The Davis Cup practices at Hunters Hill provided one of the more special moments at the club in its recent history and the sight of all those wonderful players up close on the courts will stay in our memories for years to come.
Hunters Hill Members can be rightfully proud to have hosted the practice sessions at the club this year and I want to recognise the excellent work put in by our Green Options green keepers, led by Marty Shipp, to prepare the playing surface. In the lead up and during the practices our whole Hunters Hill team committed fully to make it so successful. Marty and Will prepared the courts and then readied them again each day, sometimes staying back until dusk to pull the covers on after practice finished. The efforts included Caroline and Jane's commitment and work to upgrade the garden and grounds; our club hosts - Jane, Martin, Kitty, Caroline, Alf, Julie, Bill, Cheryl, Kathy, Andrew, Ruth, Denise, Rita, Sue, Edmond, Deb, Joe, Kate, and Andrew Pavli all making sure we were ready for the visitors each day; and Sergio & Lee photographing the event and ensuring our Slovakian visitors were looked after. Thank you Andrew Pavli for your inspiration and help with the video. Well done everyone on your achievements.
What were two of the most wonderful aspects however was the pure joy of Members and community visitors alike to be sharing our Hunters Hill courts with players of this calibre, and for our Club to be working with Tennis Australia to play our role in supporting these Davis Cup teams.
It was indeed a special week, and I hope you enjoy the short video above to relive those special moments.
Now the action has moved to Homebush, provided the weather holds and matches go to schedule, our courts will reopen to Members with Sunday Social 1pm this Sunday 18 September. Check the twitter feed on our website for updates.
Well done Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios for winning their Singles Matches on Friday.
Thanks so much to Jane Cowley, Andrew Pavli, Bill & Cheryl Ierace, Ed Odishoo for looking after the club hosting role Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Caroline, John Millman, Bella Swan, Ella Dufficy
Tony Roche signed his racquet that hangs in the clubhouse.
Catherine Goodman, Yvonne Mack, Julie Cocco
Starting to feel a bit like dejavu, but helps us all sleep easy.
We congratulate the two Davis Cup teams who were nominated to play in the tie at Ken Rosewall Arena this weekend.
AUSTRALIA: Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic, Sam Groth, John Peers, Lleyton Hewitt (Captain)
SLOVAKIA: Jozef (Jojo) Kovalik, Andrej Martin, Igor Zelenay, Norbert Gombos, Miloslav Mečíř (Captain)
Wednesday brought even more magic moments to our club. Marty and the team removed the covers that had kept Courts 2 and 3 dry from overnight rain. Tomic and Krygios played a friendly set that went to a tiebreaker on Court 3. On Court 2 were our new friends from Slovakia training, and we later enjoyed watching Miloslav Mecir have a gentle hit for the sheer enjoyment of tennis using his wooden racquet.
To cap of the day our committee and special guests enjoyed the Official Davis Cup dinner. We were honoured to be warmly thanked by both Lleyton Hewitt and Steve Healey (President, Tennis Australia) in their speeches and Miloslav Mecir sought us out to thank our club for our hospitality which they have appreciated. At home Miloslav is President of the Slovan Bratislava Tennis Club and he told us he appreciated the efforts our members had gone to. Thanks so much to Rita, Kate, Sue, Julie & Alf, Lee & Sergio for doing such a great job as hosts over the last two days.
The draw is on this morning at 11am, so the earliest the teams will be at the club is likely to be noon.
What a truly amazing day we had yesterday at our Club. Under gentle grey skies the Australian team arrived early and stayed for the morning, then the Slovakian team came mid-afternoon, bringing with them the two best male Slovakian players of all time, and played until past sunset. HHTC has never had such an array of tennis talent on its courts. There's no doubt about that!
In the morning we enjoyed watching Australia's top player Nick Kyrgios, hitting with Australia's Alex de Minaur, who was Junior finalist at Wimbledon just a few months ago. Then in the gentle evening twilight members watched tennis greats from Slovakia including Miloslav Mecir, and Dominic Hrbaty. Mecir was known as the big cat who glided around the court and was a top 10 player and Olympic Gold Singles Champion. Watching Mecir volleying with incredible touch on Court 2 late yesterday was unforgettable. Dominic Hrbaty, one of only two players to have an overall winning record with Federer was playing on the court right beside. Photos of this afternoon session will be included in the next update!
Wednesday's plan is for both teams to be there this morning, however showers are around. Marty and the team have cleared the covers off courts 2 and 3, and will standby ready to replace them if required. We will update court conditions for members on Twitter.
Thanks to Andrew Pavli for helping the club gain wider exposure from this event. Our club is the cover story in the Northern District Times today.
The Davis Cup tie begins on Friday, so today may possibly be the last time we see the teams at the club. Club Members make sure you don't miss out experiencing first hand this historic occasion for Hunters Hill.
The visit of the 2016 Australian Davis Cup Squad and Support Team to HHTC.
Nick Kyrgios and James Duckworth both in action
lLeyton Hewitt & Nick Kyrgios
Lee, Tricia, Phil Collins (AUS team Racquet Stringer), Sally
This perfect weather has seen lots of Australian team action at the club. The team is likely to return 10am - Tuesday - for a few hours. The Slovakian team are scheduled to be at the club in the afternoon. Thanks so much to our wonderful members who have helped enable this to happen.
Our club has been given free tickets to this Friday's session at Homebush for club members and their guests. Please reply ASAP by email to arrange collection.
Welcome to the HHTC!
Roger and Kitty
Court 4 action
Ruth and Denise
Bella, Caroline, Julie and Alf
Josh Eagle and Alex de Minaur
Warming up Australian style..
Tomic & Groth
Sergio and Lee with Alex de Minaur.
Tomic and de Minaur with Hewitt watching on
A permanent stringing service at the front gate would be handy!
Robert’s tennis ball made a warm welcome
The cat from next door was not sure what all the fuss was about!
Our club is looking forward to working with Tennis Australia to host the Australian and Slovakian teams during their practice sessions leading up to the Davis Cup. The venue will be closed to the public but the practices should be partially viewable from the street.
We require volunteers to help at the club leading up to and during this time. Could interested members please email Roger -firstname.lastname@example.org - with your availability for
Sunday morning August 28 - painting
Saturday morning September 3 - clubhouse and grounds tidying jobs
Tuesday afternoon September 6 - clubhouse and grounds tidying jobs
Mornings or Afternoons September 10-15 - jobs include daily clubhouse clean, putting up nets before 9.30am, taking down nets after 4pm, hosts to generally help liase with Tennis Australia (morning and afternoon shifts).
Thanks so much to Caroline, Jane, Lee, Andrew Chilcott, Andrew Frankland and Andrew Pavli for their work improving the club gardens and working with Tennis Australia.
Tickets for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff, 16-18 September, are now on sale www.ticketek.com.au/daviscup.
Our courts are re-opening this Saturday. The greenkeepers will start by opening three courts (courts 1, 2, 5) and are aiming to open courts 3 and 4 the week following.
For those members who have not paid their fees this is a reminder, as they are now overdue. 2016 fees are outlined here. Please pay ASAP by EFT - (Important - please reference with your name). Westpac, BSB 032-185, Account 500293, Hunters Hill Tennis Club Limited or by cheque. If you wish to arrange a payment plan with the club please contact our treasurer Seamus, email@example.com.
Shelleys Doubles - January 31 - starts 3pm
This mixed handicapped doubles event will start at 3pm, but the courts will be open from 1pm. Stay on afterward and enjoy the finals of the Australian Open Mens Singles (TV coverage starts 7pm). Email Graeme to register firstname.lastname@example.org.
A BIG Thankyou
Thanks so much to those who tidied the gardens and helped make the clubhouse sparkle at the working bee last weekend - especially Jackie and Robert Bradshaw, Tricia Hannan, Seamus Lynch, Roger Brittain, and Jane Cowley. Well done!
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE We are very grateful for the recent member donations directed to buy a new filtered chilled water unit for our clubhouse. It is lovely to have it installed for the benefit of all members in this hotter weather. These contributions to the club were recently made through our new Australian Sports Foundation account. For other members who want to support our club through tax deductible donations, we would love you to consider contributing toward our Lawn Court Upgrade project. Our head greenkeeper, and another turf specialist we consulted, have both recommended the best way to improve the drainage on our courts would be by laser level. This involves the strategic and precise placement of topsoil to fill the low spots, particularly along the northern base lines.
Our goal is to raise $4000 to cover the expense this will incur for the 2015 court renovation and start it in November. If you would like to contribute toward this project please give Roger (9817 0566) a call to discuss or just make an online donation!
Our new clubhouse front doors
This month has seen the completion of more items identified in our club's Strategic Plan. We have begun on our grounds improvement; with frosted entry doors, new exterior sensors and lighting for safety, and additional garden plantings - thanks to continued help from Caroline Swan and her donation of plants. We have more plans for the clubhouse in the new year and will let you know about those as we finalise them. All your clicks to read our newsletters on our website have achieved a significant improvement in our Google rankings, making our club much easier to find for potential members. Our daily Twitter court updates, and your accessing of them, also contribute to raising our profile in the digital world.
We have had the flagpole on court 5 assessed by council and contractors. This 14m pole has proudly stood at our club since c1920, but in its current state of disrepair the best quotes we received to renovate it or replace it were upwards of $10,000! Our committee decided it is not a priority at this stage, so sadly it will be lowered in November. We will be keeping the timber with the idea to perhaps to craft some items.. Any members who are interested to contribute ideas or wood working skills I would love to hear from you.
I have really appreciated the efforts of our wonderful committee this year - Roger, Graeme, Seamus, Jane, Caroline, & Chris. It has been a fun and very rewarding year and we welcome other members to join us. If you have some time and energy to see continued improvements to the club in 2015 either on or off the committee we look forward to hearing from you.
We hope to see you making the most of the rest of the 6 weeks of our playing season,
Sally Stobo Club President
PRESENTATION DAY Sunday 18th October Our annual Presentation Day is fast approaching. This year we will be holding the Mens Open Doubles Final on the day itself, Tim Austin and Andrew Chilcott will play Graeme Sticka and Fabrizio Perilli. The final will start at 2pm followed by a BBQ and the presentation of all the trophies and cups from the club championships and other events throughout the year. Here is a link to our 2015 club champions. Regular social tennis will still be able to be played on other courts from 1pm so please come down for what is always a sociable and enjoyable afternoon.
AGM Sunday 22nd November The very last day of play for the season will be Sunday 22nd November. We have decided to hold our AGM on that afternoon following afternoon tea ,which will be provided by the club, and in addition the last special event for the year the Shelleys Doubles will be contested! This is a mixed event and the winners have their names added to a trophy that commemorates the man whose generosity and foresight allowed the club to become established on its present site. Please add your name to the list on the white board in the players shed or email the club to enter.
We would encourage all members to consider how they can contribute to the running of our club including sitting on the committee. If you are interested in being part of the committee please contact Roger Brittain for more information and a nomination form. Alternatively if the committee is not for you but you would like to contribute in other ways-big or small- please also have a chat with Roger or any of the committee members.
ANNUAL COURT CLOSURE AND SURFACE RENOVATION Our green keepers, Green Options, will move the machinery in on Monday 23rd November. The process of tynning, scarifying and this year, laser levelling, the courts will take approximately a week after which the courts will be left to grow for about 6 weeks. The date for reopening the courts will be mid January however we will advise all members by email in the new year.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS A warm welcome to our new members Jann Anschau, Rita Picone-Di Giovanni and John Smyth. We hope you enjoy many years of good tennis and friendship here at the club.
"THE HUNTERS & COLLECTORS" GARAGE SALE TRAIL Don't forget we will be hosting this very successful and popular community event at the club on Saturday 24th October. Members are encouraged to host a table themselves ($25) or donate their quality second hand goods, which we will sell and donate all proceeds to further clubhouse improvements. Please contact Jane Cowley (0408 881238) or Caroline Swan (0407 224 668) for further information or if you would like to help run this event. Here is a link to see how big this event is.
SPRING MIXED DOUBLES Saturday 31st October 11am-3pm Entry for this fun, competitive event is limited to 20 doubles pairings and all have an equal chance to win the lucky door prizes, donated by Babolat in conjunction withTennis Ranch, of two new racquets (valued at $600). We are happy to find you a partner if you like and snacks and drinks will be provided on the day! Click on this link to sign up via the Trybooking site for this event. Entries close 20th October or before if sold out.
MEMBER MATCH UP No its not a form of speed dating but a way of finding someone to have a hit with at the club! For the next 6 months we'll be trialling a system whereby members can logon, via the members section of the web site, and using our shared "Team Up Calendar" find other members to meet and play with at mutually convenient times. We hope this encourages more people to come and play both in and outside the existing organised windows of play and to perhaps meet and play with members they may not have met before. You can choose to set your preferences if you wish to be emailed if someone is looking for a game. If you need to know how to log on to the members section please email Jane Cowley on email@example.com for your login name and password.
SPRING BADGE TEAMS Best of luck to our two Spring Badge teams - we have registered a Men's team captained by Graeme Sticka, and a Mixed team captained by Kitty Dufficy. The first day of play is this Saturday in this 8 week comp.
There has been an enormous amount of activity at the club over the past few weeks- the clubhouse refurbishment, Club Championships and Badge semi finals.
A big thank you to all those that helped and assisted in so many ways with the 'new look' for the clubhouse; Firstly to Inspiration Paints at Gladesville who gave us a generous discount on our paint; Gladesville Glass for new safety glass in the doors at a very competitive rate; Roger, Kitty and Ken who were on the brushes; Sara and Graeme for handyman works; Lucinda and Lee on the garden and Caroline and Jane for the ideas, purchase and loan of many of our new items. There are still a few extra touches to go up including an enhanced memorabilia display. We hope you like the refreshed look, we discovered the clubhouse has had many looks over the decades and this is another in the long history of the club.
Finally thank you to The Australian Sports Foundation who have enabled us to receive tax deductible donations. We have created an account with them in the belief that members would like to see the courts in their best possible condition. To upgrade the courts, the process of laser levelling has been identified as the best option for optimising the surface and drainage. This project will be started in November and continue for a few seasons and we members can support this initiative via tax deductible donations. Any questions? Please call Roger Brittain 9817 0566. Click on this link for more information.
The warm weather and sunny days of late have produced beautiful playing surface conditions. We have just over three months of the season left so make sure you get down and make the most of it.
We have lots coming up- club championships, a trophy day, a community tennis event, a fund raiser and a bring a guest to play period. I would encourage you to get involved in any or all of these and support the club in whatever way you can.