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January 2015 Newsletter
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) )
Editor: Owen Guest (firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) )
* ARTA Pro-Am 2015 on Wednesday Jan 21st
* Roo Trophy 2015 (Jan 17th to 24th)
* AUS Open 2015 (Jan 13th to 20th)
* Nick Howell’s farewell drinks (Feb 6th)
I hope all Members have enjoyed a Merry Xmas and happy New Year celebrations.
In the year past the Club celebrated 40 years at Richmond with a dinner and dance on court. It was also a celebration of a fantastic year of tennis at the Club (Australian Open, Boomerang, World Championship, lots of tournaments and pennant nights) and completion of the new Women’s changing rooms!
It was a year of achievement made possible only by our exceptional team of professionals and by the contributions of members who volunteered their time, enthusiasm and sometimes money, to assist the Club.
This year is another year full of things to be done and we need members to help get them done. Whether it be contributing to a committee, acting as tournament manager, introducing new members, helping with functions, becoming an RMTC Benefactor or billeting a visiting player, there are plenty of ways each of us can get involved.
The year kicks off with the Australian Open and the Roo Trophy – see the Tennis section for more details. There will be lots of tennis and parties. Hope to see you there.
Nick Howell has accepted an offer from Newport in the USA to become their senior professional and will take up his position in February this year. While we are sad to lose Nick, the position at Newport is a great opportunity for Nick’s development as a player and as a tennis professional and we wish Nick all the best in furthering his ambition of challenging for the world title.
Nick joined the RMTC professional team in March 2012 with a handicap of 15. The Club has assisted Nick in developing his game, including paying for overseas travel to compete and allowing him time away from work for that purpose. Individual members of the Club have also provided a support group for Nick. This faith in Nick has been well repaid with Nick now being ranked 12^th in the world and a best handicap of +1 (August 2014).
His results include:
* British Open Doubles Semi Finalist
* French Open Singles Quarter Finalist
* Victorian Open Doubles Champion
* Victorian Open Singles Finalist
* Tasmanian Open Singles Champion
* Tasmanian Open Doubles Champion
* US Professional Satellite Champion
* US Open Singles Quarter Finalist
* US Open Doubles Semi Finalist
* Australian Open Doubles Semi Finalist (with match points)
* Taylor Cup Winner
* UK Professionals Singes Satellite Finalist
* Australian Open Doubles Finalist
Nick has also been active on the Young Members Committee, including organizing tournaments, putting on clinics and playing exhibition matches for young members and their guests, often after-hours. His contribution to the Club’s objective of expanding junior tennis is most appreciated.
Nick has also had success off the court – his courtship of Morgan has resulted in their engagement!
Please congratulate Nick on his good fortune and success and join us at the club on Friday 6th February for Nick’s farewell drinks.
The RMTC will recommence its search for a junior professional – the development of new pros is a vital part of the future of Real Tennis. Another one like Nick would be great!
FROM THE SOCIALITES
The Social Subcommitee has come through its busiest time of year. The dinner on court to commemorate 40 years in Richmond was well attended and a great success – may it not be so long until we have the next function on court. Paul Wheeler and Jonathan Hamer both spoke well with Paul giving everyone a marvellous anecdotal summary of the past 40 years. Thank you to everyone who helped make the night happen. Special mentions go to Nick Howell and Julia McCahey for organising a table of our Younger Members. To Paul Rosedale for organising the music, smoke
and laser lights, Bob Adams for building the dance floor, and to Annie Holden and Gina D’Ettorre for the club and on court decorations. Thank you to Tabs for working with HALP enabling us to screen over 240 photos of people past and present on the night. And finally, thank you to Carla Storey, Jonners and Frankie for clearing up the next morning. What a Horrible job!
We also had a good time at the Christmas Cocktail Party and thanks to Lizzie Brown for running with this event.
The AUS Open, Roo Trophy and Pro-Am are mentioned throughout this newsletter, but we would like to add the following: on 21 January the Pro-Am will include lunch with the Pros and there will be finger food provided for the Singles Final of the AO on Monday 19 January. Also, there is a dinner to celebrate the Roo Trophy on Friday 23 January and all members and partners are welcome. If you haven’t signed up for the dinner on your entry form then please do so on the signup sheet outside the proshop.
What a year 2014 was for tennis at the RMTC. We witnessed the Australian Open in January, we hosted the World Championship in May for a record 4th time and of course there was the RMTC’s Boomerang which was held for the 12th time – well done once again to the RMTC Chasers. With all of this great tennis throughout the year it came as little surprise that the tennis at years’ end was equally as impressive. The end of each year always, in one form or another, culminates in the club championships, both handicap and scratch. For a complete run down of the winners you can look in the Tennis Reports/Results section, but well done to everyone.
Finals Day on December 7 marked the completion of the Gold Racquet, the junior champs, the Medal of Medallists and the John Poolman Handicap; and all went according to script. The years’ quarterly medal winners, as their reward, played a knockout tournament in the morning from which John Moran and Kathryn Arndt were left standing. As part of their psyche routine for the final they had to watch the finals of every other event before taking the court one final time themselves at about 5pm. It clearly had a positive effect as both players brought their best tennis before John prevailed winning 6/5.
The Ford Strachan Trophy was played between Dan (Ed. – seemingly forever a junior) and Michael Williams who have had somewhat of a mortgage on the event in recent years. Williams the elder prevailed over Michael as he tends to do as both players played very well and continue to lead a generation of fast improving juniors coming through at the moment inside the RMTC.
The yearlong handicap event known as the Poolman Trophy reached a crescendo with the final being between Julian Snow and Vince Scopelliti. Not for the first time Julian won the event by making his opponent feel that there was little they could do to hurt him, notwithstanding the handicap, and despite the odd fluffed volley Snow had the match under control throughout. Well done to both players as whoever lost it was never going to be through lack of effort – it was suggested that Vince went through an entire lesson package preparing for the final!
Of course the showpiece on Finals Day is always the Gold Racquet match to determine the years’ club champion. In 2014 it was Bret Richardson who qualified to challenge the title holder Kieran Booth. And what a challenge he presented. Kieran, the current world no. 7, was always the overwhelming favourite, but for three sets at least, no one informed Bret. The opening set was a showcase of extremely aggressive play from both players and in the case of Bret, some very accurate power hitting to finish enough rallies to prevail 6/5. The second set was to a degree a case of what ifs. At 2 all Bret led the next game 30 love before Kieran won the game, the next game was 30 all before Kieran won it and the following game went to at least 2 deuces before Kieran held sway. In all Kieran proved the steadier when it counted and won the set 6/2. Just when Frank was declaring Bret as finished Bret threw everything at Kieran to lead the set 4 games to love but alas from this point he
really did seem to have run his race and Kieran forged on impressively to win the set 6/4. The final set was the only one that felt one-sided as the match, as a whole, was the closest and best contest we’ve seen in the Gold Racket for many years. Well done to Kieran for retaining the title and may it lead to even greater tennis accomplishments in 2015. Well done also to Bret who on having won the A Grade Championship and Gold Racket qualifier becomes the holder of the Silver Racquet.
Speaking of 2015, Happy New Year everyone and may it be your best tennis year to date. For those of you playing in the Roo Trophy starting January 17^th, you will have your first opportunity to get the year off to a flyer. Furthermore, whether you are playing or not you should make the time to come in and watch the worlds’ best play in the Australian Open.
Check out the full draws in the club but listed below are a few key matches that I think you will enjoy that feature World no. 1 Camden Riviere, Chris Chapman, Kieran Booth, Nick Howell and Frank Filippelli as well as a few other local favourites:
* Thurs 15^th 5PM F Filippelli vs. N Howell
* Fri 16^th 6PM Hyland/Tabley vs. Filippelli/J Howell
* Sat 17^th 1.30 and 3.30PM Singles Semi Finals
* Sun 18^th 4 and 6PM Doubles Semi Finals
* Mon 19^th 5PM onwards Mens and Womens Singles Finals
* Tues 20th 5PM onwards Mens and Womens Doubles Finals
So come in and watch the 2015 Australian Open, there will be a few seats set aside for the RMTC benefactors who have kindly come forward to provide financial support for the event but the remainder of the seats are available and free.
2015 ARTA Pro-Am
On Wednesday 21^st you have the chance to play doubles with the games’ best players in the annual pro-am. Aside from the RMTC benefactors the Pro-Am is the main avenue to generating prize money for the players at the Open. More details will follow shortly but in brief there will be 8 professionals available to be purchased via silent auction (bids should be in the region of $500+). The Pro-Am is a great day and a great way to help support the players and the Australian Open. The 8 players up for grabs are: Camden Riviere, Chris Chapman, Paul Tabley, Frank Filippelli, Jonners Howell, Graham Hyland, Nick Howell and CJ White.
Happy New Year and enjoy your tennis.
P.S. In case you were wondering, the ladies champion hasn’t been awarded yet as the match was postponed due to injury.
P.P.S. Congratulations to the RMTC squash team (see below) and;
P.P.P.S Congratulations and farewell to Nick Howell (also see below) who will be leaving us in February to take up a new position at Newport. Nick has reignited his real tennis career in stellar fashion over the past 22 months and although it has come too soon from our point of view, it is no surprise that he has been presented with such an opportunity given the work he puts in and the support he has received from the RMTC. While he isn’t gone yet the moment is coming soon, we can only hope that his next steps are successful and that he comes and visits us often.
RMTC SQUASH CLUB CIRCUIT FLAG WINNERS
Newsflash! The RMTC have won the squash Club Circuit Grand Final Flag for the first time in over 20 years. The final was held at Mulgrave Country Club, versus Kooyong LTC on Wednesday 3rd Dec 2014. The KLTC team had finished on top of the home and away ladder with RMTC finishing second. The final consisted of a four match tie and went as follows:
– Tom Frewin playing first at #3 scrambled and retrieved but went down to a very steady and younger opponent 3/0.
– John Woods-Casey played next at #2 and won 3/1, having comfortably won a very controlled first game, dropped the second before lifting again in the third and keeping the pressure on his opponent to win the fourth.
– Christian McGahey playing at #4 due to season ending injuries to other players and stood up in both the semi final and final. He won 3/0 in 3 very tight games, the first two going 10/9 to Christian while the third was slightly easier which he won 9/7. In each match he came from behind to snatch victory.
– Matt Downey at 1, going on last had to win 2 games for the team to win. He won a very tough match 3/0 with the first game going to 9-all numerous times.
The win in the final rubber made RMTC the winners by 3 rubbers to 1.
Honourable mentions go to the rest of the team, captain Sam Bowman, Mike Canty (cut down with an Achilles playing cricket), Chris Nobes joining the team this season and Greg Reid (also down with an Achilles).
The RMTC also fielded a team in the B1 division, but the less said about them the better (Ed. – aww c’mon, they had injuries).
Gold Racquet Match
K Booth def. B Richardson
5/6 6/2 6/4 6/1
Gold Racquet Qualifier and A Grade Championship
B Richardson def. M Williams 6/0 6/2 6/1
B Special Championship
O Guest def. J Hamer 3/6 6/5 6/2
B Grade Championship
C Hince def. R Kininmonth 6/3 6/2
B Grade Ladies Championship
L Galbraith def. W Whitehead 6/3 6/1
C Special Championship
P Glynn jnr def. P Ragg 6/1 6/0
C Grade Championship
C Jamieson def. P Stanley 6/5 6/5
D Special Championship
T Threlfall def C Foster 6/0 6/3
D Grade Championship
B Roff def. M O’Neill 6/3 6/1
D Grade Ladies Championship
F Fajgman def. A-M Lester 6/5 5/2
Sherwood Street Cup
J Raymond def. T Abdallah 6/4 3/5
R Wilson def. K Owens 6/4 6/4
Strode Place Cup
K Penaluna def. D Hayne 6/4 6/1
Ford Strachan Trophy
D Williams def. M Williams 6/5 6/5
Jim Bailey Cup
F Fajgman def. J Brand 6/2
Tri-Annual U35 Tournament Winner
John Poolman Handicap
J Snow def. V Scopelliti 9/2
Medal of Medallists
J Moran def. K Arndt 6/5
A Grade Handicap – Julian Snow
The club’s A-Grade handicap tournament, played on 22 & 23 November 2014, attracted a disappointingly small entry of 4.
Our younger A-graders (yes, I mean you Daniel & Michael) might reflect that the most likely way for them to achieve much needed progress is to expose themselves to strong competition.
The four players that did enter – Owen Guest (16.3), Paul Rosedale (11.8), Graeme Blundstone (10.5) and Julian Snow (1.3) – produced three hard fought encounters, all of which ended 6/4 in the third. This is a slightly artificial statistic in circumstances where the third sets were truncated by starting at 3 all but nevertheless demonstrates accurate comparative handicapping within A grade.
In the first match (rec ½ 15, owe 30) Snow started well against an improved Rosedale, then became outplayed as the much younger player at one stage won 8 games in a row before recovering to edge the second set and survive the third.
In the second match (rec 15) the players were initially neck and neck as they reached 5 all in the opening set. It was won by Blundstone, but who then quickly fell behind in the second set, appeared to become discouraged and allowed Guest to win fairly comfortably in the end.
The final (rec ½ 30, owe ½ 30) was hard fought throughout. Snow pursued his traditional strategy of floor shots into the corners, seeking racket errors or short chases that he could successfully defend. Guest realised the futility of attempting to engage in long rallies and adopted a sensibly aggressive approach, exemplified by his best returns of serve which came at 5 all in the second set. Eventually, as it has done once or twice over the last 35 years or so, Snow’s version of the classic game enabled him to maintain an advantage in the decisive set.
Kate, unused to hard graft, had a stressful day, at work on her own and also having had to manage the Parent & Offspring event in the morning, but nevertheless marked the final in her usual flawless manner.
J Snow def. O Guest 6/5 5/6 6/4
Parent & Offspring Tournament – Greg Moran
The 2014 P&O tournament saw 6 pairings coming to play – we especially thank the McCahey family that had Will fly back from the UK and had two teams participating. The round robin format saw four sets for each team (first to 6 games). The handicappers were on song with half the sets going to 6/4 or 6/5. No team went home empty handed as every team had at least one win.
After the mornings play the semis were made up of Moran v Endersbee and McCahey (Prue and Will) v Piccolo. The semis went the same way as the round robin games with the Morans and Piccolos winning through to the final. Special mention goes to Will McCahey who probably would have preferred to be sleeping after only having minimal sleep over the previous 48-72 hours.
The final saw the Piccolos go out to a 5/3 lead and looked to have revenge over their loss to Morans in the round robin. However they lost the next two games to see the score tied up at 5/5. At 40/30 to the Morans in the final game and a chase of 1 yard the Morans thought they had the set. The problem was John Piccolo had other plans and returned the serve onto the back penthouse with the ball then spinning back and heading to land better than half a yard. An effort to scoop it out failed and we saw the score at 40/40 5/5. After a short rest John Moran hit a nice ball under the grille and the Morans ended up the winners.
Thanks again to the organisers and especially Kate who looked after us on the day.
The teams were:
Greg and John Moran
John and Luke Piccolo
Prue and Will McCahey
Philip and Richard Endersbee
Nick and Jackson Brand
Rob and Julia McCahey
Christmas Tournament Winner
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