The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
134 Years
30 March 2016 Weekly News
Head Professional: Frank Filippelli (pros@rmtc.com.au)
Editor: John Woods-Casey
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KEY DATES:

APRIL
• 2 Young Members (u35) Tournament Youth Cttee
• 5&7 Junior Clinic (u16) Pros
• 17 RMTC v MCCRTS (at Romsey) G Reid
• 23 Anzac Day Tophy F Hewson

MAY
• 4 AGM and Trophy Presentation President

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filippelli

Junior clinics are on again on the 5th and 7th, bring your small people (U16) along to the club and let the pros introduce them to our wonderful game. The clinics will be run for one hour each and are allotted the 09:30-11:30 courts.

Upcoming Tournaments

U35 Young Members Tournament – Saturday 2nd April
The first of the tri-annual young members tournaments is coming up, clear the date in your diary and put your name down on
the board in the club to get involved. Lunch included in the tournament and dinner and drinks in the evening pending interest.

RMTC vs MCCRTS (at Romsey) – Sunday 17th April
The first RMTC vs MCCRTS pennant match is coming up and it may end up being the last chance you have to play at Romsey
before it is closed as a tennis club. Cotact the pro shop or come into the club to get involved.

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. Both tournaments are played off scratch and the Amateur singles and doubles will be graded to accommodate all standards so book the date in your diary and get involved.

Tournament Reports
Gerald Patterson Cup returns to RMTC
The Gerald Patterson is a tournament played between RMTC and RSYLTC involving real tennis in the morning and lawn tennis in the afternoon, with lunch at RMTC and a dinner at RSYLTC.
This year it was played on Saturday 19 March and was won by RMTC defeating RSYLTC 16 sets to 2.
The usual good start to RMTC playing real tennis was delivered with 8 sets won and one set lost before the trout were served.
The real tennis was played without handicaps except that a bisque was given each time a doubles pair lost a game when behind. This assisted RSYLTC in getting 35 games against RMTC’s 53 games.
However, this year, unlike all previous years, the lawn players were out played in the afternoon. RSYLTC won only 1 set in the 9 “lawn” sets played. This is the first time that the lawn players have not followed lunch with a complete thumping (no bisques on offer for lawn!). Perhaps it was because we played on the en tout cas courts … rain prevented use of the lawn courts.
Other factors may also have been in play. Ill health sidelined one of the real players 90 minutes before the start of play on Saturday. The quick thinking Frank (Filippelli) suggested Saskia Bollerman might play. She did. Saskia and Paul Wheeler were the most successful lawn pair (equal top in sets won, won the most games and lost the fewest) AND Saskia and Ross Macaw were the most successful real pair (equal top in sets won, equal top in number of games won and lost the fewest).
Jonathan Harris, Captain of Lawn, excelled with his selection and provision of Chablis, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet with which the two teams were able to replay the tournament over dinner. A most enjoyable day.
Geof Fethers

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Robert Kininmonth

I am pleased to announce the following changes to the RMTC Committee.

Vince Scopelliti has joined the committee, and will be chairing the Tennis sub-committee. Jonathan Hamer has been chairing
Tennis for the last year, and we thank him for his leadership in that arena.

Paul Andrews has joined the committee and will chair Social sub-committee. Julie Baker has been in charge of Social since 2013
(and several previous stints!), and we thank her for her tireless efforts.

Julie Baker will take on the chair of Membership sub-committee, relieving Kathryn Arndt, who has been in the role for the last
year and remains as Honorary Secretary.

I’m sure you will join me in thanking the new committee members, and thanking their predecessors for their contributions.

Fred Kininmonth

____________________________________________________________ MISCELLANEOUS

Daylight savings will end this weekend meaning that the clocks go backwards an hour from Sunday morning.

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