The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
15 February 2017 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Editor: John Woods-Casey
- 19 100 Years & Over Handicap Doubles Pros
- 25 Quarterly Medal #1. Pros
- 3 First Friday of the month happy hour drinks at RMTC from 5:30pm
- 5 Old Scholars Handicap Doubles D. Friend
- 5 Junior Clinic (u16) Pros
- 11-13 Percy Finch Racket & PF2 (RMTC v HRTC) V SCopelliti
- 11-13 Australian Amateur Doubles (in Melb) V Scopelliti
- 18 G. Patterson Cup (RMTC v RSY) G Fethers
VALE DAVID BRYANT
David passed away on 11 February following complications from his heart attack.
David came to Melbourne in January and played in the Roo and Masters. He was a fine player, a gentleman, had a wry sense of humour. Above all, he was passionate about real tennis. David’s home club was Moreton Morrell in England. He was also a regular player in the south-west of France.
His contribution to real tennis was outstanding.
We have David to thank for constant improvements to the handicapping system. As Chairman of the International Handicapping Sub Committee David was a master of his craft. He supported all the associations including the Australian Real Tennis Association. He loved a handicapping challenge, was very generous of his time often spending night after night adjusting our handicaps for the tournaments we played in the south-west of France. We will all benefit from his improvements to the system for years to come.
In recent years, he developed the Real Tennis Online (RTO) booking system, adding new functions and improvements year on year.
For the past two weeks the club has been supporting Anne, daughter Claire and son John who were with David during his illness. We are all thinking of them at this time.
David had many friends throughout the tennis world and will be greatly missed.
We were all very fond of him. He was a fine man.
Lunches are back on!
With the January tournaments finished the Club has resumed normal transmission which means that our wonderful chef Evie is back in the kitchen on Wednesdays and Fridays. The steaks are the best in town and the special of the day is always a delightful surprise. Come in and visit us, maybe book a game of tennis before or after, and bring your friends/colleagues/enemies/anyone who you can entice with food.
Christmas Lesson Packages
If you bought a lesson package over the Christmas period you can now come in and have your lessons! Give us a call in the pro shop to book a time to help you prepare for the next pennant season or tournament.
Club Championships and John Poolman Trophy
The annual club championships and this year’s John Poolman Trophy have started for 2017. All members are entered into the club championships so you will be in at least two, one off scratch and the other off handicap. Come in and check the boards to see who your first opponent is.
100 Years and Over Handicap Doubles – Sun 19 Feb
For this tournament you’ll need a partner whose age combined with yours makes over 100. We have a few spots left so get in quick. Come into the club and sign up on the board or ring the pro shop.
Quarterly Medal #1 – Sat 25 Feb
The first quarterly medal of the year is coming up, get in early to book your spot on Finals Day for 2017. We will have morning and afternoon sessions in the usual format.
60 Years and Under Handicap Doubles
On Saturday the highly anticipated 60 Years & Under Handicap Doubles Tournament took place with six competitive parings taking part.
The round robin matches were all very close. There were some very tense points along with some great shots by all. Shot of the match goes to Jo See Tan with an undefendable tambour boast into the winning gallery.
At the end of the round robin stages, Luke Piccolo and Jackson Brand appeared to have shaken off the cobwebs from their recent Roo Tournament performance and ended with a clean sweep of 4 out of 4 wins. Richard Endersbee and new member Jarryd Williamson were also playing very consistently with 3 wins.
Both teams had a warm a match against each other in the last match of the round robin stage before the final, where Luke and Jackson won 6/5 and against Richard and Jarryd. However in the final as with any good handicap match, it came down to 5 all, advantage all. With a few nervous shots from all players, Richard and Jarryd won the point that mattered and won the tournament, winning the match 6/5.
Richard’s confident ground strokes at the back of the court and Jarryd’s strong volleying were too good in the end. Jarryd now joins an exclusive club by winning his first tournament he has played in while Richard looks to be in good form and will be a player to look out for in future tournaments.
The day ended with a delicious barbecue and as with all Youth tournaments it was played in good spirits. Thank you to all those who competed and organised the tournament.