The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
16 March 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Editor: John Woods-Casey
• 19 G. Patterson Cup (RMTC v RSY) G Fethers
• 2 Young Members (u35) Tournament Youth Cttee
• 5&7 Junior Clinic (u16) Pros
• 17 RMTC v MCCRTS (at Romsey) G Reid
• 23 Anzac Day Tophy F Hewson
Gerald Patterson Cup – Saturday 19th March
Enjoy a spot or lawn tennis after your game of real tennis? The G Patterson cup is for you, come and join the frivolity of the annual RMTC vs RSYLTC competition with real tennis in the morning and lawn tennis in the afternoon including lunch and dinner. The RMTC team is looking for 3 players to play, please contact the Geof Fethers directly at email@example.com or email or call the pro shop to get involved. Players who can only play in the morning are also welcome.
U35 Young Members Tournament – Saturday 2nd April
The first of the tri-annual young members tournaments is coming up, clear the date in your diary and put your name down on the board in the club to get involved. Lunch included in the tournament and dinner and drinks in the evening pending interest.
RMTC vs MCCRTS (at Romsey) – Sunday 17th April
Your club needs you! RMTC is looking for a team of 10 players to play against the MCCRTS. The match is being held at Romsey which is due to be closed as a tennis court in favour of becoming a gallery and this is likely the last chance to experience the wonders of tennis at Romsey.
RMTC wins Percy Finch 2016 in Hobart
The Percy Finch is a tournament between Melbourne and Hobart. The tournament is the best of 9 matches: 6 singles and 3 doubles played off scratch in handicap order.
The Percy Finch teams were:
Dan Williams Kieran Booth
Michael Williams Graeme Blundstone
Paul Rosedale Patrick Dunn
Hugo Pincent Graeme Bradfield
Mark Hartnell Jeremy Rackham
Jonathan Hamer John Herbert
After 5 singles matches and 3 doubles the score was 4 matches all on Sunday night.
Hobart (against the odds, or was it with the benefit of home court, or hospitality?) had had 2 near misses:
Mark Hartnell defeated Jeremy Rackham 3/6 6/4 6/0
Jonathan Hamer defeated John Herbert 5/6 6/4 6/3
and 2 exceptional wins:
Graeme Blundstone defeated Michael Williams 6/5 1/6 6/5
Graeme Bradfield defeated Hugo Pincent 6/4 2/6 6/2.
All rested on Paul Rosedale who met the challenge on Monday morning by defeating Patrick Dunn 6/3 6/1
and so the Percy Finch 2016 was RMTC’s.
In recent years the Clubs have also played a second contest (the “PF2”). This year RMTC sent a team of 7 to take on Hobart:
RMTC PF2 HRTC PF2
Nick Carr Nick Rooke
Mike McAuley Justin Legg
Henry Turnbull Graeme Holloway
Graeme Richardson Ron Booth
Jackson Brand Will Joscelyne
Ed Hamer John Herbert
There were some close encounters:
Ron Booth defeated Jackson Brand 9/8
Graeme Holloway defeated Ed Hamer 9/7
but overall Hobart PF2 dispatched Melbourne PF2 7 matches to 1 ( Nick Carr defeated Nick Rook 9/6).
At the same time the Australian Amateur Doubles (an ARTA event) was played in Hobart (including a “B”division). Several top amateur players were missing (Michael Happell, Bret Richardson, Julian Snow, Chris Sievers and Hilton Booth) but there was excellent quality in the field. The final was a very intense and closely fought battle between Kieran Booth/Graeme Blundstone and Dan Williams/Michael Williams with the Williams brothers emerging as winners 4/6 0/6 6/2 6/1 6/4!
In the final of “B” division, the local pair of Jeremy Rackham/Justin Legg defeated Hugo Pincent/Mark Hartnell 6/4 1/6 6/3.
On Saturday night there was a fine dinner at the Club with speeches, camaraderie, rudeness and mockery (but no speech from Graeme Bradfield – a first!)
The Melbourne Club recorded its appreciation of Barry Toates’ contribution to the Percy Finch in particular and to real tennis in general over many years ( 52+) and in anticipation of his retirement in June this year, presented him with a lawnmower ( for Karen and his retirement block on the East coast of Tassie) – it has excellent cut!
Thanks to all who participated in what is always a great weekend of tennis.
Chairman of Tennis
See you on court
Members are reminded that the only alcohol which may be consumed at the club is that which is purchased from the bar.
BYO alcoholic beverage is not permitted at the club. As a reminder, the club’s policy on this (from current members’
handbook) is as follows:
The Club’s liquor licence precludes BYO, i.e. only liquor purchased through the Club may be consumed on the Club’s
premises. However, Members may take wine or other beverages they have purchase away from the Club. Members should
ensure that their guests do not consume alcohol on the Club premises unless such guests are in the presence of a member
and have been properly signed in.
Members are also reminded that if they are the last member leaving the Club in the evening to please ensure that the lights are
switched off and the doors and gates are closed and locked behind them.