Welcome to 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.
Commiserations to the Club’s D Special 3 Unisex Team who were unfortunately defeated in last Saturday’s Grand Final.
The Team, consisting of Adele, Jared, Matthew and Callum, with Christine supporting the Team in reserve, played very well and even though they put up a great fight, were defeated by Maribyrnong Park by 12 games. Congratulations to the entire Team for making the Grand Final after finishing second on the ladder.
The D Special 3 Unisex Team were the only Doutta Galla Team to make lucky enough to make the Juniors Finals, with the A Reserve 2 Mixed, C Grade 1 Unisex and D Grade 1 Unisex Teams having good seasons but missing out.
Thanks to all Players for playing this Season and to all Parents for assisting and supporting the Teams during the Year. We look forward to next season which will commence in early February.
The Doutta Galla Christmas Party will be held at the Clubhouse on Friday the 13th of December from 6pm. A A BBQ will be provided but please bring your own Drinks, Snacks and Racquets. Please also bring a Plate to share.
All Members are welcome to attend what is regularly a great night, there may even be some tennis played.
The 2014 Doutta Galla Club Championships are scheduled to be held during February next year, just after the Australian Open finishes. Matches are played on Saturday or Sunday afternoons and are open to all Members.
Sign up sheets will be available in the Club House soon and entries will close on Sunday the 26th of January.
The Club Championships are the highlight of the Doutta Galla Calendar and is a great competition for all. All Players of all skill levels are encouraged to get involved and have fun.
Congratulations to the Club’s B Reserve Mixed Team who won their Grand Final on Saturday. The Team consisted of Ashley Mann, Karen Relf, Will Egan and Trevor Peters who played on the day, as well as Annette Mann, Sophie McCann, Vicki Cohen, John O’Reilly and Clinton Shimmin, defeated Tullamarine / Gladstone Park by 14 games.
Doutta Galla started the match strongly, winning the first two sets and setting up an early lead. Tullamarine / Gladstone Park played strongly in the remaining sets but Doutta Galla were too strong in the end.
Commiserations to Tullamarine / Gladstone Park after a great final and well done to the Team for the Win.
The Men’s A Reserve Singles / Doubles Team will play their grand final this Saturday at Royal Park.
Congratulations to the Club’s Mens B Special 1 Team who won their Grand Final last night against Keilor East at Deer Park by just one game.
The Team, consisting of Mark Swindon, Kieran Benton, Greg Forbes and Jason Jacobi with Tim Benton and Wally Wagner in reserve, had a late start due to heavy rain. All Players worked with the hosts to clear the courts after the rain cleared and the courts were playable after a period of time.
The first two sets were even at 6-5 and 5-6, and Keilor East took the lease during the next two sets winning one 3-6 with Doutta narrowly winning the fourth set 6-5.
Doutta Galla finished strongly narrowly losing the 5th set 6-5 and winning the 6th set 6-2 , winning the match by one game.
All players on both teams played well in windy and cold conditions. Commiserations to Keilor East after a great match highlighting the high standard of the competition witnessed all season.
Thanks to all players for a great season. The next season starts in February.
Congratulations to both of the Club’s NSTA (Saturday Afternoon) teams who won their Semi Finals over the weekend and both have advanced to the Grand Final.
The Men’s A Reserve Singles / Doubles Team consisting of Warren Peters and Michael Mann finished third on the ladder and defeated Maribyrnong Park at Maribyrnong Park by one game.
The Mixed B Reserve Team finished first on the ladder and also defeated Maribyrnong Park. Karen Relf, Ashley Mann, John O’Reilly and Trevor Peters played on the day and reached an unbeatable led by 19 games prior to play being abandoned due to heavy rain.
As many Semi Finals over the weekend were washed out, the remaining Semi Finals will be played this Saturday the 30th of December with the Grand Finals likely to be played the next Saturday the 7th of December.
Well done to both teams and good luck for the Grand Final. Members are welcome to attend the Grand Finals to support our teams.
The first week of the NSNTA Spring Finals has been completed and one of the Club’s two teams in Semi Finals won and are through to the Grand Final.
The Mens B Special 1 Team defeated Hillside 28 games to 25. The team, consisting of Mark Swindon, Kieran Benton, Greg Forbes and Jason Jacobi, played well all night and are through to the Grand Final this Thursday against East Keilor at Deer Park. The Committee wishes the team luck for the Final and any Members are welcome to attend to support the team.
The Ladies C Special 1 Team, consisting of Sue Duras, Melissa Hardwick, Virginia Glassford and Marion Wensor were unfortunately defeated by West Brunswick 23 games to 32. Commiserations to the team after a great season.
The NSNTA Spring season has finished and Finals are upon us. The club has two teams competing in Semi Finals this season:
C Special 1 – Doutta Galla vs West Brunswick at Taylor’s Lakes
B Special 1 – Doutta Galla vs Hillside at Sunbury
Good luck to all teams playing in the Finals.
Team Entries for the NSNTA Autumn 2014 Ladies, Mens and Mixed Seasons close on Friday the 15th of November. Could all Members interested in playing please inform the Selection Committee by writing your name on the Sign Up Sheets in the Club House or sending the club an Email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number and previous experience if you are a new player.
To All Members,
Recently the Doutta Galla Tennis Club Committee identified that there are several issues they need to raise with its members.
We are seeking expressions of interest in the following areas and we wish to convey some general information which is important for ALL members to note.
Most importantly there are a few positions on Committee that are currently vacant and in general we are reaching out to ALL members to consider becoming part of the committee.
While it may seem daunting, the beauty of our little club is that it practically runs itself, however we there are still some duties to be performed. On top of the roles outlined below we are also seeking a couple of new committee members, to sit on committee and give feedback and share ideas. We only have a meeting every 2 months and the amount of commitment is entirely up to the person. Some fresh ideas would be most welcome & appreciated.
We are asking our members to step up in the following areas to ensure our Club remains the small family it has become.
1. Club Secretary
Michael and Annette Mann who have been jointly undertaking the Secretary role for the last 9 years would like to step back. We are asking for any persons interested in taking on the role to contact a member of the Committee.
The role includes:
- Attending and documenting the minutes for Committee Meetings
- Handling all correspondence in and out of the club
- Organising competition tennis balls
- Plus other small administrative duties
2. Junior Coordinator
This position will become vacant at the conclusion of 2013 as Michael and Aaron are no longer able to take this role on. Both are more than happy to support the role until the applicant is comfortable. We are asking for anyone interested to contact Michael or Aaron.
The role includes:
- Organising and submitting junior teams to the NSJTA
- Liaise with juniors and parents to ensure the smooth running of junior competition at the club
- Ensure Saturday morning competition days runs smoothly
- Attend 3 NSJTA meetings per season and report to the Doutta Galla Tennis Club Committee
It is important to note that without a volunteer the Club’s junior participation may suffer and we may be forced to discontinue the junior competition. Another option the club is considering is to pay a willing member or seek external expressions of interest to undertake the role. If the latter does occur members can expect an increase in junior membership fees for this to be a viable option.
3. Junior Competition Fees
As of 2014, all participants will be required to pay a small fee per season in addition to their annual club membership fees. The reason for this is new policies have come into effect from the NSJTA requiring new and modified balls to be supplied for various grades.
The fee will be set at an upcoming Committee meeting where we will have to take into account the amount of balls required as well as the afore mentioned Junior Coordinator Role.
4. Team Selection
It has been brought to the Committee’s attention by the Selection Committee there is some discrepancy in the process taken when selecting players for adult, midweek & NSNTA teams.
So the process is clear for all it is outlined below.
- Team members to write down the required information either on the sign-up sheets located in the club house or via email. (If you do not notify the club of your intention to play in the coming season, do NOT expect to be placed in a team)
- Team members may request to be grouped with friends and every effort will be made to accommodate this.
- The Selection Committee will then review the team entries, contact previous seasons Team Captains to notify them of the teams and any changes, apply for the appropriate level and submit teams.
- When a new player to the club or a gap in a team has been opened the Selection Committee will have the final power to move players from other teams to create even teams.
- When a change needs to occur, the Selection Committee will make every effort to inform the affected player of the change.
- It should also be noted that the Selection Committee also receives advice from time to time from Competition Associations as to the suitability of some players with regards to the teams they are in and grades applied for and this needs to be considered.
The Committee recognises that the precedent has been teams select their own players. If the Club is to continue to grow and be competitive in the future, the Selection Committee must be allowed to move players where necessary.
5. Club Championships
Lastly we would like to mention the Annual Club championships. In a step away from what normally occurs and in an effort to increase participation from within the club, we have taken the step to hold off this year’s Club Championships until February 2014.
There are a few reasons in doing so, apart from the participation factor mentioned, we feel that September is becoming a harder time of year with School Holidays and AFL finals being in the minds of all! We feel moving it to early February during Summer and around the Australian Open Club Members might be more inclined to play.
We are also going to look at a few different format options so all members of the club can have a go while still leaving events open to the more competitive.
Don’t forget the Club Christmas Party on Friday the 13th of December from 7pm, we do not hold many club functions and it would be great to have a big crowd along this year!
If you have any questions, feedback or would like to put your hand up for one of the positions please contact myself on 0407 885 012 or send the Club an Email at email@example.com .
Doutta Galla Tennis Club