Category - Match Reports


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.


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.


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.



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.


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!


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.


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.


16th Sep. 17

The 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.


7th Sep. 17

With the Kent League fixtures drawing to a close, Herne Bay LTC have been concentrating their efforts in the East Kent and Dover & District Leagues with some success!

In the East Kent League Division 1 the Men’s 1 team strengthened their hold at the top with two excellent wins. Away at Hythe, Bay’s first pair Ben Keighley/Alex Kazekeos won both their rubbers 6-3, 6-4 and 6-4, 6-2 whilst Bay’s second pair Matt Newman/Dan Walker closed out a tough match against the host’s second pair 7-5, 6-4 before losing out to the first pair. Bay securing a 3-1 win.

They then entertained Deal ITC at home with Keighley/Kazekeos again imperious in dropping only 7 games in their two rubbers and Newman/Walker thrashing the visitors second pair without dropping a game before pulling back a 1-5 deficit in the second set against Deal’s first pair to win in straight sets. 4-0 win to Herne Bay.

In Division 2, the Mens 2 team produced a superb 4-0 win against Deal ITC 2. Bay’s first pair Jason Hollingsworth/Colin Thompson had little trouble winning their two rubbers in straight sets with the loss of only 5 games. Meanwhile youngsters Robbie Benka/Josh Deverson got off to a flyer against the visitors second pair taking the first set 6-1 before narrowly losing the second set 5-7. They rallied and went on to win the deciding championship tie-break 10-3 to secure the rubber. They followed that with a resounding win against the first pair dropping only one game in each set.

A much changed Mens 2 team took on Broadstairs at home and came up short to lose out 1-3. Bay’s first pair Colin Thompson/Dave Lawrence won their first rubber 7-6, 6-2 but lost a tight rubber against the visitor’s second pair. Bay’s second pairing Mark Townsend/Steve Howard fared less well and lost both their rubbers in straight sets.

In the East Kent Mixed Division 1 the Mixed 1 team look to be in fine form. Travelling to UK Paper, Bay put on an impressive performance to come away with a well deserved 4-0 win. Bay’s first pair Patrick Thomassen/Caroline Packer taking their first set to love before edging a closer second set 6-4. Meanwhile Matt Newman/Sarah Pout had their work cut out but came through 6-4, 7-6 against the host’s second pair. The reverse rubbers saw comfortable wins for both pairs.

Canterbury were the visitors in the Mixed 1’s next match at Herne Bay and again the result was a resounding 4-0 win. Although the team changed the level of performance did not although all the rubbers were close affairs. Newman/Packer saw off both their opponents in straight sets whist new pairing Keith Curtis/Denise Parrett edged a close match against the second pair, winning a 3rd set tie-break before narrowly defeating the first pair 7-5, 7-5.

Elsewhere in the Dover & District League, the Mixed B team have enjoyed some success in beating both their most recent opponents. At home against Bridge, Bay’s first pair Rob Catterick/Helen Lipyeat got the tie off to a sound start losing only 3 games against Bridge’s first pair. Bay’s second pair Keith Curtis/Emily Bundock did well in their first rubber winning two close sets. The reverse rubbers saw a fight back from the visitors taking 3 of the 4 rubbers, Herne Bay holding on for a 5-3 win.

A far more comfortable win came at home to Hythe B with a 7-1 scoreline. This time Bay’s first pair James Curtis/Helen Lipyeat trounced the visitor’s first pair without dropping a game while Keith Curtis/Lesley Taylor overcame the second pair in two fairly tight sets. In the reverse rubbers Curtis/Lipyeat proved far too strong for the second pair winning both sets before Curtis/Taylor dropped a set to the first pair.

The Men’s B team took on Hythe C at Hythe and recorded an emphatic 8-0 win. Jason Hollingsworth/Steve Howard posted identical sores against both the Hythe pairs, losing only 4 games over each of the rubbers. Bay’s second pairing Gary Smith/Dave Lawrence ad similar results in their two rubbers.


30th Jul. 17

As the Kent League summer fixtures draw to a close Herne Bay LTC have topped their groups in no less than 3 Divisions, an unprecedented achievement in the clubs history.

In their penultimate match in Division 2B, Herne Bay Mixed 1 played Bromley Mixed 2 at home. Due to an unfortunate injury to one of the visiting players, Peter Elsden/Louise Tucker easily took the first rubber with the loss of only 4 games. The other rubbers were conceded handing the points to Herne Bay.

Needing a 3-1 win in the remaining fixture, the Mixed 1 team travelled to Tunbridge Wells 3. The grass courts provided a somewhat uneven bounce but that didn’t deter Herne Bay and in the first round Peter Elsden/Anne Gibbs and Ben Keighley/Louise Tucker comfortably won in straight sets albeit not without controversy due to the behaviour of one of the home players. Keighley/Tucker had a close rubber against the hosts 1st pair, winning a 2nd set tie break but eventually going down in a championship breaker, whilst Elsden/Gibbs again won their second rubber in straight sets to clinch the match and top the Division.

Herne Bay Mixed 2 played out winning draws in their remaining two matches to take the title in Division 3A. Away at Frindsbury 1 the first round of rubbers went very much according to plan with Graham Miles/Danielle Miles proving too strong for the hosts 1st pair and winning in straight sets while Dan Walker/Nicola Mileham were taken all the way, winning a third set championship tie-break. The second round saw both rubbers go to championship tie-breaks, this time going in favour of the home team. With the match tied at 2 rubbers each, the match went to Herne Bay 6 sets to 5.

Mixed 2’s final match was played at home to their nearest challengers Freedom Fitness 2. Herne Bay were able to field the same pairings and things started well with Walker/Mileham comfortably beating the visitors 2nd pair 6-3, 6-3. Miles/Miles meanwhile narrowly lost out in a third set championship tie-break having taken the 1st set. The second round saw Miles/Miles come back to win in straight sets whilst Walker/Mileham lost to the visitors 1st pair after a close 1st set tie-break, going down in straight sets. Again the match was tied 2-2 in rubbers with Bay the victors 5 sets to 4 cementing their position at the top of the table.

In Division 6A, Herne Bay Mixed 3 triumphed in the closest of groups. Playing away to their nearest challengers Brenchley & Matfield 2, Bay had to come away with 2 rubbers to guarantee top spot. With both regular ladies unavailable, their replacements proved very reliable and in the first round Bay’s 1st pair Matt Newman/Sarah Pout had close fought encounter taking the 1st set 7-5, losing the 2nd 4-6 before overcoming stubborn resistance to close out the 3rd set championship tie-break. They then went on to make light work against the host’s 2nd pair winning with the loss of only two games. The home team took the remaining rubbers to draw 2-2 in rubbers and win 5-4 in sets. With both clubs tied on points at the top of the division Bay took the spoils with an overall superior rubbers/sets ratio.

The finals for each of the Mixed teams will be played on 3rd September.
The Ladies Midweek 1 team are another with a good chance of topping their group in Division 1. Two matches have been played recently, the first away at Canterbury 1 where after a very competitive opening round, Herne Bay came away with a 4-0 win. Bay’s first pairing Kay Mileham/Nicola Mileham won in two hard fought sets 6-4, 7-5 whilst the new pairing of Anne Gibbs/Caroline Packer took a while to get going against the hosts second pair and having lost the 1st set, came back strongly to take the 2nd before going on to win the deciding tie-break 10-6. The second round saw the Mileham’s comfortably beat Canterbury’s second pair losing only one game while Gibbs/Packer despatched the first pair in straight sets.

The second match was played at home with David Lloyd King’s Hill the visitors. In difficult windy conditions coupled with the occasional shower, Bay were happy to have completed the match and win 3-1. Sarah Pout replaced Packer for this one. The Mileham’s got off to a flyer against the first pair easily taking the 1st set and missed a match point in the 2nd only to lose that set and the rubber in the 3rd set breaker. They came back strongly against the visitors second pair to win 6-2, 6-2. The consistency of Bay’s second pairing of Anne Gibbs/Sarah Pout proved too much for the opposition and they comfortably won both their rubbers in straight sets. Herne Bay has now won all 4 of the matches they have played and their last match is away to Tunbridge Wells 1 who are also undefeated to set up a thrilling finale.

Ladies 2 finished on a high in Division 3A when they entertained Meopham at home winning 3-1. Herne Bay’s first pair Caroline Packer/Denise Parrett had little trouble in their rubbers winning both in straight sets losing only 8 games while Kay Mileham/Sarah Pout beat the visitor’s first pair before losing out against the second pairing in a 3rd set tie-break. The result leaves the Ladies 2 team a very creditable 3rd place in the Division.

Also finishing in 3rd place is the Ladies 3 team who played out their final match of the season away at Trottiscliffe 2 in Division 6A. Herne Bay’s first pair Denise Parrett/Anja Stileman won both their rubbers in straight sets and although Sarah Pout/Christine Hanson lost to the host’s first pair, Herne Bay came away with an excellent 3-1 win.

Elsewhere, in the Dover & District League the Mixed A team travelled to near neighbours Canterbury B and after a number of big wins, this match proved to be the hardest match so far this season. Canterbury put out a much changed team to the one beaten by the Bay 7-1 a few weeks earlier and their strong first pair beat Ian Cooke/Dani Miles 6-1, 6-4 and then halved with Bay’s other pair Peter Elsden/Sue Toye 6-4, 3-6. Elsden/Toye then went on to beat the second pair 6-4, 6-2 and Cooke/Miles halved with them 6-2, 1-6 in a topsy turvy encounter.

A changed team produced another excellent 8-0 result for the Mixed A team this time at home to Canterbury A. Peter Elsden/Louise Tucker won 6-2, 6-4 against the visitors first pair and then lost just the one game against their second pair. Bay’s second pair Ian Cooke/Anne Gibbs followed up a 6-3, 6-0 win against the Canterbury second pair with a 6-3, 7-5 victory against the first pair, neutralising the considerable power of the opposition with their consistency.

The team has now won 6 and drawn 1 with a record of 46 out 56 sets won so far and look set to win the title with just the one match to play.

Two matches for the Men’s A team against Hythe B home and away both ended with the same result. At Herne Bay, the home team ran out winners 7-1 in sets. Bay’s first pair Alex Kazekeos/Ben Keighley were far too strong for the opposition and lost a total of 4 games all evening. Graham Miles/Matt Newman beat Hythe’s first pair 6-2, 7-5 before drawing with the second pair 6-2, 6-7.

The fixture was reversed the following week and although Bay were forced into 3 team changes, the result was almost identical. On a particularly blustery evening, the home side struggled more than the visitors and Bay’s first pair Peter Elsden/Ian Cooke dropped only 3 games whilst Matt Newman/Richard Marshall beat the home side’s second pair 6-4, 6-1 before drawing with first pair 6-3, 6-7.

A welcome win 7-1 came for the Men’s B team at home to Chilham. Steve Howard/Jason Hollingsworth continue their excellent partnership comfortably beating both visitors first and second pairs 6-1, 6-3 and 6-3, 6-3 respectively while Gary Smith/Dave Lawrence beat the second pair 6-2, 7-6 and then drew with the first pair.

Another 7-1 win was recorded by the Mixed B team playing at home to Canterbury C. Rob Catterick/Lesley Taylor overcame the visitors first pair 7-5, 6-2 and then beat the second pair 6-2, 6-3. Bay’s second pairing of James Curtis/Diana High struggled initially and dropped a set against the first pair before bouncing back to take the 2nd set and beat the second pair 6-3, 6-2.