8 December 2022 | Tennis SA


There’s been quite a flurry of activity at Flagstaff Hill Tennis Club in recent times; culminating in the recent re-opening of its clubrooms, shared with four other sporting clubs, following a significant redevelopment. This included the installation of new playground equipment; a welcome addition for tennis club members and visiting teams with young children.

Flagstaff Hill Tennis Club appointed a new coach in Daniel Larcombe earlier this year who replaced former coach Tim Vogt after eight years in the role. His enthusiastic coaching style has seen the club attract a growing number of up-and-coming young players across all age groups and abilities.

At its AGM this year, the Club farewelled long-serving President Ross Kauschke and his wife Janice who both served on the board for many years. Ross served as President from 2010 after sitting on the board for several years prior to that. They spend countless hours tending to a multitude of club matters with Ross also receiving a Southern Suburbs Volunteer Service Award by Federal MP Amanda Rishworth in 2021.

Flagstaff Hill Tennis Club’s new club president Sonya Logan said it was fitting that the club’s two recently-reconstructed courts (1 and 2) were named in their honour in acknowledgement of their many years of service.

“We welcomed several new and eager volunteer board members at our 2022 AGM who, together with our existing board members, look forward to continuing the legacy left by our former coach and board members,” said Sonya.

“The vision we set down in our most recent strategic plan is to be ‘everyone’s tennis club’. We continue to maintain this vision, and with our new clubrooms, we also intend to be one of the most social tennis clubs in Adelaide’s south too with regular events for members being held.”

Flagstaff Hill Tennis Club continues to field a healthy number of junior and senior teams in both summer and winter competitions while holding well-attended social tennis nights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Congratulations Flagstaff Hill Tennis Club!


John Wesley Tennis Club was founded in 1905 by the Strathablyn Methodist Church and is named after the Church’s founder John Wesley. Located in Strathalbyn the club is approximately an hour from the CBD. The club has 8 courts with lights allowing for competition, coaching and social play across the year.

The club is all about encouraging people from the local community to play the great sport of tennis and is looking to provide players of all abilities with an avenue to participate and improve on their skills. This can be seen by the expansion of the clubs junior program which is leading to an increase in team’s competing this season.

The club has offerings for all skill levels with social tennis on Monday night all year round, traditional Saturday afternoon and Wednesday night team matches. The club is always looking to improve the facilities with the club looking to upgrade the lights, fencing as well as court resurfacing to ensure they are able to continue to provide a top tier atmosphere for the members of the club as well as the local community.

Congratulations John Wesley Tennis Club!



An unrelenting commitment, enthusiasm and passion for tennis are just a few of the hallmarks associated with Denman Tennis Club and Southern Districts Tennis Association (SDTA) committee member Anne Morgan.

Over the past 35 years she has worn many hats at Denman Tennis Club including President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Junior Secretary/Coordinator, Senior Team Manager also being awarded Life Membership of the Club in 2004.

At the Association level she was a member of the SDTA Competitions Committee (then the Permit Committee) in the 1980s and 90s for around five years in total and has added to this tally over the last 20 years, including several seasons as the Committee’s Chair.

The 2022-23 season is her 20th consecutive season as Denman Senior Team Manager and 20th consecutive season on the SDTA Competitions Committee. She accredits her longevity in the sport to the enjoyment of playing a leading role getting players on the court competing week in, week out.

“I guess I started volunteering because I enjoyed seeing how things ran. I find it very satisfying to be able to chat to club players and meet their competitive needs so that they get the most enjoyment out of their tennis,” she said.

“I also enjoy the social side to volunteering; working with all club members, fill-ins, juniors and their parents, and meeting and working with people from other clubs and associations.”

Anne continues to promote and administer tennis in South Australia through her work on the Tennis SA Metro League Committee and also through her volunteering effort at the annual Adelaide International. Her commitment and dedication to advancing tennis in the State over many years was officially recognised with a Tennis SA Service Award last month.

Congratulations Anne!


Mike Shute is the President of the John Wesley Tennis Club currently serving his second stint as President in the past four years. Mike has also previously served as Club Secretary and Vice President. He is extremely passionate about the sport of tennis having resumed playing 15 years ago when he moved to Strathalbyn. He initially got involved to meet people being new to the town and has not looked back since.

Mike’s goal is to help Australian tennis get to the strongest possible position with local tennis courts such as John Wesley Tennis Club being full of people trying to emulate their stars. The club can be seen to be doing that with the growth of it its junior program with the club seeing an increase in junior teams once again. Mike’s great enjoyment from being involved in the club is seeing the year on year improvement from the club’s junior players.

Mike’s favourite aspect of being involved with the club is the opportunity to meet new people as well as give back to the community. For those looking to get involved according to Mike, the most important thing is having fantastic support around you and working to achieve the same goal is a lot easier when you have people of like thinking working with you.

Congratulations Mike!