Two Hunters Hill Saturday Badge teams played their finals at home in glorious weather on September 3rd. Well done gentlemen!
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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
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 (a 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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com and one of us will followup.
On behalf of the 2017 Committee-Roger Brittain, Andrew Chilcott, Seamus Lynch, Graeme Sticka and Caroline Swan
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 email@example.com and one of the committee will be in contact.
On behalf of the 2017 Committee - Roger Brittain, Andrew Chilcott, Seamus Lynch, Graeme Sticka and Caroline Swan
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.
12 noon Ladies and Mens Singles Finals
1.30pm Ladies and Mens Open Doubles Finals
3pm Open Mixed Doubles Final
4.30pm Winners Presentation and BBQ
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.
Sally Stobo, President
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.
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.