26th Jun. 08

Herne Bay tennis club members have had a busy couple of weeks with numerous matches in all 3 leagues taking place during the week, in the evenings as well as the usual weekend matches. In the Kent League the 3rd team completed all their division 5 matches with 2 wins and this means they are undefeated for the season and will contest the final play-off for the division title in September as well as gaining them promotion to division 4 for next summer. Their penultimate match was away to Canterbury 4 which they won 3-1 and they followed this with a 4-0 win at home to Kemsing 1 who were only able to field one pair. The successful team for these 2 matches was James Wren/Caroline Mitchell and Ian Cooke/Christine Hanson against Canterbury and Matt Hoffmeister replaced Cooke against Kemsing. The mens 3rd team is another Herne Bay team who are having a very good season in division 9. They won their latest match against Shooters Hill 1, the only other unbeaten team in the division, by just 1 game. Alex Kazakeos and Ben Clacy won both their rubbers 6-3, 6-2 & 6-0, 6-2 while Matt Hoffmeister and Greg Pearson lost both theirs 4-6, 3-6 & 0-6, 1-6. When the games were counted the Bay was found to have won by 32-31. The team have one match left to play against Sydenham 4 at the end of the month and if they win that they will win promotion to division 8. Mens 1 have also been busy playing matches in division 2. They travelled to Greenwich to play the Tennis centre 1st team and were unlucky to lose 3-1 although 3 of the 4 rubbers went to Championship tie-breaks. They then played Blackheath 2 away in desperate need of a 1st win in 4 starts and they managed it magnificently 4-0 only dropping 13 games. Peter Elsden/Dominic Wood beat the Blackheath 1st pair 6-1, 6-0 and then the 2nds 6-0, 6-4 while Martin Beckley/Graham Miles were 6-3, 6-3 and 6-0, 6-2 winners. Finally the mixed 1st team had a walk-over against Tunbridge Wells 3 in division 1 when they were unable to send a team to Herne Bay. The 1st team have now won all their matches with 2 left to play.

In the Dover & District league all the Herne Bay teams have been enjoying the better weather and playing lots of matches. The mens A team played Chilham away in division 3 and won very easily 4-0 and only dropped 6 games. The team was Alex Kazakeos/Ben Clacy and Graham Miles/Martin Beckley. The team have won 3 out of 3 matches but still have 7 matches left to play. The mens B team have not fared as well with 2 defeats in the last 2 weeks in division 4. They lost 1-3 to Pfizer C with Bob Toye and Gary Smith winning 2 sets and then they lost by 3 sets to 5 to River B, this time Peter Grimwood and Jerry Loader won 2 sets and Smith and Toye 1. The team will hope to do better in the 2nd half of the season. The ladies team had a win against Canterbury at home when the opposition could only bring one pair and then they drew against Walmer away with both teams winning 4 sets each. Although Herne Bay was the winners on games this will not be counted unless the result of the league depends on it. The teams for these 2 matches were Mary Gibbon/Christine Hanson and Mary Haldin/Liz Harvey against Canterbury and Gibbon/Hanson and Harvey/Diana High against Walmer. In the mixed league mixed A played St Margarets at home and Ash away in division 2 and won both by 5 sets to 3. In the match against St Margarets Peter Grimwood/Debbie Holden won 6-1, 6-3 in both rubbers and Dave Lawrence/Christina Bell drew I rubber 5-7, 6-4 and lost the other 5-7, 1-6. In the Ash match Graham Miles played with Bell and they won 3 sets while Grimwood/Holden won 2. The team have played 4 out of their 10 matches and are currently undefeated. The mixed B team are also in division 2 and they played Hythe B during the week at home. Unfortunately they lost by 3 sets to 5. Alex Kazakeos partnered Anya Stileman and they won one rubber 6-2, 7-6 and lost the other 3-6, 3-6. Sue Toye played with Matt Hoffmeister and they won a set against the opposition’s 2nd pair. The B team have only played 2 matches so far and have yet to win.

Finally in the Kent midweek league the mixed 1st team recorded another win when they beat Canterbury 3-1 at home. Martin Beckley/Gill Dickey had a close match against the Canterbury 1st pair and eventually beat them in a championship tie-break. They then went on to beat the 2nd pair easily. The Bay’s 2nd pair of Keith Clark/Christine Hanson won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, against the 2nd pair but lost to their 1st pair. The ladies 2nd team had 2 matches in division 2. The 1st was against Next Generation which they lost 4-0 but in the 2nd at home to Sevenoaks they won 3-1. Debbie Holden/Diana High won both their rubbers and Sue Toye/Mary Haldin won one and lost the other in a championship tie-break.