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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
30 September 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) )
Editor: Helen Pritchard
* 3 AFL Grand Final Handicap Doubles F Hewson
* 6 & 8 Boomerang Pennant Pros
* 10 Quarterly Medal #4 Barker/Michelson
* 11 Joan M Hayne Handicap Doubles J Baker
* 16 – 19 Alan Hamer Cup Doubles Pros
* 23 Trafalgar Day Breakfast Tournament J Sear
* 23 – 25 Australian Masters Championships A Gould
* (over 50’s, 55’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 75’s singles and Masters Handicapped Doubles)
DON’T FORGET THAT DAY LIGHT SAVING STARTS SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER SO PUT YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ONE HOUR
We still need 5 players for the Quarterly Medal on Saturday 10 October, so don’t forget to put your name on the noticeboard.
Please sign up for the Joan M Hayne Handicap Doubles on Sunday 11 October, as we are still looking for more players for this tournament
We have courts available for Sunday 4 October, so make a booking for a game, a lesson with Paul Tabley or just organize a practice to prepare for the up and coming tournaments. Please contact the pro office or make your booking on line.
RMTC Masters Weekend
On the weekend of October 23 – 25 the RMTC is hosting a series of Masters Events for players aged 50 and above. Singles and Doubles will be played in 5 year age brackets (i.e. 50s, 55s, 60s etc. all the way through to 75s) and a Masters Doubles Handicap will also be held. We know many players secretly fancy that they are the best, now is your chance to prove it, be a part of the RMTC Masters Weekend.
Dinner: a Masters Tournament isn’t complete without a Masters Dinner. The Masters Dinner will be held in the Club on Saturday 24^th so please keep this evening free and bring your partner.
Please indicate your willingness to play and come to dinner by placing your name on the sign-up sheet on the Notice board or by calling the Pros. Please note that due to time restraints entries will be limited to no more than two events per player and remember, the Over 55s singles and doubles are recognised as ARTA events so enter these and glory could be yours.
The Masters Weekend remains one of the staple events on the RMTC Calendar so sign up now. Entries will close on October 19^th and if you have any further queries please contact Tournament Director Henry Turnbull or the Pros.
The annual RMTC v Sydney play off for the Barry Toates Trophy was held last weekend on the 26 September. This consisted of 10 handicap games singles sets, first to 6 games and 11 games of doubles first to 8 games.
With Sydney having won this tournament since 2010 the pressure was on RMTC to turn the tables. RMTC started well and after completion of the singles RMTC was up 6 sets to 4 sets. The morning single games saw some very good tennis with birthday girl Lizzie Brown setting the tone with some outstanding tennis to win her game convincingly. The doubles proved to be a very close encounter and saw some wonderful play. The Cooper brothers for Sydney were in sensational form and played some almost faultless tennis and after the first 6 games, RMTC, remained two games clear. However the Sydney team managed to even the score at 10 sets all with just one game to play. Sav Cremona and Damien O’Meara on behalf of Sydney were left to play Steve Wood and Michele O’Rorke in the last and deciding set but unfortunately for RMTC the Sydney players held their nerve and played some very solid tennis to win the last game. The final result was Sydney 11 sets defeated RMTC 10 sets.
We were blessed with a magnificent sunny day on the Saturday which seemed to rub off on everyone as there was a very positive vibe between the RMTC and Sydney players which carried over into the wonderful dinner that was enjoyed by all 30 odd who attended the Piano Thai restaurant on Bridge Road Richmond. An excellent recommendation from Jonathan Howell. I would also like to thank Jonathan and the rest of pros for putting together the playing schedule and marking the games. It was a wonderful day enjoyed by all.
May I remind all members that you may only use the car park, when you are using the Club.
We do have a club tournament on Grand Final Day and there is no parking for members going to the game.
Allan Willingham has given the Library a copy of Sport in Victoria : a History (Ryan Publishing, 2015). Edited by Dave Nadel and Graeme Ryan, it covers just about every sport except quidditch, which is now played in Fawkner Park. Allan wrote the section on Real Tennis (p. 202-204), which includes a hand-coloured etching of the Exhibition Street court.
The kitchen is open for lunch on Friday 2 October, so come along and enjoy one of Evie’s creations to start the month of October off.
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