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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
26 August 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) )
Editor: Helen Pritchard
* 29-30 Larwood & Eureka Cups in Ballarat R Kininmonth
* 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
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
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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