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2009 News

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Yesterdays news. Tomorrows Fish ‘n’ chip paper


Saturday 19th December 2009 - IT'S A WHITE CHRISTMAS PARTY
With six inches of snow on the ground, it was a particularly hardy group of members and friends who gathered for the Kent Elms Christmas Party. With a couple of fun games from Keith Smith and some delicious food, the back drop of snow helped create a very festive atmosphere. Pretty soon everyone was involved in performing some lunatic versions of their favourite carols, and with midnight approaching, Hanna Stevens arrived from another party, and the whole thing kept rolling on until 1.30am! All in all it was an excellent effort by all concerned.

Monday 14th December 2009 - PHIL IS NEW SINGLES CHAMPION
Phil Stevens is the new Kent Elms Men's Singles Champion after a titanic struggle with the defending champion, Nelson Okomi. After several years of under achieving at singles, Phil began confidently, taking the first set 6-4. However, Nelson clawed his way back into the match, winning the second set 6-3, and then serving for the title at 5-4 in the final set. With another disappointment beckoning, Phil refused to buckle, eventually winning the match 7-6 in a tie break. In the plate event, Richard Crews showed just how much his game has matured with a solid 6-3 7-5 win over Chris Rackham.

Friday 13th November 2009 - KENT ELMS TAKE A WINTER BREAK
It was with a sense of adventure that Pete Clark, Pat & Di Taylor, Phil & Hanna Stevens, Pat & John Rogers, and Bren Lincoln headed off to Devon for Kent Elms first winter break. Tennis seemed to be the last thing on everyone's mind as the intrepid eight threw themselves into a non-stop week of golf, bowls, ten pin bowling, archery, pistol shooting, rifle shooting, snooker, swimming and various craft activities. The rest of the time was spent eating massive amounts of food and downing much alcohol. In the end Pat Rogers emerged as our star golfer, while Bren Lincoln won prizes at both archery and pistol shooting. A great time was had by all and everyone agreed that this is something they would all like to do again.

The Leigh & Westcliff LTA Presentation Dinner Dance being held on Halloween could mean only one thing. A room full of the living dead, dressed up in dodgy outfits, and eating scary food. Once the trophies had been presented, a very frightening DJ suddenly started to play ghoulish music which resulted in dozens of zombies and several old witches attempting to cast their spells on the dance floor. It was all good clean fun which bravely went on beyond the bewitching hour.

Friday 23rd October 2009 - KNOCKOUT CUP SAGA ENDS IN TRIUMPH
One of the longest running knockout cup sagas of recent times has finally ended in triumph for Kent Elms. No one could forsee the problems that lay ahead when, for the first time in fourteen years, Kent Elms won through to all three knockout cup finals (Ladies, Men's & Mixed). The first sign of difficulty came with the realisation that all three finals were due to be played away against Rayleigh. Since Rayleigh do not have floodlights, and with the nights rapidly drawing in, it was impossible to play on any of the scheduled dates. The men managed to find an early weekend slot and Rayleigh took the first of the finals with an impressive 4-0 win. After much delay, another weekend slot was found for the ladies final, but when the match ended in a 2-2 draw, a play-off set could not be played because of fading light. Meanwhile, there was no sign of a date for the mixed final. When a date was finally agreed the match had to be cancelled half an hour before the start when it was discovered that there were no courts available! With time rapidly slipping by, the ladies eventually got together to complete the ladies cup final which Kent Elms won 6-3 in the play-off set. Since the knockout cups were now over five weeks late, it was decided that the mixed final showdown would be played under floodlights at Kent Elms. And what a final it was! Mandy White & Nelson Okomi scored a brilliant 6-2 7-6 win over Ryan Wilson & Lauren Duffield, and with Steff Haddrell & Phil Stevens standing at 6-7 7-5 in a titanic struggle with Debbie Rose & David Barham, Kent Elms took the mixed cup 3-1.

Saturday 3rd October 2009 - PETE & CYNTHIA DISH OUT THE TRIVIA
Once again, Pete Clark and Cynthia Collier were the hosts of another Kent Elms Quiz Night, where the usual frantic evening of quick fire trivia only eased up to allow everyone to partake in a delightful midway supper. In the end it was the table consisting of Malcolm & Jo Hancock, Edwina Collier, Norman McCoaut, Katy Cox, Phil Stevens and Nelson Okomi who triumphed in a very closely fought contest. As the evening came to a close, Pete and Cynthia made their familiar gesture of awarding almost everyone a prize.

Sunday 20th September 2009 - FIRST MAJOR TITLE FOR MARTIN
At the Leigh & Westcliff LTA Summer Tournament Finals, played at Southend Lawn Tennis Club, Kent Elms Martin Needs secured his first major success by winning the Mixed Doubles. Martin together with partner Sue Sergeant (Thorpe Bay) won an exciting three set battle 6-4 4-6 6-2 against mother and son partnership, Gill and Dan Sanderson (Westcliff Lawn). There was further successs for Kent Elms in the Ladies Doubles Plate where Bren Lincoln & Marilyn Sharples (Kent Elms) beat Sandra Ellis & Tricia Goddard (Wickford) 6-1 6-1, while in the Mixed Doubles Plate Pat Taylor (Kent Elms) and Lisa Gordon (Leigh) beat Allan Steel & Claire Elliott (Leigh) 6-2 6-4. In the Men's Singles Final Ryan Wilson (Rayleigh) took the title for the second year running, defeating James Holloway (Hadleigh Park) 6-0 6-0, while in the Ladies Singles, Nalandi Sharma-Ebdon (Westcliff Lawn) also won for the second year running, beating Sally Marsham (Southend Lawn) 6-3 6-0. In the Men's Doubles Ryan Wilson & Bill Cooper (Rayleigh) beat Dave Goodman & Cliff Warwick (Wickford) 6-3 6-1, and in the Ladies Doubles Ann Murray & Annemiek Binnendijk (Thorpe Bay) beat Sally Marsham (Southend Lawn) and Jackie Sirdifield (Thorpe Bay) 7-5 6-1.

Sunday 13th September 2009 - ANOTHER FULL HOUSE FOR CHAIRMAN'S DAY
It was a full house at Kent Elms as Chairman Jan Thorpe hosted another of his extremely popular Chairman's Days. Once again Norman and Edwina organised a fun tournament which saw Richard Crews and Marilyn Sharples emerge as winners with Ken Clark and Dawn Collins as runners-up. The event was rounded off with a magnificent buffet together a well-earned drink around the bar.

Friday 10th July 2009 - MEN SLIP BACK INTO DIVISION 2
The Leigh & Westcliff Summer Leagues followed a similar pattern to the Winter Leagues as our men struggled to avoid relegation. After a bright start in division 1 we found ourselves in third spot at the halfway stage, before the wheels came off in the second half, and we hit the slippery slope back into division 2. The mens second team showed their fighting spirit by retaining their place in division 3 in fifth spot, while the third team sank without trace and are relegated to division 5. Our ladies first team got off to possibly their worst ever start in division 1, but came back to finish a creditable 3rd. Meanwhile, a very close fought battle in division 2 saw our ladies second team relegated. Our four mixed teams in divisions 1, 2, 3 & 5 were much more solid finishing third, fourth, third and third respectively. In particular, our team in division 5 were in first place for much of the season before faltering at the end.

The 13th Superstars Banquet saw members and friends gather to celebrate the end of yet another summer season. Once again, a delightful four-course meal, together with a potent array of drinks, was broken up by a series of light hearted games. Excellent weather conditions allowed the gathering to spill out onto the courts where everyone joined in a frustrating test of ball skill and co-ordination. The Chairman, Jan Thorpe, thanked Pat & Di Taylor for organising the event, Bren Lincoln for decorating the tables, and Keith Smith for producing the games.

Once again the organisers were left stunned when, for the seventh year running, the mystery guest star failed to turn up at the annual Chinese Meal & Karaoke night. Although many of those attending were bitterly disappointed, a possible nasty situation was averted when Edwina Buchan leapt to her feet, and with Brenda Lincoln, Marilyn Sharples and Vera Cheeseman on backing vocals, she launched into an unbelievable version of Da Do Ron Ron. In no time at all, any thoughts of the missing guest star had been blown away by an amazing series of perfomances which included Debby & Bren Lincoln (Killing Me Softly), Andy Stone (Mandy), John Rogers & Pete Clark (Dance The Night Away), Hanna Stevens, Debby Lincoln & Pat Taylor (Fairy Tale Of New York), and Martin Needs & Andy Stone (The Green Green Grass Of Home). Perhaps the performance of the night came from Phil Stevens and the Table 1 choir with their stunning version of Bohemian Rhapsody.

At the Leigh & Westcliff Winter Finals, Martin Needs & Kevin Harvey (Kent Elms) won the Men's Doubles Plate, beating Chris Rackham & Steve Baker (David Lloyd) 6-2 6-3. In the other events, Lauren Duffield & Gemma Smith (Rayleigh) won the Ladies Doubles, beating Kate Bennett & Michelle Caldon (Hockley) 6-1 6-2, Neil Jacobs & Ryan Wilson (Rayleigh) won the Men's Doubles, beating Graham Wells & Jim Day (Southend Lawn) 7-6 6-7 6-2, and Joe Murray & Sue Sergeant (Thorpe Bay) won the Mixed Doubles beating Neil Jacobs & Lauren Duffield (Rayleigh) 6-3 6-3.

Wednesday 6th April 2009 - KNOCKOUT CUP FINALS ARE SHARED
Kent Elms and Thorpe Bay went head to head in both the Mixed and Ladies Winter Knockout Cup Finals. In the mixed final it was Kent Elms who took the honours after a closely fought match. However, Thorpe Bay took revenge with a convincing win in the ladies final.

Of the ten teams competing in the Leigh & Westcliff Winter League, it was our three men's teams who struggled, mainly due to injuries and absence. In Men's division 2 we could only finish fourth, while we were relegated in division 3, and finished fifth in division 6. Elsewhere, there were solid performances all round with our two ladies teams both finishing second in divisions 1 and 3, and our five mixed teams in divisions 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 finishing third, third, fourth, second and third respectively.

Saturday 14th March 2009 - McLELLAN-PERKINS TROPHY FINALS
With perfect weather, a large crowd, and plenty of food and drink, it was another highly successful night for this floodlight tournament which has been hosted by Kent Elms Tennis Club for the past 31 years. In the main event Pat Taylor & Lisa Gordon (Kent Elms) overcame Graham Wells & Jackie Sirdifield (Southend Lawn) 7-6 6-2. Earlier, Nelson Okomi & Jo Hancock (Kent Elms) took the honours in the Plate Event beating Jan Thorpe & Pat Townsley (Kent Elms) 6-3 6-2. For full results click Main Event or 
Plate Event.

Thursday 12th March 2009 - THORPE BAY v THORPE BAY VOTED DOWN
At the Leigh & Westcliff AGM, a proposed rule change which would allow a club to have two teams in any division has been voted down. The proposal was presented by Wickford and was an attempt to try to avoid teams becoming league locked. This is currently affecting teams from Thorpe Bay who last summers won 8 divisions, but were unable to have any team promoted because they already had teams in the division above.

Saturday 28th February 2009 - A MEXICAN DELIGHT
Those intrepid event organisers, Pat Townsley & Bren Lincoln, were at it again as they transformed the Kent Elms clubhouse into a little bit of Mexico for their Mexican Evening. As the guitar music played, members and friends began arriving, many dressed in dodgy Mexican outfits, and sometimes carrying strange looking prickly structures which were reputed to be cactus plants. After a delicious 3 course Mexican meal, and a couple of excellent quizzes, prizes were awarded to Pat Rogers for the best home-made cactus, to Diane Taylor as the best dressed Mexican lady, and to Pete Clark as the best dressed Mexican man.