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

* 24 New Members Cocktail Party 6-8pm Social
* 29-4 Clothier, Limb and Van Alen Competitions (U26)

* 7-8 Junior Clinic Pros
* 11 Christmas in July Mixed Doubles F Hewson
* 17-19 Australian Amateur Singles ARTA
* 26 RMTC v MCC A Gould
Frank Filippelli

The Clothier cup is on next week, and we encourage all members to come along and see the under 26 year olds in action.

Junior Clinic is on the 7 and 8 July, please sign up at the pros office.

Christmas in July Mixed Doubles is on the 11 July so please sign up if you are interested in playing.

Calling all RMTC and MCC members, please sign up for the competition on 26 July. It will be a great fun day of tennis, lunch will be provided.
Robert Kininmonth

For those playing on the north court, you will notice a new on court recording system has been installed by our resident super handyman Mal. This new system enables you to record footage of your games, lessons, tantrums, etc. Bring your own USB memory device (8gb) to take your recording home. Please ask the pros for assistance and an instruction sheet is beside the equipment by the court entrance. We hope you enjoy using this new technology to improve your game.
Fiona Hewson

Judith Clarke Trophy & Australian Ladies Amateur Singles and Doubles 2015 was played in Hobart from Friday 19^th-Sunday 21^st June 2015.

The Judith Clarke trophy is named after one of the greats of the game, Judith was a previous world champion and an ambassador of women’s tennis. This event really carries the flame that keeps tennis going between the RMTC and the Hobart club and promotes the ladies game. It is an important fixture in the Real Tennis calendar for Australian Ladies tennis and it was wonderful to see so many of the original team competing last weekend – including Rose Snell, Prue McCahey, Karen Toates and Julianne Drewitt.
Fast forward a few years, we arrived in Hobart last Friday 19^th June, looking forward to a full weekend of tennis and social activity, and as usual, Hobart organised a wonderful weekend.

RMTC team: Lizzie Brown, Di Rennard, Prue McCahey, Rose Snell, Judith Sear, Carla Story, Michelle O’Rorke and Fiona Hewson

Hobart team: Karen Toates, Christine Stirling, Julianne Drewitt, Lee McLean, Becca Lunnon, Sue Davis, Esther Wynhoven, Charlotte Toates, Janet Thorpe and Elle Davis.

Hobart took the early lead in the Judith Clarke Trophy winning the first match when Karen Toates and Julianne Drewitt defeated Prue McCahey and Rose Snell in a 9/7 thriller. RMTC teams progressed well in the Australian Amateur singles and doubles on Friday with Lizzie and Michelle both getting a win in the singles. As Hobart had been kind enough to organise a food wine and music festival for us (Dark MoFo), the RMTC teamed with the Hobart crew walking down to the docks to sample the wine, beer, cider and food of all regions on offer. Hot gin toddies were a great way to stay warm around open fires listening to live music.
Having not hobbled ourselves too seriously, RMTC won the first four Judith Clarke matches on Saturday but lost the remaining two to finish with a 4/3 lead. Karen Toates / Julianne Drewitt and Prue McCahey / Rose Snell won through their early amateur doubles rounds and Judith beat Lizzie in the amateur singles, no doubt the 8am start had something to do with it! It was great to see Karen back on court.

On Saturday night we were treated to an amazing home cooked feast, thanks to chef Hilton Booth (Hobart social committee) and Karen Toates’ wonderful cheesecake, for which we have already nabbed the recipe! As Barry put it, all the Melbourne ladies knocked each other out in the Australian Amateur early rounds over Friday and Saturday, before Rose and Prue set themselves up for the double; a final in the singles against each other, and then doubles finalists also.

As play continued on Sunday the frosty sub zero weather and frost on the ground proved too much for the RMTC handicap pairs, where Hobart drew level and forged ahead 6 sets-5, with one final and very alive rubber to play, all that remained was Michelle O’Rorke and Elle Davis to play the final set to a full dedans. Midway through half the dedans departed for the airport, it was left to Michelle O’Rorke to save our bacon and level the score for a draw, which she did valiantly after some amazing tennis from newcomer Elle Davis of Hobart. So we had some challenging handicap tennis and some even more challenging fight of the fittest with many sets being played over the weekend, but tennis was the winner overall.

Australian Amateur Singles Final was a well fought match that Prue McCahey was victorious over Rose Snell in 3 sets.
Australian Amateur Singles Final P McCahey def R Snell 6/3 5/6 6/1
Australian Amateur Doubles Final P McCahey & R Snell def K Toates & J Drewitt 6/1 6/2 (it was a shame Karen hurt herself early in the match).
Judy Clarke Trophy was a draw with Hobart 6 sets to RMTC 6 sets.

Huge thanks to our billets and social hosts from Hobart, to Barry and Patrick in the pro shop and to all who contributed to the weekend from both Clubs. We look forward to seeing our Hobartian friends the same time next year for Dark Mofo, and of course in Melbourne for the Judy Clark Trophy 2016.

Christmas in July Coming soon…
Sign up now for this mixed doubles on 11 July, tennis and Christmas feast.
Following on from this great ladies weekend just had in Hobart, I would like to invite all interested in playing in the RMTC’s main mixed doubles event for the year, the Christmas in July mixed doubles.

Please let me know via email if you would like to play or sign up on the noticeboard, you may sign up with a partner or leave it to us to find you a suitable match. Similar to previous years, we will do a Christmas dinner on the Saturday night, with the tennis being played on Saturday during the day, prior to the dinner.

I am calling for any volunteers to assist with preparation of the Christmas meal, please contact Fiona Hewson ( or 0417 084 599 to advise of your culinary skills.
Helen Pritchard

The parking stickers for June 2016 are available at the pros or admin office. Please collect a sticker when you are next in the club.

The RMTC would like to welcome the following new members for June and hope that you enjoy your time at the club.

Steve Hi Ho
Annie McAuley
Andrew Neal
Jo See Tan
Henry Edwards
Walter Edwards


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