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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
13th March 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) )
Editor: Owen Guest
* 17 Ladies Tennis Intro Morning 9.30 to 11.30am
* 20 Hugo’s farewell at 6pm
* 22 Old Scholars Handicap Doubles
Members please remember that only non marking shoes are to be worn on the courts, there have been black marks left on the courts recently.
There always seems to be a major tournament on every month and March has proven to be no exception. Last weekend the RMTC hosted the Percy Finch/Australian Amateur Doubles double act for the second year running. It is a weekend during which all players get more than enough tennis. The Percy Finch consists of two teams these days each picked from the RMTC and HTC. Hobart compiled a strong party of 13 players (there top 5 players were handicapped at 11 or better) and we also furnished a combined team of 13 players. Between the 2 teams we played 12 singles matches and 6 doubles and the results were as follows (Melbourne players on left):
Percy Finch 1
Happell/Richardson def. Booth/Booth 4/6 6/5 6/4
Snow/Sievers def. Boyles/Ramsay 6/3 6/3
B Richardson lost to K Booth 4/6 6/2 6/0
D Williams def. G Blundstone 6/3 6/0
J Snow def. H Booth 6/3 6/5
M Happell def. P Boyles 6/1 6/1
M Williams def. J Rackham 6/0 6/1
C Sievers def. A Ramsay 6/1 6/5
Williams/Williams def. Boyles/Rackham 6/1 6/1
Percy Finch 2
R Hince def. P Bradfield 6/0 6/0
P Stanley def. P Dunne 6/3 6/4
W Cockram def. G Kerin 6/3 6/1
O Guest def. J Davey 6/3 6/3
A Norton def. J Legg 6/3 6/1
J Hamer def. N Rooke 6/2 6/3
Carr/Hurburgh def. Dunne/Holloway 6/2 6/0
Guest/Hince def. Kerin/Legg 6/0 6/0
Cockram/Hamer def. Davey/Rooke 6/2 6/2
As you can see the RMTC did quite well, winning 8-1 and 9-0 respectively. Doubtless Graham Bradfield’s late scratching disrupted the balance of the visiting side. The dinner held at the club on Saturday night was for around 30 and was especially enjoyable thanks to Andrea and Jon Hamer’s combined culinary skills … as well as the score line. The only thing missing on the night was Bradfield’s traditional late night, somewhat coherent and lengthy ramble that is sometimes called a speech. Bradders, you were missed.
As is customary, the Australian Amateur Doubles is played alongside the Percy Finch and we had enough pairings to field two divisions. The scores appear below but I draw particular mention to Kieran and Hilton Booth who won the event for the 5^th year running when they defeated Happell and Richardson – it is interesting to note that during their five year reign they have never beaten Happell and Richardson in the Percy Finch. Hilton Booth’s form over the weekend was especially commendable as was that of Richard Hince. Richard didn’t drop a single game in the Percy Finch and in the Aus Amateur he carried me all the way in the B Division.
Australian Amateur Doubles
Williams/Williams def. Boyles/Ramsay 6/2 6/1 6/2
Happell/Richardson def. Williams/Williams 6/3 6/3 6/3
Booth/Booth def. Snow/Sievers 6/5 6/2 6/3
Booth/Booth def. Happell/Richardson 6/3 6/4 1/6 6/3
Australian Amateur Doubles B Division
Guest/Hince def. Carr/Cockram 6/4 6/0
Hamer/Hurburgh def. Dunne/Legg 6/0 6/2
Guest/Hince def. Hamer/Hurburgh 6/2 6/1
Thank you to everyone who took part and a big thank you to Julie Baker for arranging lunch for everyone over the long weekend.
As always there are tournaments on the horizon so please check your calendars and get involved.
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