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.
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.
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
Graeme Sticka (c)
Ben Johnson (c)
Ian Kavanagh (c)
2016 Ladies Thursday Autumn Badge team
Jane Cowley (c)
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 email@example.com. Also, a BIG thankyou to Caroline Swan for her time and energy nurturing our garden.
Our 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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
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 email@example.com to enter. More details are in our 2016 Yearbook. Enter as an individual and Graeme will aim for well matched pairings.
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.
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.
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.
We are postponing Sunday's Shelleys Trophy until all 5 courts are in play and our playing surface is firmer. The new Shelleys Mixed Doubles date is 28 February 1pm. Its a fun event and you enter as an individual. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter.
Advanced Mixed Sunday Social tennis will still be held this Sunday 1pm. Our greenkeepers are marking up Court 3 tomorrow which should give us 4 courts, provided the rain stays away!
Table Tennis - 5.30pm Sunday
We have a lovely new Table tennis table (a BIG thanks to Ben Johnson) and so even if it is wet this weekend, you can join us for some friendly games and then stay on for the Australian Open Mens Singles Finals will be on the clubhouse TV at 7pm. BYO snacks.
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!
Fellow members - please join us for this working bee to sharpen up the club grounds for our court opening. The jobs will not be too onerous, and will include window cleaning, clearing drains, tidying the garden and a little painting. A good time is sure to be had and light refreshments will be supplied.
Thanks in advance for your support, it would be great if you could reply by email so we can plan on how many members will be there.
We are working towards reopening the courts on January 23rd and looking forward to the club year ahead. Watch the homepage for updates.
From the 2016 Committee - Sally, Graeme, Roger, Seamus, Caroline, Jane and Andrew.
Keith Prowse Travel (KPT) has agreed on a sponsorship deal with our club and has put together these packages for our members atthe Australian Open and Wimbledon. There are a variety of options, including seats at the Finals - just click on the tournament for their packages and pricing.