Glenhuntly Tennis Club


“How to win a Grand Final Twice in One Day

From our President, Graham Ihlein:

On Saturday 1 September a small crowd of nine watched an enthralling match of quality, friendly tennis. It was the Bayside Adult Mixed Rubbers Section 3 Grand Final between Glenhuntly and Parkdale.

After losing one of the first sets 6-0, the Glenhuntly team recovered to be behind by 4 games at the half way mark.
In the Mixed rubbers the Glenhuntly team played great tennis to be on the cusp of victory.
Susan Stagg and Michael Stagg won their mixed rubber 6-2, 6-2.
Nola Hardie and Tony Luxmore had four set points to take the second set before losing the last five points of the tie-breaker.

Everyone thought Glenhuntly had won by one game, so the drinks and food were opened and photos were taken.

About fifteen minutes later it was discovered one of the scores was a game out – so it was a draw and each mixed pair would have to play a tie-breaker each to get a clear winner.
But there were problems – one of the Parkdale team had left and some alcohol had been consumed. And the light was fading fast (indeed Susan had to take her glasses off because she only had prescription sunglasses with her).

So the fourth Parkdale player returned and the two tie-breakers were played:
7-3 and 3-7.
So the two tie-breakers had to be played again. Nola and Tony then won 7-5. But Susan and Michael were down 5-2 and then 6-4, before saving several more points to win 10-8 in the dark.

It was a relief to win (twice) and not have to come back the next week to get a result.

Well done to the whole team (including the other team members Captain Loretta, Ray and Cyril) who contributed strongly through the season.”

Photos before it got dark (taken by Graham Ihlein who is Club President and not a photographer!):
(1) Ray Yates, Tony Luxmore, Susan Stagg, Nola Hardie and Michael Stagg.
(2) Tony Luxmore, Susan Stagg, Nola Hardie, Ray Yates and Michael Stag

Glenhuntly Tennis Club Newsletter August 2018

1. AGM held last Tuesday evening –the year’s Report is being circulated to members.
The new Committee comprises:
❖ President (Graham Ihlein)
❖ Secretary (Steve Cramond)
❖ Treasurer (Ray Yates)
❖ Vice-Presidents (Barry Farrell, Michael Stagg & Ron Slamowicz)
❖ Committee Members (Yael Rodger, Tony Harding & Phil Mattei) plus up to four members to be co-opted.

2. Competition Teams: our Club has two Adult Mixed Rubbers teams in the finals next Saturday – from 1pm the Section 3 team will play at Black Rock and the Section 5 team will play at Parkdale.
Our courts will also be hosting the finals for the Mixed Rubbers Section 4 finals next Saturday (two matches) and the Grand Final on the following Saturday at Glenhuntly Tennis Club.
In the coming week our Club will also finalise entries for our adult teams to play in the Summer comp – Oct to Dec and Jan to March. If you’re interested in playing, please let us know.
Also, if you know of any boys or girls who want to play in a team on Sat morning, please let us know and we’ll add them to a team.

3. Our closer ties with Glen Eira College – as part of this, over the next four weeks six Year 8 physical education classes will be using our courts with their teachers to learn the basics of tennis (9-10.40am Mon & Tues and 1.30-3.05pm Thurs & Fri). Later in the year we will also provide some practice and training for the school’s inter-school tennis teams. We are also co-operating with the school on promotions and other parts of our shared interests.

4. New Courts & Fencing: Our AGM decided to proceed on preparing detailed documentation for resurfacing our courts and installing new fencing etc. A copy of the Report discussed in detail at the AGM is attached. The recommendation in the Report was adopted by the AGM.

5. Coaching Members:Our Committee reviewed the opportunities for people in accredited coaching by Phil Mattei at our courts to become Members of our Club. We want to welcome people in coaching to our friendly Club. At present people in accredited coaching at our courts, when joining our Club as new Club members receive a discount of 20% on membership fees.
In addition, our Club Committee has decided to add two new categories of Club membership relating to people being coached at our courts as follows:
Coaching Affiliate Member: Any person who is not otherwise a Member of the Club, and who is receiving accredited coaching at the Club courts shall be registered with the Club as a Coaching Affiliate Member.
Coaching Court Member: For a fee of $20 per year a person receiving accredited coaching at the Club courts (and any member of their family) may be registered as a Coaching Court Member. They may play on the courts (if available) during the hour before or after the coaching lesson.

How to Make this Happen? Coaching people should simply go to our Tennis Victoria website at

Select the appropriate Member category and fill in the contact details. If applicable, payment can then be made (preferably by credit card or
otherwise by EFT/cash/cheque).
Copies of our Club brochure for anyone interested are also available at the Clubhouse.

6. Congratulations to Member Prize Winners:
▪ Mark Zuker – Tennis Lesson: 30 min individual or group lesson donated
by Club Coach Phil Mattei (Phone 0418 399 653)
▪ Harry Levy – A Racquet Restringing: donated by Club Coach Phil Mattei
(Phone 0418 399 653)
▪ Srikrishna Narayanan – A Glenhuntly Tennis Club embroidered Cap
(value $25 – now being made)
▪ Brian Hanrahan – A Glenhuntly Tennis Club embroidered Cap (value
▪ Rhys Kennedy – A Glenhuntly Tennis Club embroidered Cap (value $25)
▪ Bill Renwick – A Glenhuntly Tennis Club embroidered Cap (value $25)
▪ Hayley Traub – Gardening: 30 mins Expert Advice on Your Garden
donated by Rodney Boonsinlapa (Phone 0403 115 595)
▪ Rico and Le Tran – State Parliament House: Personal tour and
tea/coffee donated by Graham Ihlein (Phone 0400 598 705)
▪ Sue Stagg – Cuisine: 30 mins Lesson on Cooking a Classic Asian (Indian)
dish (lesson donated by Srikrishna Narayanan 0416 562 212)
▪ Graham Ihlein – $10 voucher for the Railway Café, 78 Bardia Ave
Seaford donated by Jeff Li (Phone 0413 197 068)