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RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – SEPTEMBER 13

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


SEPTEMBER

  • 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                                               Pros

OCTOBER

  • 6                   First Friday of the month drinks (6-8pm)
  • 7                   Quarterly Medal #4                                                                 Pros
  • 8                   Joan M Hayne Handicap Doubles                                           Pros
  • 14-15            Australian Masters Championships*                                       J Hamer
  •                      Over 50s, 55s, 60s, 65s, 70s & 75 Sgls & Dbls

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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Barry Toates Trophy (RMTC vs Sydney Real Tennis Club) – 23 Sep
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.

Junior Clinics (u16) – Tues & Thur 26 & 28 Sep
Junior clinics are back again this school holidays for those under 16. Help us grow the best game in the world. Grab your children and/or collar some passing stray on the street, let us work our magic and in 10 years you could be telling everyone that you’re responsible for the next world champion. Clinics will run in hour blocks at 9:30 and 10:30 on both days.

Grand Final Handicap Doubles – Sat 30 Sep
Join in the celebration of the biggest day of the year in Melbourne, the AFL Grand Final. Come into the club and start the day with some round robin tennis to be finished by 2pm, then watch the game at 2.30 on the TV at the club. Light lunch will be provided. Ring the pro shop or visit us at the club to sign up.
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BOOMERANG CUP 2018

Note: Entries close 6 October

Preparation has started in earnest for this wonderful international tournament. We have expressions of interest from teams from France, the Netherlands, the UK, and the USA as well as RMTC and Ballarat teams.

With only a few weeks before entries close, it is time to secure your place in the world’s largest amateur handicap doubles tournament – the 2018 Boomerang Cup and the RMTC Handicap Doubles.

How do I enter?
Visit the Boomerang 2018 page under Major Tournaments on the RMTC website (www.rmtc.com.au) for a full list of Entry Forms and key activities, or click here for the RMTC members’ entry form.

Not in a team or no Doubles partner?
If you haven’t got a team or Doubles partner but would like to play, please enter and indicate you want us to find you a team or a partner.

What social events are planned for the Boomerang?
We will start with a Welcome function in the beautiful surrounds of the club on 8 January (6pm onwards), we will have mid-tournament dinner (with dancing) on 12 January by the Yarra river, and our Final Presentation Dinner will be held on 20 January in the magnificent splendour of one of the finest buildings in Melbourne. Full details of these and other events will be posted on the Boomerang 2018 page over the next month or so.

What else is happening in January?
The short answer is a lot! Visit the Boomerang 2018 page and look at Advance Notice for some of the key happenings.

Boomerang Pennant for RMTC players – a chance for some serious practice
Get your teams listed now with the Pros for the Boomerang Pennant competition. There will be 4 teams playing Tuesdays starting on 17 October and 4 teams on Thursday starting on 19 October.

If you have any questions please contact Tournament Directors Vince Scopelliti and Greg Cornish at boom@rmtc.com.au.

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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

North African Handicap Doubles – Sat 9 Sep

An observer reports on the 20th Anniversary North African Tournament
The tournament was played with great gusto by all involved on Saturday 9th.  Laughter filled the club. Farouks were gained and used with devilish cunning, and the Gadaffi adaptor was often invoked. More complicated handicaps such as receive ¾ 15, owe ¼ 15 did the markers’ heads in. Two Assyrian deciders had to be employed.

Progressing to the finals were the highly favoured pair of Roland Scollay & Jackson Brand who, after finishing their match at 4 games all, went down on the Assyrian decider to Georgie Lewis & Peter Blomquist. The smart money had been on Lizzie Brown & Julia McCahey, but they lost (4/5) to Ruby Crysell & Stewart McNab in the other semi-final. This set the scene for a fascinating final. Blomquist and Lewis had to give Crysell & McNab owe 30/receive 30. It was 5 all when the bell rang, calling for yet another Assyrian decider, when like a wolf on the fold McNab’s last ball came to rest just on the last Gallery line – winning the tournament. The dedans was as noisy as the MCG at the final siren. Jonners diplomatically summed up the day ”I have never seen tennis like it”.
         
The Feast : The usual suspects were rounded up for the 75th anniversary of the film Casablanca, and the dress code could have been interpreted as come as you were in Casablanca in 1942. The best dressed lady was the still grinning Ruby Crysell (winners are allowed to be grinners), and the prize for the best dressed man went to Robert McCahey.

Jonathan Sear, a world expert on chase 4 and 5, spoke on the origins of our wonderful game. Beginning as a temple rite by high priests in ancient Egypt, the game spread through North Africa and the Middle East. Herodotus documents play by the Lyddians. Homer’s Odyssey (book 6) records the first game of ladies’ lawn tennis.

O’er the green mead the sporting virgins play/(Their shining veils unbound). Along the skies,/ Toss’d and retoss’d, the ball incessant flies.

The first undoubted recorded tennis match was in Cyrenaica ( Eastern Libya) in about 490BC

The king (Allistrates) played with them at tennis; and Apollonius running forward, caught up the ball, and striking it with inconceivable skill and rapidity, returned it to the royal player. The king, motioning to his servants, said, “Give up your sport, give up your sport; for I suspect this youth is as good a player as I am.”

Sear then went on to point out the echoes of North African tennis to be found in our modern courts. As well as the obvious – sixteen arabic symbols on each court, he placed great importance on chase worse than 8 yards, and the term hazard. Hazard came to Old French from the Spanish Azar (an unfortunate card or dice roll”) which in turn came from the Arabic word az-zahr (الزهر) meaning “dice”.

An observer described the address as recondite, others described it as Alexandrian, incomprehensible, unfathomable, impenetrable, mysterious, occult, and cabbalistic.

Music was provided by an excellent piano and clarinet combo – perfect for a Casablanca night – & there was dancing and partying well into the small hours – the club had fun.

Thanks to Lizzie Brown for making it all happen and, along with Julia McCahey, the hours of preparation to turn the RMTC into Rick’s Bar Americain.

Jonathan Sear

Australian Amateur Singles – Sat-Sun 9-10 Sep
At the Australian Amateur Singles Championship, held in Hobart over the weekend, Kieran Booth won his 8th straight title. In the final he defeated Michael Williams in 4 sets, 3/6 6/2 6/3 6/4, in the final having won easily through his semi-final against Al Ramsay from Hobart. In the other semi-final Williams took 4 sets to dispose of Paul Rosedale who is having a very solid year.

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UPDATE FROM KATE

An opportunity to see Kate’s award-winning documentary, Njinga
Thursday 28 September 6.30pm
Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton

The story of Kate Leeming’s astonishing 22,000-kilometre trek by bicycle across Africa. Dodging rebels, insurgents, Somali pirates, and exotic and dangerous wildlife all while battling extreme conditions. From desert to jungled terrain on non-existent roads and faint tracks, Njinga is more than a story of mental grit and physical endurance, it is a story of hope.

The film won Best Documentary, Best Cinematography and was runner-up for Best Director at the Action on Film International Film Festival in LA.

Introduction by Kate Leeming

“In partnership with Education Changemakers and it’s Educhange Film Fest, I will be screening my award-winning feature documentary Njinga, the story of my ten month cycle journey through 20 African countries from Senegal to Somalia.”

All members and friends welcome to attend, even if not a part of the Educhange event.

PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE: www.KateLeeming.com
or direct at
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ec-film-fest-njinga-tickets-35775160468?aff=eac2

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – SEPTEMBER 6

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


SEPTEMBER

  • 6                   Introduction Night                                                                    President
  • 9                   North African Handicap Doubles                                             L Brown
  • 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                                              Pros

OCTOBER

  • 6                   First Friday of the month drinks (6-8pm)
  • 7                   Quarterly Medal #4                                                                 Pros
  • 8                   Joan M Hayne Handicap Doubles                                          Pros
  • 14-15            Australian Masters Championships*                                      J Hamer
  •                      Over 50s, 55s, 60s, 65s, 70s & 75 Sgls & Dbls
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

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.

Junior Clinics (u16) – Tues & Thur 26 & 28 Sep
Junior clinics are back again this school holidays for those under 16. Help us grow the best game in the world. Grab your children and/or collar some passing stray on the street, let us work our magic and in 10 years you could be telling everyone that you’re responsible for the next world champion. Clinics will run in hour blocks at 9:30 and 10:30 on both days.

Grand Final Handicap Doubles – Sat 30 Sep
Join in the celebration of the biggest day of the year in Melbourne, the AFL Grand Final. Come into the club and start the day with some round robin tennis to be finished by 2.00pm, then stay around to watch the game at 2.30 on the TV at the club. Light lunch will also be provided. Ring the pro shop or visit us at the club to sign up and get involved.
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BOOMERANG 2018

It is time again this January for the Club to host the most prestigious team doubles tournament in the Real Tennis world open to all amateur players, the Boomerang Cup. Alongside the Boomerang Cup, we will hold the Handicap Doubles tournament open to all players so their will be plenty of competitive tennis.

Wonderful social events are being planning and several overseas teams have already registered their intention to join the competition.

We encourage RMTC members to get their teams together and all those wishing to play need to submit their individual Entry Form by 6 October 2017. Please find the entry forms by clicking here.

As an added bonus to get cracking, the Pros are arranging a Boomerang Pennant competition so your team can get match practice before the main event! This will be open to 8 teams – 4 playing Tuesday nights starting 17 October and 4 playing Thursday nights starting 19 October. The Boomerang Pennant will run for 7 weeks (so finishing first week of December). Those wishing to play should register their interest with the Pros ASAP.

Please direct any questions about Boomerang 2018 to Vince Scopelliti or Greg Cornish at boom@rmtc.com.au.
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UPDATE FROM KATE

An opportunity to see Kate’s award-winning documentary, Njinga
Thursday 28th September, 6.30pm
Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton

The story of Kate Leeming’s astonishing 22,000-kilometre trek by bicycle across Africa. Dodging rebels, insurgents, Somali pirates, and exotic and dangerous wildlife all while battling extreme conditions. From desert to jungled terrain on non-existent roads and faint tracks, Njinga is more than a story of mental grit and physical endurance, it is a story of hope.

The film won Best Documentary, Best Cinematography and was runner-up for Best Director at the Action on Film International Film Festival in LA.

Introduction by Kate Leeming

“In partnership with Education Changemakers and it’s Educhange Film Fest, I will be screening my award-winning feature documentary Njinga, the story of my ten month cycle journey through 20 African countries from Senegal to Somalia.”

All members and friends welcome to attend, even if not a part of the Educhange event.

PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE: www.KateLeeming.com
or direct at
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ec-film-fest-njinga-tickets-35775160468?aff=eac2

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.
                    

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JULY 26

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


JULY

  • 28-30            Victorian Open Singles & Doubles                                           Pros

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
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.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JULY 19

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


JULY

  • 22                 RMTC v MCCRTS (away)
  • 28-30            Victorian Open Singles & Doubles                                           Pros

AUGUST

  • 4                   First Friday of the month
  • 5                   Quarterly Medal #3                                                                   Pros
  • TBC              North African Handicap Doubles                                              L Brown
  • 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
  • 25                 RMTC v The Jesters                                                                J Buckley
  • 26-27            Larwood & Eureka Cups (Ballarat v RMTC) (in Ballarat)        President
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Welcome Scott Girvan – RMTC Assistant Professional

It is with great pleasure that the Committee announces the appointment of Scott Girvan to our professional team. Scott commenced work this week, so please introduce yourself to him when you are next in the Club. He’s a bright and friendly addition to the team with strong background in tennis.  He has played high level tennis (grade 4) for Knox, coached for 5 years and worked for the Australian Open managing a team of ball kids.

Frank and Jonners are very impressed with his natural ball skills and believe he will be able to develop into a very competitive player in the future. He’s a natural competitor and eager to learn.

Like John Woods-Casey, Scott is in his mid-twenties and together they will be able to develop their game under the tutelage of our senior pro-team of Frank, Jonners and Kate. Having some great senior teaching pros in the Club, the Committee considers this a perfect time to invest in bringing more youth into the professional ranks of real tennis. RMTC and the other Australian Clubs have been a great source of real tennis professionals and we intend to continue this role.

Hobart is currently searching for an assistant professional (please contact Christine Stirling – President HRTC – if you know of any talent for this role). This is great news as it will provide more opportunities for our young pros to develop together and help generate more interest in the game amongst younger members.

It would be lovely to see Scott follow in the footsteps of many of our Aussie pros. As an example, years ago a youthful Andrew Fowler from Ballarat joined our professional ranks. We now welcome Andrew back this week to Australia having taken up the role of head professional at Ballarat Tennis Club. There is a dinner in Ballarat this weekend to welcome him back – see pro-shop for details.

Scott, we welcome you to RMTC and wish you a successful and enjoyable career in real tennis.

Fred Kininmonth – President
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Victorian Open Singles and Doubles – Fri-Sun 28-30 July
The premier event in Victorian tennis is coming up at the end of the month. There will be graded events run along side the Open for players under 30 handicap.

Quarterly Medal #3 – Sat 5 August
With the end of financial year shenanigans and insanity is over the time has come to be thinking about tennis in the second half of the year. Finals day is now fast approaching and there are only two chances to book your spot in the Medal of Medallists draw left. Give us a ring or come into the club to get your name on the list.
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TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Christmas in July Mixed Doubles – 19 July
Ten brave pairs turned up to weather the wintry conditions on court at the RMTC on Sunday 16th July to play the Christmas in July Mixed Doubles – and believe me it felt every bit as cold as a winter’s day in England! Christmas spirit abounded though with Christmas music and a wonderful roast lunch with all the trimmings, cooked by Lisa and followed by, of course, the traditional plum pudding.

The tennis soon warmed us up and a fantastic day was had by all. It was great to see a few new faces and for some the stress of scoring was more of a challenge than the stress of playing!

Marissa Barter-Waters and John Link only lost one match all day (and that by only one game) and had a resounding victory over runners up Dominic Emery and Judy Collins to win 6 games to 1 in the Final. Congratulations too to the semi-finalists, Fiona Hewson and Charlie Wright and to Geoff and Annie Dempster, who all played some great tennis.
          
Many thanks to Fiona Hewson for all her hard work and the successful organisation of such an enjoyable day.
Judy Collins
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STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Be well, Move well this winter
If you’re like most people in winter, you’re feeling less motivated than normal.  Fitness regimes can seem stale & performance can be affected. If you’d like to enhance your time on the court or revamp your health generally, now is the perfect time. With spring just 6 weeks away, it’s a great opportunity to re-energize yourself & start preparing your body for the warmer months.
A few spots have just opened up over the winter months which I’d like to first offer to RMTC members. As RMTC’s own FMS practitioner/strength & conditioning coach/fitness trainer I offer a range of services for you to utilize.

Services available:

  • Instruction on correct use of gym equipment
  • Assistance in preparing programs
  • Nutritional advice
  • Goal specific fitness programs ie. Weight loss, strength gains, tennis specific, mobility/core stability
  • Pre & post op Rehabilitation
  • Injury management
  • Movement analysis & enhancement

Investment : 1hr / $99

Contact: Please call or email Honni directly on
ph. 0408 663 623 or email: honni.rooney@gmail.com
Honni Rooney
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PRO SHOP

Weekend courts available
Back to school means back in town, come back to the tennis club and reclaim your courts. Come in and have a hit to lighten the load or improve your game with a lesson with either Jonners on Saturday or Kate on Sunday. Have a look online or give us a ring in the pro shop.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JULY 5

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


JULY

  • 7                   5pm: First Friday of the month happy hour
  • 11&13           Junior Clinics (u16)                                                                  Pros
  • 16                 Christmas in July Mixed Doubles                                             F Hewson
  • 22                 RMTC v MCCRTS (away)
  • 28-30            Victorian Open Singles & Doubles                                           Pros
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SOCIAL

First Friday of the Month Drinks – Friday 7 July
The time has come again to gather the tennis clans for drinks and supper, but mostly drinks. With happy hour prices and a delectable spread at the absurdly reasonable price of $12 it is sure to be a great night. Please sign up ASAP so we can confirm numbers for catering.
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Junior Clinics (u16) – Tues & Thur 11 & 13 July
Junior clinics are back again this school holidays for those under 16. Help us grow the best game in the world. Grab your children and/or collar some passing stray on the street, let us work our magic and in 10 years you could be telling everyone that you’re responsible for the next world champion. Clinics will run in hour blocks at 9:30 and 10:30 on both days.

Christmas in July Mixed Doubles – Sun 16 July
It’s that time of year again, the weather is getting cooler and the days shorter. Time to bring the games indoors and join them with a nice warm fire (possibly digital) and a scrumptious roast feast (definitely not digital). Come into the club to sign up or contact the pro shop.

RMTC vs MCCRTS Pennant Match (Ballarat) – Sat 22 July
The away leg of the biannual competition between the RMTC and the MCC tennis club is coming up. This will be in Ballarat with a dinner to celebrate Andrew Fowler’s return as the rightful heir to the throne of ‘the Rat’. It should be a good day of tennis and even better night of food, wine and merriment. Currently both teams are looking for players, contact the pro shop to sign up.
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PRO SHOP

Weekend courts available
School holidays are upon us again so it’s a perfect time to take the courts of those regulars who are slacking overseas somewhere in warmer climes. Book your court online or with the pro shop to get some much needed practice or bring your own kids in to introduce the next generation of world champions to the game.