Cottesloe Tennis Club: May 2022

Change to Social Tennis Play Times:
  • Mid-Week - Tuesday & Wednesday: 9.30am Start / 11.30am Finish, commencing 3 & 4 May
  • Weekend - Saturday & Sunday: 1.30pm Start / 5.00pm Finish, commencing 7 & 8 May
  • Saturday 30 April, 4.30pm - 5.00pm: Club Championships Presentation 
  • Sunday 1 May, 9.30am - 2.30pm: PCH Tennis Classic at CTC 
  • Thursday 5 May, 6.00pm: 1st Thursday BYO Barbecue
  • Wednesday 11 May, 2.30 for 3.00pm start: Claremont/Peppermint Grove v Cottesloe 'Saracen Shield' Challenge at CTC men over 80)
  • Saturday 21 May, 6.00pm: 3rd Saturday BYO Barbecue 
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Well done everyone for participating in the tournament, rescheduling matches, and hanging in there despite the rain.
Special thanks to Liz Peterson, Tournament Co-ordinator Extraordinaire!
To the 2022 Club Championship winners, congratulations: 

Men's Singles:
Division 1 - Samuel English
Division 2 - Final still to be played
Division 3 - Paul De Nardi
Women's Singles:
Division 1 - Jessie Culley
Division 2 - Michelle Atkins
Division 3 - Patricia Leake

Men's Doubles:
Division 1 - Jay Tindall & Tim Wood
Division 2 - Glenn Brown & Chris Reyboz
Division 3 - Angus Plummer & John Stockwell
Women's Doubles:
Division 1 - Eva Jia Ruo Ooi & Elana Taylor
Division 2 - Fiona Allan & Michelle Atkins
Division 3 - Ruth Maitland & Annie Sullivan
Mixed Doubles:
Division 1 - Max Weir & Jessie Culley
Division 2 - Richard & Michelle Atkins
Division 3 - David Chadwick & Patricia Leake

To view all championship results, the link is: CTC Club Championships 2022 
Mixed Doubles, Division 1 Finalists: Jessie Culley, Max Weir,
Adam Kehane & Ruby Culley
Mixed Doubles, Division 2 Finalists:
Richard & Michelle Atkins,
Katrina Chisholm & John Gillett

The Committee is delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah Stretton as our new Social Director. Sarah says she experienced such a warm welcome at the club that she wishes to try and ensure that all members can enjoy the same level of vibrancy. 
Sarah first came to the club via the pay-as-you-go Monday night social tennis sessions set up by Dinah Terry. After a couple of years Sarah joined the club to play pennants, and helped form a mixed doubles team for the Tuesday night pennant competition. Since then she has played mid-week and Saturday pennants, and this season was a member of our Saturday Women's Division 2 champions team. Sarah is also a keen participant in the 'Cott Cup' mixed doubles competition. 

Raised in Perth, Sarah is married with two children, Aston age 4 and Sophia 6, and has her own jewellery business. 
Thank you Sarah for offering your ideas, skills  and time to be part of the team managing our club. Anne Williams, President 
CTC Members & Friends Invited to Watch the Fun

SUNDAY 1 MAY AT CTC, 9.30AM - 2.30PM
This annual event is one of fun and a positive spirit, but at the same time with some real competition on court! Players from multiple clubs, including Cott members, participate in this mixed doubles event. Matches are played as a round-robin in doubles pairings arranged into divisions of similar strength teams, ranging from 'hot stuff' to 'social - tries hard', which should make for interesting viewing!

The bar will open from 1.00pm, and as well as socialising with the participants, it's an opportunity to browse and bid for the wonderful prizes in the silent auctions and raffle - all contributing to the Children in PCH. 

It's on again - the second year of an annual challenge between 'mature' (we think!) men 80 years and over, vying for the glory of winning for their team and club. Playing on four courts with three sets each, it will be all go for each team of nine players. 
At CTC: Wednesday 11 May at 2.30pm for a 3.00pm start 
Cottesloe - 2021 'Saracen Shield' Winning Team 

One of our coaches, Daniel, after his mixed doubles match in the Club Championships.
Unfortunately in the game of tennis love means nothing!

But there are many other benefits of being a member of our club
- the beauty that surrounds our grounds, tennis, and socialising (see below): 

Seen at this annual tournament (in place for 40+ years) were a number of Cott players - Mark Lewis, Rob Wilde, Ken Adam, Chris Reyboz and Clare Taylor, joining the 233 players participating in 32 events.

Requested by the Editor - Written by Chris Reyboz: My partner, Chris Jackson from Blue Gum, and I reached the final of the Bridgetown Men's Vet Doubles, Division 2. We lost in the tie-break after coming back from 8-6 down to 8-8 in games. In the tie-break we were 5-0 down and came back to 5-6 with a match point we failed to convert. Eventually we lost the tie-breaker 8-6. It was great fun with great and friendly opponents, Geoff Rule and Paul Logothetis.
Clare and I also made the semis of the Vets Mixed Doubles Division 2. We lost 6-9!

Katrina Chisholm, Mid-Week League Coordinator:

It seems the dust has barely settled on the summer season, and the winter season is already upon us, having commenced this Saturday 30 April. This winter Cottesloe will have 10 mid-week teams competing in the following competitions:
  • Monday Night Women’s Fast 4 – Division 1
  • Tuesday Night Mixed Doubles – Division 1
  • Wednesday Morning Women’s Doubles 8 sets  – Divisions 1, 5, 6 & 7
  • Wednesday Night Men’s Doubles – Division 1
  • Thursday Night Women’s Doubles – Divisions 1, 2 & 4
This season, the new UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) system will come into effect. Please Note: All league players are reminded that they will need to have a Match Centre account and to activate their UTR in order for their rating to appear on match scorecards. Instructions have been provided to team captains and can also be accessed through the following link:

With minimal other league activity to report here’s an opportunity to give some closer attention to the recently victorious Wednesday Night Men’s Doubles Division 6 team – a close knit group who forged their victory with some intensive training sessions both on and off court!

Pre-season training commenced with an obligatory beer and curry night in Fremantle. Two mid-season byes permitted a bit of a rest to repair strained tendons, but also put the BBQ to good use with some fresh Rotto crayfish, courtesy of ‘Rich’ & ‘Stormy’. Wafting aromas across the clubhouse to the playing arena drew envious attention from the teams actually playing tennis that night and also reinforced the Div. 6 team’s dedication to culinary achievement, despite occasionally being on the receiving end of packets of chips, party pies and bags of Tiny Teddies.

An end of season river cruise was a suitable celebration of a memorable grand-final win, with Captain Chris Furtado given an opportunity to sum up the season. Mention was made that the availability rate of team members appeared to inversely correlate to the travel distance to the away game – a minor point of dissent in an otherwise exceptional season of good spirit and sportsmanship from both home and opposition teams. It had been a tight tussle all season so justifiable that the winning GF margin over Onslow Park should be just one game. The post match celebrations were therefore long and legendary with Craig Yaxley’s B.O.G. (Best on Ground) performance on Grand Final night noted for posterity!

Winning Wednesday Night Men's Doubles, Division 6 Team:
Rob Taylor, Chris Furtado (Capt) Bob Anderson, Paul De Nardi, Richard Atkins, John Zendler, Craig Yaxley & Simon Storm

The team displayed their mastery on & off-court
showing ‘no faults in this service’ 

Congratulations to Callum and his wife Chelsea (for all her hard work) in welcoming Lewis Michael Ross, weighing 3.64 kgs, into their lives on Wednesday 13 April. Callum and Chelsea can't wait to bring their 'Lewie", the newest club member, to meet everyone at the club. 

From Tennis Approach:

Junior Winter Leagues: CTC has seven junior teams this winter . Round 1 will commence this weekend on Sunday 1 May. Good luck to all players competing.

Tennis Approach Term 2 Classes: Group classes for juniors and adults commence the week of Monday 2 May. For more Information and to enrol, please visit

Junior Presentation Night:
This successful event was held on Friday 8 April with Alicia Molik presenting the awards, and roughly 100 players and parents in attendance. Below are some of our award winners for the 2021/22 season:
Back Row, Lt to Rt:
18/u Boy's Singles Champion – Archie Brown
16/u Boy's Singles Champion – Finn Cox
14/u Boy's Singles Champion - Jake Hashem
Front Row, Lt to Rt:

12/u Boy's Singles Champion – Sam Mitchell
10/u Boy's Singles Champion – Dashiell Thompson
Back Row, Lt to Rt:
18/u Girl's Singles Champion – Jessie Culley
14/u Girl's Singles Champion – Lottie Ercleve
Front Row, Lt to Rt:

12/u Girl's Singles Champion – Fenella Cox
10/u Girl's Singles Champion – Juliette Puncher
Lt to Rt:
13/u Mixed Orange Ball Player of the Year – Matilda Newall
13/u Mixed Green Ball Player of the Year – Sam Pilsenheim
13 /u Mixed Yellow Ball Player of the Year – Adam Bassett
Junior Club Most Improved Player – Joshua Hew

Back Row, Lt to Rt:
Coaches' Award – Alex Edelman
Coaches' Award – Stella Ebert
Coaches' Award – James Andruszkiw
Junior Club Coaches' Award – Sadie Gibson
Front Row, Lt to Rt:

Most Improved Boy – James Berean
Most Improved Girl – Isobel Wood
Lt to Rt:
18/u Player of the Year – Timothy Kania
Sportsmanship Award – Stella Hauff
Junior Development Award – Zach Thompson
Ben Gregg Shining Star Award – Alec Prendiville
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