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RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – JUNE 7

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


JUNE

  • 17-18           Alan Hamer Cup Doubles Championship                                   Pros
  • 17-18           Judith Clarke Cup (in Hobart)                                                    J Tan
  • 17-18           Australian Amateur Women’s Singles and Doubles (Hobart)     J Tan
  • 17-18           MOFO Tournament (in Hobart)
  • 17-18           Australian Amateur Junior Singles and Doubles                        ARTA

JULY

  • 2                   5pm: First Friday of the month happy hour
  • 11&13           Junior Clinics (u16)                                                                 Pros
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

First Friday of the Month

Were you one of the lucky ones to be at the club last Friday? If not, you missed out big time! The famous Lizzie and Frank ‘Pizza & Pasta’ night was a real treat. Delicious pasta (broccolini orecchiette) and home made thin based pizza (garlic potato, prosciutto & rocket, margherita, spicy salami) fed the hungry crowd there to see our resident ‘gappie’ Henry Batstone challenge Julian Snow off handicap.

Since his stay with us over summer plus a return visit this last month, Henry has improved his handicap from 29 to as low as 16.  We congratulate Henry on improving his court play and thank him for being such a great assistance to the pro-shop during his time with us. Henry is flying home this Friday night, so drop in to wish him farewell.

We also thank Jonners for coordinating our gap student program with Chris Ronaldson, the head pro at Radley College in the UK. As well as a special thank you to Julian for billeting fellow Radley alumni Henry during his stay.

For the record Julian maintains his unblemished record against the gappies with 3 wins. Henry pushed Julian early in the match with some excellent forcing and ground strokes, jumping to a 5/2 lead. Julian relished the challenge to storm home winning 9/6 in a very entertaining and skillful match.

To top off the night Tony Bafunno pulled out his guitar and played into the wee hours of the morning. Tony is a real talent with what seems an unlimited song repertoire. He particularly enjoys encouraging our members to sing-along, of which there was no shortage of willing back-up singers. Enthusiastic singing was ably assisted by a Frangelico ice & lime vocal chord lubricant (a Lizzie & Frank specialty) paired with tasty little almond biscuits from Bisetto Patisserie. What a fun night!
           

Fred Kininmonth – President
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REAL TENNIS INJURY SURVEY

Tennis elbow analysis and treatment, tennis racquet prize for participants!!!

Survey Website:  http://tinyurl.com/jn3366v

The previous run of the RMTC-based real tennis injury survey, being managed by sports injury physiotherapists from La Trobe University Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, achieved about 80 responses from about 400 active players (at RMTC, Hobart and Ballarat). It showed very clearly that tennis elbow (TE) is by far the most common injury (about 30% of responders had TE in the last 12 months, compared to 1-3% in the general community) and that TE and other injuries cause significant reductions in player time, bad for the members and the clubs.

The 80 responses are a great start but we are keen to hear from more members because elbow pain is such a problem.  The physios will also now be looking in more detail at TE among players, since it does come in a variety of forms. The main survey information is anonymous, but the detailed TE examinations will record your name, but be kept entirely private. Participation is of course entirely voluntary but outcomes may help future players prevent or repair injuries, so we strongly encourage participation.The whole survey program is strongly supported by the RMTC Committee!

The aim of the survey is to help recovery and prevention of the more common injuries for both existing and new players, starting with TE, the most common injury by far. By responding you may help reduce the injury and pain of players in the future.

So please note the following.

1. If you haven’t done it already, please do fill out the survey, at this website http://tinyurl.com/jn3366v, or on a paper version available from the pros. It only takes a few minutes. Even if you have no injuries, PLEASE FILL IT OUT, it will take almost no time in that case, but it is important to know the uninjured numbers as well in order to get a better measure of the actual injury frequency.

2. Several of the physios will be present at the club, in the bar area, at certain times over the next few weeks (including some pennant evenings) to encourage survey entries and to examine in more detail the types of TE that our players have. So if you have TE, please allow a few minutes before or after your games to talk to them and have them examine your problem or arrange a time to do so.  This will help in the design of new exercises aimed to reduce and prevent elbow pain.  Those who have TE and participate in this more detailed analysis by the physios will be placed on a list with potential to win a free racquet from the club.

Thanks to you all for participating.
Roland Scollay, RMTC member coordinating the survey with LaTrobe.
Survey Website:  http://tinyurl.com/jn3366v

PS – feel free to contact Roland if you have any questions or issues. 0438 044 223. rolandgs1@gmail.com
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

CHANGE OF DATE – Alan Hamer Cup Club Doubles, Aus Amateur Junior Championship – Sat-Sun 17-18 June
The date of these tournaments has been changed to accommodate a large number of our top players including the current amateur world #1 Kieran Booth and the members of the Clothier Cup team. Both are leaving home the week after to travel to the USA to represent both Melbourne and Australia at major international tournaments. As such the local tournaments, which will present a good opportunity for competitive practice for the players, will be held on the weekend of the 17-18 June. Please come down to the club to witness high quality tennis and support all our players.

There will be graded events in the Club Doubles held on the same weekend, sign up to get involved in the action on the court as well as off.
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PRO SHOP

Courts available
This weekend is a long weekend and there are plenty of free courts available for some practice. Take the opportunity to come in a have a hit or a lesson to improve your game or just earn/work off the spectacular feasts that will surely be forthcoming. Give us a ring in the pro shop or come in to book your court, get in quick before they all go!

Lesson Fees
As of 1 June RMTC will charge $25 for lessons with John Woods-Casey (+$40 for both ends of the court as usual).

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MAY 31

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


JUNE

  • 2                  6pm: First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 7                  Introduction Night                                                                       President
  • 17-18           Alan Hamer Cup Doubles Championship                                   Pros
  • 17-18           Judith Clarke Cup (in Hobart)                                                    J Tan
  • 17-18           Australian Amateur Women’s Singles and Doubles (Hobart)     J Tan
  • 17-18           MOFO Tournament (in Hobart)
  • 17-18           Australian Amateur Junior Singles and Doubles                        ARTA
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Recruitment of a second Assistant Professional

RMTC has a long history developing and enriching the world talent pool of real tennis professionals. The Australian Open this year in January was case in point, with the likes of Aussies Rob Fahey, Steve Virgona, Chris Chapman and Kate Leeming all featuring in semi’s or finals and all having stints working in Melbourne.

To keep this tradition running, the Committee is searching for a talented assistant professional to be part of our pro-team. Having excellent senior professionals in Frank, Jonners & Kate makes it the ideal time to add another junior pro that they can train and develop along with John Woods-Casey. Another sparring partner for John will also be good for his further development. It is our ambition to see our assistant professionals improve to the standard of touring professionals playing in the Opens and other events overseas.

If you know of anyone who is a talented ball sport, would be a great asset to our Club and may be interested in a career as a real tennis professional, please contact Frank & Jonners in the pro-shop or Julie Baker on the Committee.

For more information please see the ad which will be displayed on the club website from next week. The ad will be running is Seek and other employment platforms from 5th June.

Fred Kininmonth
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Annual “gappie vs J Snow” Championship – Fri 2 June
Henry Batstone leaves us on 9 June. Before that, at 6pm on 2 June, at first Friday of the month drinks, Henry will play a JPT format match against Julian Snow, hoping to succeed where his Dutch predecessors narrowly failed in 2015 and 2016. Unless Henry’s handicap recedes further before then, this match will be played off receive ½ 30, owe 30.

CHANGE OF DATE – Alan Hamer Cup Club Doubles, Aus Amateur Junior Championship – Sat-Sun 17-18 June
The date of these tournaments has been changed to accommodate a large number of our top players including the current amateur world #1 Kieran Booth and the members of the Clothier Cup team. Both are leaving home the week after to travel to the USA to represent both Melbourne and Australia at major international tournaments. As such the local tournaments, which will present a good opportunity for competitive practice for the players, will be held on the weekend of the 17-18 June. Please come down to the club to witness high quality tennis and support all our players.

There will be graded events in the Club Doubles held on the same weekend, sign up to get involved in the action on the court as well as off.
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PRO SHOP

Lesson Fees
As of 1 June RMTC will charge $25 for lessons with John Woods-Casey (+$40 for both ends of the court as usual).

Warm Up For Winter
Our resident international supermodel is back to demonstrate our terrific range of stylish and comfortable cold weather tennis clothing. The new RMTC Boast Zip Pullover is perfectly paired with our Babolat tracksuit pants to create the ideal state of warmth and comfort on court. Check in at the pro shop to get yours today.

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TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Quarterly Medal #2 – Sat 27 May
The north court, morning component of the Quarterly Medal #2 matches last Saturday was most enjoyable, with David Derham, John Hearst, Leo Murphy, Roland Scollay and Steve Ward playing lots of mostly close matches, ending up with three of us (David, Roland, Steve) winning three out of four matches, but David winning overall on the games ratio. It was very relaxed and congenial with plenty of chatting and joking on the court and a very good morning. Thanks to Frank for being a very good organiser as well.
Roland

Congratulations to the other winners on the day: newcomer Mark Beaumont, perennial tournament winner Tim Raw and quarterly medal stalwart Greg Moran.
            

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MAY 24

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


MAY

  • 26                Empire Day Breakfast Tournament                                            Jonathan Sear
  • 27                Quarterly Medal #2                                                                    Pros

JUNE

  • 2                  6pm: First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 7                  Introduction Night                                                                       President
  • 10-12           Alan Hamer Cup Doubles Championship                                   Pros
  • 17-18           Judith Clarke Cup (in Hobart)                                                    J Tan
  • 17-18           Australian Amateur Women’s Singles and Doubles (Hobart)     J Tan
  • 17-18           MOFO Tournament (in Hobart)
  • 23-25           Australian Amateur Junior Singles and Doubles                        ARTA
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

CHANGE OF DATE – Alan Hamer Cup Club Doubles, Aus Amateur Junior Championship – Sat-Sun 17-18 June
The date of these tournaments has been changed to accommodate a large number of our top players including the current amateur world #1 Kieran Booth and the members of the Clothier Cup team. Both are leaving home the week after to travel to the USA to represent both Melbourne and Australia at major international tournaments there. As such the local tournaments, which will present a good opportunity for competitive practice for the players, will be held on the weekend of the 17-18th June. Please come down to the club to witness high quality tennis and support all our players.

There will be graded events in the Club Doubles held on the same weekend, sign up to get involved in the action on the court as well as off.

Annual “gappie vs J Snow” Championship – Fri 2 June
Henry Batstone leaves us on 9 June. Before that, at 6pm on 2 June, at first Friday of the month drinks, Henry will play a JPT format match against Julian Snow, hoping to succeed where his Dutch predecessors narrowly failed in 2015 and 2016. Unless Henry’s handicap recedes further before then, this match will be played off receive ½ 30, owe 30.
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MICHAEL GARNETT AWARDED HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Michael Garnett has been awarded honorary life membership of the RMTC in recognition of his long service to the game and his exemplary representation of the values of the club here and around the world. The award was presented in a ceremony at lunch time last Wednesday, rather than the AGM later that evening due to travel plans by the recipient, by current president Robert Kininmonth with past presidents, members of Mike’s family and long-serving members of the club in attendance.
     
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PRO SHOP

Lesson Fees
As of 1st June RMTC will charge $25 for lessons with John Woods-Casey (+$40 for both ends of the court as usual).

Warm Up For Winter
The new RMTC Boast Zip Pullover, as modeled by our junior pro, has just arrived in the pro shop. Check in at the pro shop to try one on.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MAY 17

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
17 May 2017

Weekly News

Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: Kate Leeming


MAY
  • 17                6pm: AGM and Trophy Presentation                    President
  • 21                Junior clinic                                                             Pros
  • 26                     Empire Day Breakfast Tournament                          Jonathan Sear
  • 27                Quarterly Medal #2                                                  Pros
JUNE
  • 2                  6pm: First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 7                  Introduction Night                                            President
  • 10-12                Alan Hamer Cup Doubles Championship                                Pros
  • 17-18                Judith Clarke Cup (in Hobart)                                                J Tan
  • 17-18                Australian Amateur Women’s Singles and Doubles (Hobart) J Tan
  • 17-18                MOFO Tournament (in Hobart)
  • 23-25                Australian Amateur Junior Singles and Doubles                    ARTA
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Junior (U16) Clinics – 3pm: Sun 21 May
The next junior clinics of the year are coming up soon. Bring your, or anyone else’s,
young people 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.

Quarterly Medal #2 – Sat 27 May
The second quarterly medal of the year is coming up on 27 May. Get in early to book your spot.
We will have morning and afternoon sessions in the usual format.
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PRO SHOP

LESSONS
As of 1st June RMTC will charge $25 for lessons with John Woods-Casey (+$40 for both ends of the court as usual).

WARM UP FOR WINTER
The new RMTC Boast Zip Pullover, as modeled by our junior pro, has just arrived in the pro shop.
Check in at the pro shop to try one on.

COURTS THIS WEEK END
There are plenty of courts available this weekend so its a great opportunity to improve your game.
Please book or give the pros a call on 9429 9788 to arrange.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MAY 10

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
10 May 2017

Weekly News

Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: Kate Leeming


MAY
  • 17                6pm: AGM and Trophy Presentation                                  President
  • 21                Junior clinic                                                                           Pros
  • 26                     Empire Day Breakfast Tournament                                           Jonathan Sear
  • 27                Quarterly Medal #2                                                                Pros
JUNE
  • 2                  6pm: First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 7                  Introduction Night                                                          President
  • 10-12                Alan Hamer Cup Doubles Championship                                                  Pros
  • 17-18                Judith Clarke Cup (in Hobart)                                                                  J Tan
  • 17-18                Australian Amateur Women’s Singles and Doubles (in Hobart)               J Tan
  • 17-18                MOFO Tournament (in Hobart)
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Junior (U16) Clinics – 3pm: Sun 21 May
The next junior clinics of the year are coming up soon. Bring your, or anyone else’s,
young people 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.

Quarterly Medal #2 – Sat 27 May
The second quarterly medal of the year is coming up on 27 May. Get in early to book your spot.
We will have morning and afternoon sessions in the usual format.
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EXHIBITION STREET CUP SINGLES

The tennis sub-committee’s most excellent initiative of boosting the Exhibition Street Cup this year by providing upgraded prizes sadly lured only 11 entries. Included in these prizes were generously sponsored vouchers for dinner at The Piano, a Thai restaurant and bar nearby in Bridge Road where the very obliging staff always provide a warm welcome to RMTC members.

The event opened with a fantastic result: Annie Dempster (handicap 86.6) defeated Frank Filippelli (1) by the narrowest of margins. Having played one final backhand beyond the reach of the helpless head professional to win the match, Annie collapsed to her knees in triumphant disbelief, Nadal at Roland Garros style. I wish that I could still move around the court at the speed at which Frank fled the scene and disappeared upstairs to enjoy the remainder of his week-end off. Mrs Dempster then advanced to the semi-final by reasserting domestic dominance over her husband Geoff.

In the second quarter tennis sub-committee chairman Vince Scopelliti (35.8) benefited from Owen Guest’s Sunday unavailability to advance.

Below, the genuinely progressive Jackson Brand (38.2) outwitted the supposedly progressive Henry Batstone (16.1) and followed up with an equally meritorious win over president Kininmonth (30.6).

The fourth quarter-final match exposed the primary flaw in the RTO handicapping system: compression. Julian Snow (+0.3) and Paul Rosedale (9.8) are regular entrants in events of this nature, each with an established level of play, and have had a number of hard fought encounters. Now, though, with Paul’s handicap, though perhaps not quite yet his level, having reached single figures Julian had to concede only ‘receive 15, owe 15’. As every gambler knows, you can’t eat value but Julian nonetheless gobbled up this leniency with relish and came through 9-4.

On Sunday morning Vince showed great control off the maximum handicap difference to end Annie’s giant killing run. At the same time Jackson played really well to jump out to a 5-3 lead over Julian but this effort seemed to tire him, thereafter his technique in the backhand corner collapsed somewhat and Julian won 6 of the last 7 games.

The final took a predictable path: Julian, restricted to chase 3 & 4 or better, cutting the ball down into Vince’s backhand corner and Vince doing what he could to return sufficient balls to force a few errors. The former strategy prevailed 9-2.

The pros did well. Jonathan not only played doubles on the Sunday with Allan Willingham but also marshalled all the players with that mix of charm and persuasion that has served him so well for so long. Kate, refreshed and revitalised from her recent time away in Canada, marked flawlessly as ever.

I left the club not only with some elegant glassware, but also with a bottle of Louis Roederer which lasted no further than Lizzie Brown’s house and the aforementioned meal voucher at The Piano which will likely last only until Henry gets his hands on it.

Julian Snow

EXHIBITION STREET CUP DOUBLES

Congratulations to Steve Wood and Kathryn Arndt who won the Exhibition Street Cup Doubles by beating the spirited pairing of Dafydd Camp and Ann-Maree Lester. The handicap system once again worked well in the group stages with several pairs ending up on two wins and two losses. However, the consistency of Wood and the attacking flair of Arndt combined to great effect and they used their handicap wisely to take the prestigious trophy and vouchers generously donated by The Piano Restaurant.

Jonathan Howell

WARM UP FOR WINTER

The new RMTC Boast Zip Pullover, as modeled by our junior pro, has just arrived in the pro shop.
Check in at the pro shop to try one on.

COURTS THIS WEEK END
There are plenty of courts available this weekend so its a great opportunity to improve your game.
Please book or give the pros a call to arrange.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – MAY 3

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
3 May 2017

Weekly News

Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: Kate Leeming


MAY
  • 5                  6pm: First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 5-7               Exhibition Street Cup                                                      W Cockram
  • 17                6pm: AGM and Trophy Presentation                                  President
  • 21                Junior clinic                                                                     Pros
  • 27                Quarterly Medal #2                                                          Pros
JUNE
  • 2                  6pm: First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 7                  Introduction Night                                                          President
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Exhibition St Cup – Fri to Sun 5-7 May

Open to players of any handicap, sign up to test yourself against the best players in the club.
Knockout singles with all first-round losers going into a doubles draw, or just sign up for doubles.
Sign up in the club or ring the pro shop.

This event has been selected as a major event to be promoted by the club. We are very keen
to restore the Exhibition Street Cup as a premier event in Australia. We are therefore offering
a range of prizes in addition to the usual trophies and winner board listings. This year’s prizes
will include quality French Champagne, wine, tennis lessons and other great prizes.
The event is handicap based and you can opt for singles and/or double so everyone is
welcome so please come along and help us make the “Exhibition Street Cup” great again!

Junior (U16) Clinics – 3pm: Sun 21 May
The next junior clinics of the year are coming up soon. Bring your, or anyone else’s,
young people 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.

Quarterly Medal #2 – Sat 27 May
The second quarterly medal of the year is coming up on 27 May. Get in early to book your spot.
We will have morning and afternoon sessions in the usual format.
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SOCIAL

FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH DRINKS – 5th May, from 6pm

Come and celebrate Australia’s win in the Bathurst Cup with special guests
Kieran Booth, Bret Richardson and Paul Rosedale
Light supper $15

RMTC v MCC
Last Sunday RMTC was challenged early by MCC and trailed 0-3 before Vince Scopelliti and Kathryn Arndt registered our first win. 
Stirred into action, obviously after some late Saturday nights, the RMTC team levelled the score at 5-5 prior to the scheduled
lunch break. While waiting for the shepherds pie to heat it was agreed by all that some wine be imbibed to the supplement the 
handicapping system. This clearly was to RMTC’s favour, romping home with a clear 9-5 victory. 

The RMTC team included Jo See Tan, Richard Simpson, Annie & Geoff Dempster, Fred Kininmonth, Alasdair Norton, Vince Scopelliti,
Kathryn Arndt and Annie McAuley. MCC was represented by: Wendy Whitehead, Tim Raw, John Mackinnon, Judy Collins,
Matt Downey, Mike Carroll, Yvonne Rout, Greg Henderson, Annie Strange, David Cutler and Vince Scopelliti 
(yes - he played for both teams!).

Thank you to Wendy for coordinating the MCC team, Liza for preparing such a delicious autumn lunch and of course the pro’s 
- Frank, Kate and Henry - for marking. It was a fun day.

Fred Kininmonth - President



NORTH COURT PAINTING 
by ARTIST JEFF MARTIN
  
A Club member has commissioned a well known Australian artist, Jeff Martin, to paint the North Court. Jeff has travelled the world’s
best restaurants capturing the workings of high profile kitchens on canvas. The artist paints his subjects in motion and morphs 
the walls and environment to convey movement and atmosphere.
Jeff’s work can be seen at www.jeffmartin.com.au
The work is available to Club members in a Limited Edition print at a cost of $480. Each work is printed on cotton Archival paper 
at 100% of the original size. The prints will be individually signed and numbered by Jeff Martin in a limited edition of 50 and each
work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from the printer. 

Prints can be ordered directly by contacting: Phillip Virgo. The Colour Factory, Fitzroy. Telephone: 9419 8756.
The original will be on display at the Club from Wednesday 3rd May until the AGM on 17th May.
 
Please contact Michael O’Neill for information about the original.
WONDER SERVE!
CONGRATULATIONS to Euahna Varigos, who during a doubles match, conjured up a drag serve that went directly into the winning gallery (the equivalent to a hole in one in golf). Those who don’t know what a drag serve is, she will be more than happy to explain it in person.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – APRIL 26

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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
26 April 2017 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: Kate Leeming


APRIL
  • 28                6pm: New members’ cocktail party
  • 30                RMTC v MCCRTS

MAY

  • 5                  6pm: First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 5-7               Exhibition Street Cup                                                      W Cockram
  • 17                6pm: AGM and Trophy Presentation                               President  
  • 21                Junior clinic                                                                     Pros
  • 27                Quarterly Medal #2                                                         Pros 
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

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 the pro shop.

Exhibition St Cup – Fri-Sun 5-7 May
Open to players of any handicap, sign up to test yourself against the best players in the club. Knockout singles with all first-round losers going into a doubles draw, or just sign up for doubles. Sign up in the club or ring the pro shop.

Junior (U16) Clinics 3pm: Sun 21 May 
The next junior clinics of the year are coming up soon. Bring your, or anyone else’s, young people 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.

Quarterly Medal #2  Sat 27 May
The second quarterly medal of the year is coming up on 27 May. Get in early to book your spot. We will have morning and afternoon sessions in the usual format.
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ANZAC DAY TROPHY
The annual ANZAC Day trophy was well attended yesterday by an enthusiastic group of 12 players including new members Beth Redman and Leo Murphy.  There were several close matches throughout the day but Jo See Tan proved once again what a formidable player she is, winning back-to-back finals in the singles and doubles. Roland Scollay and Jo See teamed perfectly to win the doubles against Fiona Hewson and  Ann Maree Lester 6-2. Jo See defeated Ann-Maree in the singles, again  6/2. Thanks to Fiona Hewson for providing the ANZAC Day lunch.

Ann-Maree Lester

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – APRIL 19

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


APRIL
  • 25                Anzac Day Trophy                                                            F Hewson
  • 30                RMTC v MCCRTS

MAY

  • 5                  6pm: First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 5-7               Exhibition Street Cup                                                       W Cockram
  • 17                AGM and Trophy Presentation                                         President

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SOCIAL

Lunches are still on!
Food can be a chore, if organising lunch every day is getting you down let your favourite tennis club do it for you. Our phenomenal chef Evie prepares exceptional dishes every Wednesday and Friday including the regular steak and salmon, which is the best in Melbourne (in our completely unbiased opinion), and a range of specials and extras. Drop in on us when you need a break from thinking about lunch and bring anyone you can find who needs a feed.
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Emergency Evacuation Procedure Reminder
The committee reminds members and members’ guests of the club’s Emergency Evacuation Procedures:

AT THE SOUND OF THE ALARM
• Go immediately to the nearest exit
• Leave the building by the most direct route
• Follow instructions by staff and/or fire wardens
• Meet at the east end of the club carpark
• If a person with a disability cannot be evacuated, assist them to a position as close as possible to an exit. Notify staff and/or fire brigade.
• Remain outside until the ALL CLEAR is given by emergency officials or fire wardens.

Members and members’ guests are also reminded to please report any OHS issues to the pro shop or direct to the committee. Our members and staff are the lifeblood of our club. It is important we are all alert to emerging hazards to ensure we remain safe while at the RMTC.
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

ANZAC Day Tournament – Sat 25 Apr
In the afternoon on ANZAC Day; 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 the pro shop.

Exhibition St Cup – Fri-Sun 5-7 May
Open to players of any and all handicap, sign up to test yourself against the best players in the club. Knockout singles with all first-round losers going into a doubles draw, or just sign up for doubles. Sign up in the club or ring the pro shop.

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – APRIL 12

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


APRIL
  • 25                Anzac Day Trophy                                                            F Hewson
  • 30                RMTC v MCCRTS

MAY

  • 5                  First Friday of the Month Drinks
  • 5-7               Exhibition Street Cup                                                       W Cockram
  • 17                AGM and Trophy Presentation                                         President

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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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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

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.

Exhibition St Cup – Fri-Sun 5-7 May
Open to players of any and all handicap, sign up to test yourself against the best players in the club. Knockout singles with all first-round losers going into a doubles draw, or just sign up for doubles. Sign up in the club or ring the pro shop.
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Tournament Reports

Sydney Real Tennis Club Championships
The club championships were played at RMTC over the 7/8/9th of April. On behalf of the Sydney Club, I would like to start by thanking the President of RMTC and the committee for allowing us to use the club to hold our championships. We felt truly privileged to have access to the courts for the 3 days and once again marveled at what an extraordinary club you are all lucky enough to belong to. I would also like to thank the Pros for everything they did to make the weekend such a success including organising the draws, teaching the newcomers, ordering the trophies and for ensuring everything went to plan.

Seventeen players registered to play however Sav Cremona was forced to drop out on the morning of the event due to injury and Chris Cooper rolled his ankle in his first singles match. After 46 matches, we finished at 15.00 on Sunday afternoon with a host of divisional champions for singles and doubles. Hamish Oates walked off with the Club Championship Trophy for the top player of the weekend.

One of the main objectives of the event is to encourage new players to have a weekend of lessons and matches. This year we had three complete newcomers who picked up racquets for the first time on either Friday evening or Saturday morning and all acquitted themselves remarkably well. In the end, all of them played in at least one final. As a club with no court, being able to introduce new players over a weekend like this is invaluable for us.

Along with the tennis, we were able to join in on the RMTC social night on the Friday and be dazzled by Lizzie Brown’s cuisine and company. We then had a marvellous dinner in the club rooms on Saturday prepared by Liza’s Larder at which our club President David Pinsent handed out a selection of awards he had picked up at the $2 shop that all players had to wear for their first game on the Sunday morning. Dick Crane became so attached to his tutu that he wore it all day was still wearing it when he won the club handicap singles in the last match of the day!

We would love to do it all again next year if allowed back and once more thank you for allowing us to rekindle our love for the game, introduce new young players and to cherish the camaraderie built over such a marvellous weekend.

James Willis

RMTC WEEKLY NEWS – APRIL 5

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


APRIL
  • 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.
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SOCIAL

First Friday of the Month – Friday 7 April
First Friday drinks are on this week, Lizzie Brown is on the pots and pans and at $15 it’ll be the best value supper you’ve ever had. Drinks at happy hour prices from 6pm and supper after that, please sign up in the club or contact the pro shop by midday Thursday if you’ll be coming for supper so we know for catering purposes.
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

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 2 – DAY 2
Due to the format of the Bathurst Cup (singles, doubles and reverse singles) the doubles is often pivotal in who wins the overall tie when the teams are evenly matched. The doubles match against the French was no exception. Matthieu and Nicolas backed up from the singles while Bret and Kieran teamed up for Australia. The French won the toss and elected to receive so that they could determine the serving/returning pairs. Kieran served first and Nicolas received. The French team started off well taking it to the Australians who were trying to impose themselves on the match and as a result went for too much too early in the rally resulting in a number of unforced errors. At 4 all in the first set coach Pete (who’s “Dad” jokes are not as good as Bret’s) gave Bret and Kieran some simple advice “stop hitting the ball out of court or into the net and be patient”. It seemed to work a treat as the team went on to win 14 of the next 15 games to take the match 6/4 6/0 6/1, giving Australia the lead in the tie 2-0 with the reverse singles to come.

Bret was solid at the net, with his amazing reflexes wowing the French crowd, while he self proclaimed that it was “one of the best returning matches he has even played”, which for those people in Australia who have seen him play doubles meant he hit some pretty amazing shots off almost every return!!!

On the other side of the draw the British beat the US in the doubles taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in their tie and booking themselves a spot in the final.

After the match we went out for dinner and Peter Wright and Ed Kay from the British team joined us. Over dinner we heard about Ed Kay’s intelligent stethoscope PHD project which aims to diagnose heart conditions by matching a person’s heart beat to those on its database of recorded heart signatures. Ed also discussed the Cambridge real tennis structure for students of £80 yearly subscriptions, free tennis between 12-5pm when the court is quiet and racquets at 1/3 of the price. This structure seems to be a win win for everyone with the Cambridge University offering their students easy access to a unique sport, the club getting better utilisation of their facilities, and a number of top level amateurs and touring professionals being produced improving the general level of real tennis in local and international events.

Next up for Australia is the reverse singles with Kieran to play Nicolas and Pete due to play Matthieu, with one win required to reach the final.

UPDATE 3
Australia has won the Bathurst Cup for 2017! While waiting on the official report, suffice to say that Kieran didn’t drop a match and the doubles pairing of Kieran and Bret were unbeatable. The final result of the final between Australia and Great Britain was 3/2.


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Tournament Reports

Young Members (U35) Autumn Tournament
Saturday morning saw 9 young members contested the first U35 Tournament of the year. Great to see a few players making their debut on the circuit: Eli Kozma, Rex and Reggie Michelson. On the North court, some creative juggling of the draw was involved as one player missed his train. 3 of the 6 matches were decided by a game however one player definitely had his weetbix that morning. John Moran was chomping at the bit from start to finish, finishing undefeated against Eli, Dafydd Camp and Jo See Tan. His enthusiasm was unfazed in spite of facing Eli with a 29 handicap difference at one point.

On the south court, 10 rubbers were contested between Sarah Butler, Annie McAuley, Emily-Ann Nash, Rex and Reg. Although there were even contests between most players, one true king emerged undefeated. Reggie blitzed through all of his matches, with Emily-Ann coming closest to dethroning him, taking 5 games. Perhaps it was the properly strung racket which made the difference to his game in this instance.

In the final, John faced Reggie owing the maximum handicap. A little bit of crowd participation guided Reggie throughout the match, having never played chase restrictions (“leeeave!”, “hit it!”). Despite the crowd backing the underdog, John’s steady serving and clear head proved the winning formula, taking the match 6-2.

Congratulations to John for playing terrific tennis all day. His form is looking good in preparation for the Clothier Cup coming up in the USA mid-year. Great to see the club thriving with enthusiastic young members. Big thank you to John Woods-Casey for organising the draw and Jonners for steadying the ship throughout the day. See you all at the next one!!