Compiled by David Graham
Kiama Tennis Club members welcome Mark Booth to the club.
Mark and family have recently moved from Wagga Wagga to take up a Veterenary position in Kiama. Mark was playing at Boulton Park in Wagga for the past 8 years and is looking forward to meeting up with the local tennis community.
Mark is originally from Sydney and commenced tennis lessons with coach Graham Pearson at Southend Tennis club in Enfield.( Pearson is now head coach at Illawarra Suburbs tennis centre at Rockdale.) As a junior Mark Booth played in a number of McDonald squads as well as representing Western Suburbs in the Sunday afternoon Inter-District competition.
Prior to Wagga Mark worked and played in the north -eastern Victorian tennis competitions based at Albury.
When not on the tennis court Mark and family enjoy surfing, swimming, hiking and mountain bike riding.
Mark has settled into Wednesday Night comp in Division 1 well and with a huge backhand return of serve and speed around the court will be a force to reckon with.
The Springett’s – “we met playing tennis” The Club’s objectives say “more people playing tennis more often” and that includes players who choose to hire the courts on a casual basis if that suits their needs. Here’s a good example of a local family that play together.
The Springetts. Brendan, Steve, Michelle and Tiffany
They say that families that play together stay together and the Springetts. Steve, Michelle, Tiffany & Brendan are a great example.
Michelle told us that she met Steve playing tennis – how about that. What better advert for the game could we have. We hope to welcome the family to the club one day.
Locals Win Australian Doubles
The Australian Seniors Tennis Championships held last week in Canberra were well supported with 295 players from 35 to 90 years of age participating.
Visiting players from Japan, Canada, USA and New Zealand appreciated the new facilities at the ACT Tennis centre at Lyneham where $11 million dollars has been pumped into the venue to bring into line as a world class facility.
Kiama players David Graham and Bob Morgan went through to win the 130 Combined Mens Doubles. David and Bob had wins over a solid pair from Victoria and then defeated Ian Worland (Orange) and John Greenup (Canberra) in a tight match to clinch the title.
Bob played steady tennis and took a day to acclimatise to the unpredictable clay surface. His solid trademark backhand return of serve proved to be a dominant feature of most matches.
The 130 doubles is an event where the combined age of both players must be 130 years or greater. Bob is 71 years (who would have thought!!) and has now decided to travel to Melbourne with David to play in the Oceana Championships to be played at Kooyong in early March.
Both players were pretty happy about their Australian title and were presented with gold medal momentos for their Australian title.
Congratulations to KTC member Bjorn Myers , the recipient of the Youth Achievement Award at Kiama’s Australia Day Award Ceremony which took place on Thursday the 14th January. KTC nominated Bjorn for this award and we are very proud of his achievements. WELL DONE Bjorn!
Just because Sunday tennis has disappeared from the website doesn’t mean much other than there’s a content management issue.
Sunday tennis is the most popular tennis gathering for “many miles” and represents the most representative group of Kiama Tennis Club Members bar none.
Garry Geissler Linda Robertson, Kay Ikeda and Ken Bryant
The courts start to fill about 2pm and continues until Francis Lim drops !
Make sure that you keep hydrated.
Kevin Jones, Bruce McLeish, Diane Etchells and Julianne Welsh
A subject for discussion is the future if the Blowhole courts. Did you know that a draft master plan of council contains a possibility that the the courts may get used for another purpose…. watch out for info coming your way and be prepared to write or email council to say no – keep the courts. They provide an excellent community and visitor facility and are de-facto heritage status – they were established the year before the Railway station. Tennis players need to be heard to retain the courts for future generations.
Alan Hansell, Fancis Lim, “King Bob” and Michael Phipps
Enjoy tennis on Sundays at Kiama Tennis Club. Members free and visitors $4.00
Kiama Tennis Club and Kiama Tennis Coaching are offering a brand new initiative for all new Junior Members…
All junior coaching students who sign up for Kiama Tennis Club junior membership ($52 per financial year) will now receive the added benefit of one free cardio tennis class per week until the end of the June 2015.
This incentive offers a great saving for those of you who currently pay per cardio class. Other benefits of membership include
* free use of the club courts whenever required
* free entry to KTC Junior Championships
* choice of playing Saturday morning district comp.
* free cardio tennis shirt
* invitations to junior social events
For more information (or membership forms ) please speak to Joe
The NSW Senior Championships were completed last weekend at Pennant Hills in Sydney with 287 players from across Australia and overseas performing. The tournament is an ITF category 2 event and attracts World ranking points. Jeff Brown from Kiama Tennis Club teamed up with Jason Clarke from Dapto in the Mens 45 Combined Doubles. The 45’s were combined with the 35 doubles event which made this a very tough event.
There were two pools with 6 pairs in each. The temperature over the weekend reached 34 degrees at Pennant Hills, the worst conditions Jeff had played in for many years, no wind, just HEAT.
In Jeff and Jason’s pool we had the No.1 Australian Doubles player, Chris O’Mara (Qld) and his partner No.12 Leo Pijnacker (Ned). Eventual Runner’s up.
The South Coast pair came in 4th in their pool but were disappointed as the two sets they should have won they lost by not playing well at the right time.
The boys had a great game against the No.1 pair, going down 6/4, breaking their serve to lead 3/1, then at 4 all, silly mistakes costing them the set.
While it was a great day and good tennis, the heat was so bad, many players were feeling ill.
” With little rest between sets the heat taking its toll, and silly errors crept into our game.
Will see if we can go a little further next year”Jeff said after the match. Well done to Jeff and Jason who are considering future tournament options.
Joe and his coaching team held a successful clinic these school holidays over 2 days with over 30 participants which is a very promising sign and showing growth in junior tennis in the Kiama area