30th Jul. 13

Over the last week Herne Bay tennis club teams have been playing their remaining Kent League matches. The mixed 3rd team travelled to Shooters Hill to play their last match of the season in division 6 knowing that they had to win to secure promotion. Shooters Hill 1 were in 1st place in the division with the Bay team in 2nd place. In the first round Eddie Fisher/Debbie Holden lost to the opposition’s 1st pair 4-6, 4-6 and Jerry Loader/Caroline Packer beat their 2nds 6-2, 6-1. In the 2nd round Loader & Packer narrowly losy 8-10 in a championship tie-break to the 1st pair and Fisher & Holden only dropped 2 games beating the 2nds. The team won by a set after being level on rubbers and win the division by a rubber. Although the ladies 2nd team had finished all their matches in division 3 they still had a keen interest in the last match in their group that was played at the weekend. A defeat for Broadstairs 1 by Bearsted 1 would mean that the division would be won by the Herne Bay team and that is was happened. Bearsted fielded a very strong side and won 3-1 which was enough for Herne Bay 2 to tie at the top of the division with Broadstairs but claim 1st place by 1 rubber. The ladies 3rd team travelled to Tunbridge Wells to play their 5th team in division 7 and won 4-0. The successful team was Vanessa Webb/Diana High and Christine Hanson/Denise Parrett. It was the team’s 4th win out of 5 matches and although they finished level on points with 2 other teams at the top of the table their inferior rubbers count meant they finished in 3rd position. In the midweek mixed veterans league Herne Bay won 3-1 away against Broadstairs. Anne Gibbs/Ian Cooke won both their rubbers dropping just 5 games while their 2nd pair, Keith Clark/Vanessa Webb, played six sets including 4 tie-breaks – 2 of which were deciding championship ones- winning one 10-8 and losing the other 6-10. This was the team’s 3rd win of the season and they have only dropped one rubber so far. Finally, mens A won 6-2 in sets at home to Walmer C in division 2 of the Dover and District league. Martin Beckley/Jerry Loader won all their sets and Alex Kazakeos/Gary Smith shared the sets with both Walmer pairs. They were 3-6 and 6-2 against their 2nd pair and 5-7, 6-0 against their 1sts. The team have 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats so far out of 6 matches with 2 matches remaining.