25th Jul. 11

The Kent and Dover and District League seasons have been drawing to a close for Herne Bay tennis club players over the last couple of weeks and the final group matches have been played. The mixed 1st team played their penultimate match in Kent League division 1 at home to Sundridge Park 1 knowing that a win was essential and they managed to achieve that by a set. Peter Elsden/Nicola Mileham were playing together for the 1st time but made a magnificent start against the Sundridge Park number ones winning 6-0, 6-1.They had a harder time against the 2nds and eventually lost in a match tie-break. Bay’s second pair made a slow start losing to the opposition’s 2nd pair but rallied well to beat the 1st 7-5, 6-3 and ensure the win by 1 set. The team have now won 2 matches and lost 2 with 1 to play. The other 2 mixed teams also completed their seasons in divisions 3 and 5 and ensured their places for next summer. The mens 3 team were given a walk-over in their last match by Kemsing 2 in division 8 and with 3 wins will remain in the division for next summer. Mens 1 won 4 out of 6 matches in division 2 and are safe but mens 2 were relegated from division 6. Ladies 1 finished their season in division 1 with a defeat by Sevenoaks 1 but they also won 3 matches and are safe in the top division for next year. Ladies 2 won the same number of matches and will remain in division 4. In the Dover and District league the ladies team have been the most successful winning 5 matches, drawing 2 and only losing one. Their last match was at home to Hythe and they won by 7 sets to 1. Debbie Holden/Vanessa Webb won both their rubbers and Mary Haldin/ Liz Harvey beat the opposition’s 2nd pair and drew with their 1st. The team are optimistic that they will retain the ladies cup for winning the league. The mens A team played away at Hythe against their A team in division 1 and drew 4 sets all. Peter Elsden, making his debut in the Dover and District League, played with Ian Cooke and drew with the Hythe 1st pair and beat their 2nds. Martin Beckley/Dave Lawrence drew with the opposition’s 2nd pair and the match ended as a draw. The men have one match remaining but with only one win and one draw out of 9 matches they are likely to be relegated from the top division. The mixed A team also had a draw in their home match against Hythe A in division 1. Sue Toye/Eddie Fisher and Jerry Loader/Sarah Pout both beat the 2nd pair and lost to their 1st. The team have one match left and with 1 win and 4 draws out of 9 matches they will have to wait to the end of the season to discover whether they have stayed in division 1.
The start of the summer holidays means that there are coaching sessions for the juniors at Herne Bay tennis club on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10-12 running from 26th July to 25th August. The sessions cost £6 each and there is no need to book. Our club coach, Nick Wibberley, is also running a summer camp from Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th August. The camp starts at 1pm and last 3 hours and the cost for all 3 days is £35. Booking is required for this camp because places are limited. More information can be found on the club website http://www.hernebaytennis.co.uk/ or by contacting Nick on 07792067279.