27th Oct. 14

In the final few matches of the summer season for Herne Bay tennis Club the mixed veterans continued their long undefeated run in the Kent League (14 years) with 2 home wins against Crescent and David Lloyd Kings Hill. In the match against Crescent Keith Clark/Kay Mileham won both their rubbers and Ian Mileham/Sue Toye won one. The 2nd match against David Lloyd Kings Hill was a very impressive 4-0 win in which Debbie Holden replaced Toye. Mixed 2 played their final match in KL division 2 knowing that they had to beat HSBC 1 away to stay in the division next summer. They managed to complete the task by one set. Graham & Danielle Miles and Ian Cooke/Sue Toye both beat the opposition’s second pair and The Miles pairing also took a set off the HSBC 1st pair which clinched the match. Other results have since gone in the team’s favour and they will remain in the division. In the East Kent league the ladies 1st team had 3 excellent wins , 2 by 3 games, away at Broadstairs and then home to Canterbury and one 4-0 against Deal ITC 1. The team for all matches was Caroline Packer/Debbie Holden and Sarah Pout/Christine Hanson and they finished 2nd in division 1. The new mens 2 team also had a good finish to their season in division 2. They just lost away to Deal ITC 2 by 1 set and then had an impressive 3-1 win at home to Broadstairs. The team for both matches was Matt & Laurence Hoffmeaister and Guy Farmer/Arie Fielder-Guerts. The team have also finished 2nd in their division.
Members of the club have been busy playing for Senior county sides over the summer. Anne Gibbs represented the over 55’s side and lost just once in 5 matches helping the team finish 3rd in division 1. Sarah Pout played for the over 70’s and in a very close top division the team tied for 1st place with Cheshire but lost out on going to the divisional finals by 2 rubbers. Pout also only lost 1 rubber out of the 6 she played. Herne Bay member, Lionel Hoskins, played recently in the Civil Service Seniors Championships held at The West Middlesex club and was invoved in 3 way tie for top spot. There were 5 pairs entered in the mens doubles and 3 of the pairs finished level on the same number of wins and sets.