The soon to be infamous, and well travelled [if it gets back safe ] KETC Ball arrives at a Portland Trail Blazers Basketball game with club stoolwart [sic] Phil Stevens. Earlier in the year it arrived at Base Camp Everest and was carried to over 5500 metres by club chairman Gary Nicholls. Where to next I wonder?
With all the decorations , festive music and party hats in place the 2012 Christmas gathering got underway. Once again it was well attended and along with good company served up a veritable smorgasbord of Christmas offerings. A well prepared and seasonal quiz was provided by Keith along with the opportunity to anonymously wail during the infamous Christmas carol karaoke session . Once again our genial bar hostess, Brenda ably assisted by Debbie kept the glasses full until the last of the stragglers left in the early hours of the morning.
The Off Peak Members had their inaugural Christmas Dinner on 6th December at South Essex College's restaurant, WAVES . With the exception of one member, due to illness, the event was attended by all with their spouses or partners. An enjoyable time was had by all that attended at what, hopefully becomes an annual event.
Thanks go to Ro Goolamali for organizing .
Thursday 29th November 2012 – EVEREST BASE CAMP IN MY SIGHTS
Gary Nicholls KETC chairman is in the middle of a three week trip to Everest Base camp to raise money for the charity ‘Mind’. Here is his latest report -
After a change of date the quiz night was off and running with a good attendance despite the weather. With Peter and Cynthia at the helm the festivities got off to a fast start as the first of several quiz rounds took place. A vociferous (some would say rowdy) crowd remained that way until the food arrived. Suffice to say it did its job again and with it served ‘as is’ it helped the men escape the washing up! Despite several challenges the quiz was an extremely close run race with table 2 eventual winners. A great night was had by all with those attending thankful to Peter and Cynthia and looking forward to the next one .
On a rainy and windswept night members of the Leigh & Westcliff lawn Tennis Association clubs made their way to Saxon Hall in Southend for the annual presentation evening. Held in the new annexe this year the event was well attended. Kent Elms figured in several awards at League, Club and Individual level and it was good to see the table fill up with the requisite trophies. However, despite a good haul our congratulations must go out to the other clubs who also had a good year. Overall it was a vociferous night with plenty of good natured banter amongst rivals. Our thanks go out to the L&W LTA volunteer Committee for once again hosting a well organised and balanced night of achievement recognition and frivolity.
Once again Kent Elms tennis club were represented in several finals both in the ladies and mixed sections. First off was Pat Taylor who partnered Lisa Gordon (David Lloyd) in the mixed doubles playing against clubmate Martin Needs and Sue Sergeant of Thorpe Bay. For the fourth consecutive year Sue and Martin ran out winners 7-
Finally, in the Ladies doubles plate, Kent Elms were represented by Kylie Barret and Katy Cox who were seeking their first finals win. Their opponents Jackie Henesy and Sally Jackson from David Lloyd were a strong pairing and unfortunately Katy and Kylie were just beaten in what was, a very close final, with the final set decided by a championship tie-
Friday 21st September 2012 – KENT ELMS MEMBERS TAKE A BREAK FROM TENNIS
It was that time of year again when a group consisting of Pat & Di Taylor, Pat & John Rogers, Danny & Linda Lovett, Bren & Debby Lincoln, Pete Clark and Phil Stevens decided to make the long trek to Devon for the Kent Elms annual sporting break . . . and for once the weather was really good! This year, tennis was completely forgotten as the party indulged themselves in Golf, Bowls, Archery, Shooting, Swimming, Snooker, Ten Pin Bowling and a variety of Crafts. While Pat Rogers remained our star golfer, this year her husband John was determined not to be outdone by putting in a sparkling display on day one. Meanwhile, the big hitting golf dual between Danny and Phil (despite his injured right hand) was believed to have ended in a draw! Elsewhere, there were excellent performances by Danny on pistols, Debby on rifles, Bren at archery, Pete & Phil at bowls, with everybody rubbish at ten pin bowling! Also a quiz team consisting of Phil Stevens, Debby Lincoln, Pat Taylor & Pete Clark won a bottle of bubbly at the Tuesday quiz night. Finally, a special mention for Linda Lovett who was here there and everywhere taking part in a whole range of unusual activities which included Zumba, Thai Chi and Deep Relaxation. Thanks to everyone who made the trip and also to our guests Ray & Lyndsey Grimwood, who joined us on Thursday. Debbie & Phil Xbox hurdle -
Saturday 15th September 2012 -
Watched by a generous and appreciative crowd the club finals night at Kent Elms Tennis Club got off to a flying start before the main event with two hotly contested finals. In the ladies final Steff Haddrell faced Hanna Stevens to decide who could call themselves Ladies champion 2012. In a flurry of baseline action Hanna sent a clear message to Steff to win the first game on serve. Steff came back to win the next game and the match continued that way until Steff found her groove, broke serve and started to control the set to win it 6-
MENS PLATE FINAL – James Needs vs Gary Nicholls
On court 3 young James Needs  was taking part in a David and Goliath type match. He faced Gary Nicholls [Chairman & first Team Player] who was hotly tipped to overcome James with his experience and tactical strength. Watched by his family James got off to a good start with Gary matching him shot for shot. Gary’s experience paid off he and he moved within two first set points but James held his nerve and with some devastating inch perfect passing winners pulled the game back to make it 5-
MENS FINAL – Kevin Harvey vs Scott Wayman
In the main event Kevin Harvey, previous finalist and runner-
Will take place at Kent Elms Tennis Club on Saturday 15th September 2012. Everyone is invited to come along and watch.
The Ladies Singles will start at 6.30pm with Hanna Stevens against Steff Haddrell. Starting at the same time will be the Mens Plate Final where young James Needs will take on either Gary Nicholls or Andy Wayman. Following on at around 8pm will be the Men's Final where Scott Wayman will play the winner of Kevin Harvey v Mark Hughes.
We're sure they will all welcome your support.
Dear Members, The Committee have organised for a work party to take place on Sunday 2nd September between 10am and 12am. We would very much appreciate it if you could just give an hour of your time to attend to one of the many maintenance tasks that need to be carried out to keep your club in the pristine condition that we all enjoy. If the time chosen is inconvenient to you then another time would be fine. Peter will be posting a list of tasks that need to be carried out on the notice board, simply put your name against the task that you feel you would be best suited to undertake.
Thanking you all in anticipation.
Gary J Nicholls-
Friday 20th July 2012 -
Will all those wishing to compete in the clubs Men's or Ladies singles knockout tournament, to be played throughout August and early September with finals on Saturday 15th September, please send Pat Taylor an email or text as soon as possible please.
Friday 13th July 2012 –WE’RE GOING UP -
So far -
It’s week 10 in the Leigh & Westcliff summer league and with the results from week 9 now in, it confirms that it’s nail biting stuff for two of our men's teams as they go to their next matches knowing only a 6-
A distinct lack of superstars but plenty of fun was still had at the club with Pat, Di and Brenda being the perfect hosts for the night. Plenty of brain taxing quiz questions were softened by a bountiful supply of Chinese food and an open drinks cabinet.
As the weather held the teams moved outside where the Rollerball event was hotly contested and summed up the evenings fun theme as well as some surprise successes and failures . Eventually table one ran out winners thanks to a combination of luck and reading the fortune cookies early!
Add into the mix the Andy Murray 3rd round match win watched by all on our new TV and it was a perfect night -
Sunday 10th June 2012 – Summer 2012 season reaches Halfway Mark
A mixed bag for Kent Elms Tennis club as we reach the halfway stage of the 2012 summer season. Following a difficult start due to injuries and availability all teams managed to get off to a reasonable start. Some divisions have seen a noticeable upturn in players abilities and this is reflected in the league standings to date. Despite this Kent Elms remains in a good position to gain/chase promotion in at least four of its divisions with our top teams not too far behind the leaders.
Saturday 28th April 2012 – GUEST STAR JINX STRIKES AGAIN
In spite of several consultations with astrologers, and a ritual exorcism, the Indian Meal, Music Quiz & Karaoke Night once again appeared to be jinxed when, for the 10th year running, the mystery guest failed to appear. Many were blaming the switch from Chinese to Indian food, and one guest noted that the evening seemed to be one onion bhaji short of a picnic.
Fortunately, just as a disgruntled guest threatened to crack a poppadom over the organisers head, a potentially volatile situation was averted when Edwina Buchan rather unexpectedly leapt to her feet and launched into her own memorable version of Copacabana.
Before you could say “Peshwari Nan” any lingering disappointment was forgotten and the whole place was rocking to the sounds of Andy Stone (Quando Quando Quando); Phil Stevens (Bridge Over Troubled Water); Mary Smith & Pat Taylor (Shang A Lang); Pat Rogers, Gill Roberts, Bren Lincoln & Marilyn Sharples (Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow); Mary Smith, Chris Gore, Barbara Chandler & Carol Thomas (Lipstick On Your Collar); Debby Lincoln, Sarah Stone, Hanna Stevens & Sue Needs (Dancing Queen); Gill Roberts & Pat Taylor (Summer Loving); and perhaps the highlight of the evening, Martin Powell & Andy Stone (It’s Not Unusual). Andy & Martin rock the house? -
28th April 2012: INDIAN CUISINE AND KARAOKE NIGHT -
We're not sure what Simon Cowell would say but who cares! -
A HAILSTORM could not spoil the Leigh & Westcliff’s Winter Finals at Kent Elms TC on Sunday.
Westcliff Hard’s pairing of Joe Levey and Josh Onion triumphed over Hadleigh Park’s Jason Watkins and Jack Vile in three hard-
And in an all-
In the mixed doubles, Sue Sergeant and Martin Needs retained their title in another three-
Results: Ladies’ Doubles: Sue and Amy Sergeant bt Ann Murray & Heather Bell (All Thorpe Bay) 6-
The day hosted six finals and was sponsored by Original Sports. Further information on the L&W LTA and Original Sports can be found here;
Kent Elms Ladies finished their final match against Thorpe Bay to win the Division One L& W Winter League. With either team needing the win to clinch the championship it was Kent Elms who came out on top providing a tense but exciting climax to the end of the season .
L& W LTA 2011/12 -
It was decided to enter an extra men’s and mixed team to the L & W league after having several new members join our club. So we had 4 men's and 6 mixed teams this winter.The ladies 1st team finished top of division 1. (Well done team. That was quite an achievement, especially beating Thorpe Bay ladies in 4 straight sets), Ladies 2nd team finished bottom of division 2. The men’s 1st team also finished bottom of division 2 whilst the men’s 2nd and 3rd teams finished top of their respective divisions of 3 and 7.The men’s 4th team finished in 2nd place in division 7. The mixed 1st and 3rd teams finished in 4th position in their respective divisions of 1 and 4. The Mixed 2nd team finished bottom of division 2.the Mixed 4th team finished in 2nd place in division 5 the Mixed 5th team finished in 3rd place in division 6 and finally the Mixed 6th team finished top of division 7.
The AGM committee election was carried out in accordance with section 3 of the club constitution. Martin Powell (Club Secretary) explained that he would not be standing for re-
Outcome of the KETC committee election for 2012/13
The club received 9 expressions of interest that were proposed and seconded as per the club constitution. There were no expressions of interest from the floor on the night. As a consequence of the ballot the following were elected;
Committee & Officer Roles
Gary Nicholls – Re-
Peter Clark – Re-
Jo Hancock – Re-
Pat Taylor – Re-
Katy Cox – Elected
Emma Mellish – Elected
Terry Savage – Elected
Pat Taylor – Re-
Jo Hancock – Re-
Martin Needs -
The secretary’s role remains vacant whilst members of the committee consider the role and its responsibilities. Once a decision has been made, members will be informed.
We had 31 entries for this tournament. The final was played on Saturday 10th March. The plate event was contested between 2 KETC pairs. Jo Hancock and Kevin Harvey vs. Debby Lincoln and Craig Butler. Kevin and Jo won in straight sets.7-
Dear all, it's been like travelling back in time driving on forest and mountain roads where we have only the birds for company and you can park anywhere in town! We have huffed and puffed our way up some cliffs and smallish mountains and have been rewarded with awesome views and Margaret is still talking to me. We strolled round Hobart today and the buzzy Salamanca Market followed by high tea in Old Hadleys Hotel. Tomorrow we will take a cruise around the harbour and then have our final fish feast in Oz! Missing tennis! Love Moira X X.