Invitation to Attend The Taste of Tasmania Fundraising Dinner


The Taste  of  Tasmania Fundraising  Dinner
Following the success of the French Fine Dining Dinner, the Bathurst Cup Fundraising Committee have put together another fantastic dining opportunity – The Taste of Tasmania – to be held on

Saturday, 23rd August

at the magnificent home of John and Sue Davis.

Chef Tim Last, from the Junction Motel/Restaurant in New Norfolk will this time be preparing a feast showcasing some of Tasmania’s finest produce.

Cost is $200 per person and reservations can be made by filling in the contact form below.

Places are limited so book early.

World Championship on the big screen @ HRTC

WC14-e1386133093663The tension mounts toward 6.30pm this evening when Rob Fahey begins his attempt at a 12th defence of his World Title.

For those of you who don’t know, Rob is Hobart born and bred, started his Tennis career at HRTC, has won more world titles than any other person in the game and also more major International titles.

Our game has the same four ‘majors’ as the modern game, the French, British, Australian and US Opens.

Rob in his mid- forties has a head full of knowledge and brilliant skills to match.

Camden Riviere his US opponent has won his way through Challenge Rounds to get to this stage, is in his mid-twenties and has been playing the game since he was 5yrs old.

Come to the Club to watch on the big screen and embrace the atmosphere.

Fine French Dining for Bathurst Cup Fundraising

Bonjour amoureux de la gastronomie french chef

Hobart Real Tennis Club is proud to announce yet another fantastic fundraising initiative for the Bathurst Cup to be held at the Club in 2015.

Ever wanted to be wined and dined in style with a six course degustation dinner cooked by your own high class chef?  Have wines expertly matched to compliment your food?  Enjoy brilliant waterfront views??  Well if you have, then have we got something special for you.

Local chef extraordinaire Tim Last has put together an imaginative French inspired menu, with accompanying French wines, for the first of HRTC’s Fine Dining Dinners.  Tim has a wealth of experience throughout Tassie, the Big Island and Overseas as well.  He has catered for everybody from HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Frederick and Princess Mary of Denmark, Pele, the Renault F1 racing team to the fellow Winterer’s at Davis Base in Antarctica.

The dinner will be hosted by Peter and Susan Scollard at their beautiful waterfront property in Sandy Bay on Saturday 22nd March, 7pm for 7.30pm start.

This is a intimate dining experience and numbers are strictly limited. Reservations should be directed to Peter Scollard at

Cost is $200 per person and is payable by credit card or via direct transfer into the Fundraising account (details available upon request).  All monies raised by this event will go directly to Bathurst Cup Fundraising.

To tempt your taste buds here is Tim’s menu ~

Canapés upon arrival

Smoked salmon

Chicken liver Pate en Brioche

1st course

Trio of Scallops in half shell grilled with caramelised onions and goats cheese, Oysters Florentine and tomato braised Octopus

2nd Course

Terrine of Pork and Veal with a olive ,walnut rocket sald with beetroot relish
3rd Course

 Roasted and Glazed Gallantine of Quail filled with smoked ham and truffle mouse

4th Course

Seared and Baked eye fillet of beef with red wine reduction with seasonal caramelised vegetables

5th Course

Lemon sorbet with Pernod Shot

6th Course

Dessert Tasting Plate

Individual Lemon Tart

Raspberry Éclair

Rich Chocolate and Brandy Mousse

Vanilla Bean Ice cream Sandwich


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Bathurst Cup Fundraising Committee 

Boilover in the Tas Amateur Doubles!


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!

Tasmanian Amateur Singles

Hilton Booth - Winner Tasmanian Amateur Singles

Hilton Booth – Winner Tasmanian Amateur Singles

John Herbert - Runner Up Tasmanian Amateur "C" Singles

John Herbert – Runner Up Tasmanian Amateur “C” Singles

Nick Rooke - Tasmanian Amateur "B" Singles

Nick Rooke – Tasmanian Amateur “B” Singles

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.