Round 12 - January 11
The summer of tennis has certainly arrived with fires to the left of us and the smoke to all parts of the country thickening as each day has gone by. Yet the tennis gods were in the favour of the WLTC as play in aggregate 12 was able to get underway with clear air and blue day.
Section 1 saw some old stagers and one up and comer take to the court and with the request to the match committee for a late start from Kim Jong Callahan it was he who took out the days section 1 with a score of 23 games. With serves as accurate and powerful as a missile followed up by a crisp volley there was no stopping the juggernaut of Kevin with the closest that anyone could come to him in Zac Sullivan getting pipped at the post in the last set to finish the day on 22 games. In third position was Phil Peck on 19 games. It was a fight to the death for the remaining positions with Peter Mulrooney (16/21) edging ahead on games against from Barry Sullivan (16/24).
John Brunner exacted some revenge on his finishing position prior to the Christmas break as he took no prisoners in Section 2 to win with a full score of 24 games. There was a wide gap between first and second with that position being taken up by Mark Brown with 16 games. Mark’s craft is about the volley, and volley he did, whether it was a hard, crisp positional stroke or a deft drop shot. Not far off the pace of Mark was Brett Goodwin who finished on 15 games. It was then left to Ash Weston and Frank Harris to see who went home with their tail between their legs of which ended up being Frank with only the 10 games to his name against Ash with 11.
A couple of young guns took section 3 by the scruff of the neck as both Carmine Adamo and Luke Toohey went at each other for most of the day with Carmine ending the day with the win on 24 games from Luke in second on 20 games. Coming in third position was the king of slap in Matt Curran with 19 games from the old silver fox in Pat Flynn with 18 games.
Section four saw four players take to the court with 3 x 8 game sets being played and at end of days play the four combatants were in deep conversation under the old oak tree with one person having a grin like a Cheshire cat. This person was none other than Vin Warnock who ended the day with 24 games and from the conversation he was detailing each point won with glee. The remaining three players in order of finishing were Brian Scobie, Ian MacDonald & Christian McGauren could only sit and listen to the tales of Vin of the past few hours.
The rusty old gate in Des Steele was greased up and swinging wildly as he took section 5 with a game score of 23. Maree Sullivan was just behind the gate and lucky not to be hit with the backswing as she finished with 22 games from Russel O’Brien in third with 18 games. Anita Malcolm was next with 17 games from the Statue of Liberty in Russel Canning to end in fifth position with 11 games.
Wendy Hall took out section 6 with 22 games of which many a time the left-handed serve to the backhand court brought about the winning game. It was tight for second position with Geoff Allen edging ahead on games against with 21/15 from Alan Busk on 21/16. Phil Dryden was next in line with 17 games from John Shanley.
Peter Curran & Jamie Almond were going at it like two boxers in a ring and in the end Peter scrapped through on points to win Section 7 with 22 games from Jamie on 21 games. Terry Flynn & Max McAulliffe ended the day equal with 16/19 from Simone Weston on 13 games.
Vu Trinh was back in the winner’s circle as he completed a good win in section 8 on 20 games. Next in line was the crafty Carl Cutrona on 19 games followed by two past presidents in Geoff Davidson & Peter Ablazej both on 15 games.
The return of a cooler day also saw the return of an equally cool Mick Keogh as he strutted his stuff on show court 3 to win Section 9 with 20 games. Coming in second was Ken Hooper on 19 games followed by a couple of Leavett-Browns in Anne and Shayla to round out the section
Entries to the aggregate play are needed to be in prior to 12.30 each Saturday and can be done a number of ways; either through the club website www.wanglawntennis.com.au, via phone (03) 5721 2438, or simply by placing your name on the aggregate sheet in the clubhouse.
Your Committee have been concerned about our Clubhouse vulnerability in such a quiet, poorly lit park. Experience at Shepparton regarding repeated break in and theft have suggested that we have had a lucky track record at WLTC.
In seeking better security, we have had a wonderful offer from a great community supporter and good friend of WLTC, Mario Pane of Pinkerton Security. Pinkerton Security has installed a 24/7 monitored security system this year.
Essentially this will only affect you if you are the holder of a clubhouse key. We think we have identified all key holders and given them passwords to turn on/off the alarm as they unlock/lock the door. If you have a key and do not have a password, ring or text Secretary, Michael Falkenberg on 0418392906 or go to our website and use the message option on the “Contact us” page.
This initiative represents a major change for our members. Those intimidated or unfamiliar with the technology, please ask for assistance. We do not want any barriers to members accessing the courts in their own time.
You will notice that unavoidably, we have had to reshuffle numbers on the courts - sorry for the change to tradition!
The technology does not affect you if you just turn up for scheduled events like Twilight, Thursday (Mixed and Ladies), Saturday tennis or any other ‘Light Facilitated’ event we hope to offer this year. On these occasions the gate will be open automatically.
If you want to play casual tennis with friends, one of the party will need to access Book a Court (BAC).
Soon you will receive by email, an invitation to “sign on” to Book a Court – you will then be recognised as a club member (and not charged) when Booking. Those members without a recorded email at WLTC will receive a text - please respond to this text with your email or let us know if you have none.
Thereafter, either from computer at home or from your smart phone (at least 10 minutes before booking time) book a court and time, your PIN will open for the gate from 10 minutes before the booking time. Apart from the fact that you have to book on the half hour, this will be otherwise very easy with a saved web address or use the link on our WLTC website.
There will be signage on the fence to assist non-members and members. In the daytime, your exact court number choice still remains optional after you are through the gate.
Members will play free in daylight, but we ask you to collect green fees ($ as on the hire fee box) from non-members in your party and pay for them, as you have always done.
If (as a member) you book a slot when it will be dark (i.e. the lights will be activated), you will have to pay with your credit card (tick a box to remember your details for easy booking on subsequent times). We decided that the light costs will be borne by “user pays” rather than the general membership. Costs are however reasonable – see table at the end.
Benefits of BAC
The BAC is encouraged by Tennis Australia as part of our lighting system. It has however several advantages for us, that balance the loss of our casual access by having an electronically locked gate.
Firstly, we have realised that since the departure from the Club of the late Bryan Curran, we’ve noticed a dramatic drop in hire fee income from non-members. Many free players are going unchallenged currently. This impacts on the club finances and imposes pressure on membership fees. BAC will alert users that this is a membership club (not RCoW council free facility) that has overheads. BAC can collect the appropriate hire fees electronically for non-member use.
Secondly, our Coach and his staff benefit hugely form light options, and we need this activity to feed in tomorrow’s members and users for tennis generally.
Thirdly, whilst there will be some money in the hire fee box from non-members paying to play with members, parties of non-members, and members using lights will be paying electronically. This reduces our security exposure.
Fourthly, it would be impossible to have ready access to the lights for both members and non-members without a system to turn on the lights (without clubhouse access), as well as quarantining light costs to users only.
Finally, increasingly there seems to be Tennis Australia, Government and Council grants for improvements to Clubs. We have received assistance with several grants towards: the lights (Tennis Australia, RCoW, Sport and Recreation Victoria) Book a Court (RCoW , pending from Tennis Australia) and Hotshots Court Fencing (RCoW community grants).
Initiatives like BAC help us to track participation which is then helpful in future grant applications. With signage and a modest cost structure, increased participation and usage from non-members will be clearly welcomed and tracked – helping our case.
Court Hire Costs