NSTA Night Comp 2019

NSTA Night Competition Term 1

  • Monday 11 February – Wednesday 10 April

  • Entries Close Sunday 3 February

Monday Pairs (Mixed Venues)
Teams of 2
3 sets of doubles, each set is best of 8 games
Max time 1.5 hours

Tuesday Singles (Mixed Venues)
Teams of 1
3 sets of singles, each set is a tie-break at 5-5
Max time 2 hours

Tuesday Mixed (Tennis Valley)
Teams of 2 men and 2 women
Each player plays 1 set of unisex doubles and 2 sets of mixed doubles with the same partner, each set is a tie-break at 5/5
The home team supplies a light supper for the away team

Wednesday Triples (Mixed Venues)
Teams of 3
Each team is ranked 1, 2, 3
Each player plays 1 set of singles versus same-ranked opponent in singles (e.g. 1 v 1)
Each player plays 2 sets doubles (1 with each team mate, e.g. 1 plays with 2, 1 plays with 3, 2 plays with 3), each set is a tie-break at 5/5

NSTA Night Comp Details

Club News

Annual Club Championships

The Men’s and Ladies Singles Finals were played last Saturday before a big crowd and after two close matches, our champions from last year were victorious again.

In the Ladies singles Sofie Sullivan came from behind to defeat Emily Peake in three long sets.  This was a very close final and both ladies deserved to win but Sofie prevailed with her never say die attitude.Emily was very brave and gracious in defeat .Congratulations to both ladies.

Andrew Riminton then played Sean White in the Men’s Final and although Andrew won in straight sets there were some great rallies and close games. Both players gave their all and the crowd saw some great tennis. Andrew is warming up for The Seaside Classic so we all wish him the best there.  Whereas Sean will be cooling off skiing in Japan over Christmas.

The Ladies Doubles Final was played later in the day and Sofie Sullivan combined with Julia Gunn to again defeat Emily Peake and Carolina Pena y Lillo 7-5 7-6  in another close match.

The Mens Doubles final was played a few weeks ago and Todd Maloney and Harry Faeste defeated Craig Withell and Richard Steeds.

We still have the A Men’s Singles and Doubles finals to be played this Saturday.

Badge 2019

Begins 23 March 2019

The Autumn Mens and Ladies Badge will begin on March 23 2019.  Please see fact sheet below for details.

A nomination form for Badge will be on Manly Lawn website so we need players to send in their nomination forms by January 31.The teams will be selected on February 1 so no late entries will be accepted. If you don’t nominate on time then you will go on the reserves list.

Our new selectors for Mens and Ladies teams will be out over the break speaking to all players re your availability.

Manly Seaside Tournament

Starts Boxing Day

This will be held as usual from December 26 to December 31 so we hope to see many club members there watching the high standard of tennis.

Any member with a RSA certificate and can help out at the bar over the tournament please let Milton know as he is making up a roster for members to help Kevin.

Social Tennis

There will be NO social tennis from December 26 to December 31.

Any outside social tennis will be at the members own court hire expense.

January 1 will be next social day after December 22.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our members
Denis Crowley
Club Captain.

Club News

Entries are low for the Club Championships and entries close next Monday October 15.  None of our Men’s 1 team have entered as yet.

The Ladies Open Singles and Doubles will now be played at the end of November as many of our top ladies are unavailable.  The Open Mixed and A event Ladies Singles and Doubles will be played if sufficient entries are received.  We have sufficient entries already to hold the A Mixed Doubles but need more.

Social tennis will be limited during the club championships so players are encouraged to enter and challenge yourself.
Enter by sending an email to the Club Captain.
Note that membership fees for 2018-19 must be paid before October 15 to be eligible to play in the Championships.
The AGM will be held on Monday November 5 and nominations are open for two more weeks for anyone who wishes to become a committee member. Nomination forms are at the club or email the secretary.
Denis Crowley
Manly Lawn Tennis Club Captain.

Club News

The long weekend saw many players at social tennis practicing for the Club Championships.
Entries close on October 15 so get your entries in. Anybody needing a doubles partner just let me know and I will try to find one for you.
There will be 4 seeds in all events and after placing the seeds, the rest of the draw is done randomly. If you don’t get a seeded player or pair in round one you could play several matches against weaker opponents.
If you did not play Badge you can still enter and the committee will grade you.
All matches are knockout and will be mainly on Saturday afternoons with fewer matches on Sunday.
Finals day is November 3 for all events.
Long time member Paul Wigney has been unwell and was admitted to Mona Vale hospital.  He has recovered now and all members wish him well. He would like his friends at the club to contact him.
Denis Crowley
Manly Lawn Tennis Club Captain.

Saturday Social Court Captain Roster

Court Captains
September 29 – December 22, 2018

Sept. 29                   Denis Crowley                            Bob Duffin

Oct.     6                   Peter Roberts                             Narelle Kinsey

Oct.   13                   Milton Da Rocha                        Ian Bate

Oct.   20                                Club Championships

Oct.   27                                Club Championships

Nov.    3                                 Club Championships

Nov.  10                    Jon Corney                                 Scott Anderson

Nov.  17                    Dean Hodgson                           Sarah Bunting

Nov. 24                     Tim Coleman                              Carl Brazendale

Dec.    1                     Julia Gunn                                   Stuart Charlton

Dec.    8                     Ron Jeffs                                      Tony Hamilton

Dec.  15                     Michelle Stevens                        Lindy Meakins

Dec.  22                     Denis Crowley                             Mark Flogel


Court Captains operate 1pm-4pm. Members playing before 1pm and after 4pm

arrange their own sets.

REMINDER:  Should you be unavailable on your rostered date, please arrange your own replacement.

VISITORS:  $20 fee to be collected prior to playing.

MLTC Badge Finals

Badge Final Results

Manly Lawn Tennis Club had two winning Badge Teams last Saturday.  Our Men’s 1 and Ladies 2 were successful.  Our Men’s 4 were beaten in the final. Congratulations to the winning teams and commiserations to our losing team.

Of the 13 Men’s and Ladies grades, 4 Clubs each won 2 grades: Manly, Neutral Bay, Royal Sydney, and Strathfield.

Badge Results Finals

Ladies 2 Won 6-1.  The ladies finished off a great season by winning the final easily. Sarah and Emily won 4 sets and Kirsten and Danni won 2 sets with one unfinished. Fellow team members Virginia,Caroline ,Kristina and Ali contributed during a very successful  season. Well done ladies.

Winning Ladies 1.2 Team

Mens 1 Won 4-4 on games.  The men triumphed in a tight struggle and came from 1-3 down at the break.  Sean and Jono won 3 sets and Andrew and Harry won an exciting last set 6-4 to complete a tense victory. Fellow team members Todd, Sam, Bosko, Boyd, Peter and Joshua contributed to the winning season. Well done again guys.

Winning Men’s 1.1 Team

Men’s 4 Lost 1-7.  Royal Sydney had a young pair that played magnificent on the day to win 4 sets easily. Our players went well against the other pair to win 1 set and lose two other close sets. Tom and Alec managed to win a tiebreaker whilst Chris and Hugo lost two close sets. Graham Bob and Denis contributed to a very successful season.

Men’s 2.2 Finalists

Ladies 1.1 Won 6-1.  In the 2nd last round our ladies are back in 4th position.Julia and Marina and Yvonne and Sofie each won 3 sets. If they win next Saturday, they will play off for 3rd and 4th position as there is no semifinal.

Next Saturday our Ladies 1 play at 250pm.

Our End of Badge Barbecue will be on later in the afternoon.

Club Championships entries will open soon.

AGM will be held on Monday November 5.

Swanee Trivia

Last week’s answer:  Mark Edmondson was the last Australian to win The Australian Men’s Singles Title in 1976.  He defeated John Newcombe in the final who allegedly underestimated Edmondson and partied the night before.

This weeks trivia: What year did Swanee play his last Badge match? (Hint it was after the war–The Boer War.)

Denis Crowley Manly Lawn Tennis Club Captain.


AskThePro: Should I Invest in a New Racket?

Finally got a new Babolat racket from Scottie last week. Scottie, Tebbs and Knoxie help me choose a Babolat Aero Drive that pretty well matched my old faithful Head Pro racket.

Yep, the grip felt good in the hand when I first picked it up — always a key test in changing rackets. In fact, my new Babolat plays like the old Dunlop Maxply that Lew Hoad used to use.

I got the heavier pro model and Tommie strung it up with my hybrid string pattern which increases the ‘sweet spot’.

While I felt a little guilty in pensioning off my Djokovic Head, nevertheless after 4 years it was time.  During my last restring, Tommie gently reminded me that my Head racket shape was no longer ‘symmetrical’. I guess about a dozen plus restrings will do that to a racket.  Tennis rackets start to break down the moment you first string them. And while modern materials technology have made rackets more durable than ever, they are not indestructible, and their life is limited.

Both playing and stringing effect the life of the frame. Each time you hit a ball, the frame distorts backward to absorb the impact, then bends forward as it returns energy to the ball. Over time, this process damages the bond between the thousands of composite graphite fibers in the frame.

Eventually, the frame loses stiffness, becomes “soft” and you lose power and control. Phew — thought it was just me getting older. Restringing puts even more stress on the racket head. During stringing, the frame deforms before returning to its regular shape. This eventually breaks down its structural integrity.

Obviously, when you see visible cracking in the frame, you know it’s time for a replacement. But if your frame still looks OK, yet isn’t performing the way you remember, and you’ve got a GOOD STRING job, replacement is suggested.

Most club players who play two or more times a week are advised to update their rackets every two years or so.  Aggressive players who blast the ball with big western forehands may need to update more often.

And remember the frames/strings technology in the newer rackets are typically more forgiving, so your miss hits are more likely to go in!

As my mate Howard and fellow pro says, you’ve got to manage your limitations — and using better technology (whether frame and/or strings) is a great way to do this. Cunning and guile will only get you so far! Invest in the technology!

Time for a change? Suggestion for Father’s Day?? Go talk to Scottie or Tebbs when you want some equipment advice.


Manly Arts Festival

7 – 23 Sept

This year we’re coming together to celebrate 25 years of this amazing Festival and the magic of creativity on the Northern Beaches.

Once again, our region will be ignited with an eclectic mix of exciting events featuring prominent musicians and visual artists, hosted in
a number of venues including artist studios, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, the Creative Space and Glen Street Theatre.

Since 1994, this community-based arts festival celebrates the achievements, dedication and innovation of the Northern Beaches creative community in the fields of visual, musical, film, literary and the performing arts.

Click here for the flyer  Manly Arts Festival Program 2018 (1)

Court Usage Policy

The Manly Tennis Centre (Scott & Carmela) has renewed its facilities’ management contact with the club for another four (4) years effective July 1, 2018.

The Manly Tennis facility is a dual use facility with the courts shared between MLTC and MTC.  MTC controls the hiring of ALL courts for public play, private coaching, competitions and functions OUTSIDE of the designated Club Play Times.

Courts for play by club members are available as follows:

  • Club Play Times

Monday Nil
Tuesday 2 courts from 1.30 to 7.00 pm
Wednesday 2 courts from 7 am to 9 am
Thursday ALL YEAR
4 courts from 1 pm to 4 pm
3 courts from 4 pm to 6 pm
4 courts from 6 pm to 8 pm
2 courts from 8 pm to 10 pm
Friday 4 courts 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Saturday 6 courts from 11.30 am to 6 pm
(Social 12 to 4 pm)
Sunday 3 courts 8 am to 1 pm
2 courts 1 pm to 6 pm
Public Holidays 3 courts 7 am to 6 pm
  • Court Use Priorities for Club Members

Organised Play:  Courts are reserved for organised social and competitive play for club members on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Public Holiday afternoons and designated events such as the Club Championships.

Reservations:  At ALL other times, a reservation is required with the Manly Tennis Centre (MTC) to use the club courts. Reserved play is limited to 1-hour for hitting sessions or singles and to 90-minutes for doubles play.  To reserve a court, players must make a booking for court usage at least 1-day in advance, listing the names of the players on the reservation.  Members must vacate any reserved court if other members are waiting to play at the conclusion of play.

  • Non-Club Play

MTC controls the hiring of ALL courts for public play, private coaching, competitions and functions OUTSIDE of the designated Club Play times.

Personal Hire: Additional member play may be available outside of Club Play Times either on a paid hire or an occasional  goodwill  basis which is dependent on MTC’s management policy, court usage and court conditions.  While MTC has always been generous in accommodating such members’ requests, nevertheless to ensure there are NO misunderstandings and as a courtesy, before play please contact MTC to ascertain court availability and to make a personal reservation.

This information is available on our web site under FAQs.

Revised: August 2018