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.
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. ____________________________________________________________________________________________
Young Members (u35) Tournament – Sat 1 Apr
The first official young members tournament is coming up, there will be tennis followed by drinks and food. Come into the club or contact the pro shop to get involved.
Junior (u16) Clinics – Tue 4, Thu 6 Apr
Junior clinics are coming up in the first week of school holidays. They will be run in one hour blocks starting 9:30 and 10:30. Bring your children or anyone else’s children you can find and let us introduce them to our spectacular game.
ANZAC Day Tournament – Sat 25 Apr
We will be running a tournament in the afternoon on ANZAC Day. It is open to 12 players of 40+ handicap and will run from 12 noon. Call the pro shop or sign up on the board in the club.
RMTC vs MCCRTS Interclub Match – Sun 30 Apr
We are looking for a good team of players from RMTC to show the upstarts from the MCC Real Tennis Section how the game is really played. Players of all abilities are invited to join the team, sign up or call us in the pro shop.
BATHURST CUP 2017
The Bathurst Cup is the Davis Cup of Real Tennis. Held every two years it pits the best amateur players from Australia, France, the UK and the USA against each other. Each match consists of two singles followed by doubles and reverse singles. This year Australia is represented by Kieran Booth, Peter Boyles, Bret Richardson and Paul Rosedale.
UPDATE 1 – First Day
It was a long day for the Australians on day 1 of the competition where two matches took over 5 ½ hours to play! Kieran was up first against Matthieu Sarlangue, he got off to a good start serving wide sidewalls and demi pique’s, while Matthieu appeared a little nervous carrying the expectation of the French crowd. From that point on the first set was even, but the head start meant Kieran took the set 6/3. Kieran again got off to a good start in the second set serving railroads, getting a 4/2 lead, before Matthieu started serving good length sidewall serves and taking galleries pushing the set to 5/5 30 all with two chases in between second and last galleries. Kieran won the first point from the receiver’s end before putting the next serve into last gallery to win the second set. In the third set Kieran’s railroad became a little loose and Matthieu took full advantage hitting dedan after dedan and controlling the set from the outset. Kieran tried a few changes of serve but Matthieu countered and took the set 6/3. The fourth set saw Kieran revert back to his railroad and serve it a little tighter, now that he was in control of the point he eased away from a tight situation to take the fourth set 6/0 and the first match for Australia. AUS def FRA 6/3 6/5 3/6 6/0
The second match saw Pete play Nicolas Victoir, having never played each other and having similar handicaps both teams were confident their combatants would take the match for their country. Pete started off in fine form serving a tight railroad then running across to the opposite side of the court to hit a backhand into the grille. Unfortunately after that point Nicolas settled better and adjusted to the Paris court taking the first set 6/2 and took a 3/0 lead in the second set. Pete’s efforts up until this point weren’t to no avail though as Nicolas was visibly feeling the effects of the match. A combination of this and Pete making Nicolas hit one or two additional shots per rally meant the remainder of the set was quite even with Nicolas winning the set 6/3. At this point it was clear that the momentum had changed and Pete was back in the match. (Bret felt the turning point came at this stage due to some bad “Dad” jokes to relax Pete and pulling out the “Rocky IV” comeback analogy to give Pete some hope for a five set win!!) Pete got off to a good start in the third set through a combination of tight railroad serving and solid returning making Nicolas hit a lot of balls, he continued to play well and took the third set 6/3. The fourth set saw Pete’s confidence grow and he started to read the court better. This combined with Nicolas looking like he was struggling physically meant Pete took a 5/0 lead before closing out the set 6/2. After the obligatory bathroom breaks that seem customary before a fifth set these days, Nicolas got a second wind taking a 4/1 lead and looking confident that France were going to equalise the rubber. Pete had other ideas, lifting the level of his game to take the next four games and a 5/4 lead. The dedan at this point broke out into a rousing rendition of the French national anthem to lift Nicolas! Nicolas responded with a quick game to level at 5/5. At 30/30 in the final game, after over 3 hours on court it was anyone’s match, however Nicolas hit a couple of strong returns to take a 40/30 lead and set chase 12. He duly went to the service end and served his first ace with a chandelle to take the match and tie the rubber 1 match all. FRA def AUS 6/2 6/3 3/6 2/6 6/5.
On the other side of the draw the US players provided a good account of themselves, although ultimately the British players were too strong winning in straight sets and taking a 2/0 lead.
After the completion of the matches the Australian team (bar Pete, who really just wanted to go home and sleep) went to what is now their “local” restaurant to debrief and get taught a couple of words in French. We’re all trying hard with our French but the waiter just keeps laughing at us. Just as well the waiter’s English is better than our French, otherwise we might order a beef cheese burger and get a chicken one instead!
UPDATE 2 – Second Day
Kieran and Bret won their doubles rubber 6/4 6/0 6/1 to take a 2-1 lead in their tie against the French. With only the reverse singles left to play and with Kieran being the overwhelming favourite to win his match against Nicolas this should give us an unassailable position and put Australia through to the final against the UK.
B Grade Pennant
Congratulations to Peter Glynn Jnr and Vince Scopelliti on winning this year’s B Grade Pennant
Young Members Summer Pennant
Congratulations to Jo See Tan and James Francis on winning the Young Members Summer Pennant for 2017
Platinum (70+) Handicap Singles Tournament
On Saturday 25 March 2017 five players contested the inaugural Platinum (70+) Handicap Singles event. It was a round robin format with players handling their own scoring. This was really good practice for us all, and great to have the reminder in the form of the folder outlining all the handicaps on display in the dedans along with the mini white boards to record the games! There’s nothing wrong with any of our memories, is there? We played 25 minutes on the clock and there was a constant shuffle of players between both courts with Frankie keeping us in line by resetting the clocks and displaying each handicap.
Annie Dempster proved her ability to lob high and long as well as throw in her tricky little serves, both of which effectively confused the opposition from time to time. Peter Acton demonstrated his change of pace to very good effect on many occasions. Vince Stefano regularly picked off serves and sent them scooting into the service end forehand corner to create a short chase. Note to self – when next playing Vince either change my serve or move smartly back across court to get to these returns:-). Mark Hillebrand’s line and length control contributed to his consistent results, and Anne Stanley landed a few successful dedans shots and the odd successful nick serve.
Mark and Anne played the final, having drawn 4 all in their pool match, and each ending up with 2 wins and 2 draws. It was looking like another tight result at 2 all, but Mark got a break out to 4-2 which proved too much for Anne to come back from as Mark’s consistency came to the fore. The match ended in victory to Mark 8/2.
A good morning’s tennis was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Frankie for marking our final and to the Club for providing a yummy GF cake and bananas for our morning tea. We look forward to more of our Platinum players entering this event and others like it in the future.