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


NOVEMBER
  • 27             Parent & (16+) Offspring Handicap Doubles             Pros
  • 28             Gold Racket Qualifier 6pm                                                Tennis Cttee
DECEMBER
  • 2              First Friday of the Month Drinks                                 Social Cttee
  • 3              JB Box Trophy                                                                      A Schnaider
  • 4              Finals Day incl Gold Racket                                          Tennis Cttee
  • 10-11       Young Members (u35) Tournament & BBQ                                                                                                      incl Jim Bailey Cup (u26 Handicap Singles)                 Youth Cttee
  • 14            Club Christmas Party                                                       Social Cttee
  • 16            Christmas Breakfast Tournament                               J Sear

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PRO SHOP
Frank Filipelli

Court Maintenance
The courts will be closed from 6am Tuesday Dec 20 until 6am Friday 23 to be repainted. Thank you for your understanding.

Christmas Specials
Christmas specials are now on in the pro shop! We have 5-lesson packages and racquet packages as well as books, clothing and footwear.
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UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS

Alan Hamer Cup Club Doubles Championship Final – Saturday 26 Nov
The final of the Club Doubles Championship is being played at 11am on Saturday 26 Nov. Last year’s champions Kieran Booth and Daniel Williams are up against the 6-time champions Michael Happell and Bret Richardson. Should be a cracking match of quality tennis with Kieran just returned from the British Open and Michael working hard in preparation for the World Masters in January 2017.

See you on court
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WORLD MASTERS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS – 16-29 Jan 2017

The World Masters in on at the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club next January. Entry forms are available at the Club so come in and grab your form to make sure you don’t miss out.
Entries close Friday 25 November!
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SAVE THE DATE: Finals Day 2016 – Sunday 4 Dec
There will be a BBQ on Finals Day this year, if you’re planning on coming down put your name down on the sign up sheet in the Club so we know how many to cater for.

Finals Day is arguably the best day of tennis for the year. We have the final of the Gold Racquet, Women’s A Grade Club Champs and Ford Strachan Junior Club Champs as well as the Medal of Medalists and final of the John Poolman Trophy (club handicap champs). Come in and enjoy the day in the Club and support all the players.

Update: The schedule for the day is announced!

0900-1400 Quarterly Medal matches
Involved in the knockout draw for the Medal of Medallist are Will Fowles, Tim Raw, Jo See Tan, Colin Scott, Sam Bowman, Rose Snell, Ben Craig, Roger Wood, Kathryn Arndt, Jeremy Hawkins, Charlie Hooper, Dafydd Camp and Moritz Von Sanden.

1100    Ford Strachan Junior Club Championship (L) Best of 3 sets
M WILLIAMS vs J GOULD

1230   Women’s A Grade Club Championship
P McCAHEY vs R SNELL

1400   The Gold Racket  (L) Best of 5 sets
K BOOTH vs TBC

On Completion of Gold Racket
Medal of Medallists’ Final (L) One set to 6
John Poolman Trophy (L) one set to 9 games – A Whitford vs J S Tan or J Piccolo

Members are encouraged to support these finals and to bring friends and guests.
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SOCIAL

First Friday of the Month Drinks – Friday 2 Dec
The last drinks of the year is upon us, come and join us for happy hour drinks and nibbles to celebrate the coming of summer and in preparation for Finals Day.
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ROB FAHEY DINNER – Saturday 7 January

There has been 25 World Champions since 1750, and none better than Robert Fahey.  In honour of Rob’s record breaking 22 year tenure as World Champion, incorporating 12 consecutive defences of his crown, the Australian Real Tennis Association is hosting a special dinner to celebrate Rob’s achievements.

You are invited to celebrate with Rob from 7pm Saturday 7th January at the RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne. $130 per person. RSVP: Friday 16th December to admin@rmtc.com.au

This promises to be a memorable night and will be a great opening function for the Australian Open. It will be made even more special with most of the top 10 players in the world joining Rob in Melbourne for this Australian Open and event.

Graeme Bradfield – ARTA President
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WORLD FIRST REAL TENNIS INJURY SURVEY
All members, injured or not, please provide your injury experience to this important survey. Paper versions available from the pros, online version available here:  http://tinyurl.com/jn3366v
It only takes a few minutes! Thanks to all members who have already done the survey. Much appreciated. It may lead to potential benefits to players.
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TOURNAMENT REPORTS
President’s Cup

Champagne was flowing on Sunday afternoon following a close final set victory by Fiona Hewson and Peter Stanley to win the President’s Cup back from Hobart. After a 2 year drought the much fought after Cup is back in Melbourne’s trophy cabinet thanks to the following team: Annmaree Lester, Jo See Tan, Peter Stanley, Geoff Dempster, Paul Rosedale, Michelle O’Rorke, Kathryn Arndt, Greg Cornish, Annie Dempster, Roger Wood, Owen Guest, Fiona Hewson, Vince Scopelliti (Head of Tennis) and Fred Kininmonth (President).

Saturday’s play ended with Melbourne leading 12/8 sets. This may have had something to do with some minor handicapping by the RMTC president plying the more than wiling Hobart team with Pinot and Pinot Gris over a lovely lunch prepared by Paul Andrews. A ‘best on court performance’ by Paul Rosedale (4/4 wins) set up the overnight lead for RMTC. 17 of us adjourned to The Piano for a delicious Thai dinner, followed by muscat and cheese back in the RMTC club room. The secret muscat weapon proved the undoing of Graeme Bradfield (new ARTA president) who sweated it out with Fred Kininmonth before losing in the first match on Sunday morning – the pro’s must have enjoyed scheduling this early match!

With only 4 matches remaining sets were tied 14/14 and the pressure was on. Melbourne steadied to stave off a draw winning 17/15 of the 32 matches played. We all retired into the garden for a BBQ lunch prepared by Fred and his band of helpers. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon to be shared with the fun Hobart team lead by president John Moores and his team: James Theodore, Tom McAuley, Andrew Brough, Michelle Moores, Graeme Bradfield, Christine Stirling, Paul Dunne and Annie Strange.

Thanks to the Hobart team for making their way to Melbourne and being such good fun and willing competitors. A special thanks to the Melbourne team for hosting a very entertaining weekend of tennis with a feeling of great camaraderie. Finally many thanks to Frank and his team for marking all of the matches and facilitating a smooth and entertaining tournament.