15th Apr. 12

Herne Bay tennis club members have spent the last few weeks completing the winter season and then diving straight into the summer season. The winter finished with one team in a divisional final and another missing out on a final by a set. The ladies 1st team played Beckenham 2 away in the division 2 play-off and lost 3-1. Unfortunately they were missing 2 members of their team. Their 1st pair, Louise Tucker/Anne Gibbs, lost in a match tie-break to the Beckenham 1st pair and beat their 2nds 1 & 0. The mixed 2nd team travelled to Kemsing to play their 1st team knowing that a win would put them into the final of division 4 but in a marathon match they lost by a set. The unlucky team was Graham & Danielle Miles and Ian Cooke/Sue Toye. The men’s veterans team played Parklangley 1 at home in division 1 and ensured their survival in the division with a 3-1 win. The team was Martin Beckley/Keith Clark and Graham Miles/Ian Cooke. Beckley and Clark won both their rubbers and Miles/Cooke won one. The team finished with 2 wins and 2 defeats. Finally the men’s over 60’s team completed their matches in division 1 with a win and a defeat. They beat Canterbury by 3 rubbers to 1 and lost to Gravesham 1 by a few games after they were level on rubbers and sets.
The summer season started at Herne Bay on the 1st April and several teams were immediately into action. The newly created mixed 4th team had 2 matches in quick succession in division 7 and although they started with a defeat at home to Frindsbury 2 they put aside their disappointment when they travelled to Trottiscliffe. Hence this match ended in a draw with the teams being level on rubbers, 2-2, sets 5-5 and games 50 all. The team for both matches was Dave Clements/Vanessa Webb and Dave Lawrence/Caroline Packer. The men’s 2nd team played their 1st match of the season in division 7 against Canterbury 5 at home. The Bay team proved to be much too strong than the Canterbury team and they won 4-0. The team was Ian Cooke/Gary Smith and Jerry Loader/Eddie Fisher and they won all their rubbers without dropping a set. The ladies 2nd team also made a very good start to their season winning 4-0 at home to Hayes 1 in division 3. Bay’s 1st pair, Danielle Miles/Sue Toye, won both their rubbers in straight sets and the 2nd pair, Debbie Holden/Sarah Pout, won one rubber very easily and the other in 3 sets 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.