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.
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
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!
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or pass your contact details through the pros.
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.