Winter Success For Margate Ladies

Margate Ladies 1 team have had another successful winter season, topping Division 8A and then going on to win the Division 8 final. They finished 4 points clear of their closest rivals Shooters Hill and had convincing wins in all 5 fixtures, only dropping 2 rubbers along the way.

The team of Carla Warden, Jo Warden, Jocelyn Cox, Kim Van Hinsbergh, Lesley Wright, Catherine Banks & Suzanne Page all performed well and had some hard fought games in challenging winter weather conditions, but are now very happy to achieve promotion to Division 7 next winter.

In the final on Saturday 25th March, the Margate team of Jocelyn, Kim, Jo and Carla were hosts to Division 8B winners Tunbridge Wells. The ladies were again triumphant with a 4-0 win, celebrations afterwards included a well deserved glass of prosecco!.

Its been a really enjoyable season and great to see so many more ladies playing in the club, we look forward to entering two ladies teams in the Summer 2017 league where hopefully the fun and success will continue.


WINNER Reece Mabberley
RUNNER UP Robert Whitehead

WINNER Reece Mabberley
James Wright
RUNNER UP Phil Fennel
Aiden Nunn

WINNER Lynn Giles
RUNNER UP Carla Warden

WINNER Lynn Giles
Jocelyn Cox
RUNNER UP Carla Warden
Joanne Warden

WINNER Stevie Mayer
Carla Warden
RUNNER UP Robert Whitehead
Lynn Giles
Margate Juniors Visit Davis Cup Trophy

Margate Lawn Tennis Club junior members - Gabriel Ellis-Jarman, Catherine Banks, Jack Lintern, Todd Henniker & Alfie Stocker - went with their school, Dane Court Grammar, to view the £400,000 trophy won by the Great Britain team.

Lets hope one of our Juniors can one day go on to actually help win the trophy and put MLTC on the world tennis map !


Alfie Garratt Wins Parklangley Tennis Club Under 14 tournament

Margate Lawn Tennis Club Junior Alfie Garratt has won the prestigious Parklangley Tennis Club Under 14 tournament.

The Beckenham based club event started off with round robin group stages that Alfie, in his words, progressed through reasonably well. In his first group match, he played Hadi Makhmudi winning 4-2, 4-1 and 6-3, 6-1. In his second match of the groups stage, Alfie faced Sebastian Blaize, levelling the sets at 4-2, 1-4 and then winning 10-3 in the deciding tiebreak.

Moving on to the main draw, the Margate Junior was pitched against Freddie Walker in the quarters, winning by a decisive 4-0, 4-2. That took Alfie on to the semi-finals of the competition where he played Janil Patel. Alfie took the first set 4-2, lost the second 2-4 but then won the match 10-4 in the deciding tiebreak.

Come the final and Alfie faced up to the competition’s Number 2 seed James King, taking the match 4-2, 4-2 in a resounding win.

For Alfie, the event was a great day out, winning some very tough matches and coming through very strong to take the tournament title.

Margate's Aegon Under 18's Make Exciting Start To The Summer Season
Margate Lawn Tennis Club Under 18’s AEGON Team comprising of Reece Mabberley, Ethan McDaid, Aiden Nunn and Niall McDaid tested their skills on Sunday against Sevenoaks in a gruelling match up, which lasted in excess of 6 hours.

The singles took place first with Reece Mabberley getting a rubber for Margate with a 7-5 6-4 win. While the other boys battled valiantly Sevenoaks took the other three rubbers available, giving them the early lead at 3-1. While Margate stared into the precipice of defeat approaching the doubles rubber Sevenoaks were confident they were going to secure the tie.

They didn’t count on our boy’s mental strength and determination as they didn’t stop trying and ground out a comprehensive doubles win with Aiden Nunn and Niall McDaid beating their opposition comfortably with a 6-2 6-2 win, leaving it all down to Reece Mabberley and Ethan McDaid too win their doubles. After a nail-biting first set at 2-5 down Reece and Ethan did not give in and after some hard work they clawed their way back to 6-6 too then finally took the tiebreak, along with the first set and soon after also the second set at 6-0.

This made the overall scoring 3-3 on rubbers, which meant for the dreaded shootout doubles tiebreak to ten, between one person from each pair. Reece Mabberley and Aiden Nunn took onto court to try and win it for their team. The pair started off strong and did not give their opposing a chance by dominating the net giving them a swift 8-0 lead. However, Sevenoaks were not going to give in that easily and took it to 9-4 until Reece and Aiden Nunn took the win at 10-4, giving Margate LTC’s AEGON Under 18’s Team a great start to the season in Division 1 after gaining promotion last year.

Margate Lawn Tennis Club is currently recruiting more children into its massively successful junior programme.  The club accepts children from 5 -18 years old.  Contact head coach Gavid Vickers on 07976057454 or for more info.

Margate's Mia Otley Takes Kent Number One Spot


Following hot on the heels of recent Great Britain success at Davis Cup, beating Japan in the competition’s World Group 2016 first round, Margate Lawn Tennis Club report further exciting news with tennis club Junior Mia Otley, aged 8, finally taking the number one slot in the Kent rankings for her age group.  

Mia has progressed through the coaching system at the Margate club starting within the Red Programme at age 5 and she has regularly attended ever since. 

“Mia has trained and competed very hard and now has the ranking she deserves,” comments Head Coach Gavid Vickers. “I often observe Mia’s skills now and compare them to when she first started. That gives me and my tennis leaders a huge sense of pride.

"In essence, we share her successes and help drive the essential motivation that is also helping our other juniors to reach their potential.”  

Margate Lawn Tennis Club boasts a thriving junior section, with over 130 kids regularly participating throughout the year. Notably their keen attendance has continued throughout the Winter months.

Under 8s Debut In Team Play & Take Third Place In Aegon Division One

Margate Lawn Tennis Club youngsters joined forces for the first time playing as a team in a competitive event in which they exceeded all expectation. And notably, the Club’s Under 8s team kicked off taking third place in the Aegon League Division One.

During the matchplays at Bromley Tennis Centre, cheered on by enthusiastic parents from the side lines, Mia Rose Otley excelled as she won all her individual matches where she took on boys nearly two years older than her. Ethan Chin, despite nerves early on, played some remarkable tennis, getting even better in play and growing more in confidence with each and every hit of the ball.

Leo Stoner also played consistently throughout the day, more than holding his own against older boys.

Mark McCauley despite only just six years old, took it all in his stride and never looked short of confidence, despite facing the big serves of his opponents.

Margate Lawn Tennis Club’s LTA Level 2 Coach Arthur Lawlor was delighted with the team’s performance at Bromley. "Even though this was the team’s first time out at a sanctioned event,” he says, “none of us could have imagined how well they would do. Despite the opposition being older, our players really gave it their all and came away with excellent results that bode well for the team and indeed the future of the club in events at this level." 

Head Coach Gavid Vickers adds, “We are so proud of our Mini Red Team who played the games and matches superbly, with smiles on their faces. And they had loads of fun too!"

Margate LTC Ladies End Summer Match Season In Style

Margate Lawn Tennis Club Ladies rounded off their match summer season in style notching up a veritable win against top team Bromley Cricket Club.

With a bad start to a hectic day that ultimately turned great, Margate’s Ladies 1 tennis team took a wrong turning off the motorway getting to Bromley on the hottest day of the year thus far. But on arrival, on time, their luck changed.

Playing on grass at Bromley, Margate's first pair of Captain Lynn Giles and Wendy Munday, who stepped up to the mark to replace Kim van Hinsbergh who had a scheduled University visit with her son, routed the Bromley first team opposition.

“In about ten minutes, we blasted our way through the first set against the Bromley club, winning 6-1 in the process,” says Lynn Giles. We then moved on to take the second set 7-5.”

Margate’s second pair, sisters Carla and Jo Warden, were locked in battle in their first set with Bromley’s second paring but eventually prevailed, taking the set 7-5 and subsequently easily winning the second set 6-1 as they became more familiar with play on grass.

So, 2-0 up for Margate after the first round was tremendous start. And the Margate Ladies didn’t hold back. Lynn Giles and Wendy Munday then easily beat the second pair in the reverse. Playing faultless tennis, they took the tie 6-1, 6-1. And keeping up the momentum, the Warden sisters then took on the Bromley first pair in their reverse and held their own, taking the tie 6-4, 6-4.

“With the end result of a 4-0 victory over the Bromley club,” concludes Lynn Giles, “it was the perfect way to end our season!”

MLTC Seniors Battle It Out In The Finals

The finals of the Club Seniors Tournament 2015 were held on June 28th. The event was supported by a welcome afternoon for all new members, and a thank you goes out to all committee and club members who helped make it a successful event.

Results were as follows:

Ladies Singles Winner: Lynn Giles
Finalist: Kim Van Ginsburg

Men's Singles Winner: Stuart Horsburgh
Finalist: Dennis Glory

Ladies Doubles Winners: Lynn Giles / Kim Van Hinsburg
Finalists: Yvonne Forbes / Helen Kemp

Mens Doubles Winners: Darryl Saint Julian / Simon Tonkiss
Finalists: George Buckmaster / Dennis Glory

Mixed Doubles Winners: Lynn Giles / Firuz Kasiri
Finalists: Tracey Pettman / Simon Tonkiss

MLTC Seniors Captain England & Grab More County Titles

Margate LTC’s Bob Whitehead, back row, second left, captained England Seniors to victory in the Four Nations Tournament.

Margate Lawn Tennis Club seniors are grabbing great success at England and County level. Mens’ Captain Bob Whitehead played for the England Seniors in the Four Nations Tournament in Glasgow where selection was dependent on good performance in the annual National Championships of Great Britain.

The event, held every two years, comprised singles and doubles matches against Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Notably, Whitehead captained the England team to winning the event.

And together with Margate Tennis Club member Keith Clark the pair notched up county honours at Kent Seniors levels in the annual county finals. Whitehead, notably, took the Over 55 singles for the eighth year running, beating Bromley Wendover’s Tony Ferdinando.

Stepping up to the Over 60s category singles, he then reclaimed the title for the fourth consecutive year beating Park Langley’s Chris Mackenzie.

Keeping the momentum going, Margate’s Clark carried off the over 65 Doubles for the fourth consecutive year with his doubles partner Gary Sims from Herne Bay in the Kent Annual Finals. The pair beat the Bromley duo of Peter Pharo and Peter Long.

Notably, Whitehead and Clark are serial winners in the Kent Championships and are determined to continue their success for many years to come, both having been selected for their respective Kent County teams this year.

Alfie Garratt Wins MLTC Road To Wimbledon Tournament

Proving the prowess of Margate Lawn Tennis Club coaching, 13 year old Junior Alfie Garrett won the Club’s first ever LTA Road to Wimbledon Tournament.

Twelve players competed in the Under 14s Road to Wimbledon event resulting in Alfie taking the tournament after four hours of continuous match play. “The standard of play at this event,” says Head Coach Gavid Vickers,” was amazing.” The tournament took place initially with a round robin where the top four players then immediately moved on the semi-finals of a knock-out competition.

Alfie played Jack Pegden in his first semi-final after losing to him 2-6 in the round robin stage. So, it was Alfie's chance to get even. After 20 minutes of some superb tennis Alfie emerged victorious with a 6-4 victory.

Moving on to the final, Alfie then took part in another tough match against rival Gabrielle Ellis Jarman. Even after 3.5 hours of prior play, both players got stuck in and gave no quarter.  “The rallies were incredible,” says Vickers, “with every conceivable shot being displayed.”  Eventually, Alfie pulled ahead in the really tough final, winning 6-3.

"What an amazing day with some fantastic match play,” comments Vickers. “All the parents and children stayed, watched and supported their fellow players, creating an enthralling, fantastic atmosphere that is vitally important for the children's development. The great thing is that anyone could have won this tournament with the great depth of talent displayed by all the players.”

For Alfie, he now needs to win the regional tournament taking place in Ashford, to secure his place in the tournament at Wimbledon. Proud mum Julie Garrett enthuses, “I can't believe it! He's only been playing a couple of years and has done really well, thanks to the coaching team at Margate LTC.”

Margate Junior Star Rising
Margate Lawn Tennis Club’s Mia Rose Otley carried off all the spoils in Canterbury Polo Farm’s recent Red Ball Mixed Under 8s tennis competition. “And what a result,” says her Dad Andy, “six games played and six games won in the event.”

“A tremendous tennis enthusiast,” explains Andy Otley, “Mia is always looking forward to attending coaching sessions three times a week at Margate Lawn Tennis Club where she has made many good friends. She loves playing tennis for fun, enjoyment and keeping healthy. However, when it comes to playing tournaments, she takes her game very seriously.”

So, at Polo Farm Mia arrived at 2.45pm for the competition. After a quick warm up she was on court at 3pm and swiftly into her stride in the first match. Executing forehands and double backhands beyond her years, she dominated play, seeing the game out 10-2. Games 2, 3, and 4 all followed a similar pattern with Mia Rose taking the ties 10-0, 10-1 and 10-3 respectively.

Game 5 saw excellent play from both Mia Rose and her opponent. At 6-6, the game was tight but Mia was enjoying the longer rallies of the game.
Not overawed by the occasion, however, Mia dug deep to step up a gear and saw the game out 10-6, delivering some rasping shots down the lines and across court. In Game 6, the final game of the competition, Mia once again dominated play and swiftly notched up a further win, taking the game 10-1. Next competition stage for Mia is Orange Ball tournaments which she is looking forward to playing in.

However, due to tournament rules, Mia now has to wait until September when she is 7yrs 6months old. Mia has a great track record for so young a player. She recently won a tournament in Deal, came runner up at Tonbridge, where she lost only one game, and came sixth out of 30 at a Bromley Kent Closed Tournament where many of her opponents were aged over a year her senior. 
Margate Ladies Win By The Tightest Of Margins

Ladies 1 had their first match of the season on Saturday 25th April. After battling through road closure and heavy rain showers to get to their destination – Sevenoaks - they found a very friendly team to play against.

1st pair Lynn Giles (capt) and Kim Van Hinsbergh started the match off well by beating Sevenoaks 1st pair 6-2, 6-3. The new sister partnership of Carla & Jo Warden played as 2nd pair and had a long match against Sevenoaks 2nd pair with the home team eventually winning 6-3, 5-7.

So after the first round Margate were level 1-1 with all to play for. Lynn and Kim then beat Sevenoaks 2nd pair 6-2, 6-1 but unfortunately the Warden girls lost their match 6-1, 6-0 despite their valiant efforts.

This meant the match was tied at 2-2 with the result being a draw at 33 games all on count back.  This was thought to be a good start to the season only to discover the Warden girls had in fact lost their 2nd match 6-1 and 6-1 which meant Margate won the match by 1 game, the tightest of margins.

This was a really exciting conclusion to the first match of the season, especially for a new team with new partnerships.  All four ladies are looking forward to the rest of the season where they hope to build on this closest of wins.

Margate Under 18's Win Local Derby in Style !
Margate LTC's under 18's Aegon team played Broadstairs at the weekend in a local derby and the Margate boys produced some amazing tennis.

Reece Mabberley (17) and James Wright (17) played a singles match each in the first rubber and produced an awesome display of power and precision.  Reece win his match 6-1 6-1 and James romped through against his opponent 6-0 6-0.

Next came the doubles with James and Reece teaming up, again the display was awesome especially round the net and the boys steamed to a 6-0 first set victory, however in the second set the Broadstairs boys rallied and started piling the pressure on with some great returns and serving but in the end the Margate pair proved to strong and were eventual winners winning the final set 6-3.

Gavid Vickers, Head Coach says "it was great to see the boys putting into practice what we cover in the sessions, playing a fantastically tactical and physical game with a positive and fair approach."

For more details on the Margate coaching set up please visit the coaching section.

Margate Men's 2 Claim Tennis Victory In First Kent League Match of Season

First match of the new season and Margate Lawn Tennis Club's Men's 2 team claimed victory in the Kent Division 3 league against Bexley. Margate's team pairings were Gavid Vickers and Reece Mabberley and James Wright and Aiden Nunn.

Vickers and Mabberley comprehensively beat Bexley's first pair 6-0, 6-1, with Wright and Nunn, Margate's second pair, losing to Bexley's second pair 3-6, 3-6 in the first rubber. In the second rubber Vickers and Mabberley again had a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1 win against Bexley's second pair, with Margate's Wright and Nunn losing to Bexley's firsts 1-6 in the first set but then fighting back to just lose the second set 6-7.

Margate's Men's 2 team took the match on count back, winning by 16 games.

Notably, Margate Lawn Tennis Club encourages its junior section by allowing them to play team tennis as soon as their tennis grade allows. Apart from Vickers, the old man of the team at 34 years old, the other three team members are just 16 years old.

Taking this approach enables juniors to develop their tennis match play under the watchful eye of Club Head Coach Vickers. "This commitment to our juniors," he says, "pays dividends not only in strengthening our teams but provides valuable information for their future coaching sessions whilst further aiding their progression."

Margate’s Jack Pegden Triumphs in East Kent County Tennis Championship

Margate Lawn Tennis Club Junior Jack Pegden has triumphed in the Under 8s East Kent County Championship which took place at Polo Farm, Canterbury on May 26, Bank Holiday Monday.

The Championship event involved twelve children playing in three rounds of the final competition and resulted in glory for young Jack. He steadfastly won each of his first three games, taking the ties 10–6, 10–2, 10–6. That placed him firmly in the quarter final of the competition where he won 10–7.

Moving on to the semi-final, Jack definitively won the game 10- 2, landing him squarely in the final where he won that too. Playing some great tennis in an exciting final, Jack excelled in that as well and won the tie 10–7. Notably, this was only Jack’s second ever tournament. There were no nerves and he really enjoyed himself!

“Jack played exceptionally well in this his second ever competition,” says Margate Lawn Tennis Club Head Coach Gavid Vickers, “and it's fantastic that he has had this success at county level. Jack has been involved with the coaching programme at Margate Lawn Tennis Club since day one and it's been an absolute pleasure training him and helping him reach his potential."

Margate Lawn Tennis Club operates under LTA's mini lawn tennis programme which allows children to progress using appropriate equipment such as larger and lower bouncing tennis balls. “Lessons start for five year olds to 70 year olds and over,” adds Vickers. “Everyone is welcome!”

MLTC Hosts Belgian Tennis
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Margate Lawn Tennis Club played host to Head Coach Jean-Francois Larouillere and two Juniors from Le Bosquet Tennis Club in Rosiere, Belgium for an International friendly match over the Easter weekend.

Despite losing to higher rated competition, the Margate ‘boys’ put on a good fight in their respective singles and double matches.

Margate’s Reece Mabberley, 16 and rated 8.2 played well against the much higher, 5.1, rated Belgian Guillaume Gemine, aged 15, says Margate Head Coach Gavid Vickers, despite losing 4:6, 3:6 in two sets.

Fifteen year old Aiden Nunn, rated 8.2, lost to 18 year old Belgian Lucas Gossart, also higher rated at 6.2. Aiden played extremely well against the tougher competition, says Vickers, only losing in the third set championship tie break 8:10, following two well battled sets ending 4:6, 6:2.

Finally in a doubles match, Margate 17 year olds Kallum Marlow and Arthur Lawlor, both rated at 8.2, contested well but lost 4:6, 2:6 to the higher rated Belgian pairing of Guillaume and Lucas.

“Margate competed really well in this, the first international match which everyone involved greatly enjoyed despite the ratings differences. Our lads are now training hard for a return match in Belgium at Le Bosquet later in the summer."

And making the day truly international, Coach Vickers capped it all by putting on a European mix at tea afterwards including Brussels pate, French bread and cheeses and of course Danish pastries!

New Token Machine
Please note there is now a Token Machine in the club house.

This machine accepts legal tender coins from 5p to £2 and dispenses tokens to operate the on court floodlights.

We are not your Mother !!!
Dear members please can we all leave the Club House clean and tidy after you use it.  The facilities are there for you to enjoy as part of your membership but they can only remain useable if we all look after them.

Thank you.

Margate Lawn Tennis Club has landed a pair of Winners Trophies in the highly prestigious Thanet Sports Awards 2012. Head Coach David Houseman won the Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by the KM Group and George Buckmaster picked up the TDC Sport Matters Inspire Pride Achievement Award.
The Awards were made at a special presentation ceremony at Margate’s Winter Gardens on November 21, compared by Academy FM’s Johnny Lewis and featuring guest speaker Team GB Olympic Taekwondo Gold Medallist Jade Jones.

“David and George thoroughly deserve these awards,” comments Margate Lawn Tennis Club Chairman John Taylor. “Their selfless effort and resultant success for the Club’s benefit are immense and testament to just what can be achieved, adding strength to the club: David by building on club membership and George by ensuring that there indeed continues to be a club to come to. The entire Club thanks them for their individual effort and congratulates them, on their awards.”

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