November 2011

Joan M Hayne Ladies Doubles

On the weekend of the President’s Cup (golf), for those who were not predisposed by golf, the annual Joan M Hayne Doubles was played on Sunday 20th November.  Everyone took to their round robin matches with a sense of good fun and with a hint of competitiveness.  Injuries and hangovers notwithstanding, the pairs battled it out and thanks to the handicapping most matches were close.  The energetic tennis made Lizzie Brown and Sophie Johnson’s magnificent lunch even more rewarding.

Following lunch it was finals time.  In one semi-final Anabelle Guest and Sophie Johnson were sadly defeated by the ever reliable Kim Dudson and Judith Sear 6-3.  Lizzie Brown and Fiona Hewson defeated the strong and energetic Wendy Whitehead and Lisa Galbraith in the other semi-final.  Fiona played good tactical tennis and Lizzie hit the ball like she was on fire, with wild hair to boot!

Kim and Judith then took on Lizzie and Fiona in the final leaving no prisoners and defeated them 6-0 (Ed. – I think a certain party the night before might have caught up with the veterans Brown and Hewson).

Thank you to Kate and CJ for keeping the day flowing as all our gossiping and chit chat threatened to, on occasion, slow proceedings!

For those who don’t know, the Joan Hayne Doubles Tournament is a ladies doubles handicap event named after David Hayne’s mother.  A staple of the RMTC’s tennis calendar, it was very nice to see some of our newer members having a go such as Ingrid Sykes, Marissa Barter-Waters and Merrin MacKay.  For new lady members this tournament is an excellent way to mingle socially and enhance your tennis.

Final Result:

Kim Dudson/Judith Sear def. Lizzie Brown/Fiona Hewson 6/0

Anabelle Guest


Entries for the World Masters 2012 close on 18 November – that’s next Monday.

The competitions run from 20 – 28th January 2012.

Get your form in today. If you’re too young to qualify, please ignore, no ageism intended, and keep practicing until you make it to Masters!

WM 2012 Masters Individual Entry Form
World Masters Entry Form 2012

And while you are thinking tennis – sign up for the Roo Handicap singles and doubles.

2012 RMTC Roo Cup Entry Form

Melbourne Masters

Australian Masters Finals:

50s Singles

Mike Happell def. Jon Hamer 6/2 6/1

Over 50s Doubles

Parker/Spring def. Bull/Happell w/o

Over 55s Singles

Wayne Spring def. Richard Hince 6/3 3/1

Over 55s Doubles

Hamer/Spring def. Barker/Hince 6/5 2/6 6/2

Over 60s Singles

Henry Turnbull def. Philip Barker w/o

Over 65s Singles

Tim Hurburgh def. Paul Wheeler 6/4 4/6 6/4

Over 70s Singles

Paul Wheeler def. David Wenzel 6/2 6/0

Over 70s Doubles

Wheeler/Garnett def. Poolman/Wenzel 6/3 6/0

Over 75s Singles

John Link def. Arthur St. Hill 9/5

Melbourne Cup Day Doubles 2011

Julian with Melbourne Cup Day winners CJ White and James Gould

Ten doubles pairs enjoyed Cup Day at the RMTC. We welcomed two interstate visitors: Quentin Clark (now gainfully employed (!) and living in Sydney) and Sav Cremona.

A different format, of a ‘double elimination’ style draw, was trialled, to general approval. You weren’t out until you’d lost twice – so somewhere between knock-out and round-robin.

The unbeaten finalists were James Gould, who always plays well in this sort of thing, and CJ White, who should be, and is, improving. Their once-beaten opponents were the aforementioned Clark, partnered by a much improved Richard Pagone. Initially, Clark & Pagone won a fluctuating match 6/5. Richard was impressively steady, Quentin served aggressively and contributed the occasional clean winner. As it was the losers’ first loss of the day, a further match was required. After an intermission to watch the European domination of the big race, the protagonists took to the court again. This time Gould & White made fewer unforced errors and won 6/3.

In the continued absence of a replacement permanent trophy, I presented some unusual mounted tennis balls to each finalist.

Julian presenting the unusual trophies to runners up, Richard Pagone and Quentin Clark

Quentin also won the Cup sweepstake and, sound fellow that he is, spent much or most of his winnings on champagne for those lingering.