Category - Match Reports


26th Nov. 18

Despite some awful weather of late Herne Bay LTC have completed a number of fixtures in the Kent Leagues.

The Ladies 1st team played their much delayed replay of the Kent League Summer 2018 Division 2 final at Herne Bay against Bromley LTC 1. The first match had ended in a draw on rubbers, sets and games. In the 1st round the Bromley 1st pair were too strong for the Bay pairing of Anne Gibbs/Louise Tucker and they won in straight sets. The Bay’s second pair of Nicola Mileham/Sue Toye had a marathon match which lasted over 2 hours against the opposition’s 2nd pair. They eventually lost 6-3, 3-6 and 6-10 in the deciding tie break. In the 2nd round Tucker & Gibbs also went to 3 sets against the 2nd pair but managed to win 3-6, 7-5 and then 10-6in the tie break. The Bromley 1st pair beat Mileham & Toye winning the match and the division 2 title 3-1.

Herne Bay ladies 2nd match of the weekend was also at home but this time it was a winter league Division 1 match against Sevenoaks 1. The same 4 players were in action again for Herne Bay. In the 1st round Gibbs & Tucker had a close match against the Sevenoaks 1st pair with their attacking style causing the opposition to over hit. They won 6-4, 2-6 and then had another successful tie break which they took 10-4. They then went on to beat the opposition’s 2nd pair 6-4, 6-2. Mileham & Toye played well in both their rubbers but were unable to win a set so Herne Bay drew the match on rubbers but lost it by a set.

Herne Bay Men’s 2 got off to a great start in Division 6A recording a fine win away at Hayes. The opening rubbers were close affairs with Ian Cooke/Dan Walker edging a 1st set tie break before taking the 2nd set 4-6 and Bay’s 2nd pair David Mikhail/Colin Thompson producing identical scores to win 6-7,4-6. Mikhail/Thompson fell short against Hayes 1st pair but Cooke/Walker wrapped the match up with a dominant display beating the host’s 2nd pair 1-6, 1-6 to win the match 3-1.

The Mixed 1 team welcomed near neighbours Canterbury 2 to Beacon Road in Division 2A and did just enough in a hard fought but entertaining encounter. Bay’s 1st pair Louise Tucker/Peter Elsden took their 1st rubber in 2 close sets 6-4, 6-4 whilst Bay’s other pair Anne Gibbs/Graham Miles struggled for consistency going down in straight sets. With the tie in the balance Gibbs/Miles produced a battling performance before losing out in 3 hard fought sets against the oppositions 1st pair. Tucker/Elsden had little trouble in the remaining rubber losing just the 1 game. With the match tied 2-2 in rubbers, Bay took the points 5-4 in sets.

The Mixed 3 team produced an excellent result 4-0 away to Bearsted 3 in Division 7B with all the rubbers being won in straight sets. With new pairings Sue Toye/David Mikhail winning theirs 2-6, 3-6 and 1-6 5-7, Debbie Holden/Mark Kennard formed a formidable partnership to drop just 5 games over their 2 rubbers.


31st Oct. 18

Making the most of splendid weather of late, the winter league matches are coming thick and fast for Herne Bay LTC.

The Men’s 3 team entertained Frindsbury Men’s 3 in Division 9A and got off to an excellent start by running out 4-0 winners. In the opening rubbers, Bay’s 1st pair Colin Thompson/Mark Townsend claimed victory in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 although the score did not reflect the closeness of the match with some lengthy rallies. Steve Howard/Jason Hollingsworth on the other hand had a rapid encounter with the visitor’s 2nd pair with most of the points being won or lost quickly and Bay again winning in straight sets. The reverse rubbers saw Thompson/Townsend trade games early on before romping home 6-3, 6-0. Howard/Hollingsworth had a much tighter match in two very close sets eventually closing out 6-4, 7-5.

The Men’s over 60’s Midweek travelled to Broadstairs for their opening match in Division 2. A strong wind and bright sunshine from one end made for difficult conditions but the players managed some fine tennis nonetheless. Bay’s 1st pair Ian Cooke/Mark Townsend taking the first rubber in straight sets with their consistent groundstrokes 3-6, 4-6 while the 2nd pair Bob Toye/Tony Blackall, the latter making his debut, forged a solid partnership and despite losing in 3 sets in their opening rubber, took an all important set that would prove pivotal. The 2nd round saw Cooke/Townsend lose just the 2 games whilst Toye/Blackall battled hard but came up short in 2 close sets. With the match tied at 2 rubbers each, Bay took the spoils 5-4 in sets.

Townsend and Cooke featured again in the Men’s Vets team that played host to Oakwood Men’s Vets 1 in Division 2A. Cooke this time partnered Graham Miles while Townsend teamed up with Gary Smith. Cooke/Miles proved to be too strong for both sets of opponents dropping just the 7 games in 2 straight sets victories. Townsend/Smith however were taken all the way in their 2 matches. Against Oakwood’s 2nd pair they fought back from a set down before narrowly losing out in a 3rd set championship tie break. Their final rubber was even closer, again going to a 3rd set after Oakwood’s 1st pair had drawn level in a 2nd set tie break. Bay went on to take the 3rd set and the rubbers for a hard fought 3-1 win.

There were good starts in the Ladies section too. The Ladies 3 team met Freedom Leisure Ladies 3 in Division 8A and produced a solid 3-1 win. In the first round of rubbers Sarah Pout/Tui Thain started well winning the first set only for their opponents to fight back to take the next 2 sets. Bay’s other pair Sheila Wyver/Lesley Taylor had an easier time of it playing consistent tennis to outplay Freedom’s 2nd pair to win 6-3, 6-2. In the reverse rubbers Herne Bay went from strength to strength with both pairs winning in straight sets to take the match 3-1.

Pout and Thain teamed up again for the Ladies Vets 2 side to take on Brenchley & Matfield at home in Division 2B. In the first round Bay’s first pair Denise Parrett/Debbie Holden fought back from a set down to win a topsy turvy match in a 3rd set championship tie-break whilst Pout/Thain again showed their class beating the visitor’s second pair 6-3, 7-5. Those close first round matches seemed to take their toll on visitor’s who only manged 6 more games for Bay to run out deserved winners 4-0.

The Ladies 1 team travelled to near neighbours Canterbury 1 in Division 1B whose very young team posted the narrowest of wins. Bay’s pairs Nicola Mileham/Danielle Miles and Louise Tucker/Sue Toye struggled against the hosts first pair but both then comfortably beat the second pair. With the match tied 2-2 in rubbers and 4-4 in sets, Canterbury just won by 29 games to 27.


16th Oct. 18

The last ladies match of the East Kent summer season on the final Saturday in September saw Herne Bay Ladies crowned Division 2 champions. During their convincing win over Deal Ladies 2 at home in Beacon Road, Herne Bay dropped only 11 games in total al afternoon. The solid pairings of Caroline Packer/Denise Parrett won their rubbers 6-2, 6-1 followed by 6-1,6-1 whilst the second pair Debbie Holden/Sarah Pout won impressively 6-4, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1 to take the title.

Also in the East Kent League, the Men’s 1 team completed their penultimate match in Division 1 with an emphatic home win against Danny Wynne TA. Bay’s usual pairings of Ben Keighley/Alex Kazakeos and Matt Newman/Geoff Holland proved far too strong for the visitor’s and conceded just the 15 games in their 4-0 win.

Their final match of the campaign saw them travel to Broadstairs knowing a win would secure the title. With a much changed line-up, Bay produced an epic match in the closest of contests. Newman this time partnered Kazakeos while Graham Miles/Eddie Fisher made up the second pair. In the first round of rubbers Newman/Kazakeos lost to the host’s first pair in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 while Miles/Fisher gelled from the start to win theirs 0-6, 4-6. The reverse rubbers saw Newman/Kazakeos overwhelm their opponents 3-6, 1-6 and Miles/Fisher run out of steam losing 6-4, 6-1. With the result in the balance at 2-2 in rubbers, 4-4 in sets, Herne Bay eventually ran out winners by 4 games to take the title.

One match still to be decided is the Ladies Division 2 Final. The Ladies 1 team had travelled to Bromley to take on their 1st team and nothing separated the to sides on an exhausting day for both teams. The opening rubbers saw Anne Gibbs/Louise Tucker edge the Bromley first pair in a 3rd set championship tie-break, while Danielle Miles/Nicola Mileham were just pipped in similar fashion in 3 sets. The second round of rubbers were the opposite of the tense, close battles of the first with Gibbs/Tucker losing just 2 games to win in straight sets and Miles/Mileham losing theirs in straight sets. With the match 2-2 in rubbers, 5-5 in sets and 38-38 in games the teams could not be separated and a replay will be required to determine a winner. The replay is scheduled for November.


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.


10th Sep. 18

Herne Bay have posted some excellent results recently in the East Kent League.

After a disappointing away loss at Whitstable, the Men’s 2 team completed their fixtures in Division 2 by winning all their 3 remaining matches. At home to Broadstairs 2, the new pairing of Martin Feakins/Dan Weigh produced some steady tennis in their first rubber to pip their opponents in 3 sets. Bay’s 2nd pair Bob Toye/Steve Howard won their opening rubber in two close fought sets 6-4, 7-5. The reverse rubbers saw Feakins/Weigh having little trouble despatching the visitors 2nd pair losing only one game whilst Toye/Howard found the going tough and although losing in straight sets, Herne Bay ran out winners 3-1.

With a much change line-up Bay travelled to Chilham for their next match that unfortunately was affected by the weather. Bay’s 1st pair this time was debutant Aiden Blackall partnering Keith Curtis who comfortably won their rubber whilst Bob Toye/Adam Biddle took a set off the hosts 2nd pair. With the weather deteriorating rapidly it was decided to finish at that point with Bay winning by the odd set.

Bay rang the changes again for their final fixture at home to Deal ITC. This time Mark Townsend/Dan Weigh set the ball rolling with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 opening rubber. Bob Toye this time partnered Greg Pearson and having raced through the 1st set 6-1, their opponents bounced back reversing the scoreline to level. Toye/Pearson’s experience came through in a close deciding championship tie-break that again proved pivotal. The reverse rubbers saw Townsend/Weigh power on to win 6-1, 6-1 whilst Toye/Pearson ran out of steam and fell in straight sets. With the match tied 2-2 in rubbers, Bay won 5-4 in sets.

Bay Ladies travelled to Broadstairs in Division 1 and came away with a fine 3-1 win. Caroline Packer/Debbie Holden were far too strong for the hosts 1st pair and lost just the 2 games to record a straight sets victory. Meanwhile Bay’s 2nd pair Sarah Pout/Isobel Warnock also got off to a flyer also winning their rubber in straight sets although they were taken to a 2nd set tie-break. In the reverse rubbers Packer/Holden secured the victory beating the hosts 2nd pair 2-6, 3-6 whilst Pout/Warnock lost in 2. With this their 3rd straight victory and topping the table, all eyes will be on Bay’s final fixture at home to Deal ITC.


25th Aug. 18

Herne Bay’s Kent League midweek mixed veterans team played their last match of the season in division 1 knowing that they only had to complete the fixture to become champions for the 17th time in the last 18 years. There was light rain forecast all day but because the match was to be played at Freedom Leisure, Maidstone on their new artificial clay courts it was able to go ahead. In the 1st round Ian Cooke/Anne Gibbs had some long rallies against the home team’s 1st pair but only dropped one game winning 6-0, 6-1. Mark Townsend/Sue Toye also managed to win their 1st set easily 6-1 and then had a much closer 2nd set which they won 7-5. At the end of the 1st round of play everyone was completely soaked so the 2nd round was abandoned and Herne Bay won the match and secured the league title.

Also completing a successful campaign were the Ladies Midweek 1 team who played out their final two matches at home. First up were Bearsted 1 in Division 1 who proved no match for the formidable pairing of Anne Gibbs/Caroline Packer who dropped only 3 games in both their rubbers. Bay’s 2nd pair Sue Toye/Kay Mileham had a much tougher time of it in their 2 rubbers, both going the distance with virtually identical scorelines in each before Bay secured wins in both with successful championship tie-breaks. Their final match saw a top of the table clash with champions elect Tunbridge Wells 1 and produced a fantastic performance. Bay got off to a flier with Gibbs/Packer and Toye/Mileham both beating their opponents in the first round of rubbers by the same scorelines, 6-3, 6-1. In the second round Gibbs/Packer again had an emphatic 6-3. 6-2 whilst an injury to Toye early in the 2nd rubber severely restricted her movement and despite gamely continuing, the visitors comfortably won. The spoils then to Herne Bay by 3 rubbers to 1 and a fine effort to finish runners-up and congratulations to Tunbridge Wells on topping the table.

In the East Kent League, the Ladies team edged a very close match at home to Deal 1. In the first round Caroline Packer/Debbie Holden produced some fine play to win 6-3, 7-5 whilst Diana High/Tui Thain looked to be in command after taking the 1st set 6-4. Deal bounced back to take the 2nd 2-6 and then going on to win a 3rd set tie break. IN the reverse rubbers Packer/Holden demolished the visitors 2nd pair but High/Thain lost in 2 close sets 4-6, 4-6. With the match level 2-2 in rubbers Bay came out on top 5 sets to 4. The Men’s 1 team played host to Hythe and gained another fine win. Captain Matt Newman was partnered by Geoff Holland making his first appearance for the 1st team. Taking a while to get used to the new pairing, Hythe took advantage and took the 1st rubber 3-6, 4-6. Bay’s other pairing the ever reliable Ben Keighley/Alex Kazekeos had little difficulty against Hythe’s 2nd pair winning 6-0, 6-1. The reverse rubbers saw Newman/Holland finding their game with Newman’s aggressive ground strokes and Holland’s superb net play to win 6-3, 6-3 and Keighley/Kazekeos produce another dominant display in winning 6-0, 6-2 and for Bay to take the match 3-1.

The Herne Bay Tennis Club Finals Day takes place on Sunday 2nd September that should be an exciting days tennis to round off the summer season.


2nd Aug. 18

With the Summer Kent League fixtures drawing to a close, there has been more success for Herne Bay LTC.

Ladies 1 finished their last 2 matches in Kent League division 2 with two 4-0 wins. The team for both matches was Louise Tucker/Anne Gibbs and Danielle Miles/Sue Toye. In the first match at home to Bromley LTC 2 the Herne Bay team took full advantage of the oppositions unfamiliarity with the acrylic surface, which caused the ball to bounce higher than they were used to and won all their rubbers dropping just 10 games in total.

This left the team undefeated with one match left to play at home against Horsmonden. Unfortunately Horsmonden were unable to field a full team so sent two juniors to play in order to prevent their team from being relegated. This meant that the Bay just needed to win one game to secure winning a place in the section final and promotion to the top division next summer. Tucker and Gibbs managed this in their 1st game and went on to win the rubber without dropping any games. Miles and Toye also won their rubber very convincingly. The team will now contest the final in September away to Bromley LTC 1.

The Ladies Midweek 3 team travelled to second placed Hythe in what proved to be the title decider in Division 4. Debbie Holden/Diana High and Lesley O’Connell/ Liz Harvey ensured the Bay got off to a flyer in the first round winning both rubbers in straight sets to pile the pressure on the hosts. Despite O’Connell and Harvey narrowly losing two close sets in the reverse rubbers, Holden/High won theirs to record a fine 1-3 win to take the title.

Ladies 3 also ended on a high finishing runners up in Division 6B. In a hard fought contest away at Bromley 2, Bay’s first pair Sarah Pout/Tui Thain forged a formidable partnership and won both their rubbers losing only 3 games in each. Bay’s other pair Sheila Wyver/Helen Lipyeat put up staunch resistance and despite losing both rubbers managed to take the host’s second pair to an all important 3rd set championship tie-break. With the match tied at 2 rubbers apiece, Bay triumphed 4-5 in sets.

Ladies 2 completed their final two fixtures with a win and a loss for a respectable mid table finish in a highly competitive Division 3B. Away at Blackheath, Bay’s 1st pair Caroline Packer/Denise Parrett fought back from a set down to take their opponents to a 3rd set championship tie-break before narrowly losing out. Kay Mileham/Sue Toye on the other hand proved too strong for Blackheath’s second pair winning comfortably in straight sets. The reverse rubbers saw wins for both Bay pairs to secure a 1-3 win.

With Toye and Mileham unavailable for the last match at home to Bearsted 2, Sarah Pout and Helen Lipyeat filled in. Packer/Parrett opened with a very tight rubber eventually winning in the 3rd set tie-break. Meanwhile, despite some fine rallies Pout/Lipyeat lost out in straight sets having their serve broken once in each set. It was a similar story for Pout/Lipyeat in the second round, putting in another good performance but losing out in 2 sets. Packer/Parrett however had no difficulty winning their remaining rubber losing just 3 games. Bay narrowly losing out 4-5 in sets.

Mens 1’s last match in Division 3A saw a visit to Horsmonden and a well earned 1-3 win. With Alex Kazekeos partnering Richard Marshall for his first appearance of the season and Ben Keighley teaming up with Matt Newman, Bay started confidently winning both opening rubbers in straight sets. Keighley/Newman continued where they had left off in the second round again winning in straight sets whilst Kazekeos/Marshall narrowly lost in the 3rd having fought back from a set down.

The Men’s 3 team took on Bromley Wendover 5 at home in a match that swung to and fro but ultimately produced another fine win to cap off their season. The big serving Colin Thompson/Jason Hollingsworth came through their first rubber in two very close sets whilst youngsters Josh Deverson/Robbie Benka played some fantastic tennis to outplay their opponents in the first set before going on to take the second in a tie-break. In the second round Deverson/Benka got off to an unusually shaky start losing the first set in double quick time. They bounced back to take the second and pushed Bromley all the way in the third before just missing out. Thompson/Hollingsworth meanwhile had an easier time overcoming their opponents in straight sets to record a 3-1 win.

Mixed 2 completed all their matches with a trip to Bromley LTC to play their 2nd team. The team knew that only a 4-0 win would keep them in division 2 next summer. Despite battling hard in the hot sun they lost by 2 sets. Matt Newman/Anne Gibbs and Ben Keighley/Debbie Holden both managed to beat the opposition’s 2nd pair in a match tie-break and lost to their 1st pair in straight sets. The team will endeavour to bounce straight back from division 3 to division 2 next summer.

Elsewhere in the Dover & District League, the Men’s B team travelled to St Margarets and edged a thriller. The first round saw Herne Bay get on the front foot with Jason Hollingsworth/Gary Smith winning with ease whilst Steve Howard/Dave Lawrence ended up 1 set apiece against the host’s second pair. In the second round two very close rubbers were contested with the scores reversed in favour of St Margarets. The match ended 4 sets each but with Bay finishing up 42 games to 37.

Herne Bay’s mixed A team had a very convincing 7 sets to 1 win at home to Hythe A in Dover & District division 1. Ben Keighley/Anne Gibbs won all their sets dropping just 3 games and Dan Walker/Debbie Holden beat the opposition’s 2nd pair by 2 sets to nil and finished 1 set all against their 1st pair. The team are currently top of the division with one match left to play.



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.


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.


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.