August 2015

RMTC Weekly news – 26 AUGUST

Latest news from the RMTC
The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
133 Years
26 August 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au (mailto:pros@rmtc.com.au) )
Editor: Helen Pritchard
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KEY DATES:
AUGUST
* 29-30   Larwood & Eureka Cups in Ballarat          R Kininmonth

SEPTEMBER
* 4            RMTC vs The Jesters                                    J Buckley
* 11           Ladies Tennis Introduction Evening      J Howell
* 13           Internationality Handicap Doubles        Mackinnon Family
* 22 & 24 Junior Clinic (U16)                                       Pros
* 26 – 27  Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC v Sydney)    V Scopelliti

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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Andrew Mackinnon

The brothers Mackinnon – Ken, Andrew and Richard present and invite entries to The Ian D Mackinnon Internationality Handicap Doubles 2015.
Sunday 13 September 2015

Tournament features and conditions

Breakfast from 8.00 am – prepared and presented by Mackinnon

Tennis from 8.00 am – Round Robin Handicap Doubles, 2 pools of 7 pairs, semi-finals and final – Participants will be advised in advance their first match time
– ready to play – requested and required by 8.00 am – all matches twenty-five minutes by the clock – semi-finals at 4.00 pm, final at 4.30 pm

Lunch at 1.00 pm for one hour – players to provide and bring “national dish”. Spouses and friends welcome to join players for lunch.

Eligibility – pairs required to have real or imagined connection with some country or region.

“National” dress will be well regarded – may even win the Mackinnon “special prize”.

Presentations and post match drinks sponsored by the Mackinnon family.

Entry – in pairs – by phone – 9429 9788 – or fax 9428 3280, or sign-up sheet. Entry by snail mail not recommeded – field limited to 14 pairs – wait-list will operate.
Please also indicate number of extras for lunch.

Nationality of pairs to be advised with entry.

A fun doubles event
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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Kieran Booth

Richmond Silver Racket Report

The Richmond Silver Racket was held this past weekend featuring the top players in the country. For those who are not familiar with the format, it is handicap best of 3 sets with semi finals and finals played on the one day to test the players’ fitness levels. With 7 previous winners in the tournament, the draw was wide open. Matches started on Friday with last year’s champion CJ White and the Tennis Committee Chairman Jonathan Hamer early casualties to Richard Allen and Al Ramsay respectively. A large crowd assembled to watch the drinks match between Julian Snow and Paul Tabley. They were all entertained with the contrast in styles and high quality of the match. After Paul came back from 5/1 down to win the second set there were murmurs in the dedan that he might take down one of the all-time great handicap players of this game. However Julian, as he has done so many times before, kept putting the ball into tough positions and won the third set to progress to the next round. The last match of the day pitted two fierce competitors against each other. In two tight sets Chris Hince prevailed over Graeme Blundstone. At the end of Friday’s play there were 10 players left in the draw and it was time for dinner. The menu prepared by Julie Baker, Frank Filippelli and Lizzie Brown was a mouth-watering eye fillet steak, boiled new potatoes and a fresh garden salad. A huge thank you to the three chefs for the meal which was enjoyed by all 38 guests that attended.

Richmond Silver Racket Calcutta

To finish the evening off there was the inaugural Richmond Silver Racket Calcutta. The first part of the Calcutta involved drawing raffle tickets (from the grid displayed in the club for the previous three weeks) for the players left in the draw. Club members that bought tickets and were drawn out of the hat included, two for Julian Snow (showing that the tactic of buying 65 tickets had its merits), Fred Kininmonth, Julie Baker, Jonathan Howell, Paul Rosedale, Kieran Booth, Wally Cockram, Iraina Hofsteede and David Webb. The lucky raffle ticket winners then received half of the monies bid for their respective players. The auction then saw each player left in the draw auctioned off to those who attended the dinner for a chance to win a proportion of the prize pool should their player win the tournament or finish runner up. A full list of the outcomes of the Calcutta are shown below.

Player Raffle            winner Raffle Prize                         Bidder Bid amount
Dan Williams          Fred Kininmonth $ 100                Fred Kininmonth $ 200
Owen Guest              Julie Baker $ 75                              Andrew Buckle $ 150
Kieran Booth           Jonathan Howell $ 175                Jonathan Howell $ 350
Al Ramsay               Julian Snow $ 125                          Jonathan Hamer $ 250
Chris Hince             Paul Rosdale $ 125                        Kathryn Arndt $ 250
Richard Allen          Julian Snow $ 100                        Richard Allen $ 200
Frank Filipelli         Kieran Booth $ 100                       Julie Baker $ 200
Paul Rosedale          Wally Cockram $ 75                     Jonathan Hamer $ 150
James Gould            Iraina Hofsteede $ 100                Andrew Buckle $ 200
Julian Snow            David Webb $ 150                          Rob McCahey $ 300

Saturday started with the players not only having to answer to themselves but also the person that had bid for them the previous night, the pressure was really on! Frank Filippelli and Kieran Booth were beaten by a combination of expectation, the handicap and good play by their opponents Owen Guest and Paul Rosedale. The quarterfinals saw Julian beat James Gould where apparently James’ only problem was that he hit too many out of the middle of the racquet, Dan Williams beat Owen who was struggling to back up for his second 3 set match in the day, Paul Rosedale beat Richard Allen who couldn’t keep his giant killing run going and Al Ramsay got over the line in a tense match against Chris Hince who received a warning for loud behaviour from Julian who was playing on the bottom court!

That set up the semi-finals for Sunday with Dan to play Al and Julian to play Paul. The first match saw Al Ramsay and Dan Williams play significantly better than their handicaps to the point where Mike Happell commented that he better get training otherwise Dan may get the better of him in a level match very soon. The feature of the match was the great stroke production and classical floor rallies. After a great first set from Al, Dan lifted his game in the second set to level at a set all. The third set had at least 6 advantage all games which showed how close the match was. In the end Dan moved into the final with a 4/6 6/3 6/4 win.

The second semi-final pit Julian Snow against Paul Rosedale. Paul came out with a game plan of hitting every return of serve as hard as he could straight for the dedan. Julian was seen doing the double teapot (hands on hips) a number of times as Paul connected and put the ball in the dedan. Despite Paul hitting at least 15 dedans Julian weathered the storm (and avoided getting hit) to play some really good tennis and win 6/4 6/4.

Jonathan Hamer must have been confident going into the day’s play because he still had two players that he had bid for left in the draw. Alas for him neither was able to progress through to the final. And it would be Fred Kininmonth and Rob McCahey who would be cheering on their players that they had bid on in the final.

The final involved two players that had never won the Richmond Silver Racket before. In making the final Dan had beaten 1 previous winner and Julian 2 previous winners. Julian started off strongly taking a 3/1 lead in the first set by playing to Dan’s forehand which was an unusual tactic given that Julian has spent more than 20 years playing to his opponents’ backhands. From that point on though Dan played impressive tennis winning the next 5 games by beating Julian on the floor to win the first set 6/3. Julian again started strongly in the second set taking a 2/1 lead and went to a 5/2 lead by keeping the ball tight in the corners and drawing errors from Dan. After an advantage all game won by Dan, Julian took the next game easily to win the second set 6/3. Julian took the momentum into the third set going 3/0 up with impeccable length and was never looked back winning 6/3.

Well done to Dan for making the final and a great result for Julian who played incredibly well against some difficult opponents and handicaps. Also congratulations to Rob McCahey and Fred Kininmonth who read the form line better than the rest of us and bid for the finalists. Jonathan Hamer will be in touch shortly about your winnings.

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RMTC Weekly news – 19 AUGUST

Latest news from the RMTC
The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
133 Years
19 August 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au (mailto:pros@rmtc.com.au) )
Editor: Helen Pritchard
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KEY DATES:
AUGUST
* 21-23      Richmond Silver Racket                                       K Booth
* 21            Richmond Silver Racket Calcutta Dinner        Social
* 29-30    Larwood & Eureka Cups in Ballarat                  R Kininmonth

SEPTEMBER
* 4              RMTC vs The Jesters                                            J Buckley
* 11             Ladies Tennis Introduction Evening               J Howell
* 13             Internationality Handicap Doubles                Mackinnon Family
* 22 & 24   Junior Clinic (U16)                                               Pros
* 26 – 27     Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC v Sydney)      A Schnaider

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

RICHMOND SILVER RACKET FRIDAY NIGHT MATCHES

4.30 pm                C J White vs R R Allen
5.00 pm                P G Tabley vs J P Snow
6.00 pm                G Blundstone vs C Hince
6.15 pm                 K Booth vs O Guest

Dinner is eye fillet, salad and mash and is $20 per head (includes $10 towards player auction) and
Happy Hour prices for beer and wine.

*For catering purposes, please put your name on the list outside the pro shop by 10.00 am Thursday 20 August*

RMTC Ladies

We still need a couple of RMTC ladies to make up a strong team to play the Larwood Cup on 29 – 30 August in Ballarat. Please contact the pro shop.
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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Lizzie Brown

Report of 2015 North African Tournament and Feast
Reported by Nefertiti, Egyptian queen and pharaoh’s wife.

On 15 August 2015 Lizzie Brown assembled a most congenial subset of the club’s membership for the annual North African handicap doubles tournament and evening feast. Ten pairs played tennis, 33 people sat down to dinner.

Unsatisfactory types were warned off by the notice within the tournament’s publicity material which replicated that of Basil Fawlty’s Gourmet Night: ‘no riff raff’.

The tournament was originally devised by Jonathan Sear; its uniquely quirky rules are a function of his creative mind. In this event, tennis’ already extensive set of rules and strategic options are augmented by a sliding handicap of the farouk (if falling 3 games behind) and the Gadaffi adaptor (if falling 4 games behind). There was some debate between players as to the best use of such bonus handicaps. In one of the early matches Michelle O’Rorke and Julia McCahey first fell 4-0 behind to Jonathan and Howard Mason, before fully exploiting the benefit they thereby gained from the farouk and the adaptor (neither of which expire if the match becomes closer) to win 7-4. On the whole, the novelty handicaps were well used by all players.

After two groups of round robin format tennis, four pairs qualified for the knock-out stage. One semi-final was a domestic battle between Bob & Prue Atkins and Philip Barker & Diane Rennard, narrowly won by the latter pair. The other semi-final produced a fine match of handicap doubles between John Moran & Rose Blanden and Quentin Clark & Lizzie Brown. Quentin’s tennis has improved markedly this year. Oddly, his handicap is yet to reflect this. He mobilised Lizzie’s enthusiasm to such an extent that they fought back from an early deficit to level the match at 5 games all when the bell went. A drawn match at this knock-out stage precipitated the Syrian Decider. Jonathan Sear appeared likely to combust with excitement at the prospect. After a brief pause while Jonathan changed into a full length black robe and donned his best fez the four players were each asked to hit three balls from the hazard end, thrown by Jonathan onto the penthouse. The player whose ball came to rest nearest to the last gallery line would ensure victory for his or her paring. The packed dedans remained to witness the excitement. This mixed version of tennis and bowls evidently appealed to John Moran, who demonstrated accuracy unknown to his tennis when playing two fine shots, the better of which came to rest on the chase line itself.

Now in full flow, John & Rose followed through with a final win against Philip & Diane. John’s form is also progressing and Rose played with her usual calm and steady purpose. Diane, with much the highest handicap on court, performed admirably but Philip, now plainly increasingly in pain from his dicky knees, was unable to play quite as well as he had done earlier in the day.

Everyone re-convened some hours later for the feast, mostly in North African themed costume. There were a number of excellent Cleopatras, notably Diana Amado and Melissa Cockram, and Lizzie looked as exotically elegant as ever but the best dressed prize was won by Wendy Whitehead whose costume was both striking and indescribable.

Entertainment was provided by a very lithe young belly dancer, whose talents found great favour with the men present and soon the club room was pulsating with selected gents flaunting their ‘style’ and crescendoing with all rising for a final shimmy.

Lizzie spoke, as did Jonathan who read amusingly from the report of the first North African. Things were at this stage perhaps getting too relaxed and lighthearted so Ktpie was asked to speak once again about her bicycling trip across parts of North Africa. Slides were shown.

Things picked up again after that and included Philip Barker inveigling a series of females to come behind the screen with him so as to have their fortune told. The girls later reappeared seemingly unscathed and perhaps better informed as to their future.

All in all it was a hugely successful and enjoyable RMTC gathering of like-minded enthusiasts, just what the club should focus on encouraging and facilitating. Much credit for the success of the day goes to Lizzie, who masterminded the whole thing and worked very hard to set things up so that a good time would be had by all. She was assisted in this by Frank Filippelli, Julia McCahey and Diane Rennard. Thanks as well to pro photographers, Paul Tabley and Kate Leeming.
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MAIN COMMITTEE
Andrew Buckle

Men’s Changing Room upgrade

The two shower rooms in the men’s changing room and the floor of the toilet area are to be upgraded, commencing Monday 24 August. This work will take about three weeks. The shower rooms will be done one after the other to insure that showers are available for all and to minimise the possibility that the showers may not be available on the odd day.

This work involves:
* Retiling the walls of the first room.
* New showerheads in all five showers.
* The levelling the floor (shower area to floor)
* Replacing wall tiles in the second area.
* The floor of both areas retiled.
* The lip we have to step over when entering the shows will also be removed.
* Toilet floor retiled.

Should there be any disruption to showers or the toilets, the ladies change room can be used by the men. You will need to check with the Pros before doing this.

Your cooperative spirit during these works will be appreciated.

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RMTC News – Julian Marshall

Latest news from the RMTC
The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
133 Years

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JULIAN MARSHALL

Historical Publications in Victoria, Australia is planning to re-print Julian Marshall’s authoritative book ‘The Annals of Tennis’.
As with the recent publications of George Bender’s A Short Lesson in Tennis (1680), and Samuel Smith Travers’ A Treatise on Tennis (1875), the print run for this book will reflect advance interest. Julian Marshall wrote his Annals of Tennis in 1878 from articles that he had written previously for The Field newspaper. His book is recognised throughout the real tennis world as the most important work on Tennis in the Victorian era, and has been quoted extensively by authors around the world.

The Earl of Lonsdale wrote in his Sports, Games & Pastimes (London 1933): Mr. Julian Marshall in his incomparable book, The Annals of Tennis, has many pleasing quotations, all of which I am tempted to repeat, for his book is fast becoming all too rare.

Lord Aberdare who wrote two histories on the game, described Julian Marshall’s book as ‘the most scholarly, comprehensive and authoritative book on the game.’

The book is primarily divided into five parts: Tennis Abroad; Tennis in England; The Court and Implements; The Laws and their History; and The Game. It has 226 pages, and many of the 46 plates were sourced by Marshall from the treasures of the British Museum. The book was reprinted by Racquet Sports Information & Services of Baltimore, Maryland in 1973 and like the original, is now considered rare.

This new edition will be a faithful facsimile from an original copy, with the added inclusion of a portrait and biography of Julian Marshall. The front cover ‘crossed-racket’ artwork of the original book will be faithfully reproduced. It will be printed and case-bound with quality products – all within the State of Victoria. The print run will not exceed 150, the first 75 to be numbered and referred to as ‘subscription copies’. The book will be available at RMTC by 15 January 2016. The price will be $110 with no postage if collected from the club. Orders for Hobart, Ballarat and Sydney will be delivered free. No payment required until publication.

If you wish to order a copy, please advise Mike Garnett via email: garnettm@bigpond.net.au (mailto:garnettm@bigpond.net.au) by cut-off date 15 September 2015.
If you require a subscription copy, please nominate your preferred number 1 to 75 (no additional cost).

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RMTC Weekly news – 12 AUGUST

Latest news from the RMTC
The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
133 Years
12 August 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au (mailto:pros@rmtc.com.au) )
Editor: Helen Pritchard
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KEY DATES:
AUGUST
* 15          North African Handicap Doubles                             L Brown
* 16          Young members (U35) Spring Pennant                  Pros
* 21-23    Richmond Silver Racket                                              K Booth
* 21          Richmond Silver Racket Calcutta Dinner               Social
* 29-30   Larwood & Eureka Cups in Ballarat                        R Kininmonth

SEPTEMBER
* 4            RMTC vs The Jesters                                                  J Buckley

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

We still need one pair for the North African Handicap Doubles on Saturday 15 August, please see the pros and join in the fun of the day and stay for the North African Feast, a night to remember.

Calling all playing members to please sign up for the

Larwood & Eureka Cups in Ballarat on 29-30 August

RMTC vs The Jesters on the 4 September

Please see the pros if you are interested
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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Michael Williams

Victorian Open Championships

The Victorian Open Championships were held at RMTC from Friday 31 July through the weekend. There were eight entries in a strong, mainly amateur field.

The quarter finals had 3 mostly one way matches with second seed Daniel Williams beating part time Pro C J White 6/0 6/0. World number one amateur Kieran Booth beating Melbourne’s junior John Moran 6/0 6/0. Michael Williams beating fellow Australian Junior team member Chris Hince 6/0 6/3 and in somewhat of an upset Paul Rosedale beat the more fancied Graham Blundstone 3/6 6/1 6/0.

Semi-finals saw a major upset as Michael beat his older brother in a reverse of last month’s Australian Amateur semi-final 6/3 6/0 while KB was much too strong for Rosey again not dropping a game.

The final proved an exceptional match of quality and power hitting with first set going game for game until Kieran won 6/5 and then jumping ahead in the second before again a game for game period winning the second set 6/3 to claim the Woolner Stone Memorial Trophy.

Well done to John and Chris on their first time mixing it with the countries top players in a significant tournament and hopefully these bigger fields will continue in future events, particularly now some of our other top players are reaching veteran stage!

The doubles saw CJ and Chris up against the Williams boys in a semi which was certainly entertaining with lengthy rallies and some fairly outrageous shot-making from CJ in particular. Daniel and Michael proceeded to the final to meet the waiting pair of Bret Richardson and Kieran Booth who were recent semi- finalists in the World Doubles Championships. The match was played Monday evening in front of a small but appreciative crowd who saw the top seeds triumph in straight sets.

Thanks to the Professional team for the marking, particularly Kate who did the final.

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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Robert Kininmonth

B Special Pennant – Win to Rosedale/Carroll/Michelson

Paul Rosedale d Owen Guest – 4/6 6/2 6/2
Michael Carroll d Fred Kininmonth – 5/6 6/2 6/2
Rosedale/Carroll d Guest/Kininmonth – 9/6

You may ask where Rudi Michelson fits in this winning combination. Well, Rudi as the self-appointed team captain claimed to be injured, thus enabling him to bring in the big gun (Rosie) for the final. It was a master stroke. Rosie did what needed to be done and Rudi claims another pennant. Congratulations on a great win – it was terrific tennis with very enjoyable banter.

A special mention must also go to Rudi for organising supper. Well, he organised Mike Carroll whose final performance on supper clinched the “best supper” award for the season. We all tucked into an amazing feast of steamed barramundi & snapper with a delicious coriander dressing, roasted pork belly (to die for) and Singapore noodles. Mike’s only regret was to ask Rudi to cook the noodles which ended up everywhere in the kitchen! A fantastic night and pennant season enjoyed by all.
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MAIN COMMITTEE
Andrew Buckle

First in, best dressed! The gym is on a path of a equipment upgrade. Thus the three items in the photo’s below are no longer required. If any member would like to make an offer, please contact Andrew Buckle on 0430 777 763. His generosity knows no bounds!

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RMTC Weekly news – 5 AUGUST

Latest news from the RMTC
The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
133 Years
5 August 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au (mailto:pros@rmtc.com.au) )
Editor: Helen Pritchard
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KEY DATES:

AUGUST
* 6 A/B Grade Doubles Pennant                           Pros
* 6 Mixed Morning Winter Pennant                    K Arndt
* 8 Quarterly Medal # 3                                           J Baker/A Buckle
* 9 Junior Clinic (U16)                                             Pros
* 15 North African Handicap Doubles                L Brown
* 16 Young members (U35) Spring Pennant       Pros
* 21-23 Richmond Silver Racket                            K Booth
* 21 Richmond Silver Racket Calcutta Dinner    Social
* 28 RMTC V The Jesters                                          J Buckley
* 29-30 Larwood & Eureka Cups in Ballarat       R Kininmonth

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

Junior Clinics on Sunday 9 August at 3pm and 4pm. Please sign up with the pros.

The Larwood and Eureka Cups in Ballarat Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July.

Calling all members to make up teams (male and female) for this great weekend in Ballarat. Join Robert Kininmonth in a great weekend of tennis and entertainment. There will be a dinner on Saturday night so please sign up with the pros and enjoy the weekend away.
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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Kieran Booth

Richmond Silver Racquet (Premier open handicap tournament) 21^st -23^rd August
As a spectator have you ever felt like you are riding every point as much as the players? Well this year’s Silver Racquet takes it to another level and gives you the opportunity to share in the wins (and losses) of the players directly!! How can this be you may ask? Well, this year all club members will be given the opportunity to bid for players in the draw via a calcutta, and if you’re the successful bidder and your player wins the tournament you will receive a significant percentage of the money raised (without affecting amateur status). If you don’t think you can pick the winner then there is also a raffle that gives you the opportunity to win before the quarterfinals are played. More information will follow shortly, but if you can’t wait please just ask the pro shop.
So far Filippelli, Snow, Tabley, Booth, Williams and a number of others have signed up for the tournament. For players with a handicap under 20 (or feel they can play to a handicap 20) please enter by putting your name up on the sign-up sheet in the club. More information on the social event is in the social section below.
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SOCIAL COMMITTEE
Kieran Booth

To coincide with the Richmond Silver racquet tournament there will be a dinner on the Friday night with Happy Hour commencing at 6pm. Frank has sourced some lovely steak and it will be complemented by mashed potato and vegetables. The player calcutta and raffle will also occur during the evening. The sign-up sheet is in the club. $20 will get you dinner and a $10 voucher towards the auction.

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