October 2015

RMTC Weekly news – 28 OCTOBER

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

NOVEMBER
* 8   Junior Clinic (U16)                                                      Pros
* 11  Introduction Night                                                       R Kininmonth
* 29  Parent & (16+) Offspring Handicap Doubles      Pros
* 30  Gold Racket Qualifier 6.00pm                                Tennis Committee

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

Courts are available for the weekend so why not book a court or book a lesson with the pros on the following days as below

Saturday Paul Tabley and John Woods Casey
Sunday Kate Leeming
Monday Kate Leeming and Frank Filippelli
Tuesday Jonathan Howell and John Woods Casey

Junior Clinic for under 16’s on 8 November, please contact the pro shop.

11 November INTRODUCTION NIGHT 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

This is a great opportunity to introduce some of your family or friends to the game of Real Tennis, so please bring along a guest or guests for this evening.

Parent and Offspring Handicap Doubles is on the 29 November, so please sign up for this event.

Remember to put Monday 30 November at 6.00pm to watch the Gold Racket Qualifier in your diaries.

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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Henry Turnbull

AUSTRALIAN MASTERS WEEKEND INCLUDING THE ARTA VETERANS

The weekend of 24/25 October saw the Club host the Australian Masters. The events consist of singles and doubles for Over 50s, 55s, 60s, 65s, 70s and 75s. These events are reasonably recent additions to the calendar to align with the International biennial competitions but significantly, include the long-standing ARTA Veterans (Over 55s).

While the weekend was well attended overall, unfortunately there were insufficient entries to hold the two 50s events and the 75s doubles.

All the events were played under championship conditions (best of three six-game sets) were hard fought and played to a high standard.

On Saturday night, Jonathan Hamer and Geof Fethers provided a magnificent four-course dinner for the players and partners which was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to the winners:

EVENT WINNER FINALIST
50s      Singles           Julian Snow                                    Not played
50s      Doubles         Julian Snow/David Parker         Not played
55s      Singles
(ARTA Veterans)     Michael Happell Jonathan Hamer
55s      Doubles
(ARTA Veterans)     Michael Happell/David Parker Nick Carr/Richard Hince
60s      Singles           Jonathan Hamer Wayne Spring
60s      Doubles         Philip Barker/Wayne Spring Henry Turnbull/Ian Bull
65s      Singles           Philip Barker Graeme Holloway
65s      Doubles          Philip Barker/Tim Hurburgh John Faull/Graeme Holloway
70s     Singles            Tim Hurburgh Paul Wheeler
70s     Doubles           Paul Wheeler/Graeme Richardson Tim Hurburgh/Allan Willingham
75s      Singles            Paul Wheeler James Guest
75s      Doubles          James Guest/John Link               Not played

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The World Challenge 2016
Newport, R.I.

16th – 21st May 2016

Match days, Tuesday 17th, Thursday 19th and Saturday 21st

Tickets for the event go on sale in the 1st week of November, please apply by going to the following link The National Tennis Club http://www.nationaltennisclub.org/event/2016-real-tennis-world-championship/ Tickets will start to be allocated in the 1st week of December.

Information is also available on our web site http://www.irtpa.com/news/world-championships-news/the-2016-world-championships/

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RMTC Weekly news – 21 OCTOBER

Latest news from the RMTC
The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
133 Years
21 October 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:
OCTOBER
* 23             Trafalgar Day Breakfast Tournament              J Sear
* 23 – 25    Australian Masters Championships                H Turnbull
* (over 50’s, 55’s, 60’s,65’s 70’s, and 75’s singles and Masters Handicapped Doubles)

NOVEMBER
* 8              Junior Clinic (U16)                                                    Pros
* 11            Introduction Night                                                     R Kininmonth
* 29           Parent & (16+) Offspring Handicap Doubles    Pros
* 30           Gold Racket Qualifier 6.00pm                              Tennis Committee

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

ALAN HAMER CUP

The premier club doubles tournament was played last weekend with the final held on Monday evening with approximately 20 members who witnessed the highest standard of double play.

K Booth/D Williams defeated M Williams/C Hince in the 1st semi.

M Happell/B Richardson defeated J Snow/C Sievers in the 2nd semi.

This set up a competitive final lasting 2 1/2 hours showcasing tennis of the highest standard. Congratulations to the winners

K Booth/D Williams defeated M Happell/B Richardson 6/3 6/2 6/4

Sunday 8th November Junior Clinics on at 9.30 am and 10.30 am sign up at the pros office.

11 November INTRODUCTION NIGHT 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

This is a great opportunity to introduce some of your family or friends to the game of Real Tennis, so please bring along a guest or guests for this evening.

14 November Aiken Handicap Doubles has unfortunately been cancelled.

Parent and Offspring Handicap Doubles is on the 29 November, so please sign up for this event.

Remember to put Monday 30 November at 6.00pm to watch the Gold Racket Qualifier in your diaries.

The Australian Masters to be played this Saturday and Sunday, spectators should be able to watch some great tennis, so come along to the tennis club to enjoy the atmosphere of the two days.

Black Tie Dinner on Saturday Evening.

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RMTC Weekly news – 14 OCTOBER

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

OCTOBER
* 17 – 19          Alan Hamer Cup Doubles                             Pros
* 23                 Trafalgar Day Breakfast Tournament       J Sear
* 23 – 25         Australian Masters Championships        H Turnbull
* (over 50’s, 55’s, 60’s,65’s 70’s, and 75’s singles and Masters Handicapped Doubles)

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

With the postponement of the Plus One Youth Tournament this Saturday, we have some free courts. Book a lesson or a court and we will find you a good game.

Please sign up for the Masters weekend on 23 to 25 October, we still need players.

The Alan Hamer Cup doubles final is on Monday 19 October at 6pm. Drinks at Happy Hour Prices and nibbles will be provided. Come along and support these fine amateur players.

Introduction Night on 11 November, so bring a friend along to introduce them to this fantastic game.

Just a reminder to members to please turn off the out side BBQ when you have finished, and if using the grill/oven inside please turn the fan on when cooking.
Thank you
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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Rosie Snell

Five pairs of keen doubles players hit the courts on Sunday for the annual ladies Doubles Tournament in honour of Joan M Hayne.

The perpetual trophy is a beautiful engraved glass plate donated by David Hayne, in memory of his mother Joan who was a top squash player at the Exhibition Street court.

Most of the players were playing in the tournament for the their first time, and still learning the ropes of doubles play and complicated handicaps – while some seasoned doubles players such as Prue Atkins showed us how its done!

The final was a tight tussle – Jo See Tan and Kate Owens played Olivia Carr and Rose Blanden. After some long rallies, tight serving, lethal volleying and many changes of end! – Jo See and Kate managed to win 6/4.

We were all treated to a sumptuous lunch prepared by Julie Baker and we all helped the winners by assisting them to drink their champagne prize!

Thanks to Kate Leeming who organized the day with her usual calmness and aplomb.
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TENNIS COMMITTEE

The last Quarterly Medal of the year took place last Saturday. A full compliment of 20 players battled it out for the last 4 places up for grabs on Finals Day.

In the morning, debutantes Ben Craig and the fast improving Jo See Tan were the stand out performances. Ben eventually pipped Jo See to win the group.
In the other morning group Jeremy Hawkins was the stand out player winning his group comfortably.

Lunch and morning tea provided by Domain Cafe was very much appreciated on a beautiful Melbourne Day.

In the afternoon sessions, James Pittaway (a recently joined member from Morton Morell) was also a convincing and worthy winner winning all his matches.
The last but not least winner was Tony Bafunno who fought hard for his wins and on several occasions came from behind to win tight games.

The 4 winners will now join the other winners from throughout the year on Finals Day, 6th Dec, to decide who will be the 2015 Medal of Medallists Champion.
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KITCHEN
Evie Coutts

Open for lunch on Wednesday and Friday.

What a perfect setting to enjoy a lunch this time of year, sit in the garden and enjoy the special of the day, home made sausage rolls and accompaniments this week, as well as the steak or salmon. The menu changes every week, so I look forward to seeing you either Wednesday or Friday, or on both days.
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RMTC Weekly news – 7 OCTOBER

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

OCTOBER
* 10            Quarterly Medal #4                                                   Barker/Michelson
* 11            Joan M Hayne Handicap Doubles                       J Baker
* 17 – 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)

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

AUSTRALIAN MASTERS SINGLES/DOUBLES 2015 ON FRIDAY 23 TO SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER

OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OVER 50 YEARS OF AGE,
WITH OVER 50’s/55’s/60’s/65’s/70’s/75’s SINGLES/DOUBLES EVENTS.

ALL MATCHES BEST OF 3 SIX GAME SETS

MASTERS HANDICAP DOUBLES 2015 ON FRIDAY 23 TO SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER

HANDICAP DOUBLES TOURNAMENT (GRADED EVENT)
OPEN TO ALL OVER 50 YEARS OF AGE,
WITH AUTOMATIC ENTRY FOR FIRST ROUND LOSERS

To be held in conjunction with the Australian Masters events

MASTERS DINNER to be held at the club on Saturday 24 October for the exchange of tall stories and unforgettable exploits.

Sign up sheets at the proshop

ALAN HAMER CLUB DOUBLES played over the weekend of 17-19 October. Final on Monday 19 October at 6pm. This is sure to be the highest standard of matches show casing our worlds best amateurs, please come along and support the players, drinks are at Happy Hour Prices and nibbles will be provided.
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TENNIS COMMITTEE
Fiona Hewson

GRAND FINAL DOUBLES TOURNAMENT 3rd October 2015 REPORT

Grand Final tournament players and organisers, Fiona and Jasmine Hewson and Frankie Filippelli (behind the camera).

Grand Final morning started with the usual excitement, with Richmond buzzing as crowds of early risers made their way back from the MCG after securing their tickets for the much anticipated Hawthorn and Eagles Grand Final in the MCC members stand. At the RMTC the Hawthorn flag was flying proud above the bar and ginger bread was in the oven ready for the arrival of 10 keen players for a round of handicap doubles, including Carla Story, Edwina Collier , Michael MacAleavey, Kaye Frankcom, Gary Clarke and James Guest, complemented by the youthful Julia McCahey, Daf Camp, Jo See Tan and James Pittaway. I also enjoyed meeting James, Edwina and Dafydd for the first time. 5 pairs played four rounds of tennis before we saw the top 2 play off for the tennis Grand Final, a close match between James Pittaway/Kaye Frankcom and Jo See Tan/Daf who stole the match 6/5. Notable mentions must also go to James Guest and Gary Clarke who played really well all day and were unlucky to miss out on
a spot in the Grand Final. The Eagles won the tennis Grand Final (aka Jo See Tan/Daf), but thankfully that made way for Hawthorn to dominate over the road at the MCG, following the popular entertainment from Bryan Adams. Another year, another flag, congratulations to Cyril Rioli and James Pittaway on the Norm Smith Medal. Thank you to Jasmine Hewson for the gourmet lunch and of course Frankie Filippelli for his organisation skills and marking on the day, as well as all players who stayed to support the final and enjoy lunch in the sun.
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SOCIAL COMMITTEE
Julie Baker

Boomerang is nearly upon us. If you haven’t filled out your entry online (http://rmtc.com.au/#boomerang-cup) , now is the time to enter. Don’t forget to include your (life) partner for the social functions. There is a saving by selecting the ‘Companion package’ if you intend to bring a guest to the main events, or you can enter individually.

Forms are available on the RMTC website and there are hard copies at the proshop.

All RMTC members are welcome to come to the social functions and to drop into the Club during play. Lunches will be served daily.

The social events are

11 January. Opening Cocktail Party including the Singles Final of the Australian Open, held at RMTC.

15 January. Mid Tournament BBQ at the Richmond Rowing Club

23 January. Final Dinner. This one, we especially need to know numbers as seating may be limited.

There will also be a cocktail party on the roof of The Athenaeum for those billeting. I will contact you separately regarding this one.
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