January 2015

RMTC Weekly News

Latest news from the RMTC
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21st January 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli
Editors: Fiona Hewson Fred Kininmonth
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Streaming of Australian Open Finals
* All Australian Open finals matches are available via You Tube. Follow the link (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-QfEgT0-eAJR4dg215y17A) and please subscribe.
* Fantastic feedback has been received from around the world after viewing streamed live coverage as well as recordings now permanently available on YouTube. So, if you missed seeing the Open live, simply visit our channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-QfEgT0-eAJR4dg215y17A) and see what you missed!

AUSTRALIAN OPEN RESULTS

DOUBLES SEMI FINALS RESULTS
* Australian Open Men’s Doubles Semi final #1 Snow/Riviere defeated Filippelli/J. Howell 6/0 6/3 6/1
* Australian Open Men’s Doubles Semi final #2 Booth/Richardson defeated N. Howell/Chapman 6/3 6/5 6/1

SINGLES FINALS RESULTS
* Australian Open Ladies Singles Final – Harriet Ingham won her first Open, defeating Prue McCahey in a match that lasted over 2hrs. 6/4 3/6 6/4
* Mens Australian Open Singles Final – Camden Riviere wins his first Australian Open, defeating Chris Chapman 6/1 6/2 6/2 in a wonderful match enjoyed by a crowd both in the Club and online around the world!

DOUBLES FINALS RESULTS
* Australian Open Ladies Doubles Final – Ingham/Edwards defeated McCahey/Snell in a thriller! 6/4 4/6 6/2
* Australian Open Men’s Doubles Final – Snow/Riviere defeated Booth/Richardson 4/6 6/2 6/1 6/3

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VICE PRESIDENT
Fred Kininmonth

This last week we have witnessed some incredible singles and doubles play from a fine contingent of visiting professionals and world’s best local amateurs. Congratulations to Camden Riviere, World #1 and winner of the Australian Open Men’s Singles title, defeating Chris Chapman 6/1 6/2 6/2, plus the Men’s Doubles title with the evergreen Julian Snow. Camden now holds all four Open titles (the Cam Slam) which is a very special achievement.

The local dynamic duo of Kieren Booth & Bret Richardson put on a powerhouse display in the doubles final going toe to toe with Camden & Julian before going down 4/6 6/1 6/2 6/3. To see some of the best net play and power hitting seen in this club, I suggest you go to the RMTC YouTube channel (http://youtu.be/lZ-bLFEgr50) and watch the first set for starters.

Congratulations to Harriet Ingham from the Royal Tennis Club at Hampton Court. There she is under the fine tutelage of resident professional Chris Chapman. Harriet travelled to Australia to compete in only her second Open. She enjoyed a fine battle with our very own Prue McCahey to win her first Open Championship 6/4 3/6 6/4. A 6/4 4/6 6/2 win in the Women’s Open Doubles with partner Jo Edwards (Ballarat Tennis Club) has added to her excess baggage worries when she flies back home tonight. Home court favourites Rose Snell & Prue McCahey entertained the gallery with a great fight in the doubles final.

RMTC Pro-Am
Today the Pro-Am was played, with Camden Riviere / James Guest winning 8/5 in a terrific final against the entertaining pair of Paul Tabley / Gary Lee. All matches were played in great spirit and a wonderful lunch prepared by Julie Baker was enjoyed by all. Thank you to the pro’s for making it a great day of tennis; Camden Riviere, Chris Chapman, Frank Filippelli, Jonathan Howell, Nick Howell, Paul Tabley, Graham Hyland, and Corben White. Thanks to the members who played for being financial contributors to the the prize pool shared by the professionals.
RMTC Thanks
Events like the Australian Open and Roo Trophy do not run without the great support from a team of helpers and supporters. Thank you to Frank Filippelli and the pro-team including, Jonners, Nick, Kate, Tabs, Hugo and a special thanks to Graham “Champagne” Hyland for travelling up from the apple isle to lend a hand. All players thoroughly appreciate their marking and friendly support around the Club.
Thank you to Andrew Gould for being being tournament referee for the Australian Open finals. Thank you to ARTA and the RMTC Benefactors for financially supporting the Australian Open and organisers Owen Guest, Fred Kininmonth and Julie Baker.

PRODUCTION
A special thanks to Clive Smith from Fuzzy TV for designing and installing a state-of-the-art 5 camera system and training Fiona Hewson, Chris Hince and Fred Kininmonth in it’s operation this week.
When it comes to organising the Roo Trophy, we thank Greg Cornish, Fiona Hewson, Frank, Jonners, Helen and the pro-team who have done a sterling job assembling a large field of 32 doubles pairs and 48 singles players to compete in over 150 matches. Again, thank you to Julie Baker for arranging delicious food for the functions. Also, thank you to Gary Lee for finding billets for our visiting guests. Especially the very fun contingent of 8 players from Holland, a result of the “Hugo factor”. It’s fair to say the Club is alive and pumping this January with everyone enjoying the combination of Roo Trophy and Australian Open providing plenty of opportunity to watch a play some great tennis.

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Pro News
* Nick Howell’s farewell drinks (Feb 6th)

Congratulations and farewell to Nick Howell who will be moving to Newport to take a Senior Professional role. Read the full report on Nick’s achievements on our blog page website www.rmtc.com.au/news in the January newsletter. (http://www.rmtc.com.au/news)

ROO TROPHY 2015
Greg Cornish

Roo Trophy is well underway with singles and doubles matches continuing through to Saturday when the finals will be played from 10am-4pm.

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FROM THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE
Julie Baker

The Roo Trophy dinner is on Friday 23 January at 7pm in the RMTC lounge/bar area.

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Australian Open news

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18th January 2015 Australian Open News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au (mailto:pros@rmtc.com.au) )
Editor: Fiona Hewson
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN UPDATE

Men’s Doubles Semi Final currently in progress…
Riviere/Snow V Filippelli/J. Howell 6/0 6/3

next match at 6pm
Chapman/N. Howell V Richardson/Booth

Come and enjoy a great atmosphere at the Club or tune in to our You tube channel for live streaming.

RESULTS
* Thurs 15th Men’s Singles Quarter Final K. Booth def. CJ White 6/1 6/2 5/6 6/1
* Thurs 15th Men’s Singles Quarter final C. Chapman def. B. Richardson 6/2 6/2 6/4
* Thurs 15^th Men’s Singles Quarter Final C. Riviere def. J. Gould 6/1 6/0 6/0
* Thurs 15^th Men’s Singles Quarter Final N. Howell def. Filippelli 6/3 6/2 6/1
* Fri 16th Ladies Singles Semi Final H. Ingham def. E. Varigos 6/0 6/0
* Fri 16^th Men’s Doubles Quarter Filippelli/J Howell def. Hyland/C. Hince 6/1 2/6 6/2 6/2
* Fri 16^th Men’s Doubles Quarter Chapman/N.Howell def. White/Gould 6/4 6/0 6/2
* Sat 17th Ladies Singles Semi Final P. McCahey def. R. Snell 6/0 6/1
* Sat 17^th Men’s Singles Semi Final C. Riviere def. N. Howell 6/2 6/2 6/4
* Sat 17th Men’s Singles Semi Final C. Chapman def. K. Booth 5/6 6/4 6/5 6/4

The Men’s Singles final on Monday night should provide some great tennis, seeing home grown Chris Chapman in his first Open final against world number 1, Camden Riviere.
The ladies Australian Open final will be played at 5pm immediately before the men’s final so come in to the Club and see newcomber to the game, Harriet Ingham (RTC) versus our very own Prue McCahey. Cocktail party to follow from 6pm!

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.

LUNCHES

Delicious lunch is being served at the Club every day from 12pm, so come in and grab a sandwich and enjoy the tennis! Simply write your order on a chit and you will be billed accordingly.

RMTC Pro-Am
Next Wednesday 21st January you have the opportunity to play for glory with one of the professionals in a handicap doubles tournament. This is an honour board event and a chance to support our fantastic world tennis professionals with the funds raised. Simply put your name and bid (starting $500) against the professional you would like to play with, including world #1 Camden Riviere, Chris Chapman, Frank Filippelli, Jonathan Howell, Nick Howell, Paul Tabley, Graham Hyland, and Corben White.
Auction closes 9pm Monday 19th January after the Australian Open men’s singles final.
Note: the current bid for Camden is $1000 and we are hoping it continues to increase for this rare opportunity!

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KEY DATES
* Australian Open and Roo Trophy Cocktail Party (Mon 19th Jan – 6.00pm)
* Ladies and Mens Australian Open Singles Finals (Mon 19th Jan – 5pm/ 6.30pm)
* Ladies and Mens Australian Open Doubles Finals (Tue 20th Jan 5pm/ 6.30pm)
* Roo Trophy Dinner (Fri 23rd at the Club) – sign up now if you are playing and haven’t already.
* ARTA Pro-Am 2015 (Wednesday Jan 21st) – still one or two pros up for grabs, and bids are coming in, why not take this rare opportunity to play with the best players in the world!

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Australian Open Quarter results and streaming

Live streaming of the Australian Open Finals

Visit our Ausrralian Open page for streaming details

http://rmtc.com.au/major-tournaments/australian-open-2015/

Google – Royal Melbourne Tennis Club (search and then click on ‘video’).

Results for Thursday 15th January

Camden Riviere def James Gould 6/1 6/0 6/0

Kieran Booth def CJ White 6/1 6/2 5/6 6/1

Nick Howell def Frank Filippelli 6/3 6/2 6/1

Chris Chapman def Bret Richardson 6/2 6/2 6/4

 

Schedule for Play

11am Friday 16th January  – Harriet Ingham v Euahna Varigos in the Ladies Australian Open Singles.

Friday 16th January – come in to the club and support our local players in the Australian Open Doubles (no streaming).

4pm Nick Howell and Chris Chapman v James Gould and CJ White

6pm Chris Hince (replaces Paul Tabley) with Graham Hyland v Frank Filippelli and Jonners (Jonathan Howell).

Come in to the Club for a drink and enjoy this fine display of tennis.

Saturday 17th January – come in to the club and support the players in the Australian Open Singles Semi Finals at 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Semi #1 Camden Riviere v Nick Howell (1.30pm)

Semi #2 Kieran Booth v Chris Chapman (3.30pm)

Sunday 18th January – come in to the club and support the players in the Australian Open Doubles Semi Finals at 4pm and 6pm.

Semi#1 Julian Snow and Camden Riviere v winner of  Filipelli and Howell v Hince and Hyland (4pm) – live streaming 

Semi#2 Richardon and Booth v winner of Chapman and Howell v Gould and White (6pm) – live streaming

See you there!

 

Fiona Hewson and Fred Kininmonth.

Tennis Committee

 

 

RMTC Weekly News – Australian Open update

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14th January 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli
Editor: Fiona Hewson
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CURRENT EVENTS
* Australian Open 2015 – Mens and Ladies (Jan 13th to 20th)
* Thurs 15th 5PM F Filippelli vs. N Howell
* Fri 16th 6PM Hyland/Tabley vs. Filippelli/J Howell
* Sat 17th 1.30 and 3.30PM Singles Semi Finals
* Sun 18th 4 and 6PM Doubles Semi Finals
* Australian Open and Roo Trophy Cocktail Party (Mon 19th Jan – 6.00pm)
* Ladies and Mens Australian Open Singles Finals (Mon 19th Jan – 5pm/ 6.30pm)
* Ladies and Mens Australian Open Doubles Finals (Tue 20th Jan 5pm/ 6.30pm)
* Roo Trophy 2015 (Jan 17th to 24th)
* ARTA Pro-Am 2015 on Wednesday Jan 21st
* Nick Howell’s farewell drinks (Feb 6th)

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VICE PRESIDENT
Fred Kininmonth
RMTC Benefactors
Thank you from the Committee to a group of RMTC members (RMTC Benefactors) who have generously contributed to the running of the Australian Open. To those members please contact the pro-shop to reserve your seat for the Australian Open finals.

RMTC Pro-Am
Silent auction open now. Next Wednesday 21st January you have the opportunity to play for glory with one of the professionals in a handicap doubles tournament. This is an honour board event and a chance to support our fantastic world tennis professionals with the funds raised. There is a “silent auction” listing the professionals outside the pro-shop.
Simply put your name and bid (starting $500) against the professional you would like to play with, including world #1 Camden Riviere, Chris Chapman, Frank Filippelli, Jonathan Howell, Nick Howell, Paul Tabley, Graham Hyland, and Corben White.
Auction closes 9pm Monday 19th January after the Australian Open men’s singles final.
Note: the current bid for Camden is $1000 and we are hoping it continues to increase for this rare opportunity!

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FROM THE TENNIS COMMITTEE
Fiona Hewson

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2015

The Men’s Australian Open 2015 has got off to a start yesterday with 4 matches being played involving current or former RMTC Pros, including Frank Filippelli and Wally Cockram, Nick Howell, Graham Hyland, CJ White.
We are also excited to welcome World #1, Camden Riviere who has come out from America looking to win the Australian Open 2015, which would mean he has won all four majors in the one year. Catch Camden on court from 1pm tomorrow where he will play James Gould.
We also welcome Chris Chapman (Hampton Court) and Harriet Ingham, who have both come out to play in the Australian Open. You can catch Chappy on court tomorrow (Thursday) and Harriet will play her first match on Friday.

Tomorrow night should be an exciting night for tennis with some great matches so why not get down to the Club and support the players.

Streaming of Finals
From tomorrow we will be streaming the Australian Open matches via You Tube. Follow the link (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-QfEgT0-eAJR4dg215y17A) and please subscribe. The cameras will be live from 1pm AEST.

The Club has purchased a brand new system with several cameras and this will also be able to be used for members to do video analysis of their own games.

Tournament Schedule – Thursday matches from 1pm
* 1pm – Camden Riviere versus James Gould
* 3pm – CJ White versus Kieran Booth
* 5pm- Nick Howell versus Frankie Filippelli
* 7pm- Chris Chapman versus Bret Richardson

Matches played so far – Tuesday Results

N Howell beat G Blundstone 6/1 6/0 6/1

F Filippelli beat W Cockram 6/0 6/2 6/0

B Richardson beat M Williams 6/1 6/1 6/2
CJ White beat G Hyland 4/6 6/5 6/4 ret.

J Gould beat P Tabley (walk over)

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.

For the complete men’s and ladies Australian Open draw and information please visit our website and go to  (http://rmtc.com.au/major-tournaments/)

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ROO TROPHY 2015
Roo Trophy Draw has now been released and is posted at the Club on the notice boards.
Make sure you have noted your times that were emailed out for the first 3 days and call the Pros so they know you are aware of your match times.
You can view the first 3 days of the draw online at our major-tournaments page (http://rmtc.com.au/major-tournaments/) .

Pro News
Congratulations and farewell to Nick Howell (also see below) who will be leaving us in February to take up a new position at Newport. Read the full report on Nick’s achievements on our blog page website www.rmtc.com.au/news in the January newsletter. (http://www.rmtc.com.au/news)
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FROM THE SOCIALITES
Julie Baker

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 Australian Open on Monday 19 January. Also, there is a dinner to celebrate the Roo Trophy on Friday 23 January and all players 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.

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RMTC Newsletter January 2015

Latest news from the RMTC

January 2015 Newsletter
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au (mailto:pros@rmtc.com.au) )
Editor: Owen Guest (oguest@bigpond.net.au (mailto:oguest@bigpond.net.au) )

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UPCOMING EVENTS
* 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)

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THE PRESIDENT
Jon Hamer

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.

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PROSHOP NEWS
RMTC Committee

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:

2014
* 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)

2013

* 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!

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FROM THE SOCIALITES
Julie Baker

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.

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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Owen Guest

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.

2015
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.

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.

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RMTC SQUASH CLUB CIRCUIT FLAG WINNERS
Greg Reid

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).

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TENNIS REPORTS/RESULTS

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

Richmond Cup
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
F Fajgman

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.

Final Score
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
P Atkins

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Roo Trophy Player Information

Latest news from the RMTC

PLAYER INFORMATION
Roo Trophy Organsing team: Greg Cornish, Fiona Hewson and Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au (mailto:pros@rmtc.com.au) )
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Players Draw 
Please go to Draw/Schedule of Play below.

www.rmtc.com.au/major-tournaments (http://rmtc.com.au/major-tournaments/) to check your singles and doubles times again for the first 3 days and contact Pros to confirm you have understood your scheduled times.
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The Roo Trophy 2015 starts on Saturday 17 January! Below is information to assist players during the tournament.

* Play commences at 8.30am on Saturday 17th and finishes on Saturday 24 January at about 4pm.
* Matches will be played each day, generally between 8.30am and 8.00pm.
* On Monday and Tuesday the Australian Open starts on both courts at 5pm and on Wednesday the Pro-Am will be played from 10am to 5pm.
* All Roo Trophy matches will be one 8 game set with Advantage-all games. A set of rules for the tournament will posted at the Club.

Draw/Schedule of Play:
* The draw and schedule of play for both Singles and Doubles will be posted at the Club by Monday 12 January,
* As a start, you can find the time/date for your first match (singles and doubles) in the draw for Sat, Sun and Monday online at www.rmtc.com/au on the Major Tournaments page (http://rmtc.com.au/major-tournaments/)
* Please assist us by calling the Pros to confirm you have noted your first match times.

Also look at the overall draw and schedule when you arrive at the Club (from Monday) and let me or one of the Pros know if there is some problem – the earlier we know the better the chance to sort something out.

Singles and Doubles: there will be plenty of tennis for all players!
We have 47 singles players and 32 doubles pairs. There will be a Singles and Doubles Elimination and also a Singles Repechage (for first round losers) and a Doubles Plate (for bottom 2 pairs in each Group).
In the Doubles we have 8 Groups each of 4 doubles pairs (refer to Doubles Pool on the website.
* Finals: Friday and Saturday
* Friday 23/1: Doubles and Doubles Plate Quarter Finals during the morning. Singles and Singles Repechage Quarter Finals during the afternoon.
* Saturday 24/1: Semi finals and Finals from 10am.

Social events:
* Monday 19 January: all Roo players are invited to a “welcome cocktail party” at 6pm. From 5pm you can watch the Australian Open Ladies singles final followed by the Mens singles final.
* Friday 23 January: all players and partners are welcome to the Roo Trophy dinner at the RMTC. If you haven’t signed up for the dinner on your entry form as part of the “full package”, please do so on the signup sheet outside the Pro shop (or let me know by email).
* Daily: a light lunch will be available at the Club for players and spectators (payment by chit).

I hope you will have plenty of enjoyable, competitive tennis and look forward to catching up during the Roo tournament.

Greg Cornish
Tournament Director

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