Ladies vets 2 are Champions

9th Apr. 14

Herne Bay tennis club have had a very successful winter Kent league season with 3 teams gaining promotion and 3 others just missing out on 1st place by a few games resulting in them coming second in their groups. The ladies veterans 2 team were the most successful team winning the division 4 divisional play-off at the weekend away to Tunbridge Wells 3 by a set. In the 1st round Vanessa Webb/Caroline Packer took a set from the Tunbridge Wells 1st pair, after recovering from dropping the 1st set to love, but then lost in a deciding tie-break and Sarah Pout/Christine Hanson beat the 2nds 7-6, 6-1. In the second round Webb & Packer beat the opposition’s second string in straight sets and Hanson & Pout lost to the 1sts, also in straight sets. The match was tied at 2 rubbers all but Herne Bay won by 5 sets to 4. Both teams will be playing in division 3 next winter. There were 2 other Herne Bay team in divisional finals, Ladies 1 in the division 2 play-off and ladies 3 in the division 8 play-off. Ladies 1 lost 3-1 away to Canterbury 2 with Louise Tucker and Anne Gibbs wining the Herne Bay rubber and Ladies 3 lost by a set away to Beckenham 3. In this match Webb & Denise Parrett won both rubbers but had to put up with a very partisan crowd while playing the Beckenham 1st pair and consequently dropped a set.