Finals Day 2017

16th Sep. 17

With the summer season drawing to a close, Herne Bay Lawn Tennis Club held their Finals Day last weekend on a blustery day with the occasional shower making for difficult conditions.

The singles finals all produced similar results. In the Men’s Final Ben Keighley took on Dan Walker, both playing their first singles final. Keighley’s consistent play from all areas of the court saw him take a couple of early breaks against the powerful hitting of Walker and although the latter settled down late on in the set, Keighley went on to take the first set 6-2. The 2nd set went very much the same way with Keighley again taking control and closing out the match 6-2 to win the title.

The Ladies Singles Final saw a repeat of last year’s with Nicola Mileham coming up against young Emily Bundock. The match produced some very good rallies with the much improved Bundock holding her own. The more experienced Mileham proved too strong in the long run winning 6-1, 6-2 to take the title for the fourth year in a row.

The Men’s Singles Plate was fought out between young Josh Deverson and seasoned campaigner Steve Howard. With Deverson’s game coming on in leaps and bounds this year, he also showed tactical awareness and his aggressive approach and excellent net play culminated in an impressive 6-1, 6-2 victory.

The much anticipated Men’s Doubles Final had a completely new look with the Singles Champion Ben Keighley teaming up with Graham Miles against new-comers Patrick Thomassen/Matt Newman, who had defeated the reigning champions in the semi final. It looked like being a bit of an anti-climax with Thomassen/Newman finding it difficult to come to terms with the conditions and being completely outplayed in the 1st set by Keighley/Miles who romped away with the set 6-0. Thomassen/Newman then found some rhythm and snatched an early break in the 2nd set and then went on to hold serve to take the set 3-6. The 3rd and final set proved to be a cliff-hanger with both pairs producing exceptional tennis. Keighley/Miles raced to a 4-1 lead only for Thomassen/Newman to storm back taking 6 of the next 7 games to take the set 5-7 and claim the title.

Another close encounter was in the Ladies Doubles Final. Established pair Anne Gibbs/Louise Tucker took on Nicola Mileham/Danielle Miles. Just the one break of serve was needed in the 1st set for Gibbs/Tucker to take it 6-3. The 2nd set proved to be as close with nothing to choose between the two pairs. A tiebreak ensued and Gibbs/Tucker held their nerve to take the set 7-6 and the match to again lift the title having won in 15 of the last 17 years.

The Mixed Doubles Final was a repeat of last year between Peter Elsden/Louise Tucker and father and daughter pairing of Graham Miles/Danielle Miles. With the weather conditions worsening and the Miles’ showing some fatigue after their exploits in earlier finals, Elsden/Tucker took complete control with some excellent tennis. Having been broken the first game of the match, Elsden/Tucker never looked back and only dropped two more games running out 6-1, 6-2 winners.

In a highly entertaining Mixed Plate Final, Mark Townsend/Denise Parrett overcame a spirited performance by their opponents Rob Catterick/Helen Lipyeat. With some fine tennis on show and with both pairs clearly enjoying themselves, Townsend/Parrett eventually won the match 6-2, 6-3 to take the title.