12th Sep. 11

The last few matches have been played in the East Kent league by Herne Bay teams with the mixed 1st team having another very close match at home to UK Paper which they won by 1 game. Keith Clark/Sue Toye lost to the opposition 1st pair 2-6, 4-6 but beat their 2nd pair 6-4, 6-3. While Christine Hanson/Bryan Packham also did the same thing this time winning 6-4, 6-3 and losing 6-7, 4-6. The teams were tied on rubbers and sets but Herne Bay won 40 games to UK Paper’s 39. This was the team’s 4th win out of 6 matches. With the summer tennis season nearly over for Herne Bay members their attention has been drawn to the club open tournament. Matches have been played in all events over the last month and the culmination of all this endeavour is Finals day on Sunday. The mens singles final will have Peter Elsden defending his title against either ex-club coach Nick Wibberley or Jerry Loader. The ladies singles will be contested between 2 players new to the club due to the retirement of defending champion, Anne Gibbs, from singles due to bad knees. Other finals contain a mixture of new faces and old adversaries. The proceedings start at the club in Beacon Road at 12 noon and everyone is welcome to come and lend their support. The club said goodbye to their coach for the last 3 years, Nick Wibberley, last weekend. The departure was marked by the contesting of the Junior Club Finals followed by a barbecue. There will be a report on these Finals in next week’s paper. The youngsters presented Nick with a large handmade card to thank him for all his hard work. He will be missed at Herne Bay but his successor, Nicola Mileham, has slipped easily into his shoes having worked alongside Nick for the last 6 months and there will be no changes to the junior sessions at the club. More information can be found about the juniors on the club website www.herne baytennis.co.uk or by ringing Nicola on 07725 129749.