13th Jun. 11

Herne Bay tennis teams have had a successful time in their league matches over the last 2 weeks. The mens 1st team and the ladies 2nd team both won 2 matches. The men played Beckenham 2 at home in division 2 and won 4-0 and then followed that win with a 3-1 defeat of Gravesham 2 also at home. The team for the 1st match was Peter Elsden/Keith Clark and Martin Beckley/Graham Miles. For the 2nd match Ian Cooke replaced the injured Miles. The team have played half their matches and are undefeated so far. The ladies 2nd team were playing in division 4, 1st away to Sydenham 2 and then home to Headcorn. In the Sydenham match they had a comfortable 4-0 win but against Headcorn it was much closer and they won by one set when both pairs beat the oppositions 2nd pair and lost to their 1sts. Luckily Bay’s pairing of Sarah Pout/Christine Hanson lost in 3 sets. This clinched the match for the team. The team for both matches was Pout/Hanson and Debbie Holden/Vanessa Webb and the team have won 2 matches out of 3 with 2 to play. Mens 2 were also in action in division 6 at home to Beckenham 4 and they had a very impressive 1st win of the season by 4 rubbers to 0. Ian Cooke/Nick Wibberley and Alex Kazakeos/Jerry Loader all played well to ensure the emphatic win. This was the 1st time all the nominated team had been able to play and hence the team’s 1st win in 4 starts. In the midweek league the mens veterans team beat both Chipstead and Bearsted away 4-0. Gary Sims/Keith Clark played in both matches and Martin Beckley partnered Brian Cooper in the 1st match and John Lengthorn in the 2nd. The mixed veteran team also had a good win against Broadstairs. Sarah Pout/Keith Clark and Anne Gibbs/Brain Cooper both winning their rubbers without dropping a set and continuing their long running unbeaten run.
There were several matches in the Dover and District league over the last 2 weeks. The ladies team played Canterbury at home and won by 8 sets to 0 with Debbie Holden/Christine Hanson and Mary Haldin/Liz Harvey all winning comfortably. The team then travelled to Wye to play Knoll and earned a 4-4 draw. This time the team was Holden/Sue Toye who won 3 sets and Vanessa Webb/Diana High won 1 set. The mens A team played Canterbury A away in division 1 and were unfortunate to lose by 3 sets to 5. After the 1st round the Bay were leading by 3 set to 1 when Beckley/Miles had halved their rubber with the 1st pair and Alex Kazakeos/Mark Kennard beat the Canterbury 2nd pair 6-2, 6-4. The match was all set-up for a Bay win when Miles injured his hip and had to concede the rubber. Kazakeos/Kennard then missed out on winning a set against the 1st pair and the match was lost by 3 sets to 5. The mens B team also had a draw in their division 4 match at home to St Margarets. Gary Smith/Bryan Packham won 3 sets and Bob Toye/Dave Lawrence won 1. Two draws were the outcome for both matches played by the mixed A team in division 1. The 1st was away to Knoll A when the team was Graham Miles/Debbie Holden and Martin Beckley/Nicola Mileham and the 2nd away to Canterbury A. This time Beckley was joined by Anne Gibbs and Sarah Pout/Ian Cooke. Finally the mixed B team took on Hythe B at home in division 2 and won by 6 sets to 2. The team was Anja Stileman/Dave Clemence and Toby Brown/Diana High.
The club is holding a Mixed American tournament starting at 6pm on the longest day of the year – Tuesday 21st June. All members are invited to enter. Please consult the club website www.hernebaytennis.co.uk for more information about the tournament and about club sessions for seniors and juniors.