An amazing result in the Tas Amateur Doubles on Sunday, as Kate Brown and Nicholas Rooke pull off possibly the biggest upset in the event’s history.
Or, with the Hobart Christmas Pageant on today, perhaps just a christmas wish?
The final (Kate and Nick vs Graeme Bradfield and Hilton Booth) is on tomorrow, Sunday 17th. Games in all divisions continue over the weekend, make sure you come in and watch some great doubles action!
I hope all members are keeping the 2nd November clear on the calendar!
We need lots of players and lots of willing helpers to conduct tours, talk up the club and be around to host the groups of people. Tours will start at 10am and go every half hour finishing at 2pm. We hope to sell memorabilia to visitors as well.
Please get in touch to sign up for the Tournament and the Dinner.
Photographs provided by Josh Dwyer
Those of us lucky enough to see the finals of the Tasmanian Amateur Singles last Sunday witnessed some remarkable, exciting and intriguing tennis.
In the top division, Hilton Booth defeated Graeme Blundstone (back home from Melbourne for the weekend) 6/1 5/6 6/1.
The first set saw a most remarkable display of accurate, power and controlled hitting producing for Hilton one of the best sets of tennis he has probably played.
Sitting in the marker’s seat I was ducking and weaving as the ball thundered into the dedans yet from the service end Hilton hit the Winning Gallery four times and the ‘Monk’ didn’t miss out either.
There wasn’t much Graeme could do to combat this and when he went 5/1 down in the second set things didn’t look too promising.
However, there had been a minor shift of momentum with not everything hitting the mark as in the first set and Graeme stepped up his weight of floor shot, started retrieving everything and having clawed back to 5/5 played a strong game to clinch the set.
Tough to maintain that momentum against a player of Hilton’s ability and Hilton, who at no stage lost his composure, was able to step up a notch to win a superb contest.
In the ‘B’ Division Nick Rooke was too strong for Justin Legg in the final winning 6/2 6/1. Maybe a combination of Nick starting to reach his potential and Justin not yet recovered from six weeks of ‘The Good Life’ in Europe!
The ‘C’ Division Final produced a superb and intriguing match between John Armstrong and John Herbert, which John Armstrong eventually won 1/6 6/2 6/2. John Herbert ‘s natural flair and ball skill when tamed and adapted to our game is very hard to beat and that is what happened in the first set.
John H. always seemed to be in the right spot, volleyed and half volleyed crisply and accurately and served a very ‘heavy’ ball which John ‘A’ was unable to attack.
In the 2nd and 3rd sets John ‘A’s patience was rewarded, he started to find room to ‘spear’ returns into the corners, John ‘H’ tired and was too upright going into corners and John ‘A’s retrieving and consistency plus his nagging demi-pique serves saw him home in a fine match.
The ‘D’ Division, Jackson Brand, who really found his ‘cut’ shot and used it very effectively particularly on return of serve, scored a tough victory over relative newcomer Francis Spilsbury who also showed that he has a lot more to offer as he gains experience.
Both players covered the court with the vitality of youth and I am sure will have many more battles in the future.
When talking of youth, mention should be made of the ever ‘youthful’ Iain Burrows. Iain is a great supporter of the Club who takes on all-comers, is a tad over 70years young and took Francis to three long sets in the semi-final eventually succumbing 6/2 5/6 6/4, a great effort.
On Sunday 4th August five pairs of intrepid players competed for the Mixed Doubles Round-Robin Handicap.
Despite the ‘late’ 10am start some found it hard to get going but in the end everyone appeared to have a great time and enjoyed a very social day.
Despite losing 6/1 to John Moores and Christine Stirling in their second match of the day, Paul and Sally Crosby gathered their resources to win their other three matches including a 6/5 heart-stopper against Lee McLean and Ian Ritchard which got them through to the semi-finals.
John and Christine won all their round-robin matches and went on to defeat Ellen Davis and John McCormack in the semi-final 6/5 to secure a place in the Final. Paul and Sally once again came upon Lee and Ian in the Semi and had a slightly easier 6/2 victory this time.
The remaining team and defending Champions Julianne Drewitt and Patrick Bradfield struggled with their high handicap but fought hard to record some close losses.
So in the Final, Sally and Paul were pitted against Christine and John and managed to turn a 6/1 Round-Robin loss into a brilliant 6/4 Finals victory.
Congratulations to all competitors on some spirited and sporting matches.
With a break in the middle of the day all players contributed to a leisurely and harmonious lunch to re-stoke the boilers.
This years dinner will be preceded by drinks and an exhibiton tennis match at the Club and then a lesiurely stroll over to The Tasmania Club for a fabulous evening of feasting, drinking and dancing.
There will be a live band and I’m sure even the most left-footed of people will be unable to resist the lure of the dance floor after a glass or two.
It would be great to see some of our newer members coming along to this event and seeing why HRTC has a gained a reputation amongst the other Clubs for being fun and social. Because we are!!!!
Remember…..Saturday 14th December. Sign up below:
It would be fantastic to see an army of Hobartians invade the shores of the big island to bring the cup home to sit alongside the Percy Finch and the Judith Clarke trophies!
The tournament is a handicap event open to all standards, singles and doubles played over the two days with lunches on both days and a dinner on the Saturday night.
Billets will be arranged for Friday and Saturday nights for those that would like to be hosted by the opposition.
Our professional Barry will be coming over and will play an exhibition match with one of the Melbourne professionals.
This is a strictly seriously competitively sociable tournament, if you aren’t willing to have a blast whilst creaming the big islanders don’t put your name forward!
If you are interested in carrying the flag please let the club know. Book your flights now to secure the best fares.
The semi-finals of the Australian Junior singles will be played today at 10am and 11.30am.
The Final will be played at 2pm not 2.30pm as originally advertised.
Congratulations to Simon Lee and Alex Crellin who got the tournament off to a great start yesterday.
Playing the first match Alex defeated Simon 6/4 4/6 6/4 with Simon saving six match points as he fought his way back from 5/1 down in the final set.
Both players were playing their first National Tournament and we look forward to many more.
Alex Colbert and Pat Bradfield each won a round before succumbing to stronger interstate players in the Quarter Finals.
During the afternoon we were treated to a high class practice session involving Michael and Daniel Williams, Al Ramsay, Hilton Booth and Paul Rosedale.
These young players will soon be the best players in the country which means they will be representing Australia in future Bathurst Cup competition.
The Bathurst Cup is the ‘Davis Cup’ of Lawn Tennis and a highly regarded prize.
Last Friday night we had a very entertaining New Members and Junior welcome evening and thanks to Christine Stirling, Ron and Hilton Booth for all their organisational prowess.
Thanks also to the four ‘seasoned’ participants, Graham Hyland, Pete Boyles, Al Ramsay and Barry Toates for providing a highly entertaining exhibition match.
Don’t forget: 2pm this afternoon (Sunday) for the Junior Final