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The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
133 Years
9 December 2015 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli ( ( )
Editor: Helen Pritchard


*    12-13 Young Members (U35) Tournament and BBQ    Youth Committee
*    Including Jim Bailey Cup (U26 Handicap Singles)
*    24 Christmas Breakfast Tournament                                 J Sear

Frank Filippelli

Christmas Breakfast Tournament

The Jeff Bird Cup from 7am to 9am on 24 December followed by breakfast prepared by Jonathan Sear. Please sign up for this tournament.

Julie Baker

In keeping with the RMTC Christmas tradition, Evie will be putting on Christmas lunch on Friday 18 December. The traditional Ham, turkey, roast vegetables and Christmas pudding will be served. The cost is $30, which also includes a glass of sparkling to get you in the festive mood. It is important to sign up for this one. The sign up sheet is outside the proshop.
Robert Kininmonth

Finals Day

A fine crowd were treated to some excellent finals tennis last Sunday. We commenced proceedings from 9am with the winners from the quarterly medal rounds throughout the year playing off in a knock out handicap competition. Jeremy Hawkins, having joined our Club in January continues to improve and advanced to the final to meet in form Quentin Clark. Quentin overcame the fast starting Jeremy and handicap disadvantage, to settle and scrape over the line with a tight 6/5 win. Superior court craft and experience won through in the end.

Medal of Medalists, one set to 6. Quentin Clark def Jeremy Hawkins 6/5

It has been satisfying to watch the continued development of our younger players, none more impressive than Michael Williams and James Gould this year. James was still in celebration mode after his grudge match win over Paul Rosedale in the semi-final. He used the same heavy forcing tactics he employed against Rosie, however Michael’s solid defence and much improved railroad limited James’ opportunities in the final. Played off level, left handed James couldn’t overcome the lower handicapped Michael. Michael won in impressive fashion.

Ford Strachan Junior Club Championship, best of 3 sets. Michael Williams def James Gould 6/3 6/1

It was a pleasure to see Rose Snell on court again after being side-lined with injury and now playing such good tennis again. She met her sparring partner Prue McCahey in the Women’s Club Championship. The gallery was treated to some delightful stroke play by both players. There were plenty of short chases and loose balls were punished. Rose responded in the second set, jumping out to a 3 game lead, only to see Prue find her rhythm and claim another Championship.

Women’s A Grade Club Championship, best of 3 sets. Prue McCahey def Rose Snell 6/2 6/4

Dan Williams has been a consistent performer this year and won his way through a talented field to challenge Kieran Booth for the Gold Racket. Are we seeing a change of baton with no Snow, Happell or Richardson in 2015? If we are, that’s fine because Dan showed us why he deserves to be there. He played extremely well defending against the hard forcing Kieran who just loves drilling any loose serve into the dedans. Returning in good form from the British Open, Kieran looked comfortable throughout the match and defended his Gold Racket title by winning in straight sets.
Congratulations also to Dan, who as runner-up is now the winner of the Silver Racket. It’s the final where everyone’s a winner!

The Gold Racket, best of 5 sets. Kieran Booth def Daniel Williams 6/3 6/2 6/1

‘Iron man’ Quentin Clark immediately after his win in the Medal of Medalists faced off against handicap specialist ‘I will not be beaten’ Julian Snow in the final of the John Poolman Trophy. This is the Club premier handicap singles event. To reach the final is an honour. Quentin tried early to rattle Julian by releasing a Youtube video. It had the desired early effect with Quentin leading early in this first to 9 encounter. The owe 40, receive 30, one serve, ban tambour handicap was a challenge for Julian, usually one that he relishes. However, I don’t think he expected to dig out so many deep balls cut into the corners by Quentin. Julian really had to work for this win and if it wasn’t for the many sets Quentin had played earlier, the result may well have been different. Julian wins again!

John Poolman Trophy, one set to 9 games. J Snow def Q Clark 9/5

Thank you to the pro team who did a great job marking throughout the day. Thank you to Julie Baker for her organisation for the day and also a special thank you to Ken Penaluna for producing a fantastic selection of cakes for afternoon tea. Ken baked banana, apple and a number of chocolate cakes for the afternoon tea on Finals Day. Thanks Ken! They were greatly appreciated by all.

Congratulations to all competitors who advanced through a year of competition to play some terrific tennis on Finals Day. Well done to all the winners. Thank you to those that also came to support. This included a special visit from Wayne Davies (past world champion, living in USA) and Graham Hyland, legend of the game travelling up especially from Tasmania. You helped create a great atmosphere which was enjoyed by both player and spectator a like. So much so, that Lizzie Brown and her helpers decided that the party should continue so served delicious paella and kicked on into Sunday evening. Now that’s the spirit!
Owen Guest

The 2016 Boomerang is coming along well. We have 30 teams of 5/6 players each with representatives from AUS, France, Netherlands, the UK and the USA – it is going to be quite an event. I’m aiming to have the playing schedule out by the end of next week. Anyone who would like to play but hasn’t yet got in touch should do so, you can still enter the handicap doubles and I expect the odd place will become available in the Boomerang for one reason or another – so it is not too late.

Please contact either Gary Lee or Jon Hamer if you are able to offer a billet during January.

We are still looking for staff for the Boomerang. We are needing waiters for the Opening Cocktail Party on 11 January. We are paying $25 per hour. RSA qualifications well regarded. If you are interested then please phone Julie Baker (0412411624).

Kathryn Arndt

Candidates for Membership

The following candidates for membership of the Club have been approved by the Committee for listing on the Notice Board, prior to being submitted for election at the next Committee Meeting. If any member has any objection to, or reservation about, the persons listed, they should contact the Honorary Secretary or any other member of the Committee, and make their concerns known. Full details are on the notice board.

Completed nominations are on hand for:


Henry Badgery                          Andrew Schnaider/Lizzie Brown/Quentin Clark

Ben Craig                                    Michael McAuley/Philip Barker/Richard Mackinnon

Graeme Holloway                    Philip Barker/Jonathan Hamer/Paul Stanley


Charles McCahey                    Virginia Henry/Michael McAuley/Owen Guest

Olivia Carr                                  Philip Barker/Geoff Dempster/Tim Hurburgh

Edwina Happell                        Philip Barker/Graeme Gunn/Richard Travis


Please make welcome the following new members to the club and we hope they enjoy the club.

Darren Bracken
Tanita Moores


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