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.
The Club’s Christmas Party is scheduled for Saturday the 5th of December from 6:30pm at the Club House. All Members are welcome to attend for a final catch up before the end of the year.
Also on the night the Club Champions will be presented with their trophies and there will be a Juniors Presentation for the Junior teams.
The Club will provide a barbecue along with some beer and snacks. Members are asked to bring their own Wine, Soft Drink or any other drinks as well as a plate to share. A racquet would also be handy if you want to have a hit.
The committee looks forward to seeing everyone there.
Congratulations to the Ladies Section 6 Team who won their Grand Final on Thursday.
The team, consisting of Sophie McCann, Tracey Maney, Jan Fielding and Sue Duras, with Dianne Linforth, Karen Relf, Del Hughes and Leanne Conn supporting the team, defeated St Vincents / Airport West by eight games.
St Vincents were the top team and Doutta Galla were third on the ladder, both teams had to fight wind and rain to complete the match.
The C Reserve 1 Unisex team also played a Semi Final last Saturday and were unfortunately defeated by Strathmore.
Well done to both team that played finals.
The Section 6 team from the Thursday Ladies made the finals, with the team winning the First Semi Final against Keilor. The team then this week one the Preliminary Final against Buckley Park.
The Grand Final will be against St. Vincent’s / Airport West at Glencairn on Thursday 26th of November. Good luck to the team for the Grand Final.
One Junior Team has also made the finals with the C Reserve 1 Unisex team playing Strathmore at Buckley Park. Good luck to the team who are playing today.
Thanks to all Ladies and Junior Teams for a great season.
The Draws and Schedule are now available for the 2015 Doutta Galla Club Championships.
For more information on the Doutta Galla Club Championships for 2015 visit our Mini Site.
Please note that the Veterans Mixed Doubles is scheduled for Saturday 28th November at 2pm and is open to all members over the age of 40 (or close enough, we won’t ask).
The current schedule is:
Sunday 22nd November
11am – Court 1 – Mens Singles – Trevor Peters vs. Steven Linforth
11am – Court 2 – Mens Singles – Aaron Sharpe vs. Clinton Shimmin
12:30pm – Court 1 – Mens Doubles – Steven Linforth & Clinton Shimmin vs. Michael Mann & Ben White
Saturday 28th November
10am – Court 1 – Boys Singles – Campbell Goring vs. Callum Stephens
10am – Court 2 – Boys Singles – Daniel Clampit vs. Callum Brown
11am – Court 1 – Steven Linforth & Alison Linforth vs. Aaron Sharpe & Leanne Conn
11am – Court 2 – Michael Mann & Annette Mann vs. Daniel Clampit & Ruby Aitken
1pm – Court 1 – Mens Singles – Michael Mann vs. Trevor Peters / Steven Linforth
1pm – Court 2 – Mens Singles – Warren Peters vs. Aaron Sharpe / Clinton Shimmin
2pm – Veterans Round Robin
Sunday 29th November
10am – Court 1 – Boys Singles Final – TBA
10am – Court 2 – Girls Singles Final – Ruby Aitken vs. Elanor Ragg
11am – Court 1 – Ladies Doubles Final – Annette Mann & Ashley Mann vs. Sophie McCann & Karen Relf
11am – Court 2 – Boys Doubles Final – Jai Mayes & Callum Stephens vs. TBA
1pm – Court 1 – Mens Singles Final – TBA
2pm – Court 1 – Mens Doubles Final – Warren Peters & Aaron Sharpe vs. TBA
2pm – Court 2 – Mixed Doubles Final – TBA
The Team Entries for the Autumn 2016 Seasons of the NSNTA and NSTA Season are now open.
If you wish to play please write your name on the Sign Up Sheet in the Club House or send the Club an Email. Entries close sometime in December.
Please don’t assume that if you played this season you will be automatically registered for next season.
The NSNTA Autumn 2016 Season commences in early February.
The NSNTA Spring Season for 2015 has drawn to a close and unfortunately no Doutta Galla team has made the finals, which has not occurred for many, many years.
However please be aware that the Club will be hosting Semi Finals this week, therefore two courts will be in use on these nights, with the Ladies B Reserve 1 team hosting on Tuesday Night (17th November) and the Mens C Special 3 team hosting on Thursday Night (19th November).
Thanks to all teams for a great season, and I think everyone is looking forward to starting fresh next season.
Entries are now open for the Doutta Galla 2015 Club Championships:
- Entries Close on Thursday 12th November
- Draws and Schedules are published on Friday 13th November in the Club House and on DouttaGalla.com
- Matches commence on Sunday 15th November
- All Grand Finals are held on Sunday 29th November, with the trophies presented to the winners at the Club Christmas Party on Saturday 5th December.
Entries can be submitted by writing your name on the entry sheet in the Club House or sending the Club an Email.
The Club Championships are a great event for Members of all ages and skill levels. The following Events will be held:
- Mens Singles
- Ladies Singles
- Boys Singles
- Girls Singles
- Mens Graded Doubles
- Ladies Graded Doubles
- Mixed Graded Doubles
- Boys Graded Doubles
- Girls Graded Doubles
- Junior Round Robin Doubles
- Veteran’s (45+) Round Robin Doubles
All Members are encouraged to enter, especially Juniors who are welcome to enter Seniors Events to show the Seniors how Tennis is played these days. The Doubles Events are graded to ensure a tight match.
For all the details on the Doutta Galla Club Championships please visit our Club Championships 2015 Mini Site.
It sad to have to report the passing of a former member and 2003 Junior boys club champion in Michael Hennessy. Unfortunately Michael was involved in a motor vehicle accident late last week and we wish the best to his family and friends.
Michael was always a happy and likable person and had great friendships with all the other juniors and members he played tennis with at the club. Michael was also an assistant coach at the club for a number of years. While Michael hadn’t been involved with the club for a number of years, as a former member and club champion, I feel its warranted for us to pay our respects. Such a sad story.
The Club’s Working Bee will be held on Sunday the 25th of October at 1pm. The Committee asks that as many members as possible attend to help maintain the Club and keep our Club beautiful.
Members that attend are entitled to receive their $30 maintenance levy back.
The Club’s Annual General Meeting was held recently and the following topics were discussed:
The Club’s Committee will continue with the same members as the previous year, with Aaron Sharpe as President, Anthony Guccione as Vice President, Kathryn Glass as Treasurer, Tim Benton as Secretary, and Dianne Linforth, Kathy Glass, Steven Linforth and John O’Rielly as the General Committee.
Racism. It Stops with Me
The Club recently attended the Racism. It Stops with me. workshop held by the Moonee Valley City Council highlighting how racism is still present in our community. The campaign launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission, aims to:
1. Ensure more Australians recognise that racism is unacceptable in our community
2. Give more Australians the tools & resources to take practical action against racism
3. Empower individuals & organisations to prevent & respond effectively to racism
The Club has joined the fight and encourages all of our members to speak up against racism in all its forms.
For more information on the Racism. It Stops with me. campaign please visit their website at https://itstopswithme.humanrighs.gov.au
The Club’s Members Survey was completed by many members and it gave the Committee a great deal of information about Members and their priorities and needs. The results of the Survey are presented in Membership Survey Results, and as a result of this survey and feedback from Members the Club will implement the following initiatives and address the following items:
- Social Tennis – Many members commented that the Club should organise more Social Tennis events as it allows members to get together for some fun, promotes a more community environment and allows members to meet some other members. The Club will organise some Social Tennis afternoons or evenings during October and November, with the proposed days being either Sunday afternoon or Wednesday nights.
- Parking at the Club – A few members commented that parking at the Club is an issue. The Club has been working with the Moonee Valley City Council for many years to address the availability of parking. The Committee will continue this discussion to find a solution.