May 2009

Quarterly Medal – 30 May 2009

Twenty players contested the second RMTC Quarterly Medal held at the Club today (Saturday, 30th May).  The winners were as follows:

AM: Dan Callaghan (Limb Court) and Charles Foster (Hamer Court)

PM: Nick Shelton (Limb Court) and Brendan O”Brien (Hamer Court)

Dan, Charles, Nick and Brendan are now invited to compete in the knockout “Medal of Medallists” competition on Finals Day in December.

The Sherwood St Cup (h’cap 50+ club championship)

The Sherwood St Cup, 50+ Club Championship, was held over the weekend with a total of 8 players competing off level for the Cup, playing best of 3 set matches. The winner was James McAdam, who beat Tony John in the final.  James looked steady throughout the weekend, winning all of his matches in 2 sets.

Thanks to the pros – Kate, Chris, Frank and TJ – who marked this weekend.

Exhibition Street Cup 2009

The Exhibition St. Cup 2009

There were 44 entries in the Exhibition St. Cup singles, which concluded yesterday. Although nominally an RMTC members’ tournament, the rules were sufficiently flexed to allow us to welcome 5 players from Sydney as well as a prial of Williams from Ballarat.

Encouragingly, the event proved to be a triumph for the junior section of the club. Myself apart, the ages of the semi-finalists were 16, 19, and 21, and it was the youngest competitor of all, Michael Williams, who came through to win. Michael, who played off 29 (a mark he won’t see again), started Sunday by defeating our aspiring young professional Chris Chapman (2.5) by 8 games to 3, and then showed that he paid no heed either to age or reputation by bashing me up by the same margin. In the other half, Ed Welch (28.4) progressed to play Simon Carr (22.9) in the semi-final. It was a very good match of contrasting styles; Simon played fast with a traditional railroad service, whereas Ed played more carefully and relied on a sidewall serve. In the end the classic game got the better of the faster game, the match ending with Ed playing an exquisite cross court backhand to the base of the tambour.

The final was a wonderful match, with so much to commend both young players, who demonstrated an exceptionally mature understanding of match play and strategy. I might also add that the match was played with flawless court manners from both boys, and in an excellent spirit. Getting only owe ¼ 15 as a handicap, in the end Michael ran out a convincing 8-4 winner. Not only does he have a good eye for the ball, but also Michael is extremely strong and quick. One or two of his forehand volleys, as well as the occasional rocket-like force were genuinely unreturnable. I had no doubt that I was watching a future champion. Michael shared with me afterwards that he is keen to emulate his older brother Daniel who won the U21 Ford Strachan Trophy in 2007 and 2008 (but is no longer eligible); he would not have to improve much more to make that a realistic target later this year. Then he can start chasing some of the overseas youngsters – there is a 17yo at Seacourt, Hayling Island, with a handicap of 7.7.

There was also doubles – for early singles losers and doubles specialists. Josef Brunhuber, the winner in 2007, generously donated a most intriguing trophy, which was won by Andrew Gould and Owen Guest, who beat Fiona Hewson and Vince Scopelliti in the final. The P and VP were much too steady and experienced for their newly paired opponents.

RMTC AGM 09

The RMTC AGM was held on 6 May. The annual championship trophies were handed out. Below are some photos of the winners.

100 & Over Doubles

A most impressive attendance of 12 pairs (plus assorted hangers-on) attempted gamely to break J. Hewson’s stranglehold on the highly-prized 100 & Overs trophy on Sunday, but in the end no-one could find a way past the cunning septuagenarian (adequately supported on the day by the club’s vice-president).

Such was Hewson’s bravado and power in the match after the cheese course, some in the dedans suggested that he may have imbibed a little red wine over lunch, thus providing this great gladiator of the court with a chemically-enhanced advantage.

The fallen pair in the final was led by P. Wheeler (and assisted by J. Wheeler), who had himself partnered Hewson to two of his historic 100 & Overs victories, but who could not draw on that experience to find a way past this wily warrior. Wheeler and Wheeler seemed to find some comfort in the thought that Parent & Offspring success might provide something of a counterpoint to this day’s disappointment.

The third of the tournament’s septuagenarians, JVC Guest, did not receive the support he needed from his partner (and blog post author) J. Howard, and did not proceed to the pointy end of the tournament.