28th Apr. 08

Herne Bay tennis club had matches in the Kent and East Kent leagues this week. In the Kent League the mens 3rd team played Old Wilsonians 2 at home in division 9 and won easily 4-0. The team of Alex Kazakeos/Ben Clacy and Mark Kennard/Peter Grimwood all played well and did not drop a set in any of the rubbers. In the ladies 2 division 5 match Herne Bay were unlucky to lose 3-1 away to Bromley Cricket Club 3  but with the rain setting in and the last rubber uncompleted they conceeded it to finish the match which had been very close with match tie breaks necessary to setlle 2 rubbers. Sarah Pout and Caroline Mitchell won the one rubber. In the midweek league the mens veterans team started the defence of the title with a very convincing 4-0 win against Bearsted at home. The Bay team was Gary Sims/Keith Clark and Brian Cooper/Martin Beckley and they only dropped 4 games in 4 rubbers. In the East Kent league mixed 2 took on mixed 3 in division 3 with the expected outcome -mixed 2 were the winners by 4 rubbers to 0. The team was Lionel Hoskins/Debbie Holden and Stephen Hanson/Sarah Pout with Sue Toye/Gary Smith and Denise Parrett/Dave Lawrence playing for the 3rd team.

Herne Bay tennis club members continued to be well represented in local tournaments with 3 players in the Finals of the KM super veterans competition held at Bearsted on Sunday. Keith Clark played in 3 finals. In the over 50’s singles he beat Gunther Dergen 6-1, 6-4 and then paired up with Gary Sims for 2 finals. In the mens doubles over 50/60’s they beat Thorneycroft and Thompson 6-3, 6-3 but were defeated in the 50 and over doubles by Milligan and Evans 4-6, 5-7. Gary Sims then teamed up with Lionel Hoskins to win the over 60/70’s doubles against Paul Drane and Phil Pretty 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Lionel Hoskins also represented Kent in the 70’s age group in a match against Hertfordshire at Harpenden on Tuesday. In patrnership with Paul Drane (Canterbury) they recorded Kent’s only win against a Herts side who are undefeated for 2 years and are the current National Champions.