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Latest news

  • First Friday BBQ and drinks
  • Night pennant starts soon

Upcoming events

  • Quentin McDougall
  • Cone Cup
  • Finlaison Cup
  • National D Grade
  • Interstate and international events

From the Pro

  • Doubles clinics

Recent results

  • A-grade Doubles Pennant finals
  • Rogers Vase
  • Class 6 Doubles
  • Junior Handicap Singles
  • Class 1 Handicap Singles
  • Rogers Vase
  • Pennant ladders

From the Committee

  • Change rooms
  • Court shoes

Latest news

Join the First Friday fun

The next First Friday is on Friday 3 May. Happy Hour bar opens at 6 pm. See if Will Priestly can hold on to his "King of the Hill" title. Stay for the $10 BBQ. All members and their guests are welcome. To help with catering, please RSVP for the BBQ (no need to RSVP for the Happy Hour bar).

I'm coming to the BBQ

Social Night Pennant season is about to start

A new season of HRTC’s ever-popular Social Night Pennant will commence shortly. This pennant is a great way for new players to meet members and experience a broader range of playing styles with some fun, yet competitive matches. You'll play no more than once a week on either a Wednesday, Friday or Sunday evening. The season runs for approximately 3 months. The three-player teams compete in three singles matches and three doubles matches followed by supper provided by one of the teams. You can sign up either as a team or individually (Brett will place you in a team). Call Brett or click the link below to join in.

Sign me up

A matter of safety

Following a service fault, both the receiver and the server should take care to ensure the ball is made safe. To prevent injury, the receiver must take care not to return a dead ball over the net. It is equally important that the server does not turn their back on the receiver until they are sure the ball has been made safe. It might be clear to you, but there are situations where your opponent might strike a dead ball believing it to be still in play, such as not hearing the call of "fault". So, please, play it safe.

Upcoming events

Quentin McDougall Handicap Singles 

Saturday 4 May

Open to members aged 50 and older.

I'd like to play

Cone Cup (Ballarat)

4–5 May

Click the link below if you are interested in joining the Hobart team going to Ballarat on the weekend of 4–5 May. Members of all ages and abilities are welcome.

I'd like to join the team

Finlaison Cup Handicap Doubles

18–19 May

Open to pairs with doubles handicaps of 45 and above.

I'd like to play

National D Grade Singles

25–26 May

Open to players with handicaps of 40 and above.

I'd like to play

Interstate and international events

Event Date Location
Bathurst Cup 11–19 May 2019 Chicago
World Amateur Masters 11–24 May 2019 New York, Newport, Tuxedo
Victorian Amateur Singles 21–23 June 2019 Melbourne
Victorian Open 2–4 August 2019 Melbourne
Australian Amateur Masters 26–27 October 2019 Melbourne
Boomerang Cup 11–25 January 2020 Melbourne

From the Pro

Grays "crackle" finish Extra-Tech now in stock

We've just received the new Grays Extra-Tech crackle finish frames in stock. With the same great playing qualities of the Grays Extra-Tech rackets, these come with a bit of Hobart-inspired bling and are sure to be a hit. Price is just $20 more than the standard Extra-Tech frames.

Doubles clinics

The first in a series of tennis clinics will be run this weekend. A doubles clinic for 35-50 handicaps is being held between 9–11 am on Saturday 27 April. And a second doubles clinic for 51-65 handicaps is being held the next day, Sunday 28 April, between 9–11 am.  The two-hour sessions will focus on doubles strategies, court positioning, tambour play and shot selection. Groups will need a minimum of four players each to run, so anyone interested in playing will need to notify Brett not later 5 pm Wednesday 24 April. Call or text Brett or use the links below to sign up.

Sign me up
I'd like to, but I can't make it this weekend

A matter of etiquette

The online booking system is a great tool, allowing members to self-book courts from anywhere at anytime. But please be aware that if the handicap difference between you and the booking-holder is 10 or greater, unless you have been invited to play by the other player, it is customary to consult the pro before adding your name to the booking sheet. Not all players enjoy that special challenge of a receive-half-30-owe-fifteen (or worse) handicap!

Recent results

A-Grade Doubles Pennant Final

The A-Grade Doubles Pennant drew to a close this week after a big season of early morning doubles matches. The season came to a fitting end with a closely fought 3-set final between the two top teams: Tony Blom & Justin Legg vs Al Ramsay & Alex Fahey. Well done boys on a great season!


Tony Blom & Justin Legg def Al Ramsay & Alex Fahey 2/6 6/4 6/2

Class 6 Doubles Club Championship

The 2019 Class 6 Doubles Club Championship, for players with handicaps 60 and above, was run and won on 14 April, with some great matches played throughout the day. Congratulations must go to Christine Stirling and Lindsay Kent-Fahey, our 2019 champions, winning 6/5 in the third set in the closest of close finals!/p>


Christine Stirling/Lindsay Kent-Fahey def Terry Liggins/Zac Davis 6/1 6/1
Colin Smith/Ronan Pritchard def Michelle Moores/Sally Crosby 4/6 6/2 6/4
Christine Stirling/Lindsay Kent-Fahey def Duncan Hamilton/Alex Crellin 6/4 6/5
Phil Bowe/Peter Burnett def Colin Smith/Ronan Pritchard 6/2 6/3


Christine Stirling/Lindsay Kent-Fahey def Phil Bowe/Peter Burnett 1/6 6/2 6/5

Junior Handicap Singles

HRTC had the pride of its juniors on display in the annual Junior Handicap Singles. With two round robin groups running over the course of the day and a brand new racket as first prize, this was going to be one hotly contested event!

Group A saw a bunch of close matches, with three of the four players winning two matches each. It would be Elle Davis however that would win on count back by the narrowest of margins. The afternoon group B session also ended in three of the four players winning 2 matches each and this time it was Charlotte Toates taking out the group by a mere two games, making for an all-girl final!

After recently recovering from a knee reconstruction, it soon became apparent in the final that Charlotte Toates was well on her way to some winning form again. She raced to an early lead and Elle was unable to peg her back, crowning Charlotte 2019 HRTC Junior Handicap Champion. She was awarded her brand new racket as her prize and will hold bragging rights over the event until next year. Well done to both girls on making the final and congrats Charlotte!

Class 1 Handicap Singles Club Championship

In a first for some years, 2019 will see the reintroduction of handicap singles Club Championship events. The first of these, Class 1, was played a few weeks ago with many of our top pairs battling it out for handicap honours. Two round robin groups of five players each took part in the event, with some great matches and terrific tennis evolving throughout the day. Oliver Pridmore was victorious in group A and Darcy Webster-Jones was too strong for those in group B.

The final was a ripper with both players playing some fine tennis and the match close until near the end. Ollie however, got the win in the end 9/5 and would take the match and the 2019 title 9/5. Well done Oliver!

Rogers Vase

The Rodgers Vase doubles event for players with handicaps 44 and under was a smaller than usual event for 2019 with just three doubles pairs taking part in a best of three set round robin. Oliver Pridmore and Nick Stenning continued their improving form in match one taking out Jeremy Rackham and Will Priestley 6/1 6/2. Justin Legg and Tom McAuley were also in good form for match two – getting a win over Jeremy and Will 6/2 6/1 making the final match a most interesting one. The match was a terrific standard, but Ollie and Nick were too strong by the end of the match, taking out the match 6/2 6/2. Congratulations to the 2019 Rodgers Vase Champions, Nick Stenning and Oliver Pridmore.

Pennant ladders

A-Grade Doubles Pennant Finals Series

Final Players Score
Prelim Tony Blom & Justin Legg (1) def Al Ramsay & Alex Fahey (2) 6/4 6/5
Elim 1 Brett McFarlane & Jeremy Rackham (3) def Graham Hyland & Greg Kerin (4) 4/6 6/3 6/2
Elim 2 Al Ramsay & Alex Fahey def Brett McFarlane & Jeremy Rackham 6/4 6/1
Grand Tony Blom & Justin Legg def Al Ramsay & Alex Fahey 2/6 6/4 6/2

B-Grade Team Pennant

Pos Team Pts
1. John McCormack & David Gadsby 17
2. Will Priestly & Jesse Greenwood 15
3. Graham Flower & Mark Bell 14
4. Justin Legg & Sam Legg 12
5. Becca Lunnon & Alex Rackham 12
6. Tom McAuley & Tim McAuley 10
7. Alex Fahey & Helen Rackham 8

Junior Pennant

Pos. Team Pts
1. Xavier Herbert & Tom Roberts 22
2. Alex Rackham & Darcy Webster-Jones 13
3. Sam Legg & Colin Smith 9
4. Nick Stenning & Ben McTaggart 8
5. Oliver Pridmore & Ronan Pritchard 6

Night Pennant Finals Series

Final Team Sets
Prelim Brewer/Bowes/Middleton def Barrett/Burnett/Graddon 4/2
Elim 1 Gadsby/Crellin/Gadsby def Dunne/Moores/Moores 4/2
Elim 2 Gadsby/Crellin/Gadsby def Barrett/Burnett/Graddon 5/1
Grand To be played 26 April  

From the Committee

Gear left in change rooms

Last chance! Any unclaimed clothes and tennis gear will be thrown out at the end of April. Clothes and gear left overnight will be placed in the lost-and-found bin the next day and held for two weeks before being disposed of.

Non-marking shoes

There have been some recent incidents of shoes marking the court floor. Please note that the colour of the soles is not the important thing: all court shoes must have non-marking soles. If in doubt, ask Brett to check that your shoes comply with the club rules.

Please don't wear your court shoes outside

Members are asked not to wear their court shoes outside the club. Sand and mud from shoes increases the wear on the floor and can be a slipping hazard to players, not to mention creating extra work in keeping the floor clean. If you forget and wear your court shoes outside, please inspect the soles and remove any mud or grit trapped in the tread before you play. Thank you for your assistance.

HRTC Committee

President: Andrew Brough
Vice-President: Tim McAuley
Secretary: Al Ramsay
Treasurer: Hans Drielsma
Julianne Drewitt, Graham Flower, Jeremy Rackham
Graham Hyland, Justin Legg, Elle Davis

Finance & Risk: Hans Drielsma
Tennis: Jeremy Rackham
Building & Grounds: Justin Legg
Marketing & Membership: Graham Flower
Events & Hospitality: Julianne Drewitt
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