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2008 News


All our yesteryears

Yesterdays news. Tomorrows Fish ‘n’ chip paper

FROM SOCIAL TO TOURNAMENTS -THESE ARCHIVES PROVIDE AN EXCELLENT RECORD OF THE CLUBS ACTIVITIES OVER THE YEARS.


Wednesday 31st December 2008 - IN WITH THE NEW YEAR
With reduced numbers this year, Jo Hancock generously decided to have the Kent Elms New Years Eve Party at her home. All participants brought along an item of food and drink so that the group was well nourished and well oiled by the time midnight arrived. Just like last year, Pete Clark & Cynthia Collier brought along a giant firework so that the evening finished off with a bang!


Saturday 20th December 2008 - PARTY TIME AT KENT ELMS
With the big day rapidly approaching, the Kent Elms Christmas Party gave members and friends a chance to exchange seasons greetings. There was two brilliant games provided by Keith Smith, together with some excellent food supplied by the members. Later in the evening a magnificent choir was formed to sing a variety of Christmas songs.


Saturday 15th November 2008 - NELSON RETAINS HIS TITLE
Nelson Okomi is Kent Elms Singles Champion for the second year in a row after a very close fought victory over Craig Giles. It has been a very impressive tournament for Craig who eliminated Phil Stevens in the earlier rounds, before giving Nelson a scare or two in the final. In the end it was Nelson who managed to raise his game when it mattered, to edge out his opponent 6-4 7-5.

Friday 17th October 2008 - WINNERS COLLECT THEIR TROPHIES
For the second year running, the annual Leigh & Westcliff LTA Presentation Dinner Dance was held at Saxon Hall in Aviation Way. A large contingent from Kent Elms went along and enjoyed a good meal before stepping up to collect a nice array of trophies. This was followed by Paul Brandon's ever popular disco, which kept most people on the dance floor until late.


Sunday 21st September 2008 - PHIL BATTLES THROUGH THE PAIN BARRIER
At the Leigh & Westcliff LTA Summer Tournament Finals, played at Thorpe Bay Tennis Club, Kent Elms Phil Stevens battled through the pain barrier to win the Mixed Doubles title with Steff Haddrell, beating Mark & Debbie Rose (Rayleigh) 6-1 6-3. Earlier, Phil had dislocated his shoulder while partnering clubmate Nelson Okomi in the Men's Doubles Final, before losing 6-2 0-6 6-2 to James Holloway & Will Roberts (David Lloyd). Mandy White & daughter Holly (Kent Elms) made it two in a row in the Ladies Doubles by beating clubmates Julie Rackham & Lisa Gordon 6-0 2-6 6-2. This was the second disppointment for Lisa who had earlier lost the Ladies Singles final 6-1 6-4 to Nalandi Sharma-Ebdon (Hadleigh Park). Marilyn Sharples & Danny Lovett (Kent Elms) put up a brave fight in the Mixed Doubles Plate before going down 4-6 6-2 6-3 to Bob Chapman & Nicola Thain (Wickford). In another close contest, Craig Giles & Andy Pond (Kent Elms) put up strong resistance in the Men's Doubles Plate before going down 6-1 7-6 to Graham Wells & Jim Day (Southend Lawn). In the Men's Singles Final Ryan Wilson (Rayleigh) took the title for the first time defeating Neil Jacobs (Rayleigh) 6-3 6-0.


Saturday 20th September 2008 - QUIZ TIME WITH PETE & CYNTHIA
Once again it was quiz time at Kent Elms as Pete Clark & Cynthia Collier fed us a large dose of trivia, together with a nice portion of fish and chips. The questions came thick and fast with the table consisting of Marilyn & Chris Sharples, Danny & Linda Lovett, Jan Thorpe & Pat Townsley coming out winners. However, just like last year, there were no losers as everyone was given a prize!


Sunday 7th September 2008 - ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CHAIRMAN'S DAY
It was another enjoyable occasion for the 35 members who turned out for Jan Thorpe's second Chairman's Day. The afternoon included a fun tournament organised by Norman McCouat together with plenty of food and drink. The event was also enjoyed by special guest David Rudkin, who travelled down from the midlands to celebrate 50 years of friendship with Jan.


Friday 22nd August 2008 - ANOTHER CUP DOUBLE FOR KENT ELMS
In the summer knockout cup competitions Kent Elms repeated their winter cup double by winning both the Ladies and Mixed Knockout Cups. In the Ladies final we took on Rayleigh, while the Mixed final was against Thorpe Bay. In each case victory came in a play-off set after both finals ended 2-2.


Wednesday 16th July 2008 - CHAMPIONSHIP DECIDERS FINISH THE SEASON
In spite of the awful weather, it was a highly successful summer season for Kent Elms Tennis Club who finished the season with critical championship deciders in both Mixed division 1 and Ladies division 1. Although we were unable to get the result we wanted in either of these matches, nothing could detract from the solid perfomances of our teams in all divisions. In Mixed divisions 1, 2, 3 & 5 our teams all finished 2nd, while our Ladies in divisions 1 & 2 finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Our Men's first team have made it back into division 1 after finishing 2nd behind league locked Thorpe Bay, while our other two men's teams both consolidated their places in divisons 3 & 4.


Saturday 5th July 2008 - SUPERSTARS BANQUET ENDS A WET SEASON
The 12th Superstars Banquet served food and drink a plenty as the club gathered to celebrate what was a highly successful season, in spite of another summer of awful weather. A fabulous four course meal, with as much wine and beer as you could drink, was accompanied by the usual fun quiz which was played between the courses. Everyone was pleased that the Chairman, Jan Thorpe, was able to attend after recently undergoing a hip replacement operation. He thanked Keith Smith (quiz), Di Taylor (food) and Pat Taylor (admin) for organising the event.

Saturday 21st June 2008 - CREAM TEA WITH NORMAN & EDWINA
Members arriving for social tennis where greeted with a mouth watering display of food as Norman McCouat and Edwina Buchan once again invited everyone to join them for a traditional cream tea. The tennis was brought to a temporary halt at 2.30pm as Norman & Edwina began their service. There were fruit scones, fresh strawberries, both whipped and clotted cream, together with a choice of rasberry, strawberry or victoria plum jam. Tea or coffee was served to order. The Secretary, Mary Moxom, thanked Norman & Edwina for all their hard work and generosity.


Sunday 27th April 2008 - KENT ELMS DOMINATE WINTER FINALS
Kent Elms Tennis Club were delighted to be hosts of the 23rd Leigh & Westcliff Winter Championships but even more delighted when their players took all the top honours. In the Ladies Doubles, Mandy White & her daughter Holly got things underway by beating their Kent Elms team mates Jo Hancock & Steff Haddrell 7-5 6-1. In the Men's Doubles, Kent Elms old stagers Pat Taylor & Terry Savage defied the odds to beat clubmates Phil Stevens & Nelson Okomi 6-3 3-6 7-6, while in the Mixed Doubles, Kent Elms duo Phil Stevens & Steff Haddrell saw off the challenge of Pat Taylor & Lisa Gordon 6-3 6-2. Kent Elms enjoyed further success in the Ladies Doubles Plate where Julie Rackham & Lisa Gordon beat Lauren Duffield & Gemma Smith (Leigh) 6-2 6-2. In the Men's Doubles Plate, Dave Goodman & Cliff Warwick (Wickford) beat Stewart Clarke & Bob Chapman (Wickford) 6-0 6-0, and in the Mixed Doubles Plate Dave Goodman & Tricia Goddard (Wickford) beat Andrew Gardiner & Jane Hunter (Leigh) 6-1 6-1.


Wednesday 23rd April 2008 - KENT ELMS MAKE IT A CUP DOUBLE
It was yet another titanic struggle as Kent Elms took on Thorpe Bay in the final of the Ladies Winter Knockout Cup. Mandy White & Sharon Scarf got us off to a great start by beating Kris Newberry & Ann Murray 6-4 7-5 before the visitors hit back with Sue Sargent & Annemiek Binnendyk beating Jo Hancock & Steff Haddrell 7-6 6-2. However, the cup was secured when Mandy & Steff teamed up to beat Sue & Kris 6-0 in a stunning play-off set. This win follows last weeks victory in the Mixed Winter Knockout Cup where we defeated Leigh Tennis Club in a rain affected final. The key to this success was a fabulous semi-final win at Thorpe Bay which also ended in stalemate after Phil Stevens & Steff Haddrell defeated Geoff Burdett & Sue Sergent 7-5 4-6 6-4 and Nigel & Mandy White went down 6-3 3-6 4-6 to Alan Rayner & Sally Magerison. However, a glorious victory was secured when Mandy & Phil teamed up to beat Alan & Sue 6-2 in the play-off set.


Saturday 19th April 2008 - MORE GUEST STAR MISERY AT CHINESE MEAL & KARAOKE NIGHT
The organisers could hardly believe their bad luck when, for the sixth year running, the mystery guest star failed to turn up at the annual Chinese Meal & Karaoke night. Remarkably the gathered masses showed little sign of anger and many admitted that it was not really a surprise. In less time than it takes to get a firm grip on your chop sticks, four brave damsels had formed themselves into a girl group, and with Brenda Lincoln, Marilyn Sharples & Vera Cheesman on backing vocals, Edwina Buchan took the lead with an unforgettable version of Daydream Believer. In no time at all the missing guest star was forgotten and everyone was in raptures as Jason McGinley belted out Saturday Night At The Movies. This was rapidly followed by a number of classic performances which included Pat & John Rogers (Dancing Queen), Andy Stone (Quando, Quando, Quando), Nelson Okomi (Rivers Of Babylon), Brenda Lincoln & Vera Cheesman (Let It Be), and Martin Needs, Jason McGinley & Andy Stone (Hey Jude). Perhaps the performance of the night came from rocking John Rogers who gave a hysterical impression of Mick Jagger doing Brown Sugar.


Saturday 5th April 2008 - PIZZA, PASTA . . . AND SO MUCH MORE
It was another gloriously successful night for organisers Pat Townsley, Brenda Lincoln and Jan Thorpe, as the themed evenings at Kent Elms continued with an Italian Night. There was a wonderful array of home cooked food with, of course, pizza and pasta, together with a delicious selection of sweets, giving members and friends the true taste of Italy. There was even the traditional Italian washing line overhead bearing an intriguing array of laundry, and also some games which included an Italian language test. Well done the organisers.


Sunday 30th March 2008 - KENT ELMS TRAVEL TO BILLERICAY
The sun came out just in time as Kent Elms Tennis Club hit the road and travelled to Billericay Tennis Club for a friendly match. Competition was fierce as six mixed pairs from each club competed over twelve eighteen minute sessions. An excellent afternoons play was rounded off with food and drink provided by the Billericay team. Kent Elms was represented by Mandy & Nigel White, Phil & Hanna Stevens, Chris & Julie Rackham, Jo Hancock, Pat Townsley, Brenda Lincoln, Marilyn Sharples, Trevor Brealey, Jason McGinley & Gary Nichols.


Sunday 16th March 2008 - WINTER LEAGUE PERFORMANCES ARE SATISFACTORY
Although there have been some disappointments, it was generally agreed that the performances of our ten teams in the Leigh & Westcliff Winter League were satisfactory. In the mixed league our first team pressed Thorpe Bay strongly, but had to settle for second place after two matches were agreed draws due to inclement weather. The second and third teams also perfomed well finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Our team in division 5 were very unfortunate when the final match of the season produced the only result which could relegate them. The good news is that this makes way for our team in division 6 to be promoted, which is a great achievement for them as the three girls have just moved up from the off-peak section. Our men's teams all did well finishing 2nd in both divisions 2 & 3 and 4th in division 6. In ladies division 1 Thorpe Bay won for the first time ending our record run of 7 successive wins. Sadly, our Ladies in division 2 have been relegated.


Saturday 15th March 2008 - GARDINER & DUFFIELD MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW
It was Leigh versus Kent Elms in the finals of our winter floodlight tournament, formerly known as the Doreen McLellan Tournament, but now renamed the McLellan-Perkins Trophy. There was also a new organising team of Pat Townsley & Jo Hancock. The name and the organisers may be new, but the weather was familiar. It rained most of the evening which meant that all competitors, together with umpires Jo Hancock and Dawn Collins, and scorer Norman McCoaut, took a good soaking. There were no such problems inside the clubhouse where a large crowd of Leigh and Kent Elms supporters enjoyed the two matches in warmth and comfort and with the added benefit of much food and drink. In the end it was victory for both Leigh pairs. In the main event Chris Gardiner & Lauren Duffield (Leigh) made it three wins in a row as they cruised to a 6-2 6-2 over Phil Stevens & Steff Haddrell (Kent Elms). Earlier, the plate final had been a real cliffhanger with Alan Steel & Clair Elliot (Leigh) just edging out Kevin Harvey & Julie Rackham (Kent Elms) 6-4 4-6 7-6.