the occasional shower making for difficult conditions.

The singles finals all produced similar results. In the Men’s Final Ben Keighley took on Dan Walker, both playing their first singles final. Keighley’s consistent play from all areas of the court saw him take a couple of early breaks against the powerful hitting of Walker and although the latter settled down late on in the set, Keighley went on to take the first set 6-2. The 2nd set went very much the same way with Keighley again taking control and closing out the match 6-2 to win the title.

The Ladies Singles Final saw a repeat of last year’s with Nicola Mileham coming up against young Emily Bundock. The match produced some very good rallies with the much improved Bundock holding her own. The more experienced Mileham proved too strong in the long run winning 6-1, 6-2 to take the title for the fourth year in a row.

The Men’s Singles Plate was fought out between young Josh Deverson and seasoned campaigner Steve Howard. With Deverson’s game coming on in leaps and bounds this year, he also showed tactical awareness and his aggressive approach and excellent net play culminated in an impressive 6-1, 6-2 victory.

The much anticipated Men’s Doubles Final had a completely new look with the Singles Champion Ben Keighley teaming up with Graham Miles against new-comers Patrick Thomassen/Matt Newman, who had defeated the reigning champions in the semi final. It looked like being a bit of an anti-climax with Thomassen/Newman finding it difficult to come to terms with the conditions and being completely outplayed in the 1st set by Keighley/Miles who romped away with the set 6-0. Thomassen/Newman then found some rhythm and snatched an early break in the 2nd set and then went on to hold serve to take the set 3-6. The 3rd and final set proved to be a cliff-hanger with both pairs producing exceptional tennis. Keighley/Miles raced to a 4-1 lead only for Thomassen/Newman to storm back taking 6 of the next 7 games to take the set 5-7 and claim the title.

Another close encounter was in the Ladies Doubles Final. Established pair Anne Gibbs/Louise Tucker took on Nicola Mileham/Danielle Miles. Just the one break of serve was needed in the 1st set for Gibbs/Tucker to take it 6-3. The 2nd set proved to be as close with nothing to choose between the two pairs. A tiebreak ensued and Gibbs/Tucker held their nerve to take the set 7-6 and the match to again lift the title having won in 15 of the last 17 years.

The Mixed Doubles Final was a repeat of last year between Peter Elsden/Louise Tucker and father and daughter pairing of Graham Miles/Danielle Miles. With the weather conditions worsening and the Miles’ showing some fatigue after their exploits in earlier finals, Elsden/Tucker took complete control with some excellent tennis. Having been broken the first game of the match, Elsden/Tucker never looked back and only dropped two more games running out 6-1, 6-2 winners.

In a highly entertaining Mixed Plate Final, Mark Townsend/Denise Parrett overcame a spirited performance by their opponents Rob Catterick/Helen Lipyeat. With some fine tennis on show and with both pairs clearly enjoying themselves, Townsend/Parrett eventually won the match 6-2, 6-3 to take the title.

Bay win 3 Mixed Titles

16th Sep. 17

Last weekend saw Herne Bay LTC compete in unprecedented three Mixed Divisional Finals as winners of their respective leagues.

The Mixed 1 team travelled to Tunbridge Wells to take on their mixed 2 team in the Division 2 final.  With regular Louise Tucker unavailable, Debbie Holden stepped up having not played at that level during the season. In the first round Bay’s 1st pair Peter Elsden/Anne Gibbs looked to have their work cut out against the host’s very strong 1st pair. Having traded service holds to level at 3-3, the Bay pair got on top, stifling their opponents with solid net play and consistent returns reeling off nine on the trot to win 6-3, 6-0.

Bay’s 2nd pair, Ben Keighley/Debbie Holden lost a tight first set 4-6 against the host’s 2nd pair but then some excellent hitting and net interceptions by Keighley and good deep lobs by Holden meant that Bay were able to reverse the score in the second set 6-4. The championship tie-break was lost but the set gained gave Bay great confidence for round two.

Elsden/Gibbs took the opportunity of an early break to take the first set 6-3 against the 2nd pair and looked in total control building a lead of 5-1 before the home team rallied, Elsden eventually serving out the set and rubber 6-4.

Keighley/Holden played some excellent tennis against the 1st pair and similarly won in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to complete a 3-1 win and the trophy for Herne Bay. This was an excellent season by this team with Keighley the outstanding performer in his first season at this level.

Mixed 2 entertained Tunbridge Wells 5 in the Division 3 Final. Bay’s 1st pair, father and daughter combination Graham and Danielle Miles had convincing wins against both Wells pairs winning 6-2, 6-2 against the 1st pair and 6-3, 6-0 against the 2nd pair. Bay’s 2nd pairing of Dan Walker/Nicola Mileham got off to a flyer against the visitor’s 2nd pair taking the first set 6-1 and then edged the second set 7-6. Against the 1st pair Walker/Mileham were taken all the way to a nail-biting championship tie-break, eventually succeeding 11-9 with Herne Bay running out 4-0 winners.

In the Division 6 Final, Herne Bay Mixed 3 were also at home playing Park Langley Mixed 2. Bay and were bolstered by the return of Sue Toye and Caroline Packer in what turned out to be a hard fought close match. Bay’s 1st Pair Matt Newman/Caroline Packer had a confident start beating the visitor’s 1st pair 6-2, 6-1. Bay’s 2nd pairing Eddie Fisher/Sue Toye had to dig deep to win a championship tie-break in the third set to ensure a 7-5,2-6, 1-0 win over a determined Park Langley 2nd pair. The second round of matches proved to be a role reversal whereby Fisher/Toye beat the visitor’s 1st pair 6-0, 6-4 that ensured the title would go to Herne Bay. As with the first round against the visitor’s 2nd pair, this time Newman/Packer won a hard fought victory eventually winning 6-1, 4-6, 1-0. Another 4-0 win for Herne Bay!

Elsewhere, Midweek Ladies 1 team travelled to Tunbridge Wells 1 in their final game in Division 1 knowing a win would mean they retained the title they won last summer. Bay’s 1st pairing Anne Gibbs/Caroline Packer struggled to cope with the heavy slice of the host’s 1st pair and lost 2-6, 3-6. Meanwhile, Bay’s 2nd pair Kay Mileham/Nicola Mileham had to work hard in their rubber against Wells 2nd pair with Nicola suffering a slight injury to her back. It was a close fought battle with long tiring rallies eventually winning 6-3, 6-4. With no ill effects from the back problems, the Milehams continued wher they had left off and overcame the host’s 1st pair 6-3, 6-3. Gibbs/Packer also won their second rubber with a comfortable 6-3, 6-0 scoreline. The more orthodox play of their opponents was countered by the aggressive baseline hitting of Packer, complimented by the solid net play of Gibbs. The title was claimed with the 3-1 win and Herne Bay 4 points clear of their nearest rivals.

Milly and Robbie Shine on Junior Finals Day

24th Aug. 17

Herne Bay Tennis Club’s Junior Tournament took place over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd July.

The standard of all the players was significantly high in all age ranges.   In the Mini ball categories, the participation rate had tripled from previous years, due to an influx of new members this year.

 

The Mini Reds kicked off the order of play with a round robin group format. This was slightly different this year, due to the volume of players, in which there were two runners up being young Charlie Weigh and James Critchley.  Ethan Roumania played the more consistant tennis in the final play off to take the mini red title for the first time.  Next up was the Mini Lower Orange group which saw 12 impressive players entered. This saw Charlie’s sister, Lily Weigh defeat Oliver Bonnie 7-3 to take her first title in this category.   The Upper Orange group saw a good standard of players.  The final was between no 1 seed and last year’s winner, John-Paul Mulligan against up and coming Milly Feakins.  Both players battled well, but John-Paul played the more consistent game just winning 10-7 to take the title for the second year running.  Lastly, the mini Green category finished off the mini groups.  It consisted of John-Paul and Milly again battling it out with some excellent play.  It was John-Paul that won 4-0 in an even game that the score line didn’t really reflect, as at least three games were deuce games.

 

The hard ball groups kicked off with both the U14 Boys and Girls singles.  It was nice to see the U14 Girls event go ahead, as in recent years, this could not run due to limited players.  This saw young Scarlett Pope against experienced Milly Mileham.  It was Milly, who showed her consistent tennis to win convincingly by only dropping one game to take the title for the first time.  The Boys singles entries were slightly down on last year.  The final consisted of two regular up and coming players, Robbie Benka and Sam Hodge.  This game showed both the boys playing some excellent groundstrokes.  It was endearing to see Sam’s competitiveness and personality shining through in his play, however, it was Robbie the more experienced player who took the title 6-2, 6-1.   Robbie also went onto win the U18 singles against last year’s winner, Henry Mileham.  It was good to see Henry on the court, as it was only the third time he had played since winning last year!  The court craft from Robbie and more attacking play went in his favour and he secured the title for the first time 6-3, 6-2.

The U18 Girl’s singles final saw Kimarie Fielder-Geurts against Milly Mileham. This was an exciting game.  Both girls showed sheer determination and both played a very high standard of tennis.  Milly just edged Kimarie by winning 6-4, 6-4 to take the title.

 

The U14 boys doubles finalists saw new pairings of Sam Hodge/Troy Judd against Robbie Benka/Ryan Jameson.  This was probably the most even matches of the day and it was thrilling to watch with some brilliant net play.  However, Robbie and Ryan became champions winning 6-2, 7-6.  This was followed by the U18 boys doubles, again seeing Robbie teamed up with Adam Lynch against last year’s winners, Elliot Wraight and Jos Fielder-Geurts.  This was another thrilling game to watch.  All of the boys demonstrated a high level of tennis but it was the new partnership of Robbie and Adam who took the title, 7-5, 6-3 making this Robbie’s fourth win of the day!

 

The last match of the day was the U18 mixed final between brother and sister pairing, Henry and Milly against Adam and Kimarie.  Again, this was of a high standard but it was Henry and Milly who secured victory winning 6-3, 6-2.

 

The most improved junior boy player was awarded deservedly to Josh Deverson and Most improved girl player to the up and coming Milly Feakins.

 

Thank you to all the players and parents who supported over the weekend and to the coaches in assisting running the tournament.  A special thank you to Chloe Maple, Vice President of the Tennis Club who came and supported over the weekend and presented the players with their winning trophies.

 

12th August 2017

17th Aug. 17

Herne Bay Tennis Club’s Junior Tournament took place over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd July.

The standard of all the players was significantly high in all age ranges.   In the Mini ball categories, the participation rate had tripled from previous years, due to an influx of new members this year.

 

The Mini Reds kicked off the order of play with a round robin group format. This was slightly different this year, due to the volume of players, in which there were two runners up being young Charlie Weigh and James Critchley.  Ethan Roumania played the more consistant tennis in the final play off to take the mini red title for the first time.  Next up was the Mini Lower Orange group which saw 12 impressive players entered. This saw Charlie’s sister, Lily Weigh defeat Oliver Bonnie 7-3 to take her first title in this category.   The Upper Orange group saw a good standard of players.  The final was between no 1 seed and last year’s winner, John-Paul Mulligan against up and coming Milly Feakins.  Both players battled well, but John-Paul played the more consistent game just winning 10-7 to take the title for the second year running.  Lastly, the mini Green category finished off the mini groups.  It consisted of John-Paul and Milly again battling it out with some excellent play.  It was John-Paul that won 4-0 in an even game that the score line didn’t really reflect, as at least three games were deuce games.

 

The hard ball groups kicked off with both the U14 Boys and Girls singles.  It was nice to see the U14 Girls event go ahead, as in recent years, this could not run due to limited players.  This saw young Scarlett Pope against experienced Milly Mileham.  It was Milly, who showed her consistent tennis to win convincingly by only dropping one game to take the title for the first time.  The Boys singles entries were slightly down on last year.  The final consisted of two regular up and coming players, Robbie Benka and Sam Hodge.  This game showed both the boys playing some excellent groundstrokes.  It was endearing to see Sam’s competitiveness and personality shining through in his play, however, it was Robbie the more experienced player who took the title 6-2, 6-1.   Robbie also went onto win the U18 singles against last year’s winner, Henry Mileham.  It was good to see Henry on the court, as it was only the third time he had played since winning last year!  The court craft from Robbie and more attacking play went in his favour and he secured the title for the first time 6-3, 6-2.

The U18 Girl’s singles final saw Kimarie Fielder-Geurts against Milly Mileham. This was an exciting game.  Both girls showed sheer determination and both played a very high standard of tennis.  Milly just edged Kimarie by winning 6-4, 6-4 to take the title.

 

The U14 boys doubles finalists saw new pairings of Sam Hodge/Troy Judd against Robbie Benka/Ryan Jameson.  This was probably the most even matches of the day and it was thrilling to watch with some brilliant net play.  However, Robbie and Ryan became champions winning 6-2, 7-6.  This was followed by the U18 boys doubles, again seeing Robbie teamed up with Adam Lynch against last year’s winners, Elliot Wraight and Jos Fielder-Geurts.  This was another thrilling game to watch.  All of the boys demonstrated a high level of tennis but it was the new partnership of Robbie and Adam who took the title, 7-5, 6-3 making this Robbie’s fourth win of the day!

 

The last match of the day was the U18 mixed final between brother and sister pairing, Henry and Milly against Adam and Kimarie.  Again, this was of a high standard but it was Henry and Milly who secured victory winning 6-3, 6-2.

 

The most improved junior boy player was awarded deservedly to Josh Deverson and Most improved girl player to the up and coming Milly Feakins.

 

Thank you to all the players and parents who supported over the weekend and to the coaches in assisting running the tournament.  A special thank you to Chloe Maple, Vice President of the Tennis Club who came and supported over the weekend and presented the players with their winning trophies.

 

More Success in Aegon

15th May. 17

The Aegon U16 boys team continued their successfull start to the league by convincingly defeating Broadstairs in their 2nd match on 6th May. Robbie Benka and Josh Deverson taking control of their respective singles matches early on and never really being troubled by the Broadstairs team. Benka and Deverson then paired up for the final doubles winning emphatically 6-0 6-0. The pair conceded only three games all afternoon.

The team then took on Chilham (14th May) with Robbie Benka and 12 year old Sam Hodge making his debut for the team. The singles matches were both won but with contrasting score lines. Robbie winning his match 6-1 6-0 and Sam having a much closer match against his opponent, eventually prevailing 6-4 7-5 after trailing 2-4 in the second set. The Herne Bay boys needed the doubles victory for a 3-0 clean sweep which they successfully did after a very even match against the Broadatairs pair, winning 6-2 6-4. The team are unbeaten in the three ties they have played with only two ties remaining.