For the second year Ward Partners are hosting the Hunters Hill Challenge Mixed Doubles event at the club. This event brings our club more exposure in the local community and valuable sponsorship for which we are grateful. The flyer below has information for who to contact to sign up and if needed we can find you a partner. The entry fee covers a BBQ and we are restricting numbers this year so get in quick to secure your spot and be part of what promises to be yet another enjoyable tennis event.
This is a quick reminder to all members that Finals Day is this coming Sunday. Come and watch the action on court and join us for a BBQ afterwards to celebrate. Just for catering purposes could you please text or email Jane Cowley (0408 881238 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are staying for the BBQ. There will be at least two courts open for social play so even if you're not in a final there is still plenty of tennis for everyone.
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 -email@example.com - 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.
Whilst we've had alot of rain and wind these past few months the courts have held up particularly well with play being able to be resumed after heavy rain within 48 hours. The work done on the courts at the end of last year has certainly been beneficial with better drainage at the courts' northern ends.
Club Championships and Finals
The dates for these are 15th and 16th October and 22nd and 23rd October. The dates have been changed as two of our Men's Badge teams are in the running to play in their finals and Graeme, our Club Captain, has been selected and will be playing in the World Championships in Croatia, both these events clashed with the original September dates. We will hold men's, ladies and mixed, singles and doubles events. More details to follow but please put these new dates in your diary.
Presentation of all trophies and a BBQ will take place at 4pm on Sunday 23rd October after conclusion of the finals. We hope you can join us even if you aren't playing or receiving a trophy.
Could all trophies be returned polished and shiny to the clubhouse by 9th October. Please put your trophy in the corner cupboard of the ladies change room.
Monica Sheehan Trophy
This event is being held on Tuesday 23rd August from 10.30am. All ladies are encouraged to enter, a separate email will follow.
Our Thursday Ladies team, playing in division 2, are top of the table. In this division no finals will be played and the winner decided by first past the post. Our Saturday Mens Badge teams are doing equally well. The HHLTC3 team (Div 3.1) are first, HHLTC2 (Div 2.3) are second and HHLTC1, playing in the very competitive 1.2 division, are in 7th place. We wish all teams and players the best of luck for the rest of the season.
We are bringing the date of the Annual General Meeting forward to Sunday 6th November. We will hold the Presidents Trophy at 1pm and will follow up with the AGM and light refreshments at 4pm. We encourage all members to come and participate in both events. This is your chance to get involved with the running of the club. Please put the date in your diary.
Meditation classes will be commencing at the clubhouse on 5th August and will be an excellent complement to the very calming yoga classes that are also conducted Friday mornings. If members come up to play on Friday mornings the balls and measuring stick will be available in the players shed to avoid disruption to the class.
Are you tired, stressed, over-worked... experiencing physical pain, or emotionally out of balance? ...or simply wanting to experience more peace in your life? ...If you answered yes to any of these - Why not try meditation?
Shrim is facilitating Meditation at the clubhouse on Fridays. Starts: 10am. Arrive between: 9:50am - 10am. Duration: 1 hour Cost: $15 Open to everyone. Feel free to share with all your friends and family. For more information, please contact Shrim on 0439 440 329.
Thanks to this stunning run of weather there has been great tennis played at the club in recent weeks. If you haven't been down to the club much this year yet, please make sure you join us very soon.
We are a third of the way through the Autumn badge competition and three of our teams are leading their division ladders! They are Men's HH2 (Captain Ben Johnson - div 2.3), Men's HH3 (Captain Ian Kavanagh - div 2.7) and Ladies HH1 (Captain Jane Cowley - Grade 2). Our other team, Men's HH1 (Captain Graeme Sticka - div 1.2), have also won half their games in a very close division. Great work!
Our Thursday Ladies HH1 team includes Kitty Dufficy, Caroline Durran, Jacque Weaver, Judi Lewis.
Support the club
Members may not know that you can make a donation to our club and get a tax deduction. This is done by donating to the Australian Sports Foundation and then indicating the donation is to be forwarded to our tennis club. We will direct all donations toward upgrading the courts and playing surface. Its a good time to do it with tax time coming. You can ask Roger Brittain (9817 0566) if you have any questions.
Thanks so much to Graeme Sticka for running the successful Special events in the past weeks.
Special Doubles Winners – Roger & Clive
Serving at the northern end…
Ed serving in front of the newly painted players shed.
Congratulations Alf for winning the Men’s Special Singles event
Ladies Special Doubles - winners Caroline Swan and Lee Adolfson
We warmly welcome Edmond Odishoo and Kate Botting to the club. We hope you have many happy times on the courts.
Membership Drive | Sunday June 5 & Tuesday June 7
Our club is reliant on its membership to share the costs of maintaining the courts and our club needs more members. Please invite a friend to these social sessions. Visitor fees will be waived and we will be offering a pro-rata reduced fee to join for the rest of 2016. (Please also mention the requirement for flat-soled tennis shoes).
Graeme Sticka - World Championships in Turkey
We are delighted to share the news that our Club Captain, Graeme Sticka, has been selected as one of the four players in his age group to represent Australia in the World Championships in Turkey this October. Graeme's team sounds very able - with the world ranked no 1 and 7 for their age group. Well done Graeme! Hunters Hill is so fortunate to have such a capable Club Captain who gives so freely of his time to the club.
Graeme with Fabrizio - 2015 Mens Open Final
Many members will be aware that we are now half way through the Strategic Plan 2014-18. Thanks to hard work from the committee many objectives identified in the plan have been achieved. However, we still need to attract more members and we need your help. If each member invites just one friend to play at the club it will help spread the word. Please support our upcoming membership drive and invite down a friend (or two!) to the club.