10th Sep. 13

It was a busy weekend for both the Senior and Junior sections of Herne Bay tennis club . The Junior section held their finals day at the weekend with the sun was shining. This year’s tournament was bigger than ever with more juniors playing in all age categories and was well supported by families and friends.
In the Mini Red round-robin tournament, new member Lewis Baddeley took the title comfortably, followed by Sam Stevenson in 2nd and another new member, Lorcan Barker, in 3rd. The Mini-Orange proved to be the most popular event of the day with the most entries. For some it was their first competition experience and they all performed fantastically. However, it was last year’s winner Robbie Benka who retained his title against up and coming Milly Mileham in the final. Both played some exceptional long ground stroke rallies. The Mini-Green event was very popular again with the boys dominating. The final could have gone either way, but Henry Mileham just proved too consistent and edged past Josh Deverson 4-2. The U14 boys singles was very strong indeed. Henry Mileham, Josh Deverson, Michael Maple and no 1 seed Joe Holgate entertained us in the semi-finals. The final was between Holgate and mini-green winner, Mileham. This proved to be a gruelling battle but new member, Holgate, just had the upper hand and won 6-2 . The U14 boys doubles saw Mileham & Cameron Macrae, combine well to beat Jos Fielder-Geurts & Michael Maple in the semi-final and then No 1 seeds, Joe Holgate & Josh Ash in the final, both by a scoreline of 6-2. This was followed by the U18 Boys Doubles event which turned out to be a very close contest indeed. A high level of tennis was played but the new partnership of Arie Fielder-Geurts and David Cooke just beat Joe Ibrahim and Laurence Hoffmeister 7-3 in the tiebreak.
The U18 Boys Singles event proved to be entertaining with some great match-ups. Laurence Hoffmeister battled his way to the final, firstly overcoming a scare from 11 year old Mileham as he was pushed to the limit before winning narrowly in the tie-break.. He then went on to play another close match finishing with a tie-break against Joe Ibrahim. In the other half of the draw, David Cooke progressed with ease against Charlie Mills in the first round and provided the biggest upset of the tournament by knocking out last year’s winner and No 1 seed, Arie Fielder-Geurts, in the semi-finals 6-2. Cooke just proved too strong and steady on the day and took the U18 boys singles title beating Hoffmeister 6-2 in the final. The girl’s U18 singles saw last year’s runner-up Mollie Eyles play Kiamarie Fielder-Geurts in the semi-final. The more experienced Eyles won 6-3 and found herself in a repeat of last year’s final against no 1 seed, Emily Bundock. However, it was Bundock’s consistent ground strokes and movement around the court that led to a 6-1 victory and the title for the second year running. The last final of the day was the U18 Mixed Doubles between Hoffmeister and Bundock against the brother and sister Fielder-Geurts pairing. It was a good game to watch but the new pairing of Hoffmeister and Bundock proved too strong and won 6-3 to take the title.

In the Senior section 3 teams were due to contest Kent League divisional finals at the weekend. One was rained off but both the teams that played were successful. The ladies 2nd team played Chipstead 1 at home in division 3 in a match that lasted over 5 hours. In the 1st round Bay’s first pair of Danielle Miles/Debbie Holden played against Chipstead’s county 50’s player and her partner losing the 1st set, 6-2, but fighting back to take the 2nd set on a tie-break only to finally succumb 7-10 in a champions tie-break after 2.5h. Herne Bay’s second pair, Sarah Pout/Caroline Packer, were also involved in a marathon match in their 1st match against the Chipstead 2nd pair. They narrowly lost the 1st set on a tie-break, fought back from 2-5 down to take the 2nd set 7-5 and then won the deciding tie-break 10-7. The team started the 2nd round just a few games down but with all to play for still. Miles & Holden won relatively easily 6-1, 6-4 but watched helplessly as Pout & Packer lost their 1st set 0-6 and trailed by 2 games to 5 in the 2nd set. BUT a fight back was on the cards and Pout & Packer steadily clawed their way back into the set and took it to a tie-break which they won. This proved to be the match winning set because although they went on to lose the champions tie-break they secured the match by 6 sets to 5. The following day the mixed 3 team, with Packer and Holden, travelled to St John’s, Tunbridge Wells to play their 1st team in the final of division 6. Eddie Fisher & Debbie Holden beat the St John’s 1st pair, 6-4, 6-3 but lost to the 2nds 4-6, 4-6. Jerry Loader and Caroline Packer won both their rubbers but were taken to a 3rd set by the 1st pair after being level 6-4, 6-2 on sets. they won the set 6-2 and secured an excellent 3-1 win for the team. The club now looks forward to its Senior Finals Day on Sunday from 12noon.