28th May. 08

The Wilson Dover & District league dominated matches during the week with 4 Herne Bay teams playing. In the 3rd division the mens A team continued their good form with a 7 sets to 1 win against St Margarets at home. Bay’s first pair, Alex Kazakeos/Ben Clacy, drew against the opposition’s 1st pair winning the first set 6-1 and then dropping the 2nd 7-5 after being ahead. In their second round they won 6-4, 6-1. The second Herne Bay pair were James Wren and Mark Kennard. They won 6-4, 7-6 against the St Margaret’s number one’s and 6-1, 6-2 against the number 2’s. The depleted mens B team suffered a heavy defeat against a very strong Walmer D team away in division 4. Gary Smith and Peter Grimwood won a set against their second pair in a 7-1 defeat. In the mixed division 2 competition the two Herne Bay team were playing against each other and the A team were winners by 7 sets to 1. The A team was Dave Lawrence/Caroline Mitchell and Peter Grimwood/Debbie Holden while the B team was Matt Hoffmeister/Christine Hanson and Andy Cannon/Anya Stileman. In the ladies Kent League midweek match against Canterbury the Herne Bay team won by a set in a close encounter. The Bay’s 1st pair, Anne Gibbs/Gill Dickey, won both their rubbers in straight sets and their second pair, Sarah Pout/Christine Hanson, took a set from the Canterbury 2nd pair but went on to lose 10-7 in a deciding match tie break. This set proved crucial with the teams tied at 2 rubbers all but Herne Bay were the winners by 5 sets to 4.

There were only 2 matches played at the weekend, one in the Kent league and one in the East Kent league. The mens 3rd team travelled to Parklangley to play their 4th team in division 9 and won 3-1. Alex Kazakeos/Ben Clacy and Peter Grimwood/Greg Pearson both won their first round matches without dropping a set and in the 2nd round both pairs were level at 1 set all when the opposition announced they did not wish to play the final sets as Herne Bay were already the victors on sets. In the end the 2nd round was halved to give the Herne Bay team a 3-1 victory. In the East Kent match our ladies 1st team played a very strong Walmer 1 at home in extremely blustery conditions. The Walmer team were victors against Sarah Pout/Caroline Mitchell and Christine Hanson/Debbie Holden.

Herne Bay players have been involved in county games over the last few weeks. Sally Holmes helped the ladies 50’s team defeat Buckinghamshire by a set when she won both her rubbers playing with Jo Salmon of Sevenoaks. Peter Elsden and Dominic Wood played for the 45’s team at home against Norfolk and despite their 2 wins the team lost 3-2. Finally Sally Holmes and Anne Gibbs were the first winners of the Canterbury Polo Farm ladies doubles cup when they defeated Sue Boffey and Virginia Bower 6-3, 6-2 in the final.