Cottesloe Tennis Club: April 2022

  • Friday 1 April, from 4.30pmJunior Club Tournament 
  • Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 April, from 8.30amJunior Club Tournament 
  • Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 April, from 12.30pm: Men's & Women's Doubles (Club Championships) 
  • Sunday 3 April, 12.00pm - 2.00pm: Young Adult Social Tennis at CTC 
  • Thursday 7 April, 6.00pm: 1st Thursday BYO Barbecue 
  • Friday 8 April, 5.30pm: Trophy Presentation (Junior Club Tournament)
  • Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 April, from 12.30pm: Mixed Doubles (Club Championships). Enter by 6pm Sat 2 April
  • Sunday 10 April, 12.00 - 2.00pm: Young Adult Social Tennis at CTC 
  • Sunday 10 April, 4.30 / 5.00pm: Club Championships Presentation
  • Saturday 16 April (Easter Saturday), 6.00pm: 3rd Saturday BYO Barbecue 
  • Saturday 30 April: Winter League (pennants) Competition Commences
  • Sunday 1 May: Perth Children's Hospital Tennis Classic at CTC
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Well done to the team of 14 hardworking club members, including nine veterans over 70 and one under 20, who smashed the estimated time frame for completion of the work, by installing over 80 metres of grate drains on the north and south sides of hard courts 1-4, in a week! We were told the courts would be out of action until 13 April. Well the commitment by these guys, under the direction of 'Commander' Rob Wilde, resulted in the job being completed two weeks ahead of schedule! And what's more, as a result of the volunteer labour they provided, at least $18,000 was saved - a significant contribution to the club from Rob and his team.

On site almost every day since Monday 21 March, the guys tackled every task from shovelling sand and carting away debris, to the very specific and focused work required to solve the drainage problems. Precision was the key, with the drains needing to be cut straight and accurately. Two days were dedicated to digging out the new drain trenches. Then came the placement of the new drains using Rob Wilde's patented 'Outrigger Drains Support System', whereby the drain sits in a trench with grout poured around the drain. The editor (not tech savvy) apologises for any error in her wording of this process!  
Work in Progress & Work Completed - New Drains in Place 
Accolades ++ to Rob Wilde, Derry Walker, Peter Moullin, Bruce Michelly,
Harrison, Alwyn Vear, Brian Cooper, Adrian Taylor & son Josh Taylor, Richard Atkins, Dai Williams, Rob Taylor, Phil Tissiman & David Chadwick.
Special thanks to Nancy Harrison & Pam Morley for contributing
(in the words of the workers), fabulous morning teas and lunches 

Members will have noticed POD managing a project to renovate Bay 4. Courts 16 and 17 were quite rough - certainly not to the standard of the rest of the club's courts - due to remnant road base under the surface which was not removed when the courts were converted from clay to grass. Court 21 at the far eastern end of Bay 4, also has road base under it - POD thinks it used to be a car park!

The whole bay is being ripped up, the road base removed, and the grass surface replaced using the retained top layer of grass and soil, plus new reticulation. This will provide us with much improved durability and performance capability.

The renovated courts are expected to be available at the end of November. Remember, Bay 3 would normally be out during this time, but it was renovated early this year to ensure court availability whilst the work on Bay 4 went ahead. 
Provided by Liz Peterson, Tournament Organiser:

The 2022 Club Championships are underway, with a total of 112 players with 122 entries to 15 events.

The Singles Events had 47 players in three divisions and was played on the weekend just past. All players turned up on time on Saturday and waited patiently for 30 mins for the rain to clear and courts to dry enough before the first matches could play. The quality of tennis was high and played with real spirit and good sportsmanship. 
Singles Event Winners to date:
  • Two new Club Singles Champions: Men's Division 1 - Samuel English and Women's Division 1 - Jessie Culley
  • Division 2 Women's Singles Champion is Michelle  Atkins
  • Division 3 Men's Singles won by Paul De Nardi
  • Division 3 Women's Singles won by Patricia Leake
The Division 2 Men's Singles final is still to be played. Come and watch Mark Lewis and Greg Barrett compete for the final at 11:30am next Saturday 2 April.
Congratulations to the finalists and all members who participated on the weekend, and thank you to the enthusiastic spectators enjoying the finals.

The Doubles Events – Women's and Men's – will be played Saturday and Sunday 2 & 3 April, with the Mixed Doubles to be played on 9 & 10 April.
The link to the tournament website is CTC Club Championships 2022
Wrap-up of Championships & Trophy Presentations
4.30pm / 5.00pm Sunday 10 April
The bar will be open and the presentation will take place following the conclusion of the mixed doubles finals. Everybody welcome. 

Chris Evans aspiring to be the Singles Championship Winner!! 
We're approaching the end of this summer's Sunday social tennis sessions. Please join us for our last two sessions:
12.00pm - 2.00pm
Sunday 3 April & 10 April
It's free for members and non-members, so bring along a friend!

For more information contact:
Amy at or

Libby Mussared, Weekend League Coordinator:

Firstly, thanks again to our team captains - Scott, Damian, Chris, POD, Ed, Marco, Brian, Jo/Eva, Craig, Laurence and Bruce. for all your work again this season! It is very much appreciated!

Huge congratulations to our victorious Women’s Division 2 team, the only weekend team to claim their pennant with an impressive 4-2 win over City Beach at Cottesloe. With only one loss all season, the team went into the final as favourites, and got off to an excellent start claiming three singles matches before sealing the win with a doubles! Well done Jo, Eva, Elana, Angie, Georgiana and Sarah.

Commiserations to the Men's State League team of Scott, Will, Max, Adam, Brenton and Sam, going down in a tough ask in the final against Hensman Park. The club has enjoyed watching you play some extremely high level tennis all season, and look forward to supporting you to a revenge next year!

Below - Watching the finals at Hensman Park 


Message to all Cottesloe Tennis Club Members
THANK YOU and your Committee for once again supporting our fundraising efforts on behalf of the children in Perth Children's Hospital. With your kind permission, we are holding the 22nd annual PCH TENNIS CLASSIC at your beautiful club. The tournament is a mixed doubles event, and you can see more on the format at
The only action required at this stage is to click the link below and enter your name in the text
Places are limited, but entry forms are not yet distributed, and the process we follow is to send out further information and entry forms ONLY to those who proactively elect to be kept in the loop.
  • If you choose NOT to click the link, we won't trouble you again.
  • If you DO click the link - and we would like that very much, put the date in the diary for now, and we'll stay in touch with updates about this year, including how to enter. You can make your final decision then.
Our organising team is gearing up to make this event as enjoyable as possible for everyone. However all the time we remember the worthy cause to which you and we all contribute - the Children in PCH. 
Thank you once again from the PCH Tennis Classic Organising Team 

Katrina Chisholm, Mid-Week League Coordinator:

It’s been another successful summer season for our mid-week pennant players with nine of the 18 teams making it through to the final rounds. All teams are to be congratulated on participating and completing the season, especially as there were a few ‘hairy’ moments towards the end of the qualifying rounds when injuries, heat and COVID all began to take their toll and our reserve lists were stretched to the max!

Special mention to the Women’s 8set Doubles, Division 3 team, captained by new member, Sheryl Chaffer, who managed to gather a team every week, despite team members suffering: 1 x broken ankle, 2 x serious hamstring and knee injuries requiring operations, 1 x skin cancer and 1 x dog bite – and still managed to convince some obliging members to reserve and play on hard courts in 37 degree heat - an outstanding effort!

Four of the five grand-finals were played on our home courts - is there anywhere better? - and even the Level 2 COVID restrictions limiting spectators this year, could not suppress the enthusiasm and aspirations to capture the ‘Shield’. The post-match Wednesday night celebrations were particularly jubilant - perhaps legendary!
Hearty congratulations to our Winners:
  • Tuesday Night Mixed Doubles, Division 2 (Boima/Harrison)
  • Wednesday Morning Women’s 55+ Doubles (grass), Division 2 (Dibb)
  • Wednesday Night Men’s Doubles, Division 6 (Furtado)
'Winners and Grinners' - Tuesday Night Mixed Doubles Team - who defeated Kingsley in their Grand Final: (Lt to Rt): Sarah Knapp, Augie Boima (Capt), Lucy Giesen, Chris Reyboz. Other team members were Andrew Harrison,
Eva Ooi, Matthew Plint, Dan Marshall, Angela Philipson & Hannah Bowden

Wednesday Morning Women’s 55+ Doubles (grass), Division 2.
All six team members played at Cott in the final, winning against Reabold.
Lt to Rt: 
Annie Sullivan, Jane Ward, Sue Dibb (Capt), Anne Williams, Amy Oen & Ruth Maitland

Winners: Wednesday Night Men's Doubles Team, Division 6
Lt to Rt: Richard Atkins, Robert Taylor, Chris Furtado, Craig Yaxley,
Paul De Nardi, Simon Storm, Bob Anderson (taking pic)
& John Zendler (absent)

Well done to the Finalists:
  • Wednesday Evening Men’s Doubles, Division 3 (Devenish) aka ‘The Deucebags’
  • Thursday Evening Women’s Doubles, Division 3 (Anderson)

'Not Winners, but still Grinners' - Thursday Night Women's Doubles, Division 3 who lost to Bullcreek. Katrina Chisholm (5th player), Lu Anderson (Capt), Sheena Storm, Fiona Allan, Michelle Atkins, Kate Mahon (photographer) & Lyne Woodland (absent)

In the Semi-Final rounds, there were some close matches. Commiserations and better luck next time for those who missed out on moving into the finals: Tuesday Twilight Women’s, Division 1 (Flipo);  Wednesday Morning Women’s 45+ (grass), Division 2 (Dawkins);  Wednesday Evening Men’s Doubles, Division 3 (Brown); and Thursday Evening Women’s Doubles, Division 1 (Medhurst).

Finally, Tennis West make a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award to the most successful individual player in each division in the summer season. News has just filtered through that Cottesloe Tennis Club has captured two awards in adult competitions this season. Well done:
  • Katrina Chisholm: Tuesday Twilight Women’s, Division 1 (Flipo)
  • Linda Ellis: Thursday Evening Women’s Doubles, Division 1 (Medhurst)
Finals may be finished but we’re already planning the winter season. There have been fewer entries for the winter competitions this year as it seems our pennant players are happier to play close to home and amongst themselves, thus avoiding uncertainties of wintry weather and travelling to distant grounds, as well as reserve complications brought about by COVID. Suggestions for more Intra-Club competitive play are welcome. 
Copy provided by Chris Evans: 

After a truly exceptional summer of tennis, the inaugural Cott Cup Mixed Doubles Championship drew to a close with Elana Taylor and Daniel Marshall being crowned as our foundational champions! A truly huge congratulations to the tournament’s deserved winners who played one outstanding match after the next, and who, throughout the entire tournament, showed great spirit on and off court. 

The championship showcased an abundance of wonderfully hard-fought tennis, bookended by copious amounts of pre-match banter and post-match frivolity! Winners were hit, aces were bombed, volleys were punched, and deft touch was a plenty. 

When speaking of CTC, I often say to people that it is the most warm and welcoming sporting club, of any code, that I have ever been part of. And herein lay the ambition for the tournament - to simply further aid in bringing our wonderful CTC community together. With 43 amazing matches played by 15 extraordinary teams - the Cottesloe Cup proved a game, set, and match with many newly formed rivalries created and many newly forged friendships made.
Cott Cup Winners - Daniel Marshall & Elana Taylor (front)
with Sarah Stretton & Chris Evans 

Just some of the Cott Cup players 
From Tennis Approach:
Junior Summer Pennant Finals: Congratulations to all 25 Junior teams that represented Cottesloe Tennis Club this summer. From these teams, 14 teams competed in the semi-finals with eight teams progressing to their division finals. Some great tennis was played on finals day, which saw six of our eight teams come away with a win, including a Cottesloe v Cottesloe Derby, which at the end of play DREW ON RUBBERS, SETS and GAMES. A final tiebreak had to be played to decide the day. Congratulations to all our winners this season.

13/u Mixed Yellow Ball, Dolphin Division

Lt to Rt: Jessie Cox, Alex Chatfield, Sally Maddern, Isadora Thompson, 
Fenella Cox, Sara-Jayne Lau, Isabella Mellick, Isobel Wood,
Lottie Ercleve. Absent - Greta Terzieva

18/u Boy's Division 3
Lt to Rt: Daniel Carew-Reid, Eli Garman, Harry Smith, Daniel Kerfoot, 
Timothy Kania. Absent - Rocco Wood 

13/u Mixed Yellow Ball, Division 9

Lt to Rt: Adam Bassett, Brendan Chin, William Anning. Absent - Arman Gohil

13/u Mixed Yellow Ball, Orca Division

Lt to Rt: Alexander Edelman, Eddie Vivian, Noah Wise, Connor McGregor

13/u Mixed Green Ball, Wallaby Division

Lt to Rt: Thomas Wood, Sam Pilsenheim, Dasheill Thompson. 
Absent - Soren Teoh-Seeber & Anton Barbaro 

15/u Boy's Division 6

Lt to Rt: Alby Yaman, Oliver Burke, Benji Barnes, Harrison Hill 

Junior Club: Our Junior Club wind-up was held on Saturday 19 March with 35 juniors and friends in attendance. The kids enjoyed three hours of fun games, coaching and match play, with a sausage sizzle at the end to cap off what
has been a great summer season of junior social tennis. 

Junior Tournament: The annual junior club tournament is currently underway with over 80 entries this year ranging from the under 10’s to 18’s. This year’s tournament is being held over two weekends and juniors can enter into singles and doubles.
Our tournament winners will be announced in next month's Top Spin. 

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