15th Jun. 10

Herne Bay tennis club had mixed success over the last week with matches in 3 different leagues. The midweek Kent teams were the most successful with 2 wins. The mens veterans team won by 2 sets against Margate at Herne Bay. In a close match both Herne Bay pairs beat the Margate 2nd pair in straight sets and lost to their 1st pair in championship tie-breaks. The pairs were Keith Clark/Gary Sims (suffering their 1st defeat in 10 years) and Martin Beckley/Brian Cooper. The ladies played away at Canterbury in division 1 and won 4-0. Anne Gibbs/Gill Dickey made a slow start in the windy conditions but came back from a 3-0 deficit to subsequently lose only one more game in their 4 sets. Sue Toye/Debbie Holden had a much tougher match and eventually won both their rubbers in championship tie-breaks. In the Dover and District league there were 2 wins and a draw. Both mixed A and B had away wins in division 2, the A team won with the loss of just one set against Hythe B. The team was Sarah Pout/Eddie Fisher and Sue Toye/Jerry Loader. In the B team match they travelled to Ash and won by 5 sets to 3, with Anja Stileman/Matt Hoffmeister winning 4 sets and Diana High/Dan Walker winning one. This was only the 2nd match for Dan and his 1st mixed experience. The match that was drawn was between the mens A team and Folkestone Harbour away on Folkestone’s grass courts. Martin Beckley/Graham Miles won all 4 of their sets to give the draw and Alex Kazakeos/Matt Hoffmeister lost a very close rubber 4-6, 5-7. The team won by 6 games.

Herne Bay teams were not as successful In the Kent League. The ladies 2nd team were the only ones to secure a win. They beat Bromley LTC 3 3-1 at home in division 4 to record their 3rd win in 4 matches. Sarah Pout/Denise Parrett won 6-1, 6-3 & 6-1, 6-0 and Christine Hanson/Diana High won 7-6, 6-3 against the opposition 2nd pair and then lost 5-7, 2-6 to their 1sts. The mens 1st team, mens 3rd team and mixed 2nd team all suffered heavy defeats and hope to have better matches in their remaining fixtures.