September 2012


RMTC vs. Ballarat RTC 9th Sept 2012
The Men’s Eureka Cup and Ladies Larwood Cup

Two trophies at stake. Two teams keen to take them home. Two courts on which to decide the outcome.

The Ladies of Ballarat (Wendy Whitehead & Stephanie Williams) started the day well with a precision and clinical [9-2] despatching of the first up pair from RMTC of Rosie Snell and Michelle O’Rourke. Not to take the situation without a fight Isabelle Carr put away Jenni Murphy [6-2] in the first singles of the day.

The pattern continued up to lunch time – with each advance being equally and capably countered. Lunch time score reflected three wins apiece.

Lunch consisted of vegetable and noodle soup, with fresh bread, fine cheese and biscuits accompanied by sliced fresh pears and was provided by Alistair Curley – for which we thank you Alistair . It appeared to have an adverse impact on the Ballarat ladies performance, as they were unable to secure another win against the Melbourne team. Special mention goes to Michell O’Rourke, who having finished her allotted matches, and had changed and consumed a beverage, changed back into her whites to support Isabelle Carr, and battle out the penultimate Larwood Cup match for a closely fought 9/8 win.

Final Score: Larwood Cup: Melbourne won 7 Matches to 3.

In the men’s’ competition – the Eureka cup – the pattern of win one, lose one started in the same manner as the ladies competition and continued up until Chris Webb and Steve Wood broke Ballarat’s rhythm and took the score at the lunch break to Melbourne 4 – Ballarat 2.

After lunch, Melbourne won the following two matches to give the home side an unassailable 6-2 lead. BRTC are never known to give up without a fight and regained their composure to convincingly win the last two matches.

Special mention to Steve Wood who won three out of three; and to Mike Carroll who after only twelve months in the sport now boasts a very impressive doubles handicap of 28.

Final Score: Eureka Cup: Melbourne won 6 Matches to 4.

A final thanks must go to Jonners, Kate, Tabs and Frank who between them made the day extremely enjoyable for all including the mid-match reorganising, marking, ‘twixt-point yarn telling and end of event speech making. From the participants, we’d like to thank you all.

Judith Clarke Cup/Aus Am Womens Doubles/Judith Clarke Womens H’cap Doubles

Judith Clarke and Australian Women’s Amateur Doubles Weekend 2012

It was an all women’s affair last weekend as the RMTC hosted the Judith Clarke Trophy (RMTC vs. Hobart) and Australian Women’s Amateur Doubles Tournament.

The weekend kicked off with a terrific gourmet Pizza Night on the Friday all thanks to Lizzie Brown and her creative team of pizza chefs.

The next morning classic handicap tennis began the event. The scores throughout the day see-sawed. Melbourne and Hobart were tied at 8 all heading into the afternoon. Isabelle Carr was the star of the day as she carved perfect length ground stokes into the corners assisting Melbourne’s slim victory, 9-8.

To celebrate, a spontaneous dinner was arranged on the Saturday night at Bihn Minn’s. Good food and great company combined to make an enjoyable night.

Following the Judith Clarke Trophy Jo Edwards and Wendy Whitehead challenged Kate Brown and Julianne Drewitt in the Australian Women’s Amateur Doubles semi final. After a slow start by the Ballarat ladies, 6-1 to Hobart in the first set, Jo and Wendy kicked into gear, winning the second set 6/2 and holding two match points in the final set. But they could not shake Kate’s stare and Julianne’s consistent form. The final score 6/1, 2/6, 6/5.

After such a close semi final Amy Hayball and Rose Snell weren’t sure what to expect from Kate and Julianne in the final but came out firing taking out the first set 6/1. Amy and Rose continued their consistent form winning the second set 6/3.

On Sunday morning the pros created a special mixed doubles event in which Hobart women paired up with Melbourne women. The Final, Annabelle Guest and Christine Stirling defeated Isabelle Carr and Michelle Moore.

Overall, the spirit on court was fantastic and I’d like to thank all the Hobart women for travelling to Melbourne and making the weekend a huge success. A special thank you must go to the Pros, Natasha Heughen, Lizzie Brown and finally Judith Sear who made a delicious apple cake. The talk of the day!!