October 2016

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – OCTOBER 26

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
26 October 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


NOVEMBER
  • 9              6-8pm New member Intro evening                                President
  • 11            First Friday of the Month Drinks (moved due to Spring Carnival)
  • 13            Junior Clinic (u16)                                                             Pros
  • 13            Combined Under 60 H’cap Doubles Tournament      P Rosedale
  • 19-20       President’s Cup                                                                President
  • 27            Parent & (16+) Offspring Handicap Doubles              Pros
  • 28            Gold Racket Qualifier 6.00pm                                      Tennis Cttee

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

Pro Fee for John Woods-Casey

John Woods-Casey joined the pro team in July 2015 and quickly became an integral part of the pro shop.
As of 1 November 2016 the RMTC will be initiating a $15 Pro Fee for JWC.

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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Introduction Night at the Club – Wednesday 9 Nov
The club needs good new members to stay strong and healthy and for that we need your help to raise awareness of the game with your friends and colleagues. Take this opportunity to bring a friend to the club and let us introduce him/her to our great game.

Combined Under 60 Handicap Doubles Tournament – Sunday 13 Nov
Look out! A new tournament has appeared on the calendar. If you like playing doubles and you can find a partner whose handicap combines with yours to produce a number under 60, this is your tournament. Bring your abacus to the pro shop and have a squizz at the list of players by handicap and work out your best combination. (Handy hint: if your handicap is 62, start being very nice to Kieran ASAP!)

Junior (U16) Clinic – Sunday 13 Nov
Weekend junior clinic. We want young people to get to know our game and our club. Please help us reach them by encouraging young people you know to come along to this easy and fun session.

President’s Cup – Saturday-Sunday 19-20 Nov
The annual Melbourne vs Hobart pennant match is in Melbourne this year so the Hobartians will be sending their team. We will meet them on the tennis courts and in the restaurants and hopefully come out victorious. Join our President Robert Kininmonth and sign up for the tennis for one or both days and for the dinner on Saturday night.

Parent and Offspring (16+) Handicap Doubles – Sunday 27 Nov
Pick your favourite child or parent and sign up for the 2016 Parent and Offspring tournament. The annual event of making domestic disputes public is arguably the most entertaining spectacle of the year so get down, sign up and get involved.

See you on court
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SOCIAL

First Friday of the Month Drinks (not on the actual first Friday of the month this time) – Friday 11 Nov
Due to the Spring Carnival festivities the First Friday of the Month Drinks have been pushed back to the second Friday of the month. Fear not, there will still be drinks at happy hour prices and a luscious supper provided by another of our terrific members.
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SAVE THE DATE: Finals Day 2016 – Sunday 4 Dec

Finals Day is arguably the best day of tennis for the year. We have the final of the Gold Racquet, Womens A Grade Club Champs and Ford Strachan Junior Club Champs as well as the Medal of Medalists and final of the John Poolman Trophy (club handicap champs). Come in and enjoy the day in the club and support all the players.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – OCTOBER 19

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
19 October 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


 OCTOBER
  • 21            Trafalgar Day Breakfast Tournament                             J Sear
  • 22            Platinum Handicap Doubles (70+)                                 Pros

NOVEMBER

  • 9              6-8pm New member Intro evening                                President
  • 11            First Friday of the Month Drinks (moved due to Spring Carnival)
  • 13            Junior Clinic (u16)                                                             Pros
  • 13            Combined Under 60 H’cap Doubles Tournament      P Rosedale
  • 19-20       President’s Cup                                                                 President
  • 27            Parent & (16+) Offspring Handicap Doubles              Pros
  • 28            Gold Racket Qualifier 6.00pm                                      Tennis Cttee

 

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Upcoming Tournaments

Platinum (70+) Handicap Doubles Tournament – Saturday 22 Oct
Only 2 spots left! A new tournament has been added to the calendar; a round robin doubles tournament for players of 70+ handicap. Come in and sign up or call the pro shop to get involved.

Introduction Night at the Club – Wednesday 9 Nov
The club needs good new members to stay strong and healthy and for that we need your help to raise awareness of the game with your friends and colleagues. Take this opportunity to bring a friend to the club and let us introduce him/her to our great game.

Combined Under 60 Handicap Doubles Tournament – Sunday 13 Nov
Look out! A new tournament has appeared on the calendar. If you like playing doubles and you can find a partner whose handicap combines with yours to produce a number under 60, this is your tournament. Bring your abacus to the pro shop and have a squizz at the list of players by handicap and work out your best combination to get involved. (Handy hint: if your handicap is 62, start being very nice to Kieran ASAP!)

Junior (U16) Clinic – Sunday 13 Nov
A rare weekend junior clinic is on us, bring your young people to the Club and we can introduce them to our great game.

President’s Cup – Saturday-Sunday 19-20 Nov
The annual Melbourne vs Hobart pennant match is in Melbourne this year so the Hobartians will be sending their team to invade our club. We will meet them on the tennis courts and in the restaurants and hopefully come out victorious. Join our President Robert Kininmonth and sign up for the tennis on both days, or just one, and for the dinner on Saturday night.

See you on court
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SOCIAL

First Friday of the Month Drinks (not on the first Friday of the month this month) – Friday 11 Nov
Due to the Spring Carnival festivities across Melbourne the First Friday of the Month Drinks have been pushed back to the second Friday of the month. Fear not, there will still be drinks at happy hour prices and a luscious supper provided by another of our terrific members.
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SAVE THE DATE: Finals Day 2016 – Sunday 4 December

Finals Day is arguably the best day of tennis for the year. We have the final of the Gold Racquet, Womens A Grade Club Champs and Ford Strachan Junior Club Champs as well as the Medal of Medalists and final of the John Poolman Trophy (club handicap champs). Come in and enjoy the day in the club and support all of the players involved in competition.

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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Australian Amateur Veteran Over 55’s Championships
Singles:   M Happell                def.    G Bradfield 6/0 6/1
Doubles:  M Happell/J Hamer   def.    G Bradfield/V Scopelliti 6/2 6/0

Australian Amateur Masters Championships
Over 50’s Singles:         M Happell     def.    R Allen        6/0 6/1
Over 60’s Singles:         R Hince        def.    N Carr         6/2 6/4
Over 65’s Singles:         P Barker       def.    G Holloway   6/5 6/2
Over 70’s/75’s Singles:  P Wheeler     def.    A Poolman   6/3 6/3

Over 60’s Doubles:   W Spring/N Carr                 def.     R Hince/J Hamer               6/2 6/2
Over 65’s Doubles:   G Holloway/J Faull               def.     P Barker/T Hurburgh         6/5 6/0
Over 70’s Doubles:   T Hurburgh/G Richardson    def.     A Poolman/A Willingham    5/6 6/3 6/2
Over 75’s Doubles:   A Poolman/P Wheeler                                                           Entered (Not Played)

The 2016 Australian Amateur Masters Championships were played last weekend with small fields in each age category but plenty of spirit. The competition is essentially about keeping the body together as it ages and there were several persons missing through injury, most notably Julian Snow.
The competition was also a useful practice for the teams competing in the World Masters next January.
On Saturday night the Masters tournament was celebrated with a dinner for 25 at the Club. A great night with Dick Friend, Julie Friend and Jonathan Hamer (well, Andrea Hamer) catering and members generally lending a hand with serving and cleaning.
Thanks to all who competed and dined, particularly those from Ballarat and Hobart.
  
Jonathan Hamer

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – OCTOBER 12

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
12 October 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


 OCTOBER
  • 14-16       Australian Masters Championships*                             V Scopelliti 
    •       Over 50s, 55s, 60s, 65s, 70s & 75 Sgls & Dbls
  • 21            Trafalgar Day Breakfast Tournament                            J Sear
  • 22            Platinum Handicap Doubles (70+)                                Pros

NOVEMBER

  • 9              6-8pm New member Intro evening                                President
  • 13            Junior Clinic (u16)                                                             Pros
  • 13            Combined Under 60 H’cap Doubles Tournament      P Rosedale
  • 19-20       President’s Cup                                                                 President

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RMTC new Foundation for tax deductible donations and bequests
The RMTC Foundation has been established to allow Members who feel able and inclined to become Foundation Members to promote philanthropy at Royal Melbourne Tennis Club and build a culture of giving.  We encourage Members to support the Foundation to strengthen our club and our game in Melbourne and ensure that future generations can gain similar enjoyment.

See attached information brochure and web link directly to the Australian Sports Foundation website to nominate the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club as your preferred beneficiary. Donations are tax deductible.
For the RMTC Information Brochure, click here.
For the link to the ASF website, click here.

Fred Kininmonth
President
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Upcoming Tournaments

Trafalgar Day Breakfast Tournament – Friday 21 Oct
Come and join us in celebrating the remarkable exploits of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson on this most auspicious day, 21 October, and commemorate the Royal Navy’s remarkable victory over the combined might of French and Spanish fleets with equally outstanding combat on the tennis courts. As always this morning will include a breakfast worthy of the great Vice-Admiral himself so sign up either by calling the pro shop or in the club in person.

Platinum (70+) Handicap Doubles Tournament – Saturday 22 Oct
A new tournament has been added to the calendar; a round robin doubles tournament for players of 70+ handicap. Come in and sign up or call the pro shop to get involved.

Introduction Night at the Club – Wednesday 9 Oct
The club needs good new members to stay strong and healthy and for that we need your help to raise awareness of the game with your friends and colleagues. Take this opportunity to bring a friend to the club and let us introduce him/her to our great game.

Combined Under 60 Handicap Doubles Tournament – Sunday 13 Oct
Look out! A new tournament has appeared on the calendar. If you like playing doubles and you can find a partner whose handicap combines with yours to produce a number under 60, this is your tournament. Bring your abacus to the pro shop and have a squizz at the list of players by handicap and work out your best combination to get involved. (Handy hint: if your handicap is 62, start being very nice to Kieran ASAP!)

President’s Cup – Saturday-Sunday 19-20 Nov
The annual Melbourne vs Hobart pennant match is in Melbourne this year so the Hobartians will be sending their team to invade our club. We will meet them on the tennis courts and in the restaurants and hopefully come out victorious. Join our President Robert Kininmonth and sign up for the tennis on both days, or just one, and for the dinner on Saturday night.

See you on court
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SAVE THE DATE: Finals Day 2016 – Sunday 4 December

Finals Day is arguably the best day of tennis for the year. We have the final of the Gold Racquet, Womens A Grade Club Champs and Ford Strachan Junior Club Champs as well as the Medal of Medalists and final of the John Poolman Trophy (club handicap champs). Come in and enjoy the day in the club and support all of the players involved in competition.

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Tournament Reports

2016 Quarterly Medal #4 – Saturday 8 Oct
In a riveting 4th Quarterly Medal, Will Fowles, Jo See Tan and Tim Raw emerged victorious and surged into the RMTC Finals, to be held in December.

The morning session saw Jo See fend off challenges from Robert Falconer and Ken Penaluna. As a winner of an earlier Quarterly Medal, Jo See was determined to win another and thus prevent others from winning and reaching the RMTC Finals.
Similarly, Sam Bowman, winner of the 3rd Quarterly Medal was doing his utmost to keep numbers low in the RMTC Finals. In a see-sawing battle at the top of the table, Will Fowles did a Stephen Bradbury and surpassed Quentin Clark and Matt Downey in the final match.
On the South Court, talented newcomer Tim Raw turned in a dominant display, winning all 4 games. Vincent Stefano and Robyn Woods performed gallantly to round out the top 3.
Special thanks to Jonners who ran the show with typical aplomb and charm. Many thanks to all players for making it such a wonderful day. Good luck for the finals!
Matt Downey

Joan M Hayne Womens Handicap Doubles – Sunday 9 Oct
12 ladies took to the court last Sunday to play in the Joan M Hayne Handicap doubles. Each doubles pair played 4 matches before the semi-finals contestants were decided. Michelle O’Rorke and Carla Story played Judy Collins and Carol Miller, with Judy and Carol pulling away slightly at the end to win 6/3. Robyn Woods and Sarah Butler played Jo See Tan and Wendy Whitehead in the other semi final with Robyn and Sarah coming out the victors 6/3. The final was a nail biter with Judy and Carol up 5/2 when Robyn and Sarah finished with a strong recovery to equal at 5/5, 40-40. Judy and Carol managed to grab the final point and win 6/5. Thanks to all players for a great day.

         
Thanks also to Jo See Tan for providing a tasty lunch.
Carol Miller
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MISCELLANEOUS
Visitors
The Committee encourages guests at our club. To ensure we comply with our liquor licence, please sign all guests into the visitors’ book outside the pro shop.

2016/18 Parking Stickers
Your old green parking sticker is no longer valid. Visit the pro shop to get a current black parking sticker.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – OCTOBER 5

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
5 October 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


 OCTOBER
  • 7              6-8pm Happy Hour First Friday of the Month
  • 8              Quarterly Medal #4                                                   Pros
  • 9              Joan M Hayne Handicap Doubles                         Pros
  • 14-16       Australian Masters Championships*                   V Scopelliti 
    •       Over 50s, 55s, 60s, 65s, 70s & 75 Sgls & Dbls
  • 21            Trafalgar Day Breakfast Tournament                  J Sear
  • 22            Platinum Handicap Doubles (70+)                      Pros

NOVEMBER

  • 9              6-8pm New member Intro evening                     President
  • 13            Junior Clinic (u16)                                                  Pros
  • 12-13       Handicap Doubles Tournament                         W Cockram
  • 19-20       President’s Cup                                                     President

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Pro Shop

New face in the pro shop
Henry Batstone is spending the next couple of months helping us out around the Club. Henry has just finished his schooling at Radley College, where he has played the game for the past six years, and is taking a gap year before returning to further study next year. Please pop into the pro shop next time you’re in the Club to introduce yourself and make him feel welcome.
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Upcoming Tournaments

Australian Masters Championships – Friday-Sunday 14-16 Oct
Save the date and get ready for a big weekend as the Masters of Australian real tennis take to the court in preparation for the World Masters in January. Come in and sign up on the notice board in the Club or ring the pro shop. Last chance to sign up as entries close 9am Tuesday 11 Oct.

Platinum (70+) Handicap Doubles Tournament – Saturday 22 Oct
A new tournament has been added to the calendar; a round robin doubles tournament for players of 70+ handicap. Come in and sign up or call the pro shop to get involved.

President’s Cup – Saturday-Sunday 19-20 Nov
The annual Melbourne vs Hobart pennant match is in Melbourne this year so the Hobartians will be sending their team to invade our Club. We will meet them on the tennis courts and in the restaurants and hopefully come out victorious. Join our President Robert Kininmonth and sign up for the tennis on both days, or just one, and for the dinner on Saturday night.

See you on court
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Social
Paul Andrews

First Friday of the Month Drinks – Friday 7 Oct
It’s that time of the month again, when we gather at the Club and celebrate (or commiserate) the last month of tennis. Supper this month will be $11 and drinks once again at happy hour prices. Please let us know if you’re coming ASAP for catering purposes, ring us in the pro shop or come in and sign up on the board.

Lunch at the Club
Every Wednesday and Friday our wonderful chef Evie prepares a menu of delightful concoctions for your consumption. The talk is that Evie’s steaks are the best in town; superior quality and cooked to perfection. Set yourself a date once a month and join the Wednesday or Friday lunch time crews at the Club. Look forward to seeing you soon.

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Tournament Reports

Grand Final Day Handicap Doubles – Saturday 1 OctWhile thousands of MCC members queued outside Gate 2 to gain a seat in the Members, a stalwart group of RMTC members prepared to do battle for three hours to determine the winning doubles pair for the Grand Final Morning Trophy. As the morning progressed a clear pattern of play was emerging with the cunning and guile and youth of Team P Stanley and Bowman winning the first three quarters before facing the Team McAllen and Blomquist who had played admirably for 2 wins and 1loss. Others who tried hard were Team Wright and Penaluna (1 Draw and 2 Losses); Team Camp and Edwards the Younger (2 wins and 1 loss); Team Stanley A and Stefano (1 draw and 2 losses).

The Final saw a Hawthornesque victory to Team Stanley and Bowman. Members of the media were heard to question why Mr Stanley does not have “Ban Tambour” applied to his handicap every game and journalist Caroline Sheahan has threatened to raise Mr Bowman’s very inconsistent form with the powers that be.

The President presented the winners and runners up with their awards in front of a large crowd of adoring onlookers while Michelle O’Rorke and Lizzy Brown won prizes for the culinary delights upon which the players feasted before lunch. Many thanks to Kate Leeming for assisting with the handicaps for the event and for marking the Final.

Ken Penaluna

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ADMINISTRATION

Pennant Players
Could pennant players providing supper please remember to return the receipts of their purchases for supper to the Club as promptly as possible to allow for swifter, smoother invoicing.

Please also remember to make a note on the chit sheet for the evening if you are not consuming food or drink so you don’t get billed.

Many thanks
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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
The club is seeking any club members willing to help with the Club website and possibly a site refresh. We are looking for both technical and non technical assistance.

Content and structure: do you have any suggestions regarding the content on the club website, how it is structured etc? Send your feedback.

Content editors: learn how to use the WordPress editor to update pages.  Mildly technical.  If you’ve updated any content systems like Sharepoint, or simply willing to learn new things, you could help us here. We need people who can load in the occasional attachment, update page details etc.  Usually a couple of hours a month.

Site support: technical role, no coding required.  Do you have experience managing websites? Do you know what a WordPress plugin is? You could help us the most. We need a group of people to regularly review the system, ensure we follow best practices, answer questions from committee, make recommendations etc.

If you are interested please contact Michelle O’Rorke (michelle.ororke@gmail.com ) or pass your contact details to the pros.

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MISCELLANEOUS
Visitors
The Committee encourages Members to bring guests to the Club. To ensure we comply with our liquor licence, please sign all guests into the visitors’ book outside the pro shop.

2016/18 Parking Stickers
Your old green parking sticker is no longer valid. Visit the pro shop to get a current black parking sticker.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – SEPTEMBER 28

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
21 September 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


KEY DATES: 
 OCTOBER
  • 1              Grand Final Handicap Doubles                              M O’Rorke
  • 4              D Grade (60+)  Pennant                                         Pros
  • 6              Masters Doubles Pennant                                      Pros
  • 7              6-8pm Happy Hour First Friday of the Month
  • 8              Quarterly Medal #4                                                 Pros
  • 9              Joan M Hayne Handicap Doubles                       Pros
  • 14-16       Australian Masters Championships*                 V Scopelliti 
    •       Over 50s, 55s, 60s, 65s, 70s & 75 Sgls & Dbls
  • 21             Trafalgar Day Breakfast Tournament                J Sear
  • 22            Platinum Handicap Doubles (70+)                     Pros
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Pro Shop

Grand Final Day – Sat 1 Oct
For those not interested in the football there are plenty of courts available from 12 noon onward. Take the opportunity to have a lesson with Kate or just come in and have a hit. Ring the pro shop or book in online.

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Upcoming Tournaments

1 More player required!!
Grand Final Day Handicap Doubles Tournament – Saturday 1 Oct

It’s AFL finals season again which means… the Grand Final Day Handicap Doubles Tournament is just around the corner. Come in early, the tournament will run from 9-12, to avoid the Grand Final day traffic, play some tennis, enjoy some lunch and watch the game in style on the big screen while relaxing on the couches in the Club. Call the pro shop or come in to get involved.

Quarterly Medal #4 – Saturday 8 Oct
This is your last chance to get in on the action on Finals Day (6 Dec), come in and win your way through to the Medal of Medallists draw. Contact the Pro shop or come in and sign up.

Joan M Hayne Women’s Handicap Doubles – Sunday 9 Oct
Calling all ladies to sign up and get involved in the Club women’s handicap doubles tournament. It’s the final women’s event for the year so come in and have a fun day of tennis with the rest of your clubmates.

Australian Masters Championships – Friday-Sunday 14-16 Oct
Save the date and get ready for a big weekend as the Masters of Australian real tennis take to the court in preparation for the World Masters in January. Come in and sign up on the notice board in the Club or ring the Pro shop.

Platinum (70+) Handicap Doubles Tournament – Saturday 22 Oct
A new tournament has been added to the calendar, this will be a round robin doubles tournament for players of 70+ handicap. Come in and sign up or call the pro shop to get involved.

See you on court
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Tournament Reports

Barry Toates Trophy – Sat 24 SepReal Tennis at its Best!

On Saturday 24 September RMTC hosted a contingent of very keen Sydney real tennis players making their annual pilgrimage to Melbourne to defend the Barry Toates Trophy which they have now held for many years.

The morning session resulted in some close games and some great tennis. Jo See Tan And Jeremy Hawkins got the RMTC  off to a good start with a 8/4 win over Damien O’Meara and Richard Fawcett but William Lewis and James Willis squared things up for Sydney by winning 8/5. Chris Hince and Paul Rosedale then slugged it out with Hugo Pinsent and Ted Alexander with the spoils going to RMTC 8/5. When Vince Stefano and Dick Crane won a tight game at 8/6 against Rob Falconer and Judy Collins the ledger was square again. This seesawing continued through to lunch with the games score finishing 5 a piece with some good steady play from the ever reliable Sydney pair  Sav Cremona and Chris Coper stringing some solid wins and Lizzie Brown, Jo See Tan and Will Fowles keeping Melbourne afloat.

We then took a break to enjoyed a wonderful lunch organised by Paul Andrews and Lizzie Brown. Over lunch the Sydney team decided to indulge out a few wines which seemed to lift their spirits. The wine also seemed to impact on the Sydney team’s performance after the lunchbreak.  They came out of the blocks and won the next 4 games with little resistance from the RMTC players. RMTC had to wait until Tony Miach and Kathryn Arndt managed to win a set from Chris Cooper and  Richard Fawcett. Paul Rosedale and myself had no answers for Hugo and Sav’s strong doubles play and we went down 8/3. So after 16 games were played RMTC was 4 games behind with only 4 games remaining to be played.  RMTC therefore could  not afford any more losses.

Paul Rosedale seemed to discover some weaknesses in Hugo Pinsent’s game during the earlier  doubles loss,  when he came out and had a convincing 8/4 win over Hugo in a very entertaining game. This seemed to spark the RMTC players in to action – or was the effects of that wine setting in? Rob Falconer and Judy Collins held on the win a tight game over Vince Stefano and Dick Crane 8/6 so RMTC we now only 2 games away from a draw. Tony Miach and Lizzie Brown then teamed up to play out a classic against the reliable duo of James Willis and Sav Cremona. This was a very tight game with the scores being even for much of the game. As the game tightened Lizzie Brown seemed to thrive and let go of the shackles, playing some great shots  with tony also lifting. James and Sav on the other hand seemed to succumb to the pressure (or was it the alcohol?) resulting in a 8/6 win to RMTC. So we were now only one game away from squaring things up.

On the other court the President Fred Kininmonth seemed to be cruising to a good win, leading 6/2 but all of a sudden he was down 6/7 almost dashing RMTC’s hopes of getting out of this with a draw. The RMTC’s support team then stepped in to cheer there president on and he duly lifted to claim the final game 8/7 in presidential fashion.

So the final score was 10 sets all – a tie. I understand that this was the first time ever that the two clubs had tied which was a fitting outcome.  Real Tennis was definitely the winner.

Thank you to James Willis and all of  the Sydney team for bringing along such a terrific bunch of players and support crew to make it such a fun day. Thanks also to the RMTC members who played in this event and doing such a wonderful job to  come back from such a long way back to tie the trophy. Thanks also to the pros for doing such a great job marking and supporting the event.

According Chris Cooper, Sydney should have a new real tennis court by 2018 so RMTC will be invited to come to Sydney to play this event there – no pressure Chris but we have noted that date in the diary!

Vince Scopelliti
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SOCIAL
Paul Andrews

First Friday of the Month Drinks – Friday 7 Oct
It’s that time of the month again, when we gather at the Club and celebrate (or commiserate) the last month of tennis. Supper this month will be $11 and drinks once again at happy hour prices. Please let us know if you’re coming ASAP for catering purposes, ring us in the pro shop or come in and sign up on the board.

Lunch at the Club
NOTE: The kitchen will be closed on Friday 30 Oct, the Grand Final Eve Public Holiday.

Every Wednesday and Friday our wonderful chef Evie prepares a menu of delightful concoctions for your consumption. Rumour has it that Evie’s steaks are the best in town; superior quality and cooked to perfection. Set yourself a date once a month and come and join the Wednesday or Friday lunch time crews at the Club. Look forward to seeing you soon.

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

The club is seeking any club members willing to help with the club website and possibly a site refresh. We are looking for both technical and non technical assistance.

Content and structure: do you have any suggestions regarding the content on the club website, how it is structured etc? Send your feedback.

Content editors: learn how to use the WordPress editor to update pages.  Mildly technical.  If you’ve updated any content systems like Sharepoint, or simply willing to learn new things, you could help us here. We need people who can load in the occasional attachment, update page details etc.  Usually a couple of hours a month.

Site support: technical role, no coding required.  Do you have experience managing websites? Do you know what a WordPress plugin is? You could help us the most. We need a group of people to regularly review the system, ensure we follow best practices, answer questions from committee, make recommendations etc.

If you are interested please contact Michelle O’Rorke (michelle.ororke@gmail.com ) or pass your contact details through the pros.
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MISCELLANEOUS
Visitors
The Committee encourages Members to bring guests to the Club. To ensure we comply with our liquor licence, please sign all guests into the visitors’ book outside the pro shop.

2016/18 Parking Stickers
Your old green parking sticker is no longer valid. Visit the pro shop to get a current black parking sticker.