Category - Match Reports


15th Mar. 19

In what has been a largely disappointing finish to the Kent Winter League for the Herne Bay LTC, several teams managed to sign off with some fine wins.


Probably the most unusual of those was played out when the Mixed 2 team travelled to Frindsbury 1 in Division 3A. In the first round of rubbers new pairing Dan Walker/Helen Lipyeat performed well before going down 5-7,3-6 whilst Ian Cooke/Anne Gibbs battled back from a set and 3-5 down to take the second set 7-5 before also just losing out 6-10 in the championship tie-break. Things were not looking good with Bay 2 rubbers down at the half way stage but Cooke/Gibbs overcame a poor start to the second round quickly falling behind 0-4 before staging a fine comeback to win 7-6, 6-2. Walker/Lipyeat produced a great match to overcome the host’s 1st pair winning the 3rd set championship tie-break 10-8. Although the players knew the result would be close, they were amazed to find that it was 2-2 in rubbers, 5-5 in sets and 42-42 in games, a very rare draw!


The following week the Mixed 2 team were again in action and celebrated their first win of the season albeit with a changed line-up. Entertaining Sydenham at Beacon Road, Gibbs this time partnered Walker for the first time and although far from consistent, managed to take the first set 6-3 before going completely off the boil losing the first 4 games of the second set. Although they rallied the set was lost 4-6. The momentum shift was however in Bay’s favour and proved decisive in the 3rd set championship tie-break with Gibbs/Walker romping home 10-4. Debbie Holden/Mark Townsend had a straightforward win against the visitors 2nd pair 6-4, 6-0 with the opposition struggling with the breezy conditions. With Bay up at the half way stage, the reverse rubbers saw Gibbs/Walker comfortably win 6-2, 6-3 before Holden/Townsend fought out a topsy-turvy 3 setter, eventually losing the 3rd 8-10. Bay however won 3-1 to confirm their place in the Division for another season.


The Ladies 3 team signed off with a one-sided affair in the rout of Margate 2 at home in Division 8A. Bay 1st pair Tui Thain/Sarah Pout dropped just the one game all afternoon and Sheila Wyver/Helen Lipyeat beat both visitor’s pair in straight sets although they were taken to a 2nd set tie-break in their final rubber. The team finished a commendable 3rd in the Division.


Herne Bay Mixed 1 played their final match away at TWLTC 3 in Division 2A and got off to a flying start in the opening round of rubbers rapidly taking a 2-0 lead. Peter Elsden/Louise Tucker won theirs 4-6, 2-6 whilst Anne Gibbs/Ben Keighley produced some excellent net play in winning 0-6, 4-6. Gibbs/Keighley then edged the host’s 1st pair in a thrilling match in 2 tie-breaks 6-7, 6-7 whist Elsden/Tucker again proved to be too strong for TWLTC’s 2nd pair dropping just 5 games in a straight sets victory for a 4-0 win. The result saw Bay on level points with Canterbury and Bromley at the top of the Division but eventually placed 3rd on rubbers won.


Going into their last match, Mixed 3 hosted Gravesham 2 in the title decider in Division 7B. The match lived up to expectations and could not have been closer. Sue Toye/Matt Newman got the ball rolling with a comprehensive 6-4, 6-2 win while Bay’s 2nd pair Debbie Holden/Mark Townsend lost out 3-6, 4-6. The reverse rubbers saw Toye/Newman miss several chances to kill the match off sooner before edging a tight contest 7-5, 7-5. Holden/Townsend meanwhile lost to Gravesham’s 1st pair 2-6, 4-6. Those missed opportunities proved costly for Bay with the match tied on rubbers 2-2 and sets 4-4, Gravesham took the match and the title 39-40 in games.


The Men’s Vets team did well to finish in 3rd position in Division 2A and fought a close match against Hartley at home in their final match. Having lost the first two games of their opening rubber, Ian Cooke/Pater Elsden powered back without losing another game for a resounding 6-2, 6-0 win. Jason Hollingsworth/Steve Howard got off to a nervy start losing the 1st set 1-6 before levelling in a 2nd set tie-break eventually just losing out in the 3rd set championship tie-break. In the second round Cooke/Elsden again got off to a slow start before bouncing back to win in straight sets 7-6, 6-0. Hollingsworth/Howard again played well in their final rubber and were unlucky to lose 6-7, 2-6. Herne Bay the winners 5-4 in sets.


The Ladies over 60’s Midweek team left the best to last when they entertained Hythe, producing their most accomplished performance of the winter in winning 4-0. Sarah Pout/Anne Gibbs were far too strong for the opposition and reflected in the fact they lost only 2 games in total. Sue Flynn/Tui Thain won their first rubber in straight sets and the second after a 3rd set championship tie-break. Bay finished 5th in what proved to be a pretty tough Division.


19th Feb. 19

Making the most of the reasonable weather conditions throughout January, Herne Bay LTC were able to complete a number of matches in the Kent Inter Club Winter Leagues.

The Men’s 1 team finally recorded their first win in their last match of the campaign when they travelled to Maidstone in Division 3B. In challenging conditions, very cold and with a blinding low sun at one end, the first round saw Ben Keighley/Alex Kazakeos edge a close 1st set 5-7 before powering on to take the 2nd 2-6. Graham Miles/Matt Newman narrowly lost their 1st set 7-5 but then bounced back to take the 2nd 3-6 to force what proved to be a pivotal 3rd set championship tie-break which the hosts went on to win. In the second round Keighley/Kazakeos again got stronger as the match went on to win in straight sets 4-6, 1-6 whilst Miles/Newman lost out 6-2, 6-4. With the rubbers level 2-2, Herne Bay took the tie 4-5 in sets.

The Men’s over 60’s Midweek enjoyed a good week playing two matches in the space of six days in Division 2 and coming out on top in both. The first match could not have been closer away at Gravesham. The opening rubbers saw the sides level pegging after Mark Townsend/Ian Cooke saw off their opponents 2-6, 4-6 whilst Bob Toye/Tony Blackhall faded after a sound start losing 6-3, 6-1. The reverse rubbers saw a similar pattern, Townsend/Cooke again proving too strong winning 1-6, 3-6 and Toye/Blackhall losing by the exact same scoreline. With the match level 2-2 in rubbers and 4-4 in sets, the countback revealed Bay succeeding 32-34 in games.

Next up Herne Bay entertained Crescent at Beacon Road and this proved to be a far easier affair with Cooke/Townsend imperious in dropping just 1 game throughout both their rubbers. With Toye unavailable Mark Roe partnered Blackhall and although they lost the first rubber, the partnership grew stronger and they finished off winning the final rubber 6-3, 6-0. The 3-1 win keeps them well placed for a potential runners-up spot with one match to play.

The Men’s Vets played host to Blackheath in a very tough Division 2A. Peter Elsden/Ian Cooke made light work of their opening rubber losing just the one game. Graham Miles/Gary Smith were taken all the way by a determined Blackheath 2nd pair. Having dropped the first set 2-6, Bay hit back taking the 2nd 6-4 and eventually edging the championship 3rd set tie-break. The second round saw Elsden/Cooke’s class again seeing off the visitor’s 2nd pair 6-2, 6-0 before Miles/Smith succumbed in straight sets. A fine 3-1 win leaves Bay mid table with a couple of matches still to play.

Herne Bay Mixed 3 continued their impressive form away at Brenchley & Matfield Mixed 2 in Division 7B. Bay did well to edge the opening rubbers to hold the advantage after Sue Toye/Matt Newman came out on top in straight sets 5-7, 3-6. Meanwhile Debbie Holden/Mark Townsend took their time to get going losing the 1st set 6-1. They fought back well to take a nervy 2nd set on a tie-break before going on to take the 3rd set championship tie-break. Toye/Newman carried on where they left off in the second round with Newman’s aggressive net play and Toye steady from the baseline to record a powerful win 3-6, 1-6. Holden/Townsend then had another epic match very similar to the first round. Having lost the 1st set, they bounced back to take the 2nd on a tie-break but this time the host’s edged the championship tie-break but it did not take the gloss off a fine 1-3 win for the Bay.

The Mixed 4 team rounded off an excellent season in Division 8A winning their final two matches by 4-0 victories. Firstly, Bay welcomed St John’s Mixed 2 to Beacon Road and the scoreline did not reflect the closeness of the match. Colin Thompson/Helen Lipyeat produced some fine tennis to win their opener 6-3, 7-5 whilst Roger Thomas/Lesley Oconnell just pipped their opponents in 3 topsy-turvy sets. The reverse rubbers saw a repeat of the first round with Thompson/Lipyeat overpowering the visitor’s 2nd pair 6-0, 6-3 and Thomas/Oconnell endured another marathon in which they were again taken to 3 sets before coming out on top.

Their final match was an impressive demolition away at Gravesham Mixed 3. All the rubbers were won in straight sets with Thompson/Lipyeat winning 2-6, 4-6 and Thomas/Oconnell 1-6, 1-6 in the openers and followed those up with Thompson/Lipyeat 1-6, 0-6 and Thomas/Oconnell 1-6, 5-7 winners. The results mean Bay secured the runners-up spot in their Division.

Elsewhere in the Deal Indoor League, Herne Bay Men’s 2 came up against Herne Bay Men’s 3 in Division 2. The familiarity of the players did little to quench the competitive side of the match and the opening rubbers saw the Men’s 2 1st pair Gary Smith/Jason Hollingsworth triumph over the 3’s Bryan Packham/Colin Thompson 6-4, 6-4 whilst the same score was recorded by 2’s 2nd pair Steve Howard/Geoff Holland against Tony Blackhall/Dave Lawrence. The reverse rubbers saw Packham/Thompson draw 1 set each with Howard/Holland and Smith/Hollingsworth defeat Blackwell/Lawrence 6-3, 6-1 for the 2’s to take the spoils 7 sets to 1.


2nd Feb. 19

The Herne Bay Tennis Club Ladies section have had a busy start to the year with some notable successes.

Ladies Vets 1 team continued their excellent start to their winter campaign in Division 1B of the Kent Winter League by recording their 2nd 4-0 win. They played Bearsted 2 at home and even though their captain, Nicola Mileham was missing, they were still able to gain an emphatic victory dropping just one set. The Bay’s first pair of Anne Gibbs/Sue Toye won both their rubbers in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 and 6-3, 6-3. The second pairing of Caroline Packer/Sarah Pout beat the Bearsted 2nd pair 6-3, 6-4 in a very friendly and noisy match and then took the 1st set 6-1 against the oppositions 1st pair only to be pegged back in the second set losing it 5-7. They then came back strongly to win the deciding 10point tie-break 10-6.

The Ladies Vets 1 team were in action again at home the following weekend this time against Bromley LTC 2 and were able to complete another 4-0 win. Nicola Mileham was back captaining the team and playing with Anne Gibbs they won both their rubbers dropping just 7 games despite having to battle a swirling wind. The Bay’s second pairing of Sue Toye/Debbie Holden also coped better than the opposition in the difficult conditions and won both their rubbers 6-1, 6-2 and 6-2, 6-4. The team have now played 3 of their 5 matches in division one and have yet to drop a rubber.

Also doing well are the Ladies Vets 2 team who produced a fine performance to beat table topping Freedom Leisure in Division 2B. The reliable pairing of Denise Parrett/Debbie Holden comfortably won their first rubber losing just the 3 games 6-2, 6-1 whilst conversely Sarah Pout/Tui Thain struggled against the visitors second pair losing in straight sets. In the reverse rubbers Parrett/Holden overcame Freedom’s second pair after a tight opening set to win on a tie-break before going on to win 7-6, 6-2. Pout/Thain then produced a battling effort to beat their first pair in 3 sets eventually taking the championship tie-break to record a brilliant 3-1 win. They are now handily placed in 2nd position in the league with one match remaining.

Ladies 3 had a resounding win entertaining Parklangley 2 at Beacon Road in Division 8A. Bay’s first pair Sarah Pout/Helen Lipyeat got off to a fine start winning fairly easily in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 whilst the second pairing of Sheila Wyver/Lesley Oconnell had a far tougher challenge in winning their rubber in a 3rd set championship tie-break. The reverse rubbers saw both Bay pairs produce steady tennis to each win in straight sets and a comfortable 4-0 victory.

After a disappointing start to their campaign in Division 3B, Ladies 2 finally got into winning ways at home to Sydenham Ladies 1. The first round saw Bay take a 2-0 lead with Debbie Holden/Denise Parrett once again form a consistent partnership. Bouncing back from losing the 1st set in a tie-break they fought back to take the 2nd set and then the 3rd set championship tie-break. Caroline Packer/Sarah Pout also had a tight first rubber but with Packer’s attacking style and Pout’s experience they came through 6-4, 6-3 against the visitor’s second pair. The match was wrapped up with Holden/Parrett winning their reverse rubber 7-5, 6-2, and although Packer/Pout lost the final rubber in straight sets, the match was won 3-1.

The Ladies 1 team travelled to Bromley LTC 1 and just missed out in the narrowest of losses in a hard fought battle in Division 1B. In the opening rubbers Anne Gibbs/Louise Tucker unusually went down in straight sets whilst Bay’s second pairing Nicola Mileham/Danielle Miles were taken all the way by the hosts second pair eventually winning a 3rd set championship tie-break to level the match 1-1 in rubbers. In the second round Gibbs/Tucker found their feet and defeated Bromley’s second pair in straight sets. Mileham/Miles meanwhile were feeling the effects of their marathon first rubber and after heavily losing the 1st set bounced back in the 2nd only to be pipped in the 3rd set championship tie-break. With the scores 2-2 in rubbers, 5-5 in sets, the countback revealed a win for Bromley by 35-games to 34.


17th Jan. 19

Despite some pretty awful playing conditions leading up to the end of 2018, the Herne Bay LTC teams have made promising starts to the Kent League Winter fixtures for 2018-2019.

The Ladies section provided some emphatic victories for Herne Bay. Pick of the bunch were the Ladies Vets 1 who in their opening match in Division 1B trounced Bexley 4-0 in a one-sided encounter that saw the home team lose just the 3 games in total. Bay’s pairings of Anne Gibbs/Nicola Mileham and Caroline Packer/Sue Toye proving far too strong for the visitors.

The Ladies over 60’s Midweek bounced back from a disappointing start in their opening 2 matches to record a welcome win against Bearsted 2 at Beacon Road. Bay 1st pair Kay Mileham/Sarah Pout used all their experience to win both their rubbers with the loss of only 1 game in each. New pairing Tui Thain/Isobel Warnock also got off to a flier in their opening rubber winning in straight sets and although they dropped a set in the final rubber, it made no difference and Bay won the match 4-0.

Also looking for a positive response after their narrow opening match defeat to neighbours Canterbury were the Ladies 1 team when they took on TWLTC Ladies 2 in Division 1B. The reliable pairing of Anne Gibbs/Louise Tucker rushed through both their rubbers losing only the 5 games in total whilst Danielle Miles/Nicola Mileham fought back from a set down in their opening rubber to win a 3rd set championship tie-break before easing through against TWLTC’s 2nd pair for another 4-0 scoreline.

In the Men’s section, the Men’s 3 team travelled to Tonbridge 2 in Division 9A. Continuing their good form in the tightest of matches, Bay’s 1st pair Bryan Packham/Colin Thompson fought back from a set down to level before losing out in the 3rd set championship tie-break. Meanwhile Jason Hollingsworth/Keith Curtis produced some decisive net play and consistent serving to win their rubber in straight sets 1-6, 3-6. The reverse rubbers saw Packham/Thompson dominate from the off to win 0-6, 4-6 whilst Hollingsworth/Curtis were always playing catch up having fallen behind early on to lose in straight sets. The match however went Herne Bay’s way winning 4-5 in sets after being level in rubbers 2-2.

Men’s 2 followed their impressive start to the season by producing an excellent result against much fancied David Lloyd Club Kings Hill 3 in Division 6A. Bay’s 1st pair Ian Cooke/Dan Walker played a near faultless tennis to claim the first rubber 6-1, 6-0. Walker’s power coupled with Cooke steady persistence proved too much for their opponents. Another new pairing David Mikhail/Josh Deverson combined experience and youth to overcome the visitor’s 2nd pair 6-4, 6-3 to give Bay the perfect start. The reverse rubbers saw Cooke/Walker again triumph in straight sets while Mikhail/Deverson lost out in 2 close sets for Bay to win 3-1.

The Men’s over 60’s Midweek team seem to be making hard work of their matches in Division 2. Having pipped Broadstairs in their opener by the odd set, they then travelled to Canterbury 2 and had another close match losing out 5-4 in sets. In the first round Ian Cooke/Mark Townsend were pegged back after taking the 1st set before taking the 3rd set championship tie-break. Bob Toye/Jim Holgate put up a spirited performance narrowly losing the 2nd set on a tie-break. The second round saw Cooke/Townsend win in straight sets while Toye/Holgate struggled to get just the 2 games in the last rubber.

Elsewhere in the Deal Indoor League, Herne Bay 2 battled out a hard fought match against Deal ITC 3 full of tension and friction before Deal edged the match 4-5 in sets. Gary Smith/Jason Hollingsworth did well to win their rubbers 2-1 and 2-0 while Steve Howard/Mark Kennard struggled to make an impact and lost both theirs in straight sets.

The following week the same team played Deal ITC 2, this time making amends running out comfortable 2-7 winners. This time Hollingsworth partnered Kennard and Smith/Howard and these pairings gelled well, the former winning their rubbers 0-2, 1-2 and the latter 0-2, 1-1 (early finish due to light failure).


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.