August 2017

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – AUGUST 30

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


SEPTEMBER

  • 1                   First Friday of the month drinks, 6-8pm
  • 6                   Introduction Night                                                                    President
  • 9                   North African Handicap Doubles                                             L Brown
  • 15                 University introductory night                                                   Jo See Tan
  • 17                 Internationality Handicap Doubles                                          Mackinnon Family
  • 23                 Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC v Sydney)                                  V Scopelliti
  • 26&28           Junior Clinics (u16)                                                                 Pros
  • 30                 Grand Final Handicap Doubles                                              G Dempster
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FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

Spring Fling – Welcome Scott Edition – Fri 1 September
Along with the usual First Friday Drinks shenanigans, ie. happy hour prices at the bar, good company and engaging conversation, we will be taking the opportunity to welcome Scott Girvan to the social aspects of the club. Scott has been at the club for just over a month now so if you haven’t met him and introduced yourself yet this is your chance. Come and drown the sorrows of a weekend without football with 50 of your closest friends from the RMTC family.
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Prospective members’ Introduction Night – Wed 6 September
The club needs good new members and we ask you to take this opportunity to bring a friend to the club and let us introduce him/her to our great game.

Internationality Handicap Doubles – Sun 17 September
The biggest club tournament of the year is coming up again. It’s your chance to dig out your long-lost family history in the jungles of Peru or wildest Siberia and join with someone with the same (or somewhat similar) connection for a fun day of handicap doubles. Wearing the traditional dress of your home country will garner bonus points and may even see you awarded the coveted “best dressed” prize. Find a partner and discover an interesting connection then come into the club and sign up. 

Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC vs Sydney Real Tennis Club) – 23 September
Sydney-siders don’t get many opportunities to play real tennis so on this weekend they make their annual pilgrimage to Melbourne for this big occasion. We need an enthusiastic and willing team to take them on and show them real tennis and real tennis hospitality. Sign up in the club or ring the pro shop.
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PRO SHOP

Oversize racquets in the pro shop for trial
Oversize racquets from both Grays and Gold Leaf are now available for trial from the pro shop. All we ask is that you provide your feedback. These racquets will be available for use in social games during pro shop hours, please see the pros if you’re interested in testing one.
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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Eureka Cup (RMTC vs Ballarat) – 26 Aug
Last Saturday Fred Kininmonth, Vince Scopelliti, Geoff Dempster, Roland Scollay and Tony Miach ventured up the highway to challenge Ballarat for the Eureka Cup in a best of 10 sets tournament. RMTC surprised the locals with a fast start jumping out to a 3:1 lead with wins to Fred/Vince, Vince/Geoff & Fred/Geoff. The Ballarat team of Rob Jolly, Greg Reid, Stuart Strange, Rod Unmack, Ian Chambers, Rob Lagerberg, Nathan Baker and David Hay rattled off 3 wins in a row to lead 4:3.

A 9/7 win to Geoff/Roland levelled the score. The Fred/Roland combination put together a strong 9/4 win leaving our final pairing of Tony/Geoff to win just one game to seal the deal. They did better than that by pushing the BTC pair of Stuart Strange / Rob Jolly to a thrilling 8 all finish, going down 9/8. The end result was 5 sets all, RMTC winning by 8 games (76/68).

It was a fun day and we were well looked after by the Ballarat team. BTC professional Andrew Fowler coordinated the event extremely well and provided an excellent set of new balls to play with.

If you haven’t played the Ballarat court, or haven’t played there for a while, it is well worth the trip west for a hit. Simply contact Andrew Fowler at BTC on 0401856797 to arrange a game or lesson.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – AUGUST 23

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


AUGUST

  • 26                 Eureka Cup (Ballarat v RMTC) (in Ballarat)                          President

SEPTEMBER

  • 1                   First Friday of the month drinks, 6-8pm
  • 6                   Introduction Night                                                                    President
  • 9                   North African Handicap Doubles                                             L Brown
  • 15                 University introductory night                                                   Jo See Tan
  • 17                 Internationality Handicap Doubles                                          Mackinnon Family
  • 23                 Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC v Sydney)                                  V Scopelliti
  • 26&28           Junior Clinics (u16)                                                                 Pros
  • 30                 Grand Final Handicap Doubles                                              G Dempster
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Prospective members’ Introduction Night – Wed 6 September
The club needs good new members and we ask you to take this opportunity to bring a friend to the club and let us introduce him/her to our great game.

Internationality Handicap Doubles – Sun 17 September
The biggest club tournament of the year is coming up again. It’s your chance to dig out your long-lost family history in the jungles of Peru or wildest Siberia and join with someone with the same (or somewhat similar) connection for a fun day of handicap doubles. Wearing the traditional dress of your home country will garner bonus points and may even see you awarded the coveted “best dressed” prize. Find a partner and discover an interesting connection then come into the club and sign up. 

Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC vs Sydney Real Tennis Club) – 23 September
Sydney-siders don’t get many opportunities to play real tennis so on this weekend they make their annual pilgrimage to Melbourne for this big occasion. We need an enthusiastic and willing team to take them on and show them real tennis and real tennis hospitality. Sign up in the club or ring the pro shop.
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PRO SHOP

Oversize racquets in the pro shop for trial
Oversize racquets from both Grays and Gold Leaf are now available for trial from the pro shop. All we ask is that you provide your feedback. These racquets will be available for use in social games during pro shop hours, please see the pros if you’re interested in testing one.
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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Richmond Silver Racket – 18-20 Aug
Congratulations to Owen Guest (one of the RMTC’s quirks is that if you win a tournament you are asked to write the report, so here goes).

Originally the Mount Ridley Silver Racket, the Richmond Silver Racket is the RMTC’s premier Handicap Singles event (entries are restricted to the top 16 players). The action started on Friday evening when the in-form John Woods-Casey (16.8) fell victim to AUS Clothier representative Jackson Brand (35.8) in three sets. Other matches included CJ White (playing off 13.6) accounting for Frank Filippelli (1.0) and Paul Rosedale (10.3) doing very well against Andy “Big Red” Fowler (8.2), sending him back to Ballarat with his tail between his legs.

Come the semi-finals CJ didn’t waste time in accounting for Rosedale (6/1 6/3) and on the other side Owen Guest took a while to warm up before ending Jackson’s run (2/6 6/0 6/2).

The final saw CJ aiming to become the event’s first three time winner but within a few games this started to look unlikely. In the first set, Owen’s mix of serves made it difficult for CJ as he could neither go around him nor through him. In the second set CJ had a few chances but from 3/3 Owen closed out the match with a series of aggressive service returns, heavy breathing and committed running (Final Score: 6/1 6/3).
          

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – AUGUST 16

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


AUGUST

  • 18-20            Richmond Silver Racket                                                          K Booth
  • 26                 Eureka Cup (Ballarat v RMTC) (in Ballarat)                          President

SEPTEMBER

  • 1                   First Friday of the month drinks, 6-8pm
  • 6                   Introduction Night                                                                    President
  • 9                   North African Handicap Doubles                                             L Brown
  • 15                 University introductory night                                                    Jo See Tan
  • 17                 Internationality Handicap Doubles                                          Mackinnon Family
  • 23                 Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC v Sydney)                                  V Scopelliti
  • 26&28           Junior Clinics (u16)                                                                 Pros
  • 30                 Grand Final Handicap Doubles                                              G Dempster
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Eureka Cup (in Ballarat) – 26 August
Please note, the Larwood Cup has been postponed with the date to be confirmed.
Get your ski gear together, it’s time for the biennial RMTC roadtrip to that well known winter destination Ballarat. We will be sending both women’s and men’s teams and it promises to be a great weekend of tennis and merriment. Sign up early.

Prospective members’ Introduction Night – Wed 6 September
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.

Internationality Handicap Doubles – Sun 17 September
The biggest club tournament of the year is coming up again. It’s your chance to dig out your long-lost family history in the jungles of Peru or wildest Siberia and join with someone with the same (or somewhat similar) connection for a fun day of handicap doubles. Wearing the traditional dress of your home country will garner you bonus points and may even see you awarded the coveted “best dressed” prize. Find a partner and discover an interesting connection then come into the club and sign up. 

Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC vs Sydney Real Tennis Club) – 23 September
Sydney-siders don’t get too many opportunities to play real tennis so when this weekend comes around and they make their annual pilgrimage to Melbourne it is always a big occasion. We need an enthusiastic and willing team to take them on and show them the ropes of the club. Sign up in the club or ring the pro shop to get involved.
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ADMINISTRATION

Bar Chits
Could all members please be conscientious of printing names and dates clearly and legibly on bar chits as Helen will be away and her replacement, Kat Hamer, may have a little more difficulty deciphering the peculiarities of our handwriting.
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PRO SHOP

Booking Sheet
The online booking sheet is back up and running, you can now see the booking sheet and make bookings again. Many thanks for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience it caused.
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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Pennant Winners
Congratulations to the winners of this season of pennant:
B Special Night Pennant:
Team 4                                               df.              Team 1
J Brand, G Moran, R Kininmonth                             T Simpson, JS Tan

C Grade Night Pennant:
Team 2                               df.              Team 3
JS Tan, S Bowman                                 J Brand, N Brand, R Wood

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – AUGUST 9

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


AUGUST

  • 13                 Junior Clinics                                                                            Pros
  • 15                 C Special Pennant (h’cap 30-40)                                             Pros
  • 17                 A/B Doubles Pennant                                                               Pros
  • 18-20            Richmond Silver Racket                                                          K Booth
  • TBC              RMTC v The Jesters                                                               J Buckley
  • 26-27            Larwood & Eureka Cups (Ballarat v RMTC) (in Ballarat)        President

SEPTEMBER

  • 1                   First Friday of the month drinks, 6-8pm
  • 6                   Introduction Night                                                                    President
  • 9                   North African Handicap Doubles                                             L Brown
  • 15                 University introductory night                                                    Jo See Tan
  • 17                 Internationality Handicap Doubles                                          Mackinnon Family
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Larwood and Eureka Cups (in Ballarat) – 26-27 August
Get your ski gear together, it’s time for the biennial RMTC roadtrip to that well known winter destination Ballarat. We will be sending both women’s and men’s teams and it promises to be a great weekend of tennis and merriment. Sign up early.

Prospective members’ Introduction Night – Wed 6 September
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.

Internationality Handicap Doubles – Sun 17 September
The biggest club tournament of the year is coming up again. It’s your chance to dig out your long-lost family history in the jungles of Peru or wildest Siberia and join with someone with the same (or somewhat similar) connection for a fun day of handicap doubles. Wearing the traditional dress of your home country will garner you bonus points and may even see you awarded the coveted “best dressed” prize. Find a partner and discover an interesting connection then come into the club and sign up.
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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Quarterly Medal #3 – Sat 5 August
Another successful day of handicap singles action was enjoyed by all 20 players in the latest episode of the quarterly medal. The winners on the day, all coming through very strong groups, were John Moran, Dominic Emery, Tim Raw and Ruby Crysell.
    

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – AUGUST 2

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


AUGUST

  • 4                   First Friday of the Month Drinks 6-8pm
  • 5                   Quarterly Medal #3                                                                   Pros
  • 13                 Junior Clinics                                                                            Pros
  • 15                 C Special Pennant (h’cap 30-40)                                             Pros
  • 17                 A/B Doubles Pennant                                                               Pros
  • 18-20            Richmond Silver Racket                                                          K Booth
  • TBC              RMTC v The Jesters                                                               J Buckley
  • 26-27            Larwood & Eureka Cups (Ballarat v RMTC) (in Ballarat)        President
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Quarterly Medal #3 – Sat 5 August
Tickets selling fast, only 3 spots left! Call the pro shop ASAP to make sure you don’t miss out.
As the end of financial year shenanigans is over the time has come to think about tennis in the second half of the year. Finals day is fast approaching and there are only two chances left to book your spot in the Medal of Medallists draw. Give us a ring or come into the club to put your name on the list.

Larwood and Eureka Cups (in Ballarat) – 26-27 August
Get your ski gear together, it’s time for the biennial RMTC roadtrip to that well known winter destination Ballarat. We will be sending both women’s and men’s teams and it promises to be a great weekend of tennis and merriment. Sign up early to make sure you don’t miss out on your spot in the team of the century.
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MESSAGE FROM THE COMMITTEE

Club Etiquette
Could all members please be reminded that it is polite to not walk down the side of the court while play is underway but wait until the players are changing ends. This extends also to being stationary in the dedans during a rest. Many thanks for being courteous to all other players.
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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

RMTC vs MCCRTS – Sat-Sun 22-23 August
A Wonderful Weekend In Ballarat

On Saturday 22 July MCC hosted RMTC in an annual tournament between the two Clubs in Ballarat. We enjoyed a great day of tennis. Although I have to admit we knew it would be a tough battle from the outset when we saw MCC had stacked their team full of Ballarat members! Local court knowledge proved decisive as MCC powered to a 5/3 victory.

Alan Willingham put in a best on court performance for RMTC with two wins, one with Vince Scopelliti and another with Fred Kininmonth. Annie & Geoff Dempster closed out the day with a fine win in the last match to finish on a winning note. Thank you to Roland Scollay and Ian Bull for also travelling up the highway to play for RMTC.

Congratulations to the MCC team consisting of Anne Strange, Jim Stephen, Greg Henderson, Jo Edwards, Stuart Strange, Greg Reid, Yvonne Rout, Rob Jolly and Tim Raw. Thanks to Tim & his helpers for arranging lunch. It was also good to see MCCRTS president Andrew Gould and Merrin Mackay supporting from the warmth of the club rooms with Nathan Baker, Cath Collins and Wendy Whitehead dropping in throughout the day.

The Ballarat Tennis Club shares the ground of the Mecure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre, where a dinner was held to welcome new professional Andrew Fowler and his partner Maria. Andrew has worked at RMTC, NYRTC and Queen’s Club amongst others in a fine career. He grew up in Ballarat and it was clear from the 60 guests gathered there that it was a hearty welcome for a returning favourite son. None were happier that evening than Andrew’s parents Graham and Cathy Fowler.

It was also announced that Stuart Strange would be handing over the presidency of BTC to Nathan Baker. Stuart has been a big supporter and promoter of tennis in Ballarat and a frequent visitor to play at RMTC in various inter club and Boomerang tournaments. Thank you Stuart for your contribution to the game and we welcome Nathan in his new role as president of BTC.

Victorian Open Singles and Doubles – Fri-Sun 28-30 July
The Victorian Open was held this past weekend with the first round matches played on Friday night. The semi-finals of the singles went as the handicaps suggested they should with Kieran Booth overpowering CJ White 6/2 6/0 and Andrew Fowler coming through a strong performance from the improving Paul Rosedale winning 6/5 2/6 6/2. In the doubles the local pair of Frank Filippelli and John Woods-Casey proved too consistent for the Ballarat pair of Fowler and White winning 6/4 6/2.

The finals went as scripted. Kieran and Paul were too strong for Frank and John despite a very close first set, after which Kieran took over the match and put the result beyond any doubt. The final score was 6/5 6/0. Kieran also took out the doubles in a dominant display over Andrew winning 6/2 6/0. Congratulations to Kieran on winning his fourth consecutive Victorian Open singles and doubles titles and fifth total doubles title.