The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
20 April 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (
Editor: John Woods-Casey


• 23 Anzac Day Trophy F Hewson
• 29 Goodbye Party for Saskia L Brown

• 4 AGM and Trophy Presentation President
• 7-8 Exhibition Street Cup W Cockram
• 14-15 Judith Clarke Cup M O’Rorke
• 14-15 Australian Amateur Women’s Sgls and Dbls*

Frank Filippelli

Tournament Reports
MCCRTS vs RMTC at Romsey
22 players of all levels turned out to play potentially the last day of tennis on the court at Romsey with the court to be transformed into an art gallery for at least the next 4-5 years. The match was very close with the MCCRTS eventually winning the day 6/5. All of the games were played in good spirit and almost all of the games were very close, the final set score being 51/49 to the MCCRTS.

MCC started off the morning well taking the first two rubbers in quick fashion and subsequently took a 4/2 lead into the lunch break winning two very tight 6/5 sets. The sandwiches and fruit cake on offer at lunch appeared to reinvigorate the RMTC team as they won two of the first three sets to stay in touch but the team of Robert Falconer and Annie Strange were too strong for the MCC and confidently took them to victory on the day.

Notable highlights for the day were Dafydd Camp and Simon Walliss coming back from being comprehensively beaten in their first set 6/1 and both winning their second sets (including many spectacular dives across the court from Dafydd), Jo See Tan playing the volley of her life taking the ball out of Last Gallery and planting it firmly at the base of the tambour, and Greg Reid and Stuart Strange finally winning their first match as a doubles pair. Many thanks to Gordon Cope-Williams for providing the court and organising lunch, we wish him all the best with the coming exhibitions and the new direction the court is taking.

Upcoming Tournaments

2 PLAYERS NEEDED-ANZAC Day Trophy – Saturday 23rd April
The ANZAC Day Trophy is on again and there are 2 spots left currently. It is open to any players of 40 handicap and over and will be handicap singles with losers moving into a doubles draw. Play starts at 9.00am

Judith Clarke Cup and Australian Amateur Ladies Singles and Doubles – Saturday and Sunday 14th, 15th May
Calling on all lady members, book the weekend of the 14th and 15th May as a tennis weekend. The Judith Clarke Cup, annual ladies Melbourne vs Hobart competition, and the Australian Amateur Ladies Singles and Doubles tournaments are being run all weekend. The Amateur singles and doubles will be graded to accommodate all standards so book the date in your diary and get involved.

See you on court


World Championships Talk – Richard Travers
In preparation for the World Championship of Real Tennis at Newport in May, the HALP Committee is hosting an illustrated talk by Richard Travers.
Topic: James Gordon Bennett and the Newport Casino
Date: Wednesday 27 April
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm.

Saskia’s Goodbye Party – Friday 29th April
Saskia Bollerman is leaving the club to return home on the 30th April. There will be a party the evening before organised by one Lizzie Brown so save the date in your diary and come down to the club to help us celebrate Saskia’s time at the club. There is a sign up sheet on the board so come in and put your name down as soon as possible for catering purposes please, there are currently 60 people signed up and Lizzie will need to know if that number is going to grow.

Finally, new safety glasses have been purchased for use by members. 4 pairs have been placed by each court and are recommended to all players for ocular protection.


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