January – February 2018 Newsletter


January – February 2018 Newsletter


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In this month’s edition ….

  • President Luke Keller
  • PTA Junior Makes Australian Open
  • Working Bee
  • Badge 2018
  • New Members
  • 2018 Subscriptions/Visitor’s Fees
  • Upcoming Events/Grass Court Opening
Luke Keller Standing Down After 4 Years
After 4 years at the helm, Club President, Luke Keller has decided to step down and will not be standing for re-election at the forthcoming AGM. On behalf of all members, the Committee would like to thank Luke for his contribution to the Club, especially in driving the most complex re-development initiative over the past few years. Luke has moved over to Willoughby, and with an expanding family and a new CEO position, he feels it is time to hand over the reins. Below we see Luke in action at the Club Championships and, in his role as President (L), recognising Ian Taylor’s work for MLTC.
PTA’s Zara Brankovic Makes Australian Open
For the first time in many years, a junior associated with the Club has made the first round of the Girls Competition at the Australian Open. Zara Brankovic, who has been coached by Paul McNamara for several years now (and who many of you may remember from her performance at an Open Day exhibition) was drawn against Russia’s Daria Frayman in the first round. After taking an early break to lead in the first set, sadly Zara was edged out 7-5, 6-2 by her opponent. Club members Midori Matsuoka and David McCallum were on hand to support Zara.
Working Bee – Sat 10th February from 9:30am
We will be holding a Working Bee at the Club on Saturday 10th Feb to prepare for the upcoming season and the imminent opening of the grass courts. I think you all know the drill but please come along to help where you can, even if you can only spare an hour or two. The list below outlines the most pressing jobs so if one takes your eye come along prepared to undertake (i.e. bring some gloves and the appropriate cleaning materials). Thanks in advance for your help


  1. Clean all plastic chairs – upstairs and courtside
  2. Clean (of paint) tables and barbeque area – top deck
  3. Clean deck floor and stairs
  4. Clean or gurney benches courtside 3 and 4
  5. Remove cobwebs from the whole club area
  6. Rake up leaves grass courtside, bin area and around the groundsman’s shed
  7. Clean up garden at the front of the clubhouse
  8. Clean glass area upstairs and Perspex on front door railing


  1. Clean window ledges, mirrors and windows
  2. Remove cobwebs, rubbish, excess hangers
  3. Unwanted shoes and clothes lying around can be donated


  1. Clean refrigerators – kitchen and white one near bar
  2. Clean all kitchen cupboards
  3. Clean oven and microwave
  4. Wash bar glasses
  5. Wash clubhouse windows
  6. Tidy storage cage
  7. Replenish 1st Aid kits
Badge 2018
The next Autumn Badge Tournament will start on Autumn Badge starts Thursday 26th / Saturday 28th April. A sign up form will be posted in the Clubhouse for you to register. Also, as the organisation has increased the entry fees we will be increasing the Badge entry fee to $35 from $25 per player and this is reflected in the subscription fees for 2018, detailed below. If you have already paid your Badge fee, we will be seeking an additional $10 and will be in contact shortly.
Details of the Competition are:-
•          Prize money for Premier Division has increased to $3000 (winner) and $1500 (runner up)
•          Prize money for all other divisions has increased to $600 (winner)
•          Mixed competition on a Saturday has been introduced
•          Changes have also been made to Spring Badge with the inclusion of prize money.
Deadline for entries closes: Thursday 29th March.
https://nswtournaments.wufoo.eu/forms/2018-stl-autumn-badge-entry-form/The Fact Sheet and updated rules can be downloaded from the Sydney Tennis League website by clicking on the link https://www.tennis.com.au/stl/
New Members
Please join us in welcoming new members, Franky Ling and Brian McCarthy to the Club. Do take the time to introduce yourself to them when you cross paths on the courts.
2018 Subscriptions/Visitor’s Fees
Could we remind you all that the 2018 subscriptions are due and thanks to the members who have paid again on time.
Please find below the schedule of Subscriptions for 2018. If you intend to play in the Autumn Badge Competition, please pay the higher fee with the $3 5Badge entry added. Please transfer the funds by the end of this month, much appreciated.
FULL                $545      $580
STUDENT        $295      $330
JUNIOR            $295      $330
HOUSE             $50
Payment  – with immediate effect if you don’t mind
Bank details: BSB 032-097 – A/C 640384In addition, from immediate effect the visitor’s fee will be changed to $25 per visit. As a reminder, visitors may make a maximum of 6 visits in one calendar year. Also, visitors must be signed in by the member who has brought them to the Club – this is important as we are a licensed premise and all non-members need to be signed in by law. In the case, of casual drop ins during social play, the duty officer should sign in.
Upcoming Events
We have the following events coming up so please make a note in your diaries. Specific details will be sent out in separate emails so please check your inbox.

  1. February 17th       2017 Club Championships Awards/Grass Courts re-open*
  2. April 25th              ANZAC Day Round Robin
  3. June 11th              Queens Birthday Round Robin
  4. October                 Quiz night 2018
  5. December             Christmas party

* Imminent Weather Conditions permitting

Further Donations
Furthermore, the Club would also like to thank members who have contributed various electric goods and articles to the club of late (including some exotic liquors for the bar’s cocktail collection.)

So, if  members are ‘ de-cluttering’ and have some of those esoteric beverages that seemed like a good idea at the time but have rested in the cupboard ever since or just items (e.g. utensils, tools, kitchen appliances etc.) that they are planning to dispose of but which are still, we politely emphasise, in good working order and would be of benefit to the Club please let any Committee member know and if appropriate we’ll try to find a place for them.

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