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August News

Dear Members,

I think we are all looking forward to the approach of spring, warmer weather, some growing of the surface and hopefully enough but not too much rain. The US Open is proving, in this first week of play, a wonderful display of Aussie talent including people like John Millman who played on our courts last year as part of the Davis Cup squad. If you've not watched it go to our web page (http://huntershilltennisclub.com.au/) or Facebook page and click on the video that Sally Stobo made last year about our Davis Cup week and see the delightful interview John gave on the joys of grass court tennis.

Badge Teams-Breaking News!!!

Mens teams

In exciting news two of our Mens Badge teams will be playing in Finals this Saturday (2nd September) at the club. At 11.30am HH4 ( playing in Div2.5), will play Manly whilst at 2.20pm HH3 (in Div 2.3 ) will play against  Mosman. We wish both teams the best of luck and if you are able to come down to the club and show them your support-they'd love it. The weather is predicted to be a beautiful 21C and sunny so perfect for watching.

HH1 and 2 Mens teams finished the season 7th and 5th respectively. Well done guys, we hope you enjoyed the competition and for those new to the grass this season we hope you've enjoyed the experience of playing on the surface.

Ladies teams

There are still two rounds to go (including Thursday 31st August) however none of our three teams will make the finals. HH1 and HH2 are currently in 6th and 8th position respectively in Div 1 whilst HH3 are in 6th spot in Div 2. There have been some very tough matches this season in both divisions and again we hope you have all enjoyed the competition and nature of inter club tennis particularly if it was your first season.

If anyone-either currently playing Badge or other- is interested in playing in the Spring Badge Comps (starting 7th October) which are played on Saturdays, please contact Graeme Sticka or Caroline Swan urgently to register your interest.

Ladies Special Singles

This event was held on Sunday 13th August with five players taking to the courts in warm and sunny conditions. A special mention to Liz Dossetor who dusted the cobwebs off her racquet and played very impressively after a long absence from the courts, don't leave it so long next time Liz!

The eventual winner was Kitty Dufficy who showed great fitness and form in all of her matches. Congratulations Kitty.

Club Championships

Don't forget to mark your diaries with the dates for the Club Championships- 13/14th October and 21st/22nd October. I'd urge all members to consider playing in the Championships. As my mother used to say its not about winning its about playing, taking part and having fun!

Graeme our Club Captain will be calling for entries closer to the dates so get out on court, practice, limber up for some singles matches perhaps, and find a partner for the doubles events.

New members 

On behalf of the committee and members I'd like to welcome David Francis and Marco Di Pietro. Marco has joined as a playing member and is looking forward to getting back and playing tennis more regularly. David is resident overseas but has joined as a social member so he can enjoy playing tennis on his trips to Sydney. As always we wish you warm friendship and many years of play here at Hunters Hill. 

Vale John Lange

Vale John Lange

It was with great sadness that we heard of John’s sudden death on the 13th August.  Judy Smith, one of our esteemed life members, who knew John well, wrote to let me know of John's place in club history.

"John was a tireless worker for the Club and always loved our lawn courts - not only to play on but also to care for. John first joined the Committee in 1992 and did not step down until the end of 2002.  During this time John served three years as a Vice President and five years as President of the Club.

John not only loved his social tennis but was always a keen competitor and over the years won numerous Club Championship events including both the Open Men’s Singles and Open Men’s Doubles.  John also represented the Club for numerous years as a badge player. 

John always had an extremely keen interest in the maintenance of the courts and certainly had many long conversations with Paul Cashell, who during this period was responsible for the maintenance of the courts including the annual year end court refurbishment. John was also the backup when John Williamson (past member) who was employed at this time to do the cutting and marking of the courts was on holidays.  It was only at the end of the 2014 season that both John’s concluded this work at the club.  

Finally, it is worth noting that after a visit to the Scarborough Tennis Cub in Western Australia, where John was playing tennis, he came back and suggested that the Club try a new format for our Sunday afternoon tennis.   At this time Sunday afternoon tennis was a standard set with a tie break at 6 all.  Suffice to say that the ‘new’ half hour block format was trialled and we have never looked back."

Rest in peace.   

Visitors

We encourage members to bring along visitors to play (the same visitor can visit up to three times a year) but please remember to fill in the visitors book and pay the $20 fee. 

Yoga

Our beautiful clubhouse is now currently being used for yoga three times a week. Both yoga teachers love the sun drenched space and peacefulness. Contact Tee (0407 827 957) or Mel (0404 870 254) directly to talk about classes. Both teachers run classes in school term time only. 

Mondays @ 9.30am with Mel, Wednesdays @ 9.30am with Tee, Fridays @ 9.30am with Mel

Nepal Tennis

If you've been to the club lately you will have noticed a large basket near the front door full of tennis equipment bound for Nepal. A big thank you to all those members who have generously donated already. 

For those who are unaware Tomas Vana from Marrickville LTC  will be travelling to Kathmandu in September,for a second time, as a volunteer to help run coaching clinics for junior players at Nepal's fledgling tennis academy. Tomas is collecting tennis equipment and tennis necessities to take with him to give to kids who want to play tennis but don't have the financial means to buy racquets,shoes, balls etc.  If you have any new balls, new grips or used tennis equipment in good order that you would like to donate please put in the labelled box in the clubhouse.  A little bit goes a long way in a country like Nepal. Tomas will be collecting all the donations on Sunday 10th September so you have a week or so to drop items off.

Thats it for another month. As always if you would like to ask a question or make some comment to the committee about things around the club the best way is initially via email to secretary@huntershilltennisclub.com.au and one of us will followup.

Jane Cowley

On behalf of the 2017 Committee-Roger Brittain, Andrew Chilcott, Seamus Lynch, Graeme Sticka and Caroline Swan

photo of Eric Shaw

July News

Dear Members,

Financial Update and Member News

At our committee meeting this month our treasurer, Seamus Lynch, gave us some very positive news that revenue from fees was up $11,000, approximately, this year compared to last.  We had more expenses last year, largely as we spruced up the clubhouse and surrounds for our Davis Cup visitors, so we expect these to be lower at the end of the financial year. Seamus will be putting up a P&L statement on the club noticeboard this week to keep members abreast of our financial status. Any queries please email secretary@huntershilltennisclub.com.au and Seamus can answer your questions. 

Every so often I will be writing about one of our members and this month I'd like to give a shout out to Eric Shaw. Eric has been a member for over 50 years, only exceeded by Jackie Bradshaw in length of membership. I think this is worthy of one of those blue plaques they put on historic buildings in England! Eric is the keeper of the Sunday roster and does an excellent job of making sure Sundays run as a smooth operation for which we are very grateful.

To add to our Members section this month I wanted to mention our "New Membership Secretary" Kitty Dufficy. Kitty does a wonderful job of answering emails and calls from prospective members and spends many hours coming up to the courts and welcoming players who might be interested in joining. Originally from Hong Kong, Kitty is a very popular person around Hunters Hill and is known for her smile and sunny disposition.

The future of the club is dependent on a vibrant, engaged and growing membership. If you have a friend or someone you know that may be interested in joining please bring them along as a visitor and show them our lovely grounds and surrounds, play a set or three have them meet members.

Visitors

Visitors are always welcome and actively encouraged at the club. Members are allowed to bring the same person up to three times a year and you can choose to bring them inside or outside a social window of play. We would ask that you sign them in in the visitors book-on the table under the telephone- in the clubhouse entrance. Please write the visitors name and email and your name (legibly please) in the book and leave the visitor fee, a very reasonable $20, either in the book or the tin in the drawer. Your help with doing this is greatly appreciated.

Badge Team News

Ladies Thursday Badge has just concluded the twelfth round. HH1 and HH2 are placed 7th and 8th respectively in Division 1 and HH3 are in 5th position in Division 2. There are six more rounds to go for the Ladies before finals begin so there is a chance one of our teams may make it into the last four.

Mens Saturday teams are playing Round 11 this Saturday (29/7/17) and will play a total of 14 rounds before the finals. At this stage HH1 and HH2 (divisions 1.1. and 1.4 respectively) are both coming 6th. HH3 are top of the table in Division 2.3 (great job gents) and HH4, playing in Div 2.5 are coming 4th with only 2 points separating 1st and 4th place so its going to be a race to the wire in that division!

We wish all our teams the best of luck in the last few weeks of competition. Remember you are always welcome to come down and support them on a Thursday or Saturday.

Ladies Special Singles

If you haven't already  please mark Sunday 13th August in your diaries for this trophy event. Graeme will send out an email calling for entries soon. As I have previously said do consider putting your name down even if singles is not your game as its always an enjoyable occasion and chance to mix, catch up and chat when we  play these special events and- added inducement- snacks and nibbles will be provided! Woohoo!

Equipment for Nepal

Last year during the Davis Cup I had the pleasure of meeting, among many visitors that week, Tomas Vana who plays at Marrickville Lawn Tennis Club. Tomas is a Slovakian living here in Sydney and is a very keen tennis player with a very kind heart.  Tomas visited Nepal last year and worked with a group of junior tennis players aged 6-17 years of age, on their clay courts, trying to develop their tennis skills (see Instagram account @tennisnepal or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/nepaltennisassociation) . He is returning to Nepal in September to help run more tennis clinics and is collecting tennis equipment and tennis necessities to take with him to give to kids in this impoverished country who want to play tennis but don't have the financial means to buy racquets,shoes, balls etc.  If you have any new balls, new grips or used tennis equipment in good order that you would like to donate please put in the labelled box in the clubhouse. Tomas will collect and take with him to Nepal in September. A little bit goes a long way in a country like Nepal. If you would like any further information please contact Tomas on 0421 875 787

Thats it for July! As always if members have any questions or ideas please email  secretary@huntershilltennisclub.com.au  and one of the committee will be in contact.

Jane Cowley

On behalf of the 2017 Committee - Roger Brittain, Andrew Chilcott, Seamus Lynch, Graeme Sticka and Caroline Swan