Davis Cup HHTC Practice Update #4

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.

 

 

Davis Cup HHTC Practice Update #3

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.

Photo of Yvonne Mack, Miloslav Mečíř, Dominik Hrbatý, Sally Stobo on the Clubhouse steps

Yvonne Mack, Miloslav Mečíř, Dominik Hrbatý, Sally Stobo

Davis Cup HHTC Practice Update #2

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 Australian Davis Cup Squad and Support Team.

The visit of the 2016 Australian Davis Cup Squad and Support Team to HHTC.

 

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Davis Cup HHTC Practice Update #1

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.

 

August 2016 Newsletter

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.

Trophy Holders

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.

Badge News

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.

AGM

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

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.

June 2016 Newsletter

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.

Badge Update

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 playing a home game - Kitty Dufficy, Caroline Durran, Jacque Weaver, Judi Lewis.

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.

Special Events

Thanks so much to Graeme Sticka for running the successful Special events in the past weeks.

Ladies Special Doubles - winners Caroline Swan and Lee Adolfson

Ladies Special Doubles - winners Caroline Swan and Lee Adolfson

New Members

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 pictured with Fabrizio after the 2015 Men's Open Final in 2015.

Graeme with Fabrizio - 2015 Mens Open Final

Strategic Plan

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.

Thank you for your support,

Sally Stobo, Club President

April 2016 Newsletter

We are pleased to be registering the following teams in Autumn Badge. Thank you so much to Graeme Sticka and Caroline Swan for volunteering as our Club Badge delegates. We hope you have a very enjoyable season!

 2016 Mens Saturday Autumn Badge teams

  HH1        HH2         HH3                                         
 Graeme Sticka (c)  Ben Johnson (c)   Ian Kavanagh (c)
 Fabrizio Perilli  Chris Jones   Clive Magowan
 Seamus Lynch  Andy Phelan   Roger Brittain
 Conor O'Toole  Andrew Frankland   Joe Zucker
 Mark Haet  Andrew Chilcott  Sergio Carpio
 Chris Doucas  Andrew See  Edmond Odishoo
 Alf Cocco  Mike Swan

 

  2016 Ladies Thursday Autumn Badge team  

 HH1 
 Jane Cowley (c)
 Jacque Weaver
 Judi Lewis
 Kitty Dufficy
 Caroline Durran
 Judy Fisher
 Jackie Bradshaw
 Fiona Henshaw
 Donna Underwood
 Sally Stobo

 

Grounds and Clubhouse

Many of you will have seen the newly painted netshed. We plan to update the players shed and benches in the next few weeks and are looking for volunteers to help with painting. Please contact Roger Brittain if you can help roger@brittains.com.au. Also, a BIG thankyou to Caroline Swan for her time and energy nurturing our garden.

IMG_1068Our courts were rolled with a cricket wicket roller last month and Marty aims to repeat this later in April. We are keen to hear any feedback about how the courts are playing as Green Options work to improve the playing surface.

Membership Drive - 29/5 - 4/6

Our club is reliant on its membership to share the costs of maintaining the courts and our club needs more members. We would like to encourage you all to bring a friend that might be interested to join the club during this special week - Sunday 29th May - Tuesday 4th June. All visitor fees will be waived and we will be offering a pro-rata reduced fee to join for the rest of 2016.

New & Returning Members

We warmly welcome the following new members to our club: Joe Zucker, Chris Doucas, Judi Lewis; and we welcome back Fiona Henshaw, who is rejoining. We hope you all have many happy times at the club.

February 2016 Newsletter

We have fun events coming up so we encourage you all to come and enjoy the courts, especially as they are playing so well after this stretch of dry weather. We are also fundraising for further clubhouse improvements. More details below, Sally Stobo & the 2016 Committee.

Shelleys Trophy | This Sunday 28 February

We have just a few spaces left to this fun Doubles event this Sunday. Email Graeme Sticka gsticka@gmail.com to enter

Ward Partners Challenge | Sunday 13 March

This is a fun Mixed Doubles event open to all -  Sunday 13th March from 10am. Please note there will be no 1pm Social tennis that day. More details and to enter online.  Questions? Caroline Swan 0407 224 668.

Fundraising for Clubhouse Improvements

To support clubhouse improvements we encourage you to consider purchasing an Entertainment Book

The Entertainment™ Book is a local restaurant and activity guide which provides hundreds of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers from the finest restaurants, cafes, attractions, activities, retailers and hotel accommodation.  Enjoy dining in Sydney’s Inner West at restaurants and cafes such as Cucinetta Ristorante, Ironwood Coffee Company, Justine Grill and Woolwich Pier Hotel. The Membership entitles buyers to exclusive offers that are virtually restriction-free, and is valid through to 1 June 2017. Available as an App or a book. Early purchasers get an extra sheet of discounts.

The 2016 | 2017 Sydney and Surrounds Entertainment™ Membership can be yours for $70 and if you buy from this link, $14.00 of that goes towards our clubhouse improvements.  We are one of the first groups to be selling the 2016/17 copy so it would be great if all club members get behind this initiative by  sharing this link with your Friends and Family. Lets aim to sell 100!  Questions? Sally Stobo 0419161648

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Ladies Special Singles and Doubles Events

This year these events will be held on Sunday at 10am on March 20 (doubles) and April 3 (singles). Email Graeme Sticka gsticka@gmail.com to enter. More details are in our 2016 Yearbook. Enter as an individual and Graeme will aim for well matched pairings.

New Members

We warmly welcome the following new members to our club this month - Edmond Odishoo, Judy Fisher, Jill Anne Scott, Chris Doucas and Mark Haet. We hope you have many happy times at the club.

Badge

Its still not too late to nominate for a badge team to enjoy representing our club. Comp begins at the end of April. Please contact Graeme Sticka (0418 402 415) or Caroline Swan (0407 224 668) for more details. Badge 2016 nomination form.

Table Tennis

The club has a great new table Tennis table for Members use - A Big thank you to Ben Johnson for this donation. Balls, & bats are stored in the ladies change room corner cupboard. Its very easy to set up, so feel very welcome to meet at the clubhouse and make use of it.

Club clothing is for sale online. 

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Junior Tennis Program

A NEW Sunday Junior tennis program begins February 14, 2016. It will include coaching, social and match play on the lawn courts. The group will be run by tennis coach George Kesic.

Sundays 10.30am - Noon

Suitable for 11-16 year olds ready for match play.

8 weeks: 14 February - 3 April

Costs $160

To register call George Kesic 0410 654 792