Cottesloe Tennis Club: Dec 2020

Happy Christmas Everyone

Don't Forget
  • Thursday 3 December, 6.00pm: 1st Thursday BYO Barbecue
  • Tuesday 8 December, 11.30am: Mid-Week Tennis Christmas Lunch 
  • Saturday 12 December, 7.00pm: 2020 Club Christmas Party.  PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY SUNDAY 6 DECEMBER 
  • Sunday 13 December, 8.30am-12.30pm: Junior's Christmas Tournament 
  • Monday 14 December, 9.00am - 11.00am: CTC Busy Bee
  • Saturday 19 December, 6.00pm: 3rd Saturday BYO Barbecue 



Enquiries: Anne Williams -
From Saturday 5 December the WA Government requires particular businesses and premises to maintain a mandatory contact register for the purpose of Dept. of Health COVID-19 contact tracing. Failure to comply to the new requirements could result in significant fines and penalties to an individual or the organisation.
Cottesloe Tennis Club has opted to use the easiest and most manageable format for this process - via SafeWA, a free app and digital COVID-19 contact register provided by the State Government.
  • Anyone 16 years and over visiting the club is required to register their contact details. Records are not required for children under 16.
  • CTC will maintain a written contact register for those who choose not to use the app.
  • The Dept. of Health will hold the records for 28 days. These will only be used for COVID-19 tracing. Records will be disposed of in a secure way.
The Process:
  • Members are encouraged to download the SafeWA app from either Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  • CTC will display posters at the club which feature a venue (CTC) QR code.
  • On arrival at the club, members and visitors open the app on their phone and scan the club's QR code on the poster.
  • Anyone choosing not to use the app or not carrying their phone, must register their contact details in the CTC manual register.
The Management Committee would appreciate the co-operation of members and others visiting CTC, by adhering to this Government directive, and make the process hassle-free and manageable. Thank you. 

A commitment to review the CTC social grading policy was undertaken by the incoming committee at the 2020 AGM. Many thanks to the members who participated in the working group and for the endless stream of suggestions and feedback from others.

As a result we’re pleased to announce that the new Social Tennis Grading Policy has been approved by the Management Committee. A printed copy is on the noticeboard in the club house, or click the link here to the policy on the CTC website: 
The four double gates around the grass courts are now padlocked. Keys are available from our Groundsman POD, or the House and Grounds team - Chris, Pam and Nancy. For emergency use only, a key can be found in the defibrillator pack by the clubhouse kitchen. The same key opens all locks. 

Enquiries: Chris Hoath - 
You are very welcome to bring guests to play with you at the club.  As non-members, they will pay the usual court hire fees:
Playing on Grass:  Court hire is pro-rata i.e. $5.00/hour when playing doubles, $10.00/hour when playing singles. Money for payment should be placed in one of the pill bottles and dropped in the chute under the set's operator window, as described on the sign on the window. If the bar is open, payment can be made using a credit card.
Playing on Hard Courts: Payment is made on-line at the time of the court booking. Click on ‘View Booking Sheet’, select the court, time and duration of play and then click ‘Book Now’. On the confirmation page, select ‘Add Player’ - add up to three players per court. The rental charge for guests is $10.00 per court per hour, for up to three guests.   
If you have any questions, please contact Paul Oen - or phone 0438 374 643.

Monday night supervised social tennis has ceased. The Monday night players own a private Facebook page, the Cottesloe Tennis Club Social Group, to self-organise court hire and play with group members. Members and non-members of CTC may request to join the group by going to the group's Facebook page.



A chance to play tennis and then relax in the company of tennis mates, sipping a drink if you so desire, and enjoying a casual pre-Christmas lunch. Cost is $15.00 pp, or $5.00 pp for those who choose to bring a salad

RSVP - 1 December: Please add your name to the noticeboard list - indicate if you're bringing a salad. Payment: 
  • Cash in an envelope, marked with your name - give to Kim Morgan
  • Bank transfer to the CTC bank account - with 'Surname LUNCH' as the payment reference
  • EFTPOS at the club bar. Ensure 'Surname LUNCH' is written on the printed receipt kept by the club. 
Contact: Kim Morgan - 

"Wanna Have Fun"


The Social Team have put together a wonderful Christmas party for us. Over 90 have already signed up - but there is still room for more - come on members, let's make our clubhouse really rock! 
What's in Store:
  • A complimentary drink on arrival
  • Exciting entertainment as canapés are served
  • A delicious sit-down dinner
  • The culmination...Rick Cullen's fabulous band, the "'Inflicters" . Remember the fun we had in 2019 - no-one wanted to go home!
  • RSVP: Monday 7 December
  • Cost: Well worth the $60.00 per head
  • Cash in an envelope, marked with your name - give to Judi Coffey, Jane Hope or Leeann Lamotte
  • Bank transfer to the CTC bank account - with 'Surname XMAS' as the payment reference
  • EFTPOS at the club bar - ensure 'Surname XMAS' is written on the printed receipt kept by the club. 
  • Enquiries: Judi Coffey -
This Will Be a Night to Remember
MONDAY 14 DECEMBER, 9.00AM - 11.00AM

Many hands make light work - please come along and pitch in, even for a short time, and help with some maintenance of the CTC grounds and clubhouse. So many people comment on the excellence of our club - your assistance will help to maintain this reputation.  

Enquiries: Chris Hoath - House & Grounds Director -


Long-time member of CTC, Tony passed away on Sunday 22 November at home with Jane, his wife and well-known member of our club, by his side.
Tony loved tennis. An ex-Kojonup farmer, he began playing at a very young age, moving onto playing on Saturdays with a group of a dozen men, including Michael Cusack, at each other’s farms - they all had tennis courts on their properties! Tony also enjoyed golf, polo and polo-cross at Kojonup.
Tony moved to Perth around 2000. He not only completed a Fine Arts degree (it turns out he loved sculpting), but also joined Cottesloe Tennis Club, keenly playing three times a week - mostly. He loved his tennis, aptly illustrated during one of several hospital stays not so long ago. The hospital staff asked Tony what his goal was. The sign at the foot of his bed said it all - 'I Must Get Back to Tennis'. 

Tony contributed to CTC in many ways, including serving behind the bar and on the House and Grounds Committee. It is Tony we have to thank for the sails that we all now appreciate so much. Tony was adamant that these were a must - he was up against opposition from some quarters, but persisted. He was instrumental in the design and installation, and as a result, we are the beneficiaries. 

Tony's wife Jane, active in the club and the Social Committee, has said: "The best thing that ever happened to me was being with Tony." 
Our thoughts are with you Jane
There will be a 'Celebration of Tony's Life' at the tennis club on Monday 14 December, commencing at 2.30pm. Those who knew Tony are very welcome.

Jane Ward - Club Captain

Congratulations to all those members who made the decision to participate in the club championships, and seemingly enjoyed the experience. Despite one rained-out weekend, everyone adjusted to the disruption to achieve the end result, with the help of the tournament organiser, Liz Peterson. Congratulations to the Division 2 & 3 winners, with the awards presented by our Vice Patron, Allan Wall:
  • Men's Singles, Division 2: Russell Baker
  • Women's Singles, Division 2: Cath Harper
  • Men's Singles, Division 3: Marco Clay
  • Women's Singles, Division 3: Wendy Yeo
  • Men's Doubles, Division 2: Augustine Boima & Daniel Marshall 
  • Men's Doubles, Division 3: Marco Clay & Angus Plummer
  • Women's Doubles, Division 2: Michelle Atkins & Sheena Storm
  • Women's Doubles, Division 3: Wendy Price & Wendy Yeo
  • Mixed Doubles, Division 2: Augustine Boima & Cath Harper
  • Mixed Doubles, Division 3: Ken Gotfried & Annie Sullivan 

Katrina Chisholm - Mid-Week Pennant Co-ordinator:

It’s been a tough ‘slog’ for some of our teams in this early part of the summer season, but there are still three rounds left to consolidate ladder positions before we head into the Christmas break from 18 December 2020 - 31 January 2021. There have been many tales of overwhelming opposition and hard luck accounts of draws and near misses, but the old adage - ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ may yet ring true.

The good news has been in welcoming new pennant players in the Men's Fast4 team on Monday night, and an injection of youthful talent into the Men’s Wednesday Night Divisions 3 & 4 teams and the Women’s Thursday Night Division 7 team.  Everyone’s participation is appreciated and helps to ensure we have a diverse program that can accommodate players of all abilities in the varying competition formats.

You can follow the progress of all Cottesloe teams through the following link: 

WA National Academy Training Squad at CTC.
Head Coach, and CTC State League Players, Scott Jones & Will Hahn, Shown 

Jane Ward -

The '3 Grassycourts Tournament' was played at Cottesloe on 1 November. It was a great day with only seven games between CTC, Peppermint Grove Tennis Club and Dalkeith after three sets, and a 14 game margin after five sets. Dalkeith retained the trophy and the afternoon concluded with Judi Coffey’s delicious platters and roast beef on baguettes. The 2021 event will be played at Peppermint Grove Tennis Club following the club championships.

Pennants: Good luck to all our pennant teams in their last weeks of play prior to the holiday break.


Please be considerate to your opponent and partner. Although we want to play our best at all times, social tennis is not 'playing for sheep stations!'

Of all sports, tennis is famous for its etiquette. Whilst sticking to a bunch of rules about how to behave on a tennis court might sound stuffy and old-fashioned, tennis etiquette actually makes the sport more enjoyable.

Good tennis etiquette won’t give you a bigger serve or a more accurate backhand. but it will make you more fun to share a court with. Enjoy!

We not only have good tennis players and teams at CTC, but they are also models of fashion! This is as a result of the generosity of Rob Prouse in sponsoring the competition shirts of many of the pennant teams. The models below are:
  • Jessie Culley & Maddi Inglis - State League  
  • Bret White, Ken Adam, Ian Hutton, Gavan Sullivan, Vic Bruce & Bert Rousset - Men's Sunday O60s Division 1
From Tennis Approach:
Junior Club: On 21 November junior members had a whacky shirt day at Junior Club. All the kids dressed up in funny shirts and enjoyed a morning of tennis.

Junior Pennants: The last round of pennants until February is being played on Sunday 6 December.

Upcoming Holiday Clinics: See dates below for our holiday clinics over the Christmas holidays being held Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 12.00pm:
  • 7 - 11 December
  • 14 - 18 December
  • 21 - 24 December (Christmas Clinic with Santa visit)
Enrol on-line:

Christmas-Themed Tournament - Sunday 13 December, 8.30am - 12.30pm:
  • Ages: 7 - 16 years old
  • Prizes for the best dressed
  • Everyone receives a prize for participating
  • Sausage sizzle for parents and kids 

We wish two of our Women's State League team members all the best as they prepare to leave Perth for tennis activities in the wider world.
Lexie Weir (pictured above) is leaving in late December for the University of Texas, San Antonio, where she will be on a college tennis scholarship. Lexie has already started her studies on-line as her trip was delayed due to COVID-19. We look forward to following Lexie’s progress.

Jessie Culley (pictured above) was one of  two girls her age nationally selected to attend Tennis Australia's 'National Tennis Academy' in Brisbane. This is for 15 - 23 year olds and 2021 will be the academy’s first year. Jessie will regularly return to Perth on visits.

Kim, the new Mid-Week Tennis Captain, joined Cottesloe Tennis Club earlier this year just as COVID- 9 was surfacing. She quickly started tennis lessons with David, and with his help is looking forward to improving her rusty tennis skills.

Kim was born in Tumut at the bottom of the Snowy Mountains in NSW. Her family moved to Canberra, and it was there that Kim learnt to play tennis at the O’Connor Tennis Club - the same club where Nick Kyrgios started tennis! Is this Kim's claim to fame - not the temper we suspect!

She qualified in general nursing at  Royal Canberra Hospital, followed by midwifery and peri-operative nursing in Melbourne - looks as though we're in safe hands! She moved to Paraburdoo in 1989 with Andrew, her husband of one year, where she worked at the local 22 bed hospital and had her two children, James and Kate.

She began playing social tennis again whilst in Paraburdoo, then when the family moved to Nedlands, Kim joined the Floreat Park Tennis Club where she played pennants until she returned to work. Now retired, Kim moved to Cottesloe in 2015.  A keen traveller who is often away. she has taken on her new role with the help of a small group of members to help share the work.
Kim's email: 
  • COVID-19 Contact Tracing: Download the SafeWA app. Scan the QR code every time you visit CTC.
  • Use of Courts 6 & 7: Courts 6 & 7 are not to be used unless the nets are fully up. If the nets are not fully up, these courts are only to be used if there are no other courts available. 
  • Bookings for CTC Hard Courts, Day or Night: These have to be made via the on-line system of 'Book a Court' for both members and non-members. A log-in is required. For assistance -  
  • Court Hire Payment for Guests: All guests must pay their proportion of court hire.
  • Club Membership Shoe Tags:  Tags must be worn at all times when playing tennis at CTC.  
  • Social Tennis Grading Policy: Check the CTC website. 

Long-term CTC member, Jim Curtin, died on 22 October. A very quiet gentleman, many of us will remember Jim still playing at the club, and playing well, until relatively recently and despite his advancing years - in his 90s!

Jim played in the Vets as well as competitive doubles. As Allan Wall said at the time of the 2014 Post article on Jim, written by David Cohen : "Even when Jim's playing with or against players 30 years his junior or more, he asks for no quarter and usually holds his own thanks to his great stroke technique and perfect placement". Jim - a role model for all of us in tennis.

What a great day Saturday 21 November turned out to be at our club - a day when we got to see both our Men's and Women's State League teams playing at home. Thanks to all those who supported the teams - it was a great turnout.

Those who stayed to barbecue or eat tasty fish & chips (thank you Tim and Vidette Wood for organising these from Amberjacks for over 40 people), had a chance to hear directly from men’s team members, Scott Jones and Will Hahn.

Scott Jones (left) & Will Hahn

The Management Committee wish all members a 'Happy Christmas' and good luck for the New Year. We especially thank all our volunteers for their sterling efforts in 2020. 

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