Cottesloe Tennis Club: January 2020

  • Thursday 2 January, 6.00pm (1st Thursday): CTC Evening Barbecue 
  • Saturday 18 January, 6.00pm: CTC Evening Barbecue (3rd Saturday) 
  • Sunday 26 January, 2.00pm onward: CTC 'Australia Day' social tennis and twilight barbecue (see below)
  • Saturday 15 February, 6.00 - 7.00pm: Sandalford Wine Tasting 
Tennis Events:
  • 6 - 17 January 2020: 2020 Australian Seniors Tennis Championships - Busselton (see below)
On all Mondays in January no grass courts will be open for play due to renovations on Bays 4 and 5 over the Christmas holidays. Play on grass will resume on Monday 1 February 2020. Please let your fellow players know.
 If you would like to use the hard courts at CTC during the day or at night, you need to make a booking using our online system 'Book a Court’. 

If you don’t have a 'Book a Court' account yet, please contact Amy at to get started.  


Katrina Chisholm, Mid-Week Pennant Co-ordinator:

Our pennant teams are enjoying a well earned break at this mid-point in the WA league competitions, but hopefully making the most of opportunities to admire some of the professional skills on display throughout January during the Australian summer tennis season.

The following mid-week teams have a ‘top four’ ladder position in their respective competitions:
  • Monday Night Women’s Fast4: Division 1 (Flipo) – 3rd
  • Wednesday Women's 55+ Doubles: Division 1 (Sullivan) – 2nd, and Division 2 (Oen) – 1st
  • Wednesday Night Men’s Doubles: Division 3 (Hannaford) – 1st
  • Thursday Evening Women’s Doubles: Division 1 (Medhurst) – 2nd, Division 4 (Taylor) – 2nd and (Barron) – 3rd
The pennant season resumes on 1 February 2020 with six rounds still to play before final positions are decided. To follow the progress and fixtures of all our Cottesloe teams, visit the Cottesloe Tennis Club website at:
Hosted by Tennis Seniors WA, this two-week national event is to be staged in WA at the new Busselton tennis club, and at the Bunbury Tennis Club in the first week. Over 1,000 tennis players and supporters are expected to take part in the championships, enjoying high-quality tennis and a range of social events. There are a number of Cottesloe Tennis Club members playing in the championships - this could be an opportunity to take a drive to Busselton, show support for fellow members, and see some impressive tennis.

The popular 'Teams Carnival' will take place in the first week, 6 - 10 January, with representative teams from WA, interstate and overseas.This event is a doubles competition for men and women in age-group divisions ranging from 35 to over 80.

The prestigious 'Australian Seniors Championships' will follow  from 12 - 17 January. This is an ITF (Grade A) tournament, offering singles, doubles and mixed doubles events in 5-year age brackets from 35 upward.
Provided by Georgia Culley:
Junior Club is currently having a break over the school holidays. We look forward to seeing large numbers of juniors returning to Junior Club on 8 February.

Junior Pennants will re-commence on Sunday 9 February. With five rounds completed there will be another five rounds until finals. Round 10 will be 15 March, with finals on 22 & 29 March.

Summer Holiday Clinics: The Christmas holiday clinic was a huge hit as always, with a special visit from Santa! 
We will be running our usual January holiday clinics on the following dates:
  • Monday 13 - Friday 17 January 
  • Monday 20 - Friday 24 January
  • Monday 27 - Friday 31 January
Enrol your children online at

Happy Junior Christmas Campers!

December Showdown: We had five juniors lucky enough to compete at the 'December Showdown' in Melbourne, the biggest junior national event of the year, and we had two girls make it to the final!
  • Jessie Culley (14/u Girls) competed well, going down 7/6 4/6 6/3 to her doubles partner, Taylah Preston. Jessie and Taylah then went on to win the 14/u Doubles title
  • Lauren Nikoloski (16/u Girls) also played a great final going down 6/3 7/5 to Talia Gibson 
Lauren Nikoloski (right) pictured with Talia Gibson at the Australian Championships - 16/u Girls presentation
Jessie Culley with her Australian Championships Runner-Up 
Singles trophy

Report provided by CTC President, Anne Williams: 

Detailed plans for work to the north side of the clubhouse to replace the trees, to terrace the lawn area overlooking Bay 3 and to provide shade sails over the playground and this upgraded terrace area, have been prepared.
Early in November the project drawings were placed on the club noticeboard for members to review and provide feedback. Following this competitive quotes were sought for the work required, and these have now been received. 
The total cost will be just under $40,000 plus GST. At its December meeting the Management Committee approved completion of this project, and work will start early in the New Year. As part of this project arborists Heritage will prepare a detailed report on the status of all the trees on the club grounds, identifying any issues.
We are using this project as a basis to apply for grants to offset some of the costs of the project. We are also really appreciative of the 13 club members (so far) who have offered to 'adopt a tree' and in doing so contribute costs. This is a fantastic gesture - thank you to these members.
The plans continue to be on display on the club notice board.



Do you enjoy organising events and want to get to know your club mates better?  Want to contribute to the leadership and management of our wonderful club? Its time for a new Social Director / Event Leader to put up a hand and get on board!   
The Social Director is responsible for preparing the social calendar for the membership year. This is an opportunity to plan and direct the club’s social activities, be part of the Management Committee (meetings are not frequent or long), and be confident that you will have the support and assistance of the strong volunteer army present in our ranks.

Would you like to introduce your ideas for events to the club?  You would lead the event planning and have a Social Committee to call on to help in the detailed organisation. 

I’d like to recognise the sterling efforts of our hard working Social Committee over the past couple of years, culminating in the running of the canteen at the Junior National Grass Championships, the wonderful December Christmas Party, and the upcoming Australia Day event. Thank you to  Pam Morley, Karen Meredith, Frances Barron, Wendy Price, Cheryl Hoskin, Judy Curran, Suzanne Lemmey, Jane Hope, Carmel Wright, Gloria Jernakoff and Clare Haslam for their dedication to our cause.

Several of this team are now ready to step aside and we need a replacement leader, and possibly some new team members, to plan for the rest of 2020.

Have an informal chat with me or any of the Management Committee. In this role you would be a valued member of a strong team, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Anne Williams - Club President

In February our club will say farewell to Phil and Frances Barron, two of our valuable members. After seven years in Perth and six years as members of CTC, the time has come for Phil and Frances to return to their New Zealand home and their three children and four grandchildren. Whilst looking forward to this aspect of their return, Frances will sorely miss  her CTC family. Phil, after a career working in the oil and gas industry in New Zealand, Perth and overseas, will undertake consulting work closer to home.

Phil served as the club's Captain, then Vice-President from 2014, and President from 2015 - 2017. There were many changes at the club during his time on the Committee, including the successful court expansion project and the major overhaul of our constitution. Ian Hutton, Vice-President to Phil, referred to Phil's balanced leadership and cited the prodigious behind-the-scenes work he undertook during his time as President. Phil has also been a keen historian providing regular photos of club activities.

Frances has been an energetic worker in many areas of the club's activities, including planning events as a member of the Social Committee, weekend Duty Captain, as Captain and member of several pennant teams, sourcing tennis balls, and organising the Tuesday night movie group.
Phil and Frances assure us that we'll see them back  at the club on regular visits to Perth - we hope so. Until then - good luck to you both - we will miss you!

Click here to see images of Phil and Frances 'in action' at CTC!
6.00PM, SUNDAY 26 JANUARY 2020

Everyone is invited to join in celebrating being Australian, at Cottesloe Tennis Club:
  • Social tennis from 2.00pm 
  • Following tennis - nibbles and drinks first up
  • Then the official 'Australia Day' acknowledgement
  • A twilight barbecue to follow. Bring your own main dish for the barbecue. Nibbles, salads and dessert provided by the Social Committee
  • RSVP: Put your name on the noticeboard list by 22 January
  • Cost: $10.00 pp. Pay Carmel Wright, Karen Meredith or Pam Morley
  • More Information: Contact Pam -

To order club shirts and hats contact Tricia at The last day to place your order is Australia Day, 26 January.
  • Men's and women's polo shirts in white or navy, with or without the club logo - $30.00
  • Men's and women's T-shirts in navy, with or without the club logo - $20.00
  • Caps in white or navy, with the club logo - $15.00

Saturday 7 December was a standout - a balmy evening, great band, terrific dancing, good food, and 120 members and friends in attendance at the club Christmas function. The "Inflicters" were great - why else were so many members up dancing! Thank you Rick (Cullen) for enticing the band along to our club, and to the volunteer kitchen queens who yet again worked to deliver tasty Italian fare.

To add to the evening, was the acknowledgement and celebration of POD reaching 40 years as our club's curator. Now that's a milestone! Humour was in evidence in the speeches made to POD, including Phil Barron's remake of "Clancy of the Overflow" (POD's favourite presentation) with words befitting POD's life at CTC. 

Yet another Christmas 'do' was the enjoyable, though less raucuous, mid-week tennis Christmas lunch on 10 December.
CTC has received two generous offers from club sponsor, Sandalford:
  • Wine Offer: A 25% discount is being offered for on-line purchases of wine - minimum order of six bottles. Free delivery within Australia. Offer valid until 30 June. Visit and enter TENNIS2020 on checkout. Ordering Queries: or 08 9374 9329.
  • Lunch Offer: Club members have the opportunity to enjoy the summer menu at Sandalford Swan Valley Estate with a 20% discount off any lunch bill, up to the value of $50.00, when at least two people dine and enjoy a main course. Members need to mention they've seen the advertisement (flyer below) and Sandalford staff will honour the discount. Please visit the website link below to view the menu:
Thank you Sandalford, we appreciate your generosity and support of our club.

Does a club outing to see legendary crooner Rod Stewart performing at Sandalford in the Swan Valley on 17 October appeal?

The 74-year-old recently celebrated 50 years as a solo performer, selling more than 250 million records across his career. The concert is part of a world tour with sell-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and a UK stadium tour. Rod will bring all his hits such as Maggie May, Sailing, Young Turks and The First Cut is the Deepest, to Sandalford Estate for one night only.

If demand is sufficient from club members, it's possible the club may be able to negotiate with Sandalford for a group ticket price, and possibly organise shared transport to and from the venue. Give it some thought and we'll provide contact details for 'expressions of interest' in upcoming issues of Top Spin.

9 January 1953 - 30 October 2019

Anthony (Tony) Grinceri, a CTC Committee Member in the early 1980s, has passed away after a prolonged illness. The 1981-82 Committee that Tony was a part of included John Gillett, John Gardner and Anthea McGrath. Tony was a a professional Civil Engineer, and a very good sportsman. He met his wife, Lois Quill, at CTC, and it didn't take long for them to join the club's exclusive list of 'Romantic Doubles' (Ref: Our Club, 1992). Some of Tony's children participated in the club's Junior program about 10 years ago, and two of his siblings were also members of the club in the late 70s / early 80s.

Cottesloe Tennis Club wish to acknowledge Tony's contribution to the club and extends sympathy to Tony's wife Lois, his children, mother (95), and siblings.

You may recognise Tristan from watching him play pennants matches here in Perth - he is now turning Pro and is holding a fundraiser to help him on his way. Details can be found on his Facebook page here and tickets can be purchased here.

Sponsors, Cottesloe Tennis Club really appreciates your generosity, both monetary and in-kind support. Thank you - your sponsorship enables the club to provide numerous 'extras' for members, something that is appreciated. 
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