Kensington Gardens Lawn Tennis Club

President's Archives February 2015

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Latest News February 2015


Happy New Year everyone:

Members will have seen the whole-of-Club Newsletter dated January, 2015 featuring one of our long-term Tennis Members, Joan Young. The three Presidents (General, Bowls & Tennis) were asked to submit “half a page”, so I’d like you to see what I submitted:

2015 is shaping up to be a busy and prosperous year for the Tennis Section. We begin the year with our major fundraising activity: the Annual Brunch to be held on our courts under gazebos on Sunday, 8th February from 10.00 a.m. for 10.30 start. Tickets, payable at time of booking please, are just $35 per person. There will be a glass of ‘bubbles’ or soft drink on arrival. Subsequent drinks will be available at generous Club prices. We will have live music and delicious food; free tea & coffee or – as a special treat – you might like to purchase a real coffee from one of our specially trained Baristas! As I said, this is our major fund-raising activity for the season so I would encourage as many members as possible to make up a group of friends and come along to this popular event. [At this late stage we would welcome anyone who wished to buy a ticket at the door to do so.]

The Committee is offering a free ticket to those who book a group of 10 or more. Tickets are available from any Committee Member and the preferred payment is by cash or cheque made out to “Kensington Gardens Lawn Tennis Club” and sealed in envelopes provided. Alternatively payments may be made to the Tennis Section Commonwealth Bank Account: BSB 065-131 A/c 513-00902322. Please email details of the payment to the Club email at[email protected] and mark it: “Attention Ron Weir”. There is a list on the large Tennis notice-board near the stairs.

As usual, I would be very grateful to receive offers of assistance to set up, serve food & beverages and/or tidy the courts at the end of the function. The average age of the ‘muscle men’ who do the heavy lifting is 70+ so I will be very glad to hear from some of our younger fry.

The Junior Program at Kensi is going ahead in leaps & bounds, as is grass-court tennis for Juniors across the country. Our own Junior star, Alex Endenberg has just returned from touring Victoria and NSW playing in grass-court tournaments where he fared very well, making it into the quarter finals for several of them. It has been a big learning-curve for Alex, coming from our Club where Junior Grass-Court Tennis is experiencing a resurgence, as opposed to one Club which boasts a contingent of 186 juniors! There was a major Junior Tournament at Reade Park in January and we have had several enquiries from people wanting to book our courts for practise sessions ahead of the big event. Let’s hope (and plan!) for this type of event at our courts in the future. Your Committee is currently seeking sponsorship for a Junior Tournament proposed for January 2016; so watch this space!

Our courts have an Australia-wide reputation and, whilst ‘synthetic’ seems to have a loud voice at present, just remember on what surface the most famous tournament in the world is played! Let’s value our beautiful asset; support our Juniors: the future of our Club and grass-court tennis in general. Our Greenkeepers have been working tirelessly to preserve our courts during this exceptionally dry period. Thankfully, the Weather Wizard came to their aid just in time and deposited thirst-quenching rain to assist their efforts. With judicious closure of some courts – and members’ respect for their decisions – the Greenkeepers have restored the courts to emerald green once again. Thank you, and well done Sharon & David.

Best wishes to all members. Enjoy your tennis in good health and happiness; and win, lose or draw, may 2015 be kind to you.

Gloria Sumner,

Tennis President