Kensington Gardens Lawn Tennis Club

President's Archives September 2014

Latest News September 13th 2014

Good morning everyone:

Just a quick reminder about today’s Free Wine Tasting at the Club from 4.00 – 5.00 featuring wine selected by our Major Sponsor, Skye Cellars.  All the wine presented today may be purchased by the case, and delivered free of charge to anywhere in mainland Australia.  Take advantage of today’s prices which are available for a limited time and place an order on the specially-prepared form available at the Tasting Table in the Clubrooms.

This event was planned to introduce our wine to the Bowling community at Kensi at the end of their practice match today.  If you’d like to watch some good bowling and try “a little beverage or two”, see how the footy’s going on our TV; fortify yourself with a sizzling sausage – you may end the day better informed about wine, food and lawn bowls than you’d ever imagined.  Why not give it a go??

Here’s the News Flash

I’m delighted to announce that we have been invited by Tennis SA and Tennis Australia (confirmed yesterday) to host one of four “Win a Wildcard” events in SA – the only one to be held in the Adelaide Metropolitan Area.  The winner of the event wins a Wildcard Entry into the Australian Open, so we can expect to see some great tennis!

The event to be held at our Club is on Sunday, 19 October next from 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.  This is a terrific opportunity to showcase our Club whilst earning extra $ for the kitty.  Because this is a charity event there is only a nominal fee to be paid for use of the courts;  however, one of the requirements of the Host Club is that –we provide a canteen for the day and ensure that it is open and staffed.  Other requirements are:                      Ensure all courts are available and in reasonable condition;

Provide help to Tennis SA staff on putting up signage and       Tournament desk (2-3 people for 2-3 hours, day prior to the event).

The entry process is set up by Tennis Australia, all entries must be taken online. Players must be 18 or over to enter. For more information on the entry process please see this link    Draws, schedules and communications will be managed by Tennis SA and Tennis Australia with all information available online.

This is short notice, I know, but I wonder if members would consider how they might contribute to the success of this event.  I would be grateful to receive offers of goodies baked for sale in the canteen and offers of help to make sandwiches to sell.  We will need help in the bar and to cook sausages on the barbecue.  I’m not sure what time the 2-3 people will be needed the day before (as mentioned above) as I don’t have all the details at this stage.

If you are able to help in any way I’d be glad to hear from you.  Please contact me at either email address:  [email protected](checked daily) or the Club email [email protected] (checked regularly through the week) or on my mobile 0438 843 148.

The days leading up to this are going to be very busy:

Saturday, 11th starting at 10.00 a.m. is the “Come and Try Tennis Day” – a big event, especially for the younger fry, with registrations for the ANZ Hot Shots Program.  We hope to have a very special guest to launch that Program.


Our Director of Junior Development, Rob Endenburg, sent information earlier in the week about our new website hosted by Tennis SA and designed by Rob.  As part of our attachment to the Tennis SA site they publicize our events.  You will see from this link – that our engagement with them is invaluable.

Saturday 11th October is the first Saturday after the long week-end when Social Tennis really gets off to a flying start.  We’re going to try starting at 1.00 o’clock this season so the early birds will have plenty of tennis.  They may be worn out at the end of the day but they will get plenty of tennis.  What a way to go!!  Our traditional ‘Opening Day’ Afternoon Tea at 3.00 might be just the thing to revive weary legs.


Monday, 13th is the first of the Monday Night Tennis matches, starting at 7.00.

Tuesday, 14th is the first of the Tuesday Morning Ladies Social Tennis, from 9.00.

Wednesday, 15th is the beginning of Wednesday Night Tennis, starting at 7.00 (Still looking for a Volunteer Co-ordinator of this.  Please contact me if you can help.)

Thursday, 16th from 9.00 a.m. is the first day of matches for the Mid-Week Ladies Comp.

Saturday, 18th is Social Tennis again at 1.00;  assisting with set-up of ‘Win a Wildcard’ event some time during the afternoon and then, that evening …….

Wine Dinner Sponsored by Skye Cellars at 7.00 (for 7.30) with the Ballast Stone Wine-Maker as our Guest Speaker.   Don’t miss this opportunity to try some excellent  wine.  Perhaps it will not be new to you, and may even be your favourite!   Our ever-faithful Club Wine will also be on the wine list.  Cost is just $28 per person (includes bottle of wine per table of 4) for a delicious 3-course meal.   Numbers are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  We can accommodate tables of 4 or 8.  The Club is open each day and you will find the Booking Sheet in the usual spot on the Tennis Noticeboard. Payment is requested in advance please in order to secure your reservation.  Details are on the Noticeboard.  (We may be able to accept electronic booking & payment.  Please contact me for details.)

Then, the Next Day, Sunday, 19th October, commencing at 8.00 a.m. is the Win a WildCard Entry” Tournament for entry to the Australian Open.  There may be a few heavy heads amongst the helpers but it should be a great day.  Spectators are most welcome to attend.

Time is running out to lodge team entries in the Metro Lawn Tennis Comp Ladies Div. 2. I’ve received some expressions of interest but we could do with a couple more ladies for this Doubles & Singles comp and/or as reserves. Please contact me a.s.a.p. if you are interested in playing this Season.

Enjoy this beautiful Spring weather in good health and happiness.

Gloria Sumner,

Tennis President.