26th Jun. 08

Herne Bay tennis club have found recently that the weather interfered with the midweek matches but not those at the weekend. In the Kent league the ladies 3rd team won at home to Brenchley and Matfield 2 in division 6. Their 1st pair was Diana High/Sue Toye and they won 6-0, 6-1; 7-5, 6-1 while the 2nd pairing of Christina Bell/Mary Haldin won equally well 6-2, 6-3; 6-2, 6-2. It was the team’s 2nd win of the season and they have 2 more matches left to play. In the mixed competitions there were wins for both the 1st and 3rd teams. The 1st team travelled to Beckenham to play their 1st team in the top division and managed to win by 9 games. Both pairs beat the opposition’s 2nd pair and lost to their first. Dominic Wood/Sally Holmes lost 5-7, 1-6 and then won 6-0, 6-1 while Peter Elsden/Gill Dickey won 6-2, 6-2 and then lost 6-7, 5-7. The match was tied 2-2 on rubbers and 4-4 on sets but Herne Bay won by 41 games to 32. It was the teams 2nd win. The mixed 3rd team had a much more convincing win against Bexley 3rd team at home in division 5 by 4 rubbers to nil. James Wren and Caroline Mitchell won 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-4 and Ian Cooke and Christine Hanson 6-2, 6-2 and 7-5, 6-3 giving the team their 3rd win of the season. Mens 3 also secured a 4-0 win at home against St John’s in division 9. Although the team were missing their captain Lionel Hoskins, who is in hospital after undergoing brain surgery, they were able to win without dropping a rubber. Ben Clacy and Alex Kazakeos won both their rubbers without dropping a set while Peter Grimwood and Mark Kennard had to fight much harder to win both their rubbers in 3 sets. Other teams were not as successful with the depleted ladies and mens 1st teams losing to Sundridge Park and Sevenoaks respectively and the mixed 2nd team lost to Bromley Cricket Club. In the only midweek match to survive the rain the mixed veteran’s team beat Margate 4-0 away in the Kent League. The team was Anne Gibbs/Keith Clark and Martin Beckley/Sarah Pout.
The Wilson Dover & District league dominated matches during the week with 4 Herne Bay teams playing. In the 3rd division the mens A team continued their good form with a 7 sets to 1 win against St Margarets at home. Bay’s first pair, Alex Kazakeos/Ben Clacy, drew against the opposition’s 1st pair winning the first set 6-1 and then dropping the 2nd 7-5 after being ahead. In their second round they won 6-4, 6-1. The second Herne Bay pair were James Wren and Mark Kennard. They won 6-4, 7-6 against the St Margaret’s number one’s and 6-1, 6-2 against the number 2’s. The depleted mens B team suffered a heavy defeat against a very strong Walmer D team away in division 4. Gary Smith and Peter Grimwood won a set against their second pair in a 7-1 defeat. In the mixed division 2 competition the two Herne Bay team were playing against each other and the A team were winners by 7 sets to 1. The A team was Dave Lawrence/Caroline Mitchell and Peter Grimwood/Debbie Holden while the B team was Matt Hoffmeister/Christine Hanson and Andy Cannon/Anya Stileman. In the ladies Kent League midweek match against Canterbury the Herne Bay team won by a set in a close encounter. The Bay’s 1st pair, Anne Gibbs/Gill Dickey, won both their rubbers in straight sets and their second pair, Sarah Pout/Christine Hanson, took a set from the Canterbury 2nd pair but went on to lose 10-7 in a deciding match tie break. This set proved crucial with the teams tied at 2 rubbers all but Herne Bay were the winners by 5 sets to 4.

There were only 2 matches played at the weekend, one in the Kent league and one in the East Kent league. The mens 3rd team travelled to Parklangley to play their 4th team in division 9 and won 3-1. Alex Kazakeos/Ben Clacy and Peter Grimwood/Greg Pearson both won their first round matches without dropping a set and in the 2nd round both pairs were level at 1 set all when the opposition announced they did not wish to play the final sets as Herne Bay were already the victors on sets. In the end the 2nd round was halved to give the Herne Bay team a 3-1 victory. In the East Kent match our ladies 1st team played a very strong Walmer 1 at home in extremely blustery conditions. The Walmer team were victors against Sarah Pout/Caroline Mitchell and Christine Hanson/Debbie Holden.

Herne Bay players have been involved in county games over the last few weeks. Sally Holmes helped the ladies 50’s team defeat Buckinghamshire by a set when she won both her rubbers playing with Jo Salmon of Sevenoaks. Peter Elsden and Dominic Wood played for the 45’s team at home against Norfolk and despite their 2 wins the team lost 3-2. Finally Sally Holmes and Anne Gibbs were the first winners of the Canterbury Polo Farm ladies doubles cup when they defeated Sue Boffey and Virginia Bower 6-3, 6-2 in the final.