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Doutta Galla Tennis Club, Affiliated with Tennis Australia.
Welcome to the Official Website of the Doutta Galla Tennis Club. We are a Tennis Club in North Essendon, Melbourne, Australia.
The club is an official affiliate of Tennis Victoria.
All members are encouraged to subscribe to our Online Newsletter, eBaseline, to be kept up to date with all of the club's latest news.

Autumn Grand Final Update

The Club last weekend had five Juniors teams and one Senior team play in Grand Finals, with three teams winning their final.

  • The Juniors B Reserve 2 team, consisting of Emily, Eleanor, Paramita, Divya, Callum, Campbell, Joshua and Zac defeated Keilor East at Buckley Park 43 games to 31.

  • The Juniors A Grade 4 combined team with St. John Bosco’s, consisting of Ruby, Stephanie, Eliza, Daniel, Callum, Anthony and Marc, defeated Buckley Park at Brunswick 60 games to 45.

  • The Seniors B Grade Mixed team, consisting of John O’Reilly, Sophie McCann, Trevor Peters, Karen Relf, Annette Mann, Ashley Mann and Clinton Shimmin, defeated Hadfield by 18 games

Congratulations to all three teams on their great Grand Final wins.

Commiserations to the D Grade 1, D Grade 3 and D Special 3 Junior Teams that were unlucky on the day.

Thanks to all players across all Competitions for a great season, we look forward to the next season that starts in early August.

Annual General Meeting scheduled for Sunday 25th June

The Club’s Annual General Meeting is to be held on Sunday 25th June at 7:30pm at the Club house.

The Meeting will involve a summary of the year within the Club as well as any business for the coming year. The Committee as well as office bearers for the 2017/ 2018 year will also be nominated.

All Members are welcome to attend the AGM. If any Members are unable to attend and wish for a topic to be discussed, you are welcome to send the Club an Email and we will place your topic on the agenda.

Autumn 2017 Finals Update

The Club has had quite a few teams playing in Finals in recent weeks, with the Juniors leading the charge towards the Grand Finals.


The Club has had all five Teams playing in the Semi Finals this weekend, with all five winning and progressing to the Grand Final on the 16th / 17th June after the long weekend:

  • The A Grade 4 combined team with St. John Bosco’s defeated Taylor’s Lakes and advance to play Buckley Park next Friday night.
  • The B Reserve 2 team defeated Coburg and advance to play Keilor East next Saturday morning.
  • The D Special 3 team defeated Keilor to and advance to play Royal Park next Saturday morning.
  • The D Grade 1 team defeated Keilor and advance to play Essendon next Saturday morning
  • The D Grade 3 team defeated Westmeadows and advance to play Sydenham next Saturday morning.


Saturday Afternoons

Two of the Club’s teams played in semi finals, with one advancing to the Grand Final:

  • The B Grade mixed team defeated Cragieburn and advance to play Hadfield on Saturday 17th June at Hadfield.
  • The Open Singles Doubles B Special team were defeated by St Monica’s by 4 points in a very close match.


The two Ladies teams playing in Semi Finals were unfortunately defeated:

  • The B Reserve 2 Team were defeated by Royal Park
  • The D Special Team were defeated by West Brunswick.

Good luck to all teams playing in Grand Finals next weekend and thanks to all teams for a great season.

NSNTA Autumn 2017 Semi Finals Announced

The NSNTA Season wrapped up this week and we have two Ladies teams in Semi Finals:

  • The Ladies B Reserve 2 Team play Royal Park at Essendon
  • The Ladies D Special Team play West Brunswick at Delahey

For all the details please visit the NSNTA Website at

Good luck to all teams in the finals and thanks to all players for another great season.

Please note that the Club is hosting the following finals:

  • Ladies’ final on Tuesday 23rd May
  • Men’s finals on Thursday 18th May and Thursday 25th May.

NSNTA and NSTA Team Entries for Next Season

Entries are open for next season for the NSNTA (Weeknights) and NSTA (Saturday Afternoon) Competitions.

If you are interested in playing please notify the Club by recording your name on the sign up sheets in the Clubhouse or by sending the Club an Email.

Please don’t assume that because you played this season that you will automatically be registered to play next season. All participants need to inform the Selection Committee of their wish to play.

Entries close on Monday 12th June.

Mens NSNTA Spring Dates Survey

Last season many teams across the association had issues fielding teams on the Thursday Night before the new AFL Grand Final Friday Public Holiday and there were many forfeits.

Therefore the NSNTA have asked the Clubs if they wish to play on the Thursday Night before the AFL Grand Final Friday Public Holiday.

This causes an issue as the Mens competition already skips a week due to Oaks Day. So the NSNTA is interested if teams wish to play on Oaks Day.

The Club is looking to the Mens Teams for their opinion, so we have created a poll on our Facebook page so we can provide our formal response. Vote on the poll here:

The options are:

  • Don’t play on Thursday before AFL Grand Final Friday and play on Oaks Day.
  • Don’t play on Thursday before AFL Grand Final Friday and don’t play on Oaks Day (season starts one week earlier).
  • Play on Thursday before AFL Grand Final Friday and don’t play on Oaks Day (current arrangement).

If you have any questions please ask away and we are happy to answer them.

If you don’t use Facebook you’re welcome to send the Club an Email with your vote.

Doutta Galla Open Day is on Sunday 12th February

The Club is holding an Open Day on Sunday 12th February 2017 from 12pm to 5pm, everyone is welcome to attend to have a try of tennis and join in the fun. All ages from kids to adults are welcome.

There will be:

  • A free BBQ
  • Ball Machine
  • Serve Radar
  • Show Bags
  • Prizes
  • And the chance to meet Chris Guccione – two time Olympian and Pro Tennis Player.


NSNTA Autumn 2017 Fixtures Now Available

The Fixtures for the NSNTA Autumn 2017 Season are now available on the NSNTA’s Web Site.

The season commences for each grade as follows:

Ladies – Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Mixed – Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Mens – Thursday, 2 February 2017

Congratulations to our Tennis Service Award Winners

Congratulations to Dianne Linforth, Kathy Glass, Kat Glass and Graeme Glass for being awarded the Tennis Service Award by Tennis Victoria.


This is an award to recognise and acknowledge devoted and significant service to one or more of the State Tennis Association affiliated clubs. The recipients of this Award have certainly made a long contribution to tennis in these areas over an extended period of time. A list of past Service Award Winners can be viewed on Tennis Victoria’s Website.

The Doutta Galla Tennis Club has been fortunate to have been provided with the wonderful service of four fantastic volunteers. All are deserving Life Members of the Club after giving many years of service.

Husband and wife duo Graeme and Kathy Glass have been involved in the club since 1990.  Graeme took on the role of Treasurer for 10 years while Kathy occupied the role of Junior Coordinator for 17 years until 2006.

Graeme, a Member since 1964, was a significant instigator at the club, installing lights on all three of its courts and played a significant role in the resurfacing of the courts during this time.  With an impending drought and water restrictions, the selection of surface and obtaining a grant to fund this project was vital in ensuring the club could remain viable and could continue to provide a first class facility to its members.

Both Kathy and Graeme add Tennis Service Awards to their Doutta Galla Tennis Club Life Membership status.

Daughter of Kathy and Graeme, Kat Glass was also recognised with a Tennis Service Award.  Kat took on the role of Club Treasurer when her father retired from the committee.  Over the last 15 years, Kat’s efforts in monitoring the upkeep of the club’s finances has been first class.

Also receiving a Tennis Service Award was long-standing volunteer Dianne Linforth.  Dianne has been a part of the club committee in some capacity since 1982, and most notably was club secretary from 1984 – 1996. A life member, Dianne has also served as an assistant delegate to the North Suburban Ladies Tennis Association alongside Kathy.

The club is well known for its outstanding volunteers with Club President Aaron Sharpe receiving a Highly Commended Tennis Service Award earlier in the year.

Combined they have given over 80 years of service to the Club and the local Associations

Each Member of the Club has given valuable service and contributed greatly for the growth of the Club.

Congratulations to Kathy, Graeme, Kat and Dianne on your wonderful contribution to the Doutta Galla Tennis Club.

The Award Winners have been featured on Tennis Victoria’s News Web Site.


Spring Finals Update

It’s Finals Season and the Club has had quite a few teams in the Finals in recent weeks:

– The Thursday Ladies Section 5 play a Grand Final this Thursday against Strathmore at Keilor East. The Ladies lost to Strathmore in the Semi Final, but defeated St. Vincent;s / Airport West in the Preliminary Final.

– The Saturday B Grade Mixed Team made their Grand Final, after defeating Hadfield in the Semi Final but were unfortunately defeated by Maribyrnong Park by 12 games.

– The Juniors C Special 1 Team were defeated by Merlynston in a Semi Final by a narrow two games.

– The Tuesday Night Ladies B Special 1 Team were defeated by Merlynston by 3 games in a very close Semi Final.

– The Tuesday Night Ladies B Reserve 2 Team were defeated by very strong Buckley Park in a Semi Final.

– The Saturday B Special Mens Team were defeated by Merlynston in the Semi Final by 22 games.

The Committee wishes the Ladies Grand Final team luck for the upcoming Final and congratulates all teams for a great season.