13th Oct. 08

Herne Bay tennis club are making good use of the continuing Indian Summer with convincing wins in the Kent League. The mixed 1stteamstarted their first division programme with  4-0 win away to Bromley Lawn tennis club 1. Sally Holmes/Dominic Holmes won their 1st round rubber easily 6-2,6-2 and the 2nd pair of Anne Gibbs/Peter Elsden also won 6-3, 6-4. In the 2nd round Holmes and Wood had a close 1st set against the opposition’s 2nd pair but went on to win the rubber 7-5, 6-1. Gibbs and Elsden had to beat their opposition in a championship tie break after they took the first set, 6-3, but then dropped the 2nd 7-5. A 4-0 win was a very good start for the team who reached the final last winter. In the Mens division 9 Herne Bay’s mens 3rd team also beat Brenchley and Matfield 2 by 4 rubbers to nil. The new pairing of Mark Kennard/Bryan Packham won both their rubbers easily but the septuagenarian pair of Lionel Hoskins/Peter Grimwood felt their age in the 2nd round when they only beat the opposition’s 2nd pair, containing a 13 year old, 6-4, 6-4. Their win was a triumph for age and experience over youth and a good start to their season. Finally the newly created ladies veterans 2nd team also started matches in division 4 with a 4-0 win away to Brenchley & Matfield. Christine Hanson/Sue Toye won both their rubbers 7-5 , 6-2; 6-3, 6-1 and Debbie Holden/Diana High won even more convincingly 6-3, 6-1; 6-1, 6-0. This was a very promising start to their first season in the Kent League.