Cottesloe Tennis Club: April 2021

  • Thursday 1 April: Close of Nominations for Winter Pennants Season
  • Thursday 1 April, 6.00pm: 1st Thursday BYO Barbecue
  • Friday 2 April: Close of Nominations for Junior Winter Pennants
  • Saturday 17 April, 6.00pm: 3rd Saturday BYO Barbecue
  • Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 April: Club Championships - Doubles 
  • Monday 19 April, 9.00am - 11.00am: Chain Gang (Busy Bee)
  • Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 April: Club Championships - Mixed Doubles
  • Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 May: Club Championships - Singles
  • Sunday 2 May, 8.30am: Perth Children's Hospital Tennis Classic at CTC
  • Saturday 29 May: 'Divas & Dumplings' - a Night to Remember Dinner 


Jane Ward, Club Captain:

Due to conflicting tennis events, it has been necessary to alter the dates for the Cottesloe Tennis Club Championships. The tournament will now be held on the following dates:
  • Men's and Women's Doubles: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 April
  • Mixed Doubles: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 April
  • Singles: Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 May
The competition is open to all adult playing members and will be held over three divisions. Entries close at 6.00pm Sunday 11 April. 
Click on this link for the entry form: 
For information about the Junior Tournament, please contact Callum at

MONDAY 19 APRIL, 9.00AM - 11.00AM


Many hands make light work. See you all there.
Chris Hoath, House & Grounds Director:
This 'always fun' annual fundraising event is now in its 21st year, and the organisers are delighted that CTC has generously agreed to host it this year. They'd love to have lots of club members participating! The format is mixed doubles, timed, round-robin in seven divisions. More tournament details -

Registration is from 8.30am, then event play, followed by a barbecue lunch - all wrapped up by 3.00 pm. Courts will be ready for normal social play at 1.30pm. 

Entry Form for CTC Members:
Please use COTT TWO as a priority code on the entry form, and please enter as soon as possible as place are limited.

Enquiries: 0422 905 403 or by email to

Please join us for an evening you won't forget! 

Fiona Mariah is our stunning diva for the evening, so join us for a night of wonderful musical entertainment, AND Brendan Pang (who was in the final top 10 of the last MasterChef TV series!), who will be providing the stunning food. We'd love to see as many Divas (or indeed dumplings??) as possible on the night!

Bookings: PLEASE SIGN UP EARLY and PAY - BEFORE SUNDAY 23 MAY, which you MUST do for catering purposes.
Payment: $65.00 pp. There are two payment options:
  1. Pay by credit card at the bar (our preference). Please ensure your name and 'Diva Night' is written on the club's receipt, and also retain your own receipt.
  2. Make payment into the CTC bank account: BSB - 086 164, Account - 1532 65982. Indicate your Surname and 'Diva' for the recipient's (CTC) statement.
Enquiries to the Social Team: Judi Coffey & Jane Hope 

Fiona Mariah completed her formal music studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She was awarded many prestigious scholarships and prizes, and in 1994 graduated with the Academy’s highest award (Dip RAM) in Opera Performance. Since then Fiona's operatic and recital career has taken her around the world, delighting her audiences with her engaging stage presence, dazzling vocal display and powerful acting abilities, all of which leave the critics searching for superlatives.

Brendan Pang: "Growing up in a large Mauritian family, my childhood was fortunately filled with delicious food experiences. It wasn’t until school holidays in year 4 when my Grandmere taught me how to prepare dumplings (wontons) from scratch, that I discovered the staggering yumminess of authentic Mauritian and Asian cooking. My ongoing obsession with dumplings, as well as many years of tasty discoveries in the kitchen, is the result of learning from my Grandmere that making delicious food is sweeter when shared with those around you!" 

Chris Hoath, House & Grounds Director: 

More work has been done on the grounds. Six peppermint trees have been delivered to replace those that are dying in front of Bay 3 and near the kids play area. Trees will be removed and replaced by the House & Grounds team (with POD's help) over the coming week. 
Anyone willing to assist will be very welcome - contact Chris.

On 22 March we commenced a program to reduce the weight and remove dead wood primarily from the Rottnest Island Pines on the west side. Premier Tree Services were contracted to perform the task on instruction from the House and Grounds team, including Peter O'Dea. The noisy work has now been completed and will ensure the extension of the life of these magnificent trees that provide shelter and a wind break for the club. 

There are badges, caps, and now new stock of quality fleeces with the club name, available to members - but we could do with a little help marketing them!

Do you enjoy marketing? Would you like to help us source club caps, shirts and jumpers? Do you have other ideas for club merchandising?

With the National Junior Grass Championships coming to CTC later in the year, there will also be the opportunity for the club to market souvenir shirts and other items to the 128 visiting players and their families.

Contact Anne Williams - 0417 985 179 if you're interested in having a chat about the role or have suggestions on what you would like us to source for members.

A Request from Mary Sullivan:
A big thank you to everyone who has been sorting their club empty bottles and cans and placing them in the above marked bin as requested. It has made the 'Cash for Containers' collection much easier.

I will be away for all of April and am looking for one (or two) people - male or female, to take on the drop-off of these recyclable items. Its not a glam job, but it doesn’t take long and all proceeds go to the Lord Mayor’s Bushfire Relief Fund. If you are willing to put up your hand to take on this short-term mini role please contact me: Mary - 0450 929 943.
More 'Value-Adding' for Members!

The Toy Shed (open under-cover area of the old shed) is in need of toys to amuse the young siblings whilst their older siblings are being coached. If any parents have unwanted toys at home, the club would appreciate them. The toys can be left with Callum or Nancy, or in the Toy Shed.
The new storage area for books is on the shelves in the alcove area of the clubhouse, along with left-behind water bottles for owners to collect. 
Libby Mussared, Weekend Pennants Coordinator: 

Congratulations to all teams on a fantastic season of weekend pennants!
Our Men's Division 1 Team clinched a thriller against Scarborough after being down 1-3 following the singles', to bring home the pennant. Well done to Damian Kestel (Captain) and his team (see below) on an amazing season! 
 The Victorious Men’s Division 1 Team at Scarborough
Lt to Rt: Sam Phillips, Damian Kestel (Captain), Tim Wood, Sam English,
Adam Kehane, Jay Tindell & David Bignell

Commiserations to the Men's Division 10 who went down to Reabold in the final round, a great effort by Edward Grayling (Captain), Mark Morris, Ben Morris, Ben Mackay, Darcy Owen and Josh Ellis.
Thank you once again to all Captains for your hard work in organising your teams this season. It is very much appreciated. And to POD – our courts were again the envy of all of our opponents. Looking forward to next summer already!

Women's State League (Semi-Finals Against Hensman Park)
Lt to Rt: Libby Mussared, Xinyi Zheng, Lara Tovich & Helena Jokanovic

Katrina Chisholm, Mid-Week Pennants Coordinator:

It's been an terrific summer pennant season for the CTC mid-week teams. Nine of 18 teams made it through to final rounds, with five teams finishing on top of their ladder.

There were some hard fought battles in the semi-final rounds, with a particularly close match for the Thursday Night Div. 5 team, who lost by only 4 games. Despite losses, match comments generally reflect that competitions were played with great spirit and determination to progress further in future seasons. Commiserations, but well done to our losing semi-finalists:
  • Monday Night Women’s Fast4, Div. 3 (Prendiville)
  • Tuesday Twilight Women's, Div. 1 (Knapp)
  • Wednesday Women’s 55+ Doubles, Div. 2 (Dibb)
  • Wednesday Night Men’s Doubles, Div. 3 (Brown)
  • Thursday Night Women’s Doubles, Div. 5 (Goldschmidt)
The Grand Finals: All four of our teams contesting their respective grand finals had performed well enough during the season to score the coveted home court advantage for their final hurdle.
Congratulations to the Women’s 55+ Doubles, Div. 1 (Dawkins) team who had a convincing win over Wembley Downs on 24 March. The team were particularly grateful to coach Callum Ross, for his tips on dealing with the wily and unpredictable under-arm serve of the opposition’s Margaret Robinson, a World Seniors Champion - but nevertheless remain in awe of her continuing and enviable prowess on the court at age 88!
The Victorious Women's 55+ Doubles Team: 
(Lt to Rt): Mary Sullivan, Lorraine Bossie, Kirstin Prendiville, Amy Oen,
Dinah Terry, Karen Parfitt & Jan Muggleton. Absent: Jo Dawkins (Capt.)

Also successful were the Wednesday Night Men’s Doubles, Div. 4 Team (Pace). After losing just one match through the season, the team had a comfortable 5-1 win over Nedlands on 24 March.

Wednesday Night Men's Doubles. Div. 4 Team:
(Lt to Rt): Tim Lorian, Jonathan Marlow, Laurence Pace (Capt.), Craig Herske, Angus McMillan, Nick Morton & Andrew Dienhoff

There was some very exciting tennis for the many spectators watching the premier event in the Thursday Night Women’s Doubles competition as our Division 1 team, captained by Linda Ellis, faced traditional and friendly adversaries from Higgins Park. It was a pleasure to watch the great skill and spirit of both teams, with the result determined in front of a hushed crowd as sets and games were tallied at the end of the night. Sadly, the Higgins Park team were victorious – by just 5 games.

Our Monday 29 March, Women’s Fast4, Div. 2 team, captained by Capucine Flipo, faced Reabold in the last match of the season. The team were keen to atone for an agonising loss (by just one point) to Reabold in 2019, and succeed they did! Well done to the team.
Monday Night Women's Fast4, Div. 2 Team: (Lt to Rt):
Annie Taylor, Capucine Flipo (Capt.), Katrina Chisholm & Karen Rothwell

From Tennis Approach:
Junior Club: We had our last junior club for the summer season finishing off with a sausage sizzle! We'd like to thank Gary and Rick Bretnall for cooking the sausages and for all their help throughout the season.

Junior Tournament: Held last weekend in beautiful weather, we witnessed some amazing and competitive tennis, and most importantly loved seeing the great sportsmanship in a fun environment! Well done to all who played!

Winter Pennants: Anyone interested in junior winter pennants needs to register with Tennis Approach as soon as possible as registrations close on 2 April. Please email or call Callum on 0413 978 511.

Summer Pennant Champions!: Congratulations to our 13/U Yellow Ball Whale division team for winning their summer pennant league!

Lt to Rt: Harry Wells, Will Anning, Jonah Thompson & Ed Quinlivan
 Absent: Eddie Abraham

Cottesloe Tennis Club had 27 Junior Teams competing in the 2020/21 Summer Pennant season, with 13 teams making it to the semi finals and two teams progressing to their division finals. 

Our 13/under Mixed Yellow Ball Whale division team had a convincing win at home against Robertson Park Tennis Club, whilst our 13/under Mixed Yellow Ball Division 10 team lost in a close final to North Beach Tennis Club.

13/u Mixed Division - 10 Finalists 
Lt to Rt: Brendan Chin, Orson Yaman, Thomas Piacentini & Arthur Yaman. Absent: Sam Mitchell
Holiday Clinics: 9.00am - 12.00pm. Morning tea included

** Clinic 1: Tuesday 6th - Friday 9th April.
    Cost: Full week - $160 or $45 per day

** Clinic 2: Monday 12th - Friday 16th April
    Cost: Full week - $200 or $45 per day 

Callum Ross & David Culley
A message from President, Anne Williams: 

Thank you to all our pennant teams for taking part in the summer season. We have a large number of members who participate in pennants and it's a lot of fun. It really does focus the mind on your tennis and allow you to meet and play at clubs around the metropolitan district. Congratulations to all those who made it to finals and especially to the Grand Final winners!

The Captain's job is not always easy, so thank you to those who allowed so many of us to take part by being our captain!

I would especially like to thank Libby Mussared and Katrina Chisholm, our incredibly hard working Pennant Coordinators, who are about to start doing it all over again for the winter season. They manage nominations, give advice on the rules of the competition, liaise with Tennis West, allocate courts, distribute balls, and then often referee finals, to name just a few of their responsibilities. They really are unsung heroes who beaver away keeping things running smoothly for all of us who play pennants.

Please extend them every courtesy and liaise with them, rather than directly with Tennis West. We couldn't have such a presence in the League Competition without their efforts. Thank you Katrina and Libby.

Acknowledgement and thanks also goes to the team who manage the Junior program, particularly David and Georgia Culley, Callum Ross and Rick Bretnall. You bring so much value to our club through your work with the juniors - their pennants, coaching and all the junior events. Thank you so much.

Finally how could we forget! Best wishes to you Callum and to Chelsea, your bride-to-be, on your impending wedding. You've waited a long time for this - because COVID got in the way last year - but now it's just around the corner. We all wish you both the best for a great day and the future.