Hobart to host Danby Tournament

January 20th – 23rd 2017

The Danby is a world 70 and over real tennis teams event involving the top 70+ players from Australia and overseas. It is named after the Danby family who have been Real Tennis supporters in England for many years and were involved in the rejuvenation of the Seacourt court at Hayling Island near Portsmouth – England’s oldest court.

It is run every 2 years under the sanction of the world body.  Each team plays 3 x best of 3 set matches against each other team with usually 6 players per team. For the first time we have all 4 real tennis countries playing – France, England, USA  and Australia. France has never competed in the Danby before.  The event is rotated between countries and is held in Australia about every 6 to 8 years and this is the first time in Hobart.

Members are encouraged to attend the social events – Friday night Welcome Cocktail Party at HRTC, Saturday night tournament dinner at Mures Upper Deck.

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Information on the return and counting of votes upcoming AGM

Download Ballot Form

This further advice is to assure members of the transparency and confidentiality of the voting for the 2016/17 general Committee Members.

  • The Returning Officer is Bob Horner.
  • The Scrutineer is Jess Macrae.

The Returning Officer and the Scrutineer, do not have any professional, familial or personal relationships with any of the candidates.

All postal votes should be specifically addressed to –
The Returning Officer,
Hobart Real Tennis Club,
45 Davey Street,
Hobart, 7000.

Postal votes envelopes will only be opened by the Returning Officer and in the presence of the Scrutineer.
The Ballot Box at the Club will be opened and the ballot papers collected by the Returning Officer in the presence of the Scrutineer.

Member name and membership category advice is sought, only to ensure the integrity of the voting process.

The vote count will be conducted by the Returning Officer and independently confirmed by the Scrutineer.

On completing the vote count and advising the President of the outcome of the voting, the Returning Officer, in the presence of the Scrutineer, will shred the ballots papers.

Voting Process & Ballot Paper


The current club by-laws do not clearly provide for a process for voting on the 6 ordinary committee member positions where we receive more than 6 nominations.
As there are in effect no applicable rules, the recommended approach, which has been agreed to by all candidates and the current committee is:

  • All members to vote for up to 6 candidates for ordinary committee member by placing an X in the box next to the candidate(s) name
  • Each vote will be of equal value
  • When the votes are tallied, the candidate with the most number of votes will be first elected, the second highest number of votes second elected etc…until the 6th position is filled
  • In the event of an equality of votes, both candidates will be elected, provided it is not for the 6th position
  • If there are 2 or more candidates tied for the 6th position or even 3 candidates tied for the 5th and 6th positions, those positions will be filled by a show of hands at the AGM as provided for in the by-laws

The above process will be simple for the scrutineers, is fair and easy to administer.

Returning your vote

All votes must be returned to the tennis club by 6pm Friday 2 December 2016
A locked box will be available at the tennis club for you to return your vote from today until the closing time.
Interstate Members will need to post their votes back to the club in time to arrive prior to the commencement of the AGM.

Mail to:
Hobart Real Tennis Club
Committee Ballot
45 Davey St
Hobart   TAS   7000

Blank ballots and envelopes to secure your vote will be available at the club or DOWNLOAD A BALLOT PAPER HERE