March 2017

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MARCH 29

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
29 March 2017 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


MARCH
  • 26-1Apr       Bathurst Cup (France)

APRIL

  • 1                  Young Members (u35) Tournament                                 Youth Cttee
  • 4&6              Junior Clinic (u16)                                                            Pros
  • 7                  First Friday of the Month Drinks, from 6pm
  • 25                Anzac Day Trophy                                                            F Hewson
  • 30                RMTC v MCCRTS

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SOCIAL

Lunches are on!
Plan your life around lunch, that’s our motto here and twice a week this means that your life should revolve around the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club. Wednesday and Friday we have Evie in the kitchen preparing delightful delicacies for all and sundry. Invite your friends, colleagues and anyone who should see the strange game we play to enjoy the hospitality of our club.
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ADMINISTRATION

If you’re last out of the club please ensure that the doors and windows are shut and the lights on the courts and in the clubhouse are switched off. ____________________________________________________________________________________________
UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Young Members (u35) Tournament – Sat 1 Apr
The first official young members tournament is coming up, there will be tennis followed by drinks and food. Come into the club or contact the pro shop to get involved.

Junior (u16) Clinics – Tue 4, Thu 6 Apr
Junior clinics are coming up in the first week of school holidays. They will be run in one hour blocks starting 9:30 and 10:30. Bring your children or anyone else’s children you can find and let us introduce them to our spectacular game.

ANZAC Day Tournament – Sat 25 Apr
We will be running a tournament in the afternoon on ANZAC Day. It is open to 12 players of 40+ handicap and will run from 12 noon. Call the pro shop or sign up on the board in the club.

RMTC vs MCCRTS Interclub Match – Sun 30 Apr
We are looking for a good team of players from RMTC to show the upstarts from the MCC Real Tennis Section how the game is really played. Players of all abilities are invited to join the team, sign up or call us in the pro shop.
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BATHURST CUP 2017

The Bathurst Cup is the Davis Cup of Real Tennis. Held every two years it pits the best amateur players from Australia, France, the UK and the USA against each other. Each match consists of two singles followed by doubles and reverse singles. This year Australia is represented by Kieran Booth, Peter Boyles, Bret Richardson and Paul Rosedale.

UPDATE 1 – First Day
It was a long day for the Australians on day 1 of the competition where two matches took over 5 ½ hours to play! Kieran was up first against Matthieu Sarlangue, he got off to a good start serving wide sidewalls and demi pique’s, while Matthieu appeared a little nervous carrying the expectation of the French crowd. From that point on the first set was even, but the head start meant Kieran took the set 6/3. Kieran again got off to a good start in the second set serving railroads, getting a 4/2 lead, before Matthieu started serving good length sidewall serves and taking galleries pushing the set to 5/5 30 all with two chases in between second and last galleries. Kieran won the first point from the receiver’s end before putting the next serve into last gallery to win the second set. In the third set Kieran’s railroad became a little loose and Matthieu took full advantage hitting dedan after dedan and controlling the set from the outset. Kieran tried a few changes of serve but Matthieu countered and took the set 6/3. The fourth set saw Kieran revert back to his railroad and serve it a little tighter, now that he was in control of the point he eased away from a tight situation to take the fourth set 6/0 and the first match for Australia. AUS def FRA 6/3 6/5 3/6 6/0

The second match saw Pete play Nicolas Victoir, having never played each other and having similar handicaps both teams were confident their combatants would take the match for their country. Pete started off in fine form serving a tight railroad then running across to the opposite side of the court to hit a backhand into the grille. Unfortunately after that point Nicolas settled better and adjusted to the Paris court taking the first set 6/2 and took a 3/0 lead in the second set. Pete’s efforts up until this point weren’t to no avail though as Nicolas was visibly feeling the effects of the match. A combination of this and Pete making Nicolas hit one or two additional shots per rally meant the remainder of the set was quite even with Nicolas winning the set 6/3. At this point it was clear that the momentum had changed and Pete was back in the match.  (Bret felt the turning point came at this stage due to some bad “Dad” jokes to relax Pete and pulling out the “Rocky IV” comeback analogy to give Pete some hope for a five set win!!)   Pete got off to a good start in the third set through a combination of tight railroad serving and solid returning making Nicolas hit a lot of balls, he continued to play well and took the third set 6/3. The fourth set saw Pete’s confidence grow and he started to read the court better. This combined with Nicolas looking like he was struggling physically meant Pete took a 5/0 lead before closing out the set 6/2. After the obligatory bathroom breaks that seem customary before a fifth set these days, Nicolas got a second wind taking a 4/1 lead and looking confident that France were going to equalise the rubber. Pete had other ideas, lifting the level of his game to take the next four games and a 5/4 lead. The dedan at this point broke out into a rousing rendition of the French national anthem to lift Nicolas!  Nicolas responded with a quick game to level at 5/5. At 30/30 in the final game, after over 3 hours on court it was anyone’s match, however Nicolas hit a couple of strong returns to take a 40/30 lead and set chase 12. He duly went to the service end and served his first ace with a chandelle to take the match and tie the rubber 1 match all.  FRA def AUS 6/2 6/3 3/6 2/6 6/5.

On the other side of the draw the US players provided a good account of themselves, although ultimately the British players were too strong winning in straight sets and taking a 2/0 lead.

After the completion of the matches the Australian team (bar Pete, who really just wanted to go home and sleep) went to what is now their “local” restaurant to debrief and get taught a couple of words in French. We’re all trying hard with our French but the waiter just keeps laughing at us. Just as well the waiter’s English is better than our French, otherwise we might order a beef cheese burger and get a chicken one instead!
Kieran Booth

UPDATE 2 – Second Day
Kieran and Bret won their doubles rubber 6/4 6/0 6/1 to take a 2-1 lead in their tie against the French. With only the reverse singles left to play and with Kieran being the overwhelming favourite to win his match against Nicolas this should give us an unassailable position and put Australia through to the final against the UK.

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CONGRATULATIONS

B Grade Pennant
Congratulations to Peter Glynn Jnr and Vince Scopelliti on winning this year’s B Grade Pennant

Young Members Summer Pennant
Congratulations to Jo See Tan and James Francis on winning the Young Members Summer Pennant for 2017

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Tournament Reports

Platinum (70+) Handicap Singles Tournament
On Saturday 25 March 2017 five players contested the inaugural Platinum (70+) Handicap Singles event. It was a round robin format with players handling their own scoring. This was really good practice for us all, and great to have the reminder in the form of the folder outlining all the handicaps on display in the dedans along with the mini white boards to record the games! There’s nothing wrong with any of our memories, is there? We played 25 minutes on the clock and there was a constant shuffle of players between both courts with Frankie keeping us in line by resetting the clocks and displaying each handicap.

Annie Dempster proved her ability to lob high and long as well as throw in her tricky little serves, both of which effectively confused the opposition from time to time. Peter Acton demonstrated his change of pace to very good effect on many occasions. Vince Stefano regularly picked off serves and sent them scooting into the service end forehand corner to create a short chase. Note to self – when next playing Vince either change my serve or move smartly back across court to get to these returns:-). Mark Hillebrand’s line and length control contributed to his consistent results, and Anne Stanley landed a few successful dedans shots and the odd successful nick serve.

Mark and Anne played the final, having drawn 4 all in their pool match, and each ending up with 2 wins and 2 draws. It was looking like another tight result at 2 all, but Mark got a break out to 4-2 which proved too much for Anne to come back from as Mark’s consistency came to the fore. The match ended in victory to Mark 8/2.

A good morning’s tennis was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Frankie for marking our final and to the Club for providing a yummy GF cake and bananas for our morning tea. We look forward to more of our Platinum players entering this event and others like it in the future.

       
Anne Stanley

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MARCH 22

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
22 March 2017 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


MARCH
  • 22                Prospective members’ Introduction Night                         Pros
  • 25                70+ Handicap Singles Tournament                                   Pros
  • 26-1Apr       Bathurst Cup (France)

APRIL

  • 1                  Young Members (u35) Tournament                                 Youth Cttee
  • 4&6              Junior Clinic (u16)                                                            Pros
  • 7                  First Friday of the Month Drinks, from 6pm
  • 25                Anzac Day Trophy                                                            F Hewson
  • 30                RMTC v MCCRTS

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SOCIAL

Lunches are on!
Our wonderful chef Evie is in the kitchen every Wednesday and Friday preparing sumptuous dishes for your pleasure. Invite your friends, colleagues and anyone who should see the strange game we play. Come in and enjoy the hospitality of your club.
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Young Members (u35) Tournament – Sat 1 Apr
The first official young members tournament is coming up, there will be tennis followed by drinks and food. Come into the club or contact the pro shop to get involved.

Junior (U16) Clinics – Tuesday 4, Thursday 6 Apr
Junior clinics are coming up in the first week of school holidays. They will be run in one hour blocks starting 9 and 10. Bring your children or anyone else’s children you can find and let us introduce them to our spectacular game.
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ADMINISTRATION

If you’re last out of the club please ensure that the doors and windows are shut and the lights on the courts and in the clubhouse are switched off.
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BATHURST CUP 2017

The Bathurst Cup starts this weekend with the 4-man team representing Australia containing three of our own RMTC members, Kieran Booth, Bret Richardson and Paul Rosedale. They are joined by Peter Boyles from Hobart and will be taking on the best players that the UK, USA and France can muster for the prestigious trophy.

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CONGRATULATIONS

D Grade Pennant
Congratulations to Ralph and Mary Wilson and Jim Butler on winning this year’s D Grade Pennant

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MARCH 15

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
15 March 2017 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


MARCH
  • 22                Prospective members’ Introduction Night                         Pros
  • 25                70+ Handicap Singles Tournament                                   Pros
  • 26-1Apr       Bathurst Cup (France)

APRIL

  • 1                  Young Members (u35) Tournament                                 Youth Cttee
  • 4&6              Junior Clinic (u16)                                                            Pros
  • 7                  First Friday of the Month Drinks, from 6pm

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SOCIAL

Lunches are on!
What’s for lunch today? Is it that stale sandwich at the back of the fridge, maybe a few morsels left from last night’s meal or the roll that you always end up with from that same cafe on the ground floor. Why not drop into the club instead and have something fresh from the pan of our splendiferous chef Evie. The regulars are always ready to go, steak and salmon cooked to perfection, or try something new that may have just been created. Come in and visit us, maybe book a game of tennis before or after, and bring your friends/colleagues/enemies/anyone who you can entice with food.
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Prospective members’ Introduction Night – Wed 22 Mar
The club needs good new members and we ask for 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.

70+ Handicap Singles Tournament – Sat 25 Mar
Please note: This tournament is a singles tournament not doubles, apologies for the error on last week’s newsletter
A new tournament has appeared on the calendar! If your handicap is over 70 you’re eligible for this tournament, it will be a good opportunity to get experience playing different players with different styles around your standard. Come into the club and sign up on the board or give us a ring in the pro shop to book your place.

Young Members (u35) Tournament – Sat 1 Apr
The first official young members tournament is coming up, there will be tennis followed by drinks and food. Come into the club or contact the pro shop to get involved.
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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Percy Finch Trophy and Australian Amateur Doubles Championship

The RMTC won the Percy Finch Trophy against the Hobart Real Tennis Club by 7 matches to 2 over the Labour Day week-end.

Pete Boyles, at #1 singles for Hobart, demonstrated his current strong form when he scored a dominant win over Daniel Williams, which will set him up nicely for the imminent Bathurst Cup tournament in Paris, where he will represent Australia. An excited and excitable John Herbert gained a fine upset win against Jonathan Hamer at #6 singles. Otherwise Melbourne’s greater strength and depth was sufficient to win the remaining matches.

The Australian Amateur Doubles was played concurrently. Daniel Williams, doubles specialist, and his brother Michael combined well to readily defeat Boyles & Al Ramsay in straight sets, demonstrating a mature understanding of doubles strategy. The losers had reached the final after a hard-fought 5 set win over a rejuvenated (and svelte) Chris Sievers & (also Bathurst Cup bound) Paul Rosedale. I enjoyed watching Paul’s much improved form, especially in the main wall corner.

The pros that remain all marked well and with occasionally genuine enthusiasm, Liza’s Larder provided most excellent lunches on all three days, some of which were signed for, and 20 of us enjoyed dinner at Piano in Bridge Road on the Sunday night.

So, all in all it went quite well considering the light turn-out (PF2 had to be abandoned for reasons that don’t need to be explored in this publication). Even the elusive tennis sub-committee chairman made a cameo appearance towards the end of proceedings.

We can do it all again next year in Tasmania, yaay
       
Julian Snow

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MARCH 8

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
8 March 2017 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


MARCH
  • 11-13           Percy Finch Racket & PF2 (RMTC v HRTC)                     J Snow
  • 11-13           Australian Amateur Doubles (in Melb)                              V Scopelliti
  • 18                G. Patterson Cup (RMTC v RSY)                                     G Fethers
  • 22                Prospective members’ Introduction Night                         Pros
  • 25                70+ Handicap doubles event                                            Pros
  • 26-1Apr       Bathurst Cup (France)

APRIL

  • 1                  Young Members (u35) Tournament                                 Youth Cttee
  • 4&6              Junior Clinic (u16)                                                            Pros
  • 7                  First Friday of the Month Drinks, from 6pm

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SOCIAL

Lunches are on!
Feeling peckish during the day? Pop into the Club on Wednesday or Friday and our spectacular chef, Evie, will whip you up something certain to sooth the pangs. The regulars are always ready to go, steak and salmon cooked to perfection, or try something new that may have just been created. Come in and visit us, maybe book a game of tennis before or after, and bring your friends/colleagues/enemies/anyone who you can entice with food.
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Gerald Patterson Cup (RMTC vs RSYLTC) – Sat 18 Mar
The time is coming for the annual real tennis vs lawn tennis battle with our siblings at that other club over the river. If you’re interested in a fun day of tennis, real and lawn, with some food thrown in the mix then this competition is for you. Sign up in the Club or contact Geof Fethers at ghf@reedylagoon.com.au

Prospective members’ Introduction Night – Wed 22 Mar
The club needs good new members and we ask for 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.

70+ Handicap Doubles Tournament – Sat 25 Mar
A new tournament has appeared on the calendar! If your handicap is over 70 you’re eligible for this tournament, find yourself a partner whose handicap is also over 70 and sign up or give the pro shop a ring if you’re interested but don’t know who you can play with.
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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Old Scholars Handicap Doubles – Sun 5 Mar

Well what a day it was. The Old Scholars is a great tournament giving each team a great chance to pit its skills against opposition comprising alumni mostly from the same institution, ie. school, in a pretty competitive environment. As always this year’s event was closely contested and enjoyed by everyone. Thanks to Kate and the RMTC team for organising the day and helping where necessary on the owe 30, receive half 15 matches in which most of us have issues.

However all good on the day as they say with Matt Downey and Sam Bowman (representing Canberra University of all places, not sure how they got so much practice?) triumphant, winning the final 6/4 against the hitherto undefeated Robin McAllen and Robyn Woods (representing the Florey Institute)

Undefeated in the round robin (get it) format the “robins” met their match in the final but only after Sam realised that the bend in the wall on the receiving side (known by most of us as the tambour) was in fact banned to him. Matt, playing a very measured and error free game gently reminded him not to hit it on many an occasion but until the last 4 games Sam thought better of that advice. It might have been the potential penalty of shedding an item of clothing each transgression that really swung the deal. Matt was not entirely off the hook having served a fault first point which with one serve only was not sensible at the time but he never transgressed again!

As for the rest not much to add really except that there were a lot of 5/5 40/40 games and very few disputed ‘half yard’ hazard chases, evidence that the system does seem to work.

Tony Miach and Russell Middleton (a doubtful Melbourne uni combo on all counts) missed the final on a count back.

Lizzie Brown and Georgie Lewis, resplendent in pinnies (representing the CWA) did brilliantly and marked exceptionally well as did Andrew in a brief guest appearance mainly arranged between baby sitting duties.

Fiona Hewson (serving beautifully) and Anne-Maree Lester (St Margarets) along with Annie and Geoff Dempster (Geoff now resolved to leave more to Annie as she is playing very well and improving exponentially), representing LaTrobe arts all had their moments and shared some well earned (or needed as the case may have been) drinks at the presentation.

All in all another terrific day in the office.

We are lucky to have such a dedicated team at this club making it a club of which we should be proud. Thanks to all concerned.

Russell Middleton

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MARCH 1

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
1 March 2017 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


MARCH
  • 3                  First Friday of the month happy hour drinks at RMTC from 6pm
  • 5                  Old Scholars Handicap Doubles
  • 5                  Junior Clinic (u16)                                                             Pros
  • 11-13           Percy Finch Racket & PF2 (RMTC v HRTC)                     J Snow
  • 11-13           Australian Amateur Doubles (in Melb)                              V Scopelliti
  • 18                G. Patterson Cup (RMTC v RSY)                                     G Fethers
  • 22                Prospective members’ Introduction Night                          Pros
  • 25                70+ Handicap doubles event                                            Pros

 

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SOCIAL

First Friday of the Month/Phillippa’s Farewell Drinks – Friday 3 March 6.00pm  $15 Light supper provided
Our usual First Friday of the Month Drinks are augmented this month as we are saying goodbye to Phillippa Twohig-Howell who has been with us since the start of January. Many of you will have seen her around and played with her and we will miss her infectious enthusiasm for anything tennis-related. Join us to celebrate her time here, please call or sign up on the sheet in the Club.

Lunches are on!
If you’re ever in need of a good feed, the Club is the place to be. Wednesdays and Fridays our splendid chef, Evie, cooks up a storm. Cooked to perfection, the steaks are world-renowned alongside the salmon which keeps the regulars coming back week after week. Come in and visit us, maybe book a game of tennis before or after, and bring your friends/colleagues/enemies/anyone who you can entice with food.
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ADMINISTRATION

Pennant Supper Receipts
The administration office thanks all pennant players for promptly entering their receipts from supper. To make the process simpler, it is also requested that receipts are left clearly marked with total amount and the name of the person to be reimbursed, and for these to be left in the letter box under the pro shop desk.
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Old Scholars Handicap Doubles – Sunday 5 Mar
The Old Scholars Handicap Doubles is on again. It’s time to drag out anybody you know who has a strong, or not quite so strong, connection with an institution of education. The tennis will excite you but the dinner is world renowned. Find yourself a partner and come into the Club or call the pro shop to sign up.

Junior (U16) Clinics – Sunday 5 March 3.30pm
The first junior clinics of the year are coming up soon. Bring your, or anyone else’s, young people in and let us introduce them to our game and unearth their hidden potential. Please ring the pro shop to let us know how many to expect.

Gerald Patterson Cup (RMTC vs RSYLTC) – Sat 18 Mar
The time is coming for the annual real tennis vs lawn tennis battle with our siblings at that other club over the river. If you’re interested in a fun day of tennis, real and lawn, with some food thrown in the mix then this competition is for you. Sign up in the Club or contact Geof Fethers at ghf@reedylagoon.com.au

Prospective members’ Introduction Night – Wed 22 Mar
The club needs good new members and we ask for 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.
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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Quarterly Medal #1 2017 – Sat 25 FebThe first quarterly medal was played on Saturday morning with the group of 10 combatants taking to the court bright and early.

On the south court newcomer Henry Badgery got off to a winning start against the guile of old timer Geoff Dempster but found the going too tough against Robyn Woods. Once Robyn got into her stride, with her delicious backhands and good use of angles garnered from her time on the squash court, it was only Simon Walliss who was able to win a match against her in a tight 4/3 victory. Tim Raw was competitive in all his matches but only notching up one win against the luckless Geoff Dempster. Despite winning the most games in the group, (25) Robyn Woods came in second to Simon Walliss who won all his matches. Simon’s competitiveness and athleticism around the court ensured that he topped the table in the south court with a 71% game win ratio.

On the north court the day got off to a competitive start with Jeremy Hawkins just edging Chris Bladen 5/4. After two losses Georgie Lewis decided that playing tennis fueled only by coffee was not the answer and so a liquid breakfast ensued whereupon she had a convincing win against Chris Bladen and later against Kate Paton. Kate’s elegant play unfortunately bore no fruit in her matches in a group dominated by Robin McAllen. Robin started the day as he meant to go on with a victory against Georgie followed up by solid wins against the rest of the group emerging a clear victor, winning all his matches and also finishing with a 71% ratio.

As always the quarterly medal round provided everyone with a great opportunity to play competitive tennis against a range of different styles and abilities ensuring a good morning was had by all.  Congratulations to our two winners Simon Walliss and Robin McAllen who go on to Finals’ Day and our thanks to Jonners for cracking the whip and keeping us all on track.


Jeremy Hawkins

The afternoon session on the north court started with the match of the day between Vince Scopelliti and Matt Downey. Matt was heard to complain when down 4/1 about the effects a late night having on his mind and body. However he managed to fight back and although leading 7/6 ended up losing 8/7. This determined the final winner for the north court as Matt and Vince were then undefeated in their other matches against Greg Moran and Jo See Tan. Jo See also accounted for Greg 8/5 giving him a nice welcome back to the courts after a month’s holiday.

On the south court Russ Middleton suffered a loss in his first game, albeit very close at 6/5 against Annmaree Lester. This must have spurred him on as he won the rest of his games to come out the winner on the day. This enables him to leave our shores a happy man as he migrates north for the winter and able to come back in December to play in the medal of medalists. Other players on the day were Leo Murphy, Dafydd Camp and Jarryd Williamson. Leo was the unlucky loser also winning 3 games out of 4 but losing on countback.

Many thanks again to Jonners for organising the day and the lunch. “Let them eat cake” was the saying of the day.
          
Greg Moran

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – FEBRUARY 22

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
22 February 2017 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey


FEBRUARY
  • 25                 Quarterly Medal #1.                                                      Pros
MARCH
  • 3                  First Friday of the month happy hour drinks at RMTC from 5:30pm
  • 5                  Old Scholars Handicap Doubles
  • 5                  Junior Clinic (u16)                                                          Pros
  • 11-13           Percy Finch Racket & PF2 (RMTC v HRTC)                 J Snow
  • 11-13           Australian Amateur Doubles (in Melb)                           V Scopelliti
  • 18                G. Patterson Cup (RMTC v RSY)                                  G Fethers
  • 22                Prospective members’ Introduction Night                         Pros
  • 25                70+ Handicap doubles event                                         Pros

 

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SOCIAL

First Friday of the Month/Phillippa’s Pharewell Drinks – Friday 3 March 6.00pm  $15 Light supper provided
Our usual First Friday of the Month Drinks are augmented this month as we are saying goodbye to Phillippa Twohig-Howell who has been with us since the start of January. Many of you will have seen her around and played with her and we will miss her infectious enthusiasm for anything tennis-related. Join us to celebrate her time here, please give us a ring or sign up on the sheet in the Club.
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PRO SHOP

Congratulations to Kieran Booth – Tuxedo Gold Racket Champion
Our very own Kieran Booth has been in the US warming up for the US Open by taking out the Tuxedo Gold Racket. Kieran won all 4 of his matches in straight sets including the final against Frenchman Nicolas Victoir 6/2 6/4 6/3.

Christmas Lesson Packages
If you bought a lesson package over the Christmas period you can now come in and have your lessons! Call the pro shop to book a time to help you prepare for the next pennant season or tournament.

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Quarterly Medal #1 – Saturday 25 Feb
The first quarterly medal of the year is coming up, get in early to book your spot. We will have morning and afternoon sessions in the usual format. There are 2 spots left in the afternoon session, get in quick as they will be first come first served!

Old Scholars Handicap Doubles – Sunday 5 Mar
The Old Scholars Handicap Doubles is on again. It’s time to drag out anybody you know who has a strong, or not quite so strong, connection via an institution of education. The tennis will excite you but the dinner is world renowned. Find yourself a partner and come into the Club or call the pro shop to sign up.

Junior (U16) Clinics – Sunday 5 March 3.30pm
The first junior clinics of the year are coming up soon. Bring your, or anyone else’s, young people in and let us introduce them to our game and unearth their hidden potential. Please ring the pro shop to let us know how many to expect.
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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

100 Years and Over Handicap Doubles
An eclectic group of 16 gathered last Sunday morning to contest the 100 Year and Over doubles tournament. This year there were no bright young/low handicapped things, ferociously patrolling the back of the court, and relegating their partner to the galleries. The participants ranged in age from Kate Owens to James Guest, I did not inquire on Kate’s youthfulness, and James is approaching his 9th decade.

The handicap range just avoided the need for the complications of one-serve and banned tambour; however the Willingham/Nobes match against the Robin/Robyn partnership was well handicapped at owe 40/rec 30. At 7 all, advantage all, Alan snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by serving a double. This shall be henceforth known as a “single Albert”, and promoted Robin/Robyn into the final 4 as second in pool behind Scollay/Stanley. The team of Halliday/Middleton claimed both the greatest number of combined years and the second pool, followed by Raw/Whitehead.

An excellent range of sandwiches were presented as a light lunch followed by the semi-finals which pitted alternate winners against the second-place getters, with both pool winners bowing out. Robin/Robyn were too consistent for Halliday/Middleton, and Scollay/Stanley too error prone against Raw/Whitehead. Wendy has graduated from attacking the net to back court retriever, and excelled at the latter in an 8/7 victory.

In the final match of the day Tim Raw and Wendy Whitehead had the match experience to account for Robin McAllen and Robyn Woods 8/2. Robin/Robyn will have learnt much about moving the feet and using the back wall from the day’s tennis. Our thanks to Kate for keeping us all on the straight and narrow, and for marking the last matches, as if she hasn’t marked enough already this year. The next event is the Old Scholars handicapped doubles on 5 March; we all qualify on one count, and I’m sure we can create some educational association to enter the fray.

Peter Stanley