25th Jun. 13

The summer tennis season is now at the half way point for Herne Bay tennis club. In the Kent League the mens 1st team played Frindsbury 1 at home in division 2 and won by a set. The 1st pair of Peter Elsden/Graham Miles won both their rubbers in straight sets and the second pair, Keith Clark/Marin Beckley, took a set off the opposition’s 1st pair. The team have won 2 matches and have 2 left to play. The mens 2nd team had 3 matches in division 7 over the last few weeks winning 2 and just losing the other. They beat Hartley Country Club at home 3-1 and David Lloyd Kings Hill 3 away by 2 games and then lost by a set to Beckenham 4 at home. In the Hartley match Ian Cooke/Jerry Loader won both their rubbers and Alex Kazakeos/James Ley won one. In the game they won by 2 games Mark Kennard replaced Kazakeos and although they didn’t manage to win a rubber they took enough games to ensure a 35-33 games win. In the final match the wind caused a lot of problems for the teams and the experience of the Beckenham 1st pair meant that they won both their rubbers. Both Bay pairs, Cooke/Kennard and Kazakeos/Ley, beat their 2nd pair but a dropped set meant that the match was lost. The team have played all their matches winning 3 out of 5 and are currently in 1st place but the division is very close with the other 5 teams all having won 2 games. The ladies 1st team played Bromley LTC 1 away in division 1 and lost by 4 games. Louise Tucker/Anne Gibbs won both their rubbers but their 2nd pair were unable to win a set and the match was lost by 38 games to 34. Ladies 2 had 2 good wins in division 3, the 1st away to Tunbridge Wells 3 and the 2nd at Home to Kemsing 1. The match at Tunbridge Wells was a 4-0 win for the team of Sue Toye/Debbie Holden and Caroline Packer/Sarah Pout. In the match against Kemsing, Pout played with Holden and Danielle Miles with Toye, the team won 3-1 with Miles and Toye just failing to beat the Kemsing 1st pair in a championship tie-break. The team have won 3 matches with one to play and are currently in second place in the division. There were 2 good wins for mixed 3 in division 6 by 4 rubbers to nil. In the match at home to Hildenborough 2 the team was Eddie Fisher/Debbie Holden and Jerry Loader/Caroline Packer and against Canterbury 4 Sarah Pout replaced Packer. The team is also unbeaten after 3 matches. The mens veterans team had 2 wins against Canterbury 2 and Horsmonden to keep their unbeaten record and now prepare for the deciding match in the division against Margate.
In the Dover and District league Mens A drew 4 sets all at home to Hythe A in division 1. Both Herne Bay pairs, Graham Miles/Gary Smith and Martin Beckley/Alex Kazakeos, beat the Hythe 2nd pair 6-4, 6-2 and 7-6, 6-4 respectively and lost to their 1st pair. The team have had 2 draws so far in the top division. Mens B have had a run of 3 matches in division 3 in which they drew 4 sets all twice and then lost 2-6. They played both drawn matches at home against Walmer D and Sellindge but when they travelled for the return match against Walmer D they found that their team had been strengthened. The team was Bob Toye, Dave Lawrence, Bryan Packham and Dave Clements with Mark Kennard replacing Clements in the Sellindge match. Mixed A had 2 good wins in division 2 of the Dover and District league. The first was at home to Canterbury C and the team, Graham Miles/Caroline Packer and Ian Cooke/Sue Toye, dropped just one setting winning by 7 sets to one. Their other match was at home to our B team and they showed no mercy beating them 8-0! Jerry loader replaced Miles for this match and the B team was Gary Smith/Helen Lipyeat and Bryan Packham/Lesley Taylor. The A team have had 4 wins so far this season. The B team also played St Margarets away and lost by 3 sets to 5, Packham & Taylor won 2 sets and Smith & Lipyeat one.
In the East Kent league there was just one match for mens 1 at home to Faversham in division 2 and the team won 3-1. Graham Miles/Bob Toye won both their rubbers and Lionel Hoskins/Dave Lawrence won one. Hoskins also celebrated his recall to the Kent 75 and over team by helping them to a 4-0 win over Surrey in partnership with Graham Russell from Gravesham.