5th Jul. 10

Over the last couple of weeks with Wimbledon on the television Herne Bay tennis club members have being trying to emulate their heroes by their performances on the tennis courts. They have had mixed success in their endeavours. In the Kent League the ladies 1st team played 2 matches in division 1 , both away, and won one of them. The 1st match was at Margate were they lost 3-1 with both pairs losing heavily to the Margate 1st pair. Louise Tucker and Anne Gibbs beat the opposition’s 2nd pair very easily and Sue Toye/Debbie Holden just lost in 2 very close sets. The same 4 ladies than travelled to Orpington to play Knoll’s 1st team and won 3-1. Tucker/Gibbs won both their rubbers and Holden/Toye beat the 2nd pair in a championship tie-break. This was the 1st win for the team who are finding the top division very tough this season. The mixed 1st team also had a 1st division away game against Knoll 1st team and unluckily lost by a set. Both Bay pairs lost to the Knoll 1st pair and Martin Beckley/Louise Tucker beat their 2nds in straight sets while Keith Clark/Anne Gibbs won in a championship tie-breaks The teams were tied at 2 rubbers all but the opposition won by 5 sets to 4. This was the team’s 1st defeat of the season. The mixed 2nd team played 2 matches in division 2 and although they lost both they had a very close match against Tunbridge Wells 2 at home even though they lost 3-1. Both the Bay pairs struggled against the Tunbridge Wells hard hitting youngsters in the 1st pair but had good games against the 2nd string. Sarah Pout/Ian Cooke won in straight sets and Sue Toye/Eddie Fisher just lost 7-5, 7-6 – 14-12 in the 2nd set tie-break. The mixed 3rd team scored an emphatic 4-0 win at home to Kemsing 1 in division 5. Ian Cooke/Christine Hanson won 6-0, 3-6, 1-0 in a championship tie-break and then 6-0, 6-4 and the 2nd pair of Sue Toye/Jerry Loader had 2 long rubbers both ending in 3rd set championship tie-breaks which they won, 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 and 6-2, 6-7, 1-0. There were also 2 matches in the Kent midweek league both resulting in wins for Herne Bay teams. The ladies played Chipstead at home in division 1 and won 4-0 and the men played Canterbury 1 away and won 3-1. In the ladies match Anne Gibbs/Gill Dickey won both their rubbers very easily and Sarah Pout/Christine Hanson won both after a struggle against the Chipstead 1st pairing. The men had their usual competitive match against local rivals Canterbury with both pairs being taken to 3rd set championship tie-breaks by the Canterbury 1st pair. Keith Clark/Gary Sims came out on top in their tie-break and Martin Beckley/Brian Cooper just lost. Both pairs beat the Canterbury 2nd pair.

The Dover and District league has occupied a lot of Herne Bay pairs with matches every week for mens, mixed and ladies teams. The mens A team continued their undefeated form with a 7 sets to 1 win at home to Pfizer A in division 2. The team was Graham Miles/Ian Cooke and Martin Beckley/Jerry Loader. The mens B team had also made a good start to the season in division 4 and continued it with a 5 sets to 3 win away to River B but then suffered 2 defeats away to Sellindge and home to Sandwich. In the River match Gary Smith/Bryan Packham won 3 sets and Bob Toye/Dave Clements won 2. Both Herne Bay mixed teams are in the same division and they played each other during the week. The B team entertained the A team and despite some close sets the A team won 7-1. Dave Clements & Anja Stileman lost 4-6, 4-6 against Eddie Fisher and Sarah Pout and 6-7, 4-6 to Jerry Loader and Sue Toye while Matt Hoffmeister & Christine Hanson lost 2-6, 6-7 to Fisher/Pout and 2-6, 7-6 to Loader/Toye. The mixed A team followed up this win with 2 more against Ash and Canterbury C. In the match at Ash the team was the same except Debbie Holden played with Fisher and the team won 8-0. Then against Canterbury at home Holden and Hanson were the ladies with the men remaining unchanged and they won 7-1 this time. The team are undefeated with 5 out of 8 matches played and are currently top of the league. The mixed B team quickly recovered from the disappointment of the defeat by the A team and drew 4 sets all against Canterbury C at Canterbury. Diana High/Matt Hoffmeister and Debbie Holden/Dave Clements both won 2 sets each. Although the B team are not doing as well as the A team they are still in 3rd place in the division.

The club held its Annual Longest Day Tournament last week in which 12 mixed pairs competed. The pairs were initially divided into 3 groups of 4 and the winners of each group plus the best runners-up progressed to the semi-finals. The groups finished with several players tied on the same number of games and the semi-finalists had to be decide by the toss of a coin in some cases. The 1st semi was Martin Beckley/Liz Harvey against Graham and Dani Miles and the 2nd was between Ian Cooke/Sarah Pout and Debbie Holden/Peter Grimwood. Cooke and Pout won the most games in the 2nd semi and the 1st resulted in a tie with all 4 players winning 4 games. The finalists were decided by a tie-break to 5 points and the Miles’ pair won. In the final Cooke and Dani Miles both won 5 games and were the overall winners.