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


• 29 Goodbye Party for Saskia L Brown

• 4 AGM and Trophy Presentation President
• 7-8 Exhibition Street Cup Pros
• 14-15 Judith Clarke Cup M O’Rorke
• 14-15 Australian Amateur Women’s Sgls and Dbls*
• 20 Empire Day Breakfast Tournament J Sear
• 22 Junior Clinic (u16) Pros
• 28 Quarterly Medal #2 Pros
• 29 Women’s Handicap Doubles M O’Rorke

Frank Filippelli

Tournament Reports

ANZAC Day Trophy
The ANZAC Day Trophy tournament was played on Saturday, with 12 players turning out for a knockout singles and doubles event.

Notable mentions were Sam Bowman who won his way through to the singles final, with comfortable wins against James Guest and Michelle O’Rorke on his way through, whilst on the other side of the draw it was Ken Penaluna who made his way to the final. The singles final was very close, with Sam racing ahead to a 5-1 lead, before Ken woke up and came back to win 6/5.

Great tennis was played by Kate Paton and Julia McCahey making a winning combination in the doubles all the way to the final, against Ken Penaluna and Robin McAllen. It was Ken and Robin who proved too strong for Kate and Julia, winning the doubles 6/5.

Fiona Hewson

Upcoming Tournaments

Exhibition Street Cup – Saturday and Sunday 7th, 8th May
The Club’s Open Handicap tournament is on again, open to all members of any handicap sign up to come and test your handicap against the pros. Singles and doubles draws are open with all first-day losers eligible for the doubles on Sunday.

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.

Dark MOFO Tournament in Hobart – Saturday and Sunday 18th, 19th June
The Dark MOFO tournament is being held in Hobart again this year. It is set to coincide with the last weekend of the music and arts festival organised by MONA owner David Walsh and last year’s edition was a terrific success. We need a lady to champion the tournament in Melbourne so if you’re keen to play in Hobart and attend an exciting tournament and weekend please let us know.
See you on court
K Arndt

Candidate for Membership

The following candidate 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 person listed, they should contact the Honorary Secretary or any other member of the Committee, and make their concerns known.

Completed nominations are on hand for:


Leo Murphy
Michael Carroll/Wilson Lorimer/Greg Reid
Mountain Hwy The Basin
Age 52, Builder

Should any member wish to make a formal objection in respect of the above nominations, it needs to be made to the Honorary Secretary, before 10 May 2016.
Robert Kininmonth

We have been blessed with the company of Saskia Bollerman in our Pro Shop since November last year. Alas, she leaves us this Friday. Members will miss her welcoming smile, friendly conversation and engaging interest in what we’re up to. In addition, our pro team will miss Saskia’s quickly learnt skills tying balls, booking courts and jumping on court with members.

Saskia joined us as part of a gap year and is returning to university in Holland. Her aim was to reduce her handicap. She has done more than that. In six months Saskia has reduced her handicap from 46 to 29, earned the #8 world ranking in women’s tennis and won the Australian Open Doubles with world #1 Claire Fahey. Congratulations Saskia!

A special thank you to the Happell family for hosting Saskia during her time at the Club. Mike, Tatty and their daughters Edwina, Bella and Josephine have been like a second family to Saskia, so we sincerely thank them for the care and superb hospitality they have provided Saskia during her 6 months in Australia.

Our thanks are extended to Hugo Van der Meer – our first “gappy” from Holland – Hugo had a wonderful time here last year and encouraged Saskia to make the move. Also to the Bollerman family, her parents Theo and Lucie who have raised a wonderful daughter and her brother Paul, who refuses to let Saskia beat him in real tennis hence drives her competitive spirit. I think Paul’s work is cut out for him now! They have visited here for the last two years to play in the Roo Trophy and Boomerang Cup, bringing with them more Dutch players and loads of fun. We certainly look forward to welcoming Saskia and her family and friends back here soon. Well, she’ll have to return to defend her Australian Open Doubles title at the very least!

Robert Kininmonth – President

TONIGHT-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
The attendance list for Saskia’s party is now full. For all those attending, Saskia will be playing for the Christa Abdallah Trophy against Julian Snow starting at 6pm. There will be happy hour prices on wine and beer at the bar from 6-8pm. Finally, orange apparel is required as part of the dress code and will be checked at the door so ensure your attire is sufficiently colourful.

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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