Badge Teams 2018

Badge Teams 2018 with suggested gradings.

Ladies 1  1.1                           Ladies 2  1.1                 Ladies3   1.4
Y. Davis (captain)                 D.Govers (captain)          M. Stevens(captain)
J.Lofthus                                 K.Bruce                              J .Isherwood
J.Gunn                                     K Curtis                             J. Bailes
J.Hawkins                               V Longfellow                    E. Patterson
L.Townsend                            C Pena y Lillo                   L.Meakins
A.Dudley                                  E. Peake                            K.Stevens(res)
S. Sullivan                                S Bunting (res)                S.Franks(res)
M.Quigley(res)  ………………………………………………..   P Muir(res)

Mens 1 1.1                             Mens 2 1.3                            Mens 3  2.2
S.White (captain)                      M. Da Rocha (captain)         J Allara (captain)
H.Faeste                                     J. Corney                               S. Jobe
T.Maloney                                  C.Stevens                              T.Coleman
J.Walker                                     M. O’Connor                         P. Rathborne
A. Rimington                              H. Grabner                            S.Anderson
P. Thorne                                     C. Withell(res)                     M.Sladen
S. Withell(res)                             R. Muir(res)                         R.Gallardo Jr
…………………………………………..R. Gallardo(res)

Mens 4 2.3                                  Mens 5  2.4                           Mens 6 2.5
D.Crowley (captain)                   C.Brazendale (captain)          R.Dummett (captain)
G.Burman                                     T.Easterbrook                         I.Bate
C.Diaz                                            P.Roberts                                 T.Tyrell
T.Donald                                        S. Charlton                              M. Flogel
R.Duffin                                         A. Hamilton                            D.Bowman
H.Stegmann                                 H Cullwick                                P. Quigley
……………………………………………J. Hancock

Mens 7 3.1
G.Paul (captain)
G.Morrison
P.Butcher
R.Frazer
A.Hoyle
T.McDonald
R.Dalgairns
D.Gray
H.Romeike(res)

We had a lot of late entries for Badge so we now have ten teams.

Scott and I have tried to keep everyone happy with our selections by keeping combinations similar to last year except where teams had vacancies. We have a few new members playing this year so we have done the best we can in placing them in teams.

Please ring me on 0407021624 if you want to discuss anything, I am only too happy to talk about any selections.

Starting March 8 from 6pm to 8pm I am encouraging players to come along on Thursday evenings to have training drills and set play to practice for Badge.I will be there to organise.

Let’s make this a successful  season for Badge.

Denis
Cub Captain

Web Site Glitches Resolved.

Web site has had a few glitches with our posts. It has now had a late spring clean by our dedicated web site team (thank you Jono)!

Pleased to report we are back up!!

Badge Dubs Coaching

Starts: Thurs March 15 6:30p

Rob Muir (USPTA) has kindly agreed to take coaching drills each Thursday evening from 630pm till 8pm for members.

The cost will be $10 and will include a drink at the bar.

Please email me on [email protected] each week to come along as we need to know numbers.

Also Badge dates have been changed and now will run from May 5 till September  22.  There will be only one Saturday  in July for Badge tennis!

Denis Crowley
Club Captain

Any questions re Badge, email Captain.

Badge Dates/Details 2018

Badge starts Saturday May 5 and runs for 14 weeks with several breaks for school holidays.  Please click on attached for details

Sydney-Badge-FactSheet-2018

Badge Rules 2018

TNSW has published the following rules guide — a ‘must read’ for captains!

Sydney-Badge-Rules-2018-v3

Badge Dubs Clinic 15Mar- Quick Recap

Last week, Denis started our doubles clinics for our Badge members.

A couple of folks asked me for a quick summary recap:

  1. Doubles 101 is about ‘managing the real estate’.  Attached sketch shows the ‘80% rule’ — the key to playing good doubles. 80% of shots fall in a 2 metre circle around the centre T — irrespective of grade played.  Simply, standing that means you’ll at least get a shot at the ball.  Of course the outcome will depend on your respective ability.
  2. Size matters!  We learned about ‘zones’: when to attack, approach and defend! Taller players have a significant advantage with a much larger green zone. In summary, you have to keep the ball deeper in the court, or at their feet, and preferably out of the 80% zone or they can hurt you!  See below for the little exercise we did.

 

  1. Good doubles means being aware of who/where the ‘threat is’ and positioning yourself accordingly. This is how you build pressure in doubles!  This generally translates into not playing the net person into the game particularly if you’re the receiver– if at all possible.  Conversely, the server is trying to play their net person into the game — their net person gets to stand in their green zone without hitting a ball!

 

Everybody had a chance to practice all this with some fierce points played out! We then adjourned to the bar for a post mortem drink and snacks. Good time had by all.

The clinics continue each Thursday, weather permitting. Space is limited and signups are required.

Cheers,
Rob

 

Badge Dubs Clinic 22Mar- Quick Recap

Here’s a quick recap from our clinic:

  1. 80% Rule at all levels because doubles is about ‘managing the real estate’. Simply, standing there means you’ll at least get a shot at most balls.  Of course the outcome will depend on your respective ability.
  2. Seeing the Ball:  We learned the difference between just watching the ball’ and actually ‘seeing the ball’.  Good volleys require you ‘to see the ball’ by focusing on the lines, or seams, on the ball with your head steady.  We did a simple basic ball exercise to make the point.
  3.  Balance is THE key to a good serve:  A good serve is built on a good ball toss to transfer body weight into the ball with a smooth rhythm.  We learned the simple trick of learning how to bounce the ball properly to get your balance before starting to serve.  The same simple technique can also be used to quell nerves when playing under pressure ala Djokovic!   To better understand the role and importance of ‘Balance’ see our page at Tennis For Life.

Everybody had a chance to practice these points in between a couple of rain showers. It was interesting to watch the improvement in everyone’s serve when they understood the importance of balance!

We again adjourned to the bar for a post mortem drink and snacks. Good time was had by all.

NO CLINIC this coming Thursday March 29  due to the Easter Holidays.

Cheers,
Rob

 

Congrats to Andrew Riminton, Big Easter Achievement!

From Liz Lim:

Our 2017 MLTC Open Men’s Singles Club Champion battled through four rounds of qualifying and three rounds of the main draw to reach the final of the Guardian Funerals North Shore Open Platinum AMT (Australian Money Tournament) at Love ‘n Deuce, Naremburn. Andrew was the first qualifier ever of the tournament to reach the final.

Having played seven singles and three doubles matches throughout the tournament, he then contested and lost the final 6-3, 6-1 against the defending champion, Dayne Kelly. Dayne is currently ranked 303 in the world (career high of 252 in 2017) and a seasoned pro playing the Futures tour.

Andrew and his partner, Jeremy Bourgeois, then went on to play their doubles semi-final against Blake and Cameron Smith, losing 6-2, 6-4 to the Smith brothers who were the eventual doubles winners.

 

Badge Dubs Clinic 04Apr- Quick Recap

Here’s a quick recap from our clinic:

  1. We built on our understanding of the 80% Rule.In particular, we learned why Doubles is a Team sport because one player gets to stand in a winning position without hitting a ball! The server’s, and the receiver’s, job is to get the ball to their partner at the next.We learned how to be a ‘Threat”: by court presence with examples Hugo (big guy dominating the net) or Carl (fast guy moving around on the net)!  In weeks to come, we’ll look at how to counteract/defend against this strategy.
  2. Dominant Eye on the Volley:  We used a 6 people volley drill to emphasize ‘seeing the ball’ in the field of play.  You have to move your eyes since it takes too much time to move your head. Good volleys require you ‘to see the ball’ by focusing on the lines, or seams, on the ball with your head steady.  We repeated our basic simple ball catching exercise to make the point.
  3. Volley Ready Position: We learned about our proper ready position.
  4.  Balance is THE key to a good serve:  A good serve is built on a good ball toss to transfer body weight into the ball with a smooth rhythm.  We learned the simple trick of learning how to bounce the ball properly to get your balance before starting to serve.   To better understand the role and importance of ‘Balance’ see our page at Tennis For Life.
  5.  Dubs Practice: We finished with pairs doubles play with a single ball serve to start the point.

Great to see a slow and steady improvement in our players.

We adjourned to the bar for a post mortem drink, more questions and snacks provided by Denis. Good time was had by all.

Cheers,
Rob

 

Anzac Day Cup 2018

Anzac Day, 2018….the “Anzac Day Cup”.  NO, not the Dragons versus the Roosters, the OTHER Anzac Day Cup!

Played on the hallowed grounds of Manly Lawn Tennis Club, under the stern photographic gaze of some of Australia’s greatest tennis players, a platoon of 12 mature (in more ways than one) tennis players gathered on this solemn day to celebrate for the second time this splendid competition at MLTC.  The prize: a small trophy capped by an original Diggers’ metal helmet. The battle: ferocious, with no quarter asked or given. The honour: priceless. The bragging rights: interminable!

Led by senior NCO Howard Smith, who calmly supervised the draw, the men gathered in teams of two to do battle for the Cup, and play was fast and furious. The goal was set; the “hill” was targeted, and every man present knew it was his duty to keep volleying until that hill was taken. The afternoon shadows were lengthening as the Round Robin battle came down to the wire with two pairs facing the ordeal of a super tie-breaker. A miss-hit; a few double faults under pressure –  a win could go either way. At last, as the sun slowly set amongst the gathering rain clouds, amidst the swirling dust of a rising wind, only two men were left standing tall: MLTC members ‘JC’ (John Curtis) and Manly’s own pro, ‘Blakka’ (Scott Blackburn). The hill had been taken. Casualties had been limited to hurt pride (and a few aching joints) and these brave men vowed to return next year to fight for the Anzac Day Cup another day.

Pamela Muir, “Goss” Editor