Badge Dubs Clinic 26Apr- White Line Fever

Here’s a quick recap from our clinic:


White Line Fever

One of the hardest lessons for players to learn is when to attack and when to defend. Too often, most players get frustrated and ‘pull the trigger’ way too early when the percentages are definitely NOT in their favour.

In golf, it’s relatively easy, you have specific clubs to suit your position on the course in relation to the hole. In tennis, there’s no such aid, there’s one racket, one or two players, and a court which is marked for ‘scoring’ NOT positioning.

To help players better understand this key principle, Rob marked up the court as shown below with a white line located between the service line and baselines:

NOTE the thin white line where Pam is standing in the middle pic.  Typically when the ball bounces behind this line, you’re playing defensively because you have to hit the ball up and have very little angle to work the ball.  As Rob pointed out, taller players have the advantage here and can extend the white line closer to the baseline.

When players can hit a rally ball around the thin white line, they are playing offensively — they can either ‘pull the trigger’ as Kirsten is prone to do or play an approach shot and become a threat in the volley position shown in the last pic.  Now you have opened up the court to angles and sidelines.  Just remember that you’re always trying to play your net partner into the game — the player closest to the net takes the ball. There is ‘no my side’ in dubs if you want to better manage the real estate.

It also follows that it’s a great strategy to keep your opponents behind the baseline as much as possible — ala Nadal! This is also why the lady lobbers do so well against the typical ‘hitter’ — “you’ve got to be kidding, this isn’t tennis”; oh but it is! And it’s smart tennis! Hitting a very slow high bouncing ball is perhaps the hardest shot in the book!!

Art of the Lob

We learned how to use the same technique we learned on the volley to hit a simple, high defensive lob to counteract both the lady lobbers and the net rushers.

Dubs Practice: We finished with our pairs ‘king of the hill’ drill to practice our White Line Fever.

Great to see a continuing steady improvement in our players. Since most players have well developed styles, with life long habits, these small interventions can help you get the most out of your game.

If you want some serious coaching to make some major changes, then please contact Scott or Michael directly.

We adjourned to the bar for the traditional post mortem drink, more questions and snacks. Good time was had by all. Denis will be back next week to join us.

Always happy to share the knowledge. Paraphrasing Dave, a little understanding goes a long way to helping you better enjoy your tennis.



Teamstuff App

Badge Team Scheduling

Milton has found an app that maybe helpful in communicating schedules and player selections for each team. Actually, Milton’s daughter’s netball team is using the app!

Players can either download the app onto your smart phone or use it via the web.  Each player can set their availability to each game and training via the app ( by Sunday). Based on the players’ answers the captain can select the team for each week’s play early in the week to give people plenty of notice.

Captains, you may want to consider  using the app to organize your team for each weekend. Please see the following link if you’re interested:

Thank you Milton!


Round 1 started Tuesday May 1 2018.  Finals Day is Tuesday July 3 2018.

Please click below for link to Term 2 Draws.


Badge Draws & Results Posted

Sydney Badge has posted divisions, teams and draws online.  Click here to link.

Note you will need a valid login to access.

Badge Score Board: Round 1

Badge Results   1 May-05
Ladies Grade Result Score Position
Manly 1 1.1 Drew 4-2 4
Manly 2 1.2 Won 5-3 3
Manly 3 1.3 Won 5-3 5
Mens Grade Result Score Position
Manly 1 1.1 Won 8-0 1
Manly 2 1.3 Won 5-3 N/A
Manly 3 1.5 Lost 3-4 4
Manly 4 2.2 Won 6-2 2
Manly 5 2.3 Lost 2-6 6
Manly 6 2.4 Lost 1-6 6
Manly 7 2.5 Won 7-1 3

Thanks to Ron for compiling the results!

Badge Results Round-1

The Badge Season began last Saturday with some strong wins by many of our new members.

Ladies 1.1 Drew 4 sets to 2
The Ladies needed another 5 minutes and a win would have ensued but the hooter beat them. Julia and Janelle and Yvonne and Sofie each won 2 sets with a set each unfinished whilst 9 games in front.

Ladies 1.2 Won 5 sets to 3
A good start to the season with Emily and Kirsten winning 3 sets and Kristina and Carolina 2 sets. Kirsten showing off the skills she learned in Rob’ coaching clinics.

Ladies 1.3 Won 5 sets to 3 away.
This is a new team and they performed well in their first match on grass at Sydney Uni. Jane and Erryn winning 3 sets and Johanna and Michelle 2 sets. Jane has been coming to Rob’s clinics also.

Mens 1.1 Won 8 sets to nil away.
The guys continued on from their dominance of last year with an easy win. Staying focussed will be a hard task during the season as this team will have a lot of easy matches. Both pairs won 4 sets easily, Todd and Jono and Harry and Andrew.

Mens 1.3 Won 5 sets to 3
Milton and Treasurer Jon showed why they are a formidable pairing by winning 4 sets. They performed well together last year and will be one of the top pairs again this year. President Craig and Mike won 1 set to complete the victory.

Mens 1.5 Lost 4 sets to 3 on games away.
With four players absent The Club Captain was called up to play with Roberto jnr at Royal Sydney but sadly was not good enough to win a set.  Scott Anderson and Sean won 3 sets in their first match together in 1.5 and played well as a combination. When their players return next week they will be much stronger.

Mens 2.2 Won 6 sets to 2
The new members Alec and Hugo played together for the first time and won 4 sets. Showing off their volleying skills from Robs clinics they were the one of the few pairings to win 4 sets apart from the 1.1 Team.Well done and welcome to Manly Club. Everyone is impressed by your attitude and dedication to want to improve. The old foxes of Graham and Bob won 2 sets and lost 2 close sets to complete an easy win.

Mens 2.3 Lost 6 sets to 2 at Wakehurst.
This team lost the toss so were switched to Wakehurst late in the week as Badge scheduled too many matches at our courts. Carl and Trevor and Stu and Mark each won 1 set. They will improve next match as they have a strong team.

Mens 2.4 Lost 6 sets to 1
Not a good start but there are plenty of matches ahead and new combinations at work here. Emerson and Tommy won 1 set and were leading in the last set when the hooter sounded. Ian and Mark did not win a set but have been practicing each day to make amends next time ( I hope ).

Mens 2.5 Won 7 sets to 1 away.
Georges team had a great start to the season thanks to his organising skills and skillful pairings. Gordon and Andrew won 3 sets and new pairing of Raymond and David won all 4 sets in an impressive start to their Badge career at Manly. Playing away at Ashfield is not easy so this is an impressive debut by this team. David has been attending the clinics. Owens coaching has paid dividends.Well done guys.

Matches this Saturday

1200 noon Manly Mens 7 v Strathfield 6
1200 noon Manly Ladies 3 v Wests 1
1450pm Manly Mens 1 v Hunters Hill 1
1450pm Manly Mens 3 v Neutral Bay 4.

Good luck to all teams this weekend.
Denis Crowley
Manly Lawn Tennis Club Captain.

Murray Moments

Andy Murray by Peter Staples ATP Photographer & MLTC Member

This is what exercise/tennis does for your brain

I’m not shy in my advocacy for exercise as a therapy for mental health. It’s something I talk about often, something I’ve experienced first-hand, a topic I’m passionate about, and over the past few years, something I’ve continued to research and strived to understand better.

This is what I’ve learnt – the human brain is fascinating and we’re continuing to discover more about its capabilities every day. We certainly don’t know all there is to understand about the connection between physical exercise and mental health, but I hope you’ll agree, moving our body is something our brain wants and something our mind can hugely benefit from.

Here’s just some of the reasons why.

It releases feel good chemicals in your brain

Most of us will have heard of endorphins – the ultimate “feel good” chemicals that our body releases when we exercise. Endorphins are what we can thank for that blissful ‘post-exercise high’ that often follows a good sweat session. These chemicals interact with the receptors in our brain that reduce our perception of pain and trigger a positive feeling in the body. Endorphins help to reduce stress and anxiety, but when we exercise, there are other mood boosting chemicals at play as well.

Exercise also increases the production of serotonin in the brain, which works as a natural antidepressant. Lastly but certainly not least important, exercise increases the production of dopamine – the “motivation” and “reward” brain chemical.

With a knock-on production of endorphins, serotonin and dopamine, it’s no surprise regular exercise is linked with enhanced mental health and emotional wellbeing!   

It can improve your concentration

Research supports the idea that exercise improves focus, attention, and the ability to concentrate. But how?

When we exercise, especially at a high-intensity where our heart rate is elevated, our adrenal glands and our brain ramp up production of a chemical called norepinephrine. As more norepinephrine flows into our bloodstream, it increases our alertness and focus. An important reason to prioritise exercise during busy working periods, to improve productivity!

It can boost your memory

A number of studies show that aerobic exercise (aka cardio) promotes brain growth, especially in the hippocampus area, the part of our brain that is associated with memory1,2,3.

And if that‘s not enough to convince you – a new study from McMaster University in Canada found that young adults who participated in 6 weeks of high intensity interval training (HIIT) experienced significant improvements in their memory and recall4.  

It can slow cognitive decline

Keeping physically fit can also help to keep our brain healthy as we age. Exercise stimulates the release of growth factors, chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the survival of new brain cells. These growth factors help to protect our brain against injury and preserve our cognitive function5,6.



Wellness Director, Collective Wellness Group – Dan Conn


Interim Independent Review of Integrity of Tennis

In 2008, tennis was among the first sports to establish its own anti-corruption body. All ‘Covered Persons’ are bound by the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program, which gives TIU the right to interview and obtain, with consent, suspects’ phones, tablets, lap tops and financial records. Investigations are opened at any time, into any covered person. Offenders are subject to lifetime bans and fines up to US$250,000. In helping to prevent corruption, TIU works with the sport to make it as difficult as possible for would-be corruptors to access players and tournaments. Player education is critical. All players complete an online Tennis Integrity Protection Program which explains grooming techniques and the process of reporting corrupt approaches.

Click here for the Interim Independent Review of Integrity of Tennis


Badge Results Round-2

Last Saturday was one of the worst days ever to try and play tennis! Rain and wind!! And our results showed we did not handle the conditions well with only our Men’s 1.1 team being victorious.  Two teams had washouts and our Ladies 1.1 team had a bye.
The good news was The Sea Eagles, Swans and Bulldogs all had wins.😁😁

Badge Results

Mens 1.1 Won 5-3 at home.  Bosko and Sean won 4 sets to set up the win and Jono and Todd did their part by winning 1 set.

Mens 1.3 Lost 1-6 at Killara.  Playing at Killara is always a tough task and by playing ex Manly members made it even tougher.  Milton was absent so the team was weakened.  New member Craig Stevens played with DJ Mike to win 1 set and Treasurer Jon and President Craig managed to get an unfinished set.

Mens 1.5 Lost 5-3 at home.  Jono and Tim got the team off to a strong start by claiming the first set on forfeit but that was all
folks! Sean and Scott combined well to win 2 sets and lose a tiebreaker which would have forced a draw. This team is playing two grades higher and in Scotts case three grades higher than last year so are playing very competitively.

Mens 2.2 Draw 4sets all and also on games.  Playing on grass at Beecroft was a nightmare as the grass is terrible and to come away with a draw was a good result.  Graham and Tom Donald won 2 sets and Chris and your Club Captain also won 2 sets.  We were outlobbed by professional lobbers on their homecourts by one pairwho won 4 sets. We needed to be 20 years younger and a lot taller to beat them!

Mens 2.3 Washout at Hunters Hill.

Mens 2.4 Lost 7-1 at Royal Sydney.  The grass was too wet so the match was played on synthetic but we still suffered a big defeat.  New member David Bowan combined with Phuket Ray to win 1 set but Tommy and Ian were not successful. Better times are ahead as Aidan and Daniel have yet to make an appearance for their debut in Badge.Pairings will take time to combine together.

Mens 2.5 Drew 2-4 at home.  Although behind on sets Georges team scored 4 points and maybe could have won as two sets were unfinished and only one game behind.  George and Thomas MacDonald won 1 set and Peter Butcher and Ray Dalgairns 1 set.  Owen has coached this team and pairs have trained together so their results for the first two matches have been very encouraging.With plenty of players to choose from, George has done a great job organising and arranging the pairings.

Ladies 1.1 Bye

Ladies 1.2 washout at Sydney University.

Ladies 1.3 lost 8-0 at home.  After a good win last week the ladies played the leading team and had a loss.  Pam and Johanna and Lindy and Jane will get more chances against other teams to show their capabilities.

Badge Matches May 19

12.00 Ladies 1.3
1200 Mens 2.2
1450pm Mens1.1
1450pm Mens1.3
1450pm Ladies 1.2

Also please check your times and point scores for Badge each week as mistakes are often made e.g. George’s team was not given the proper points when they were unfinished until I protested.


Tennis Shirts

Anyone still wishing to have a Club Logo on their shirt or top can leave at the Pro -Shop and I will arrange to have it embossed.  George has arranged for the club logo to be left at permanently at Julies Embroidery  1/121 Old Pittwater Rd North Manly Phone 99054540. You can take tops or shirts there yourself if you wish.

Hopefully better results will be achieved this Saturday.
Denis Crowley
Manly Lawn Tennis Club.