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Latest news

  • Summer of Tennis
  • Annual Dinner
  • Membership drive

Upcoming events

  • Australian Amateur Masters Championship (RMTC)
  • Masters Open Singles
  • Presidents Cup
  • Club championship finals weekend
  • Tournoi des Trois Tripots
  • Interstate and international events

Recent results

  • Class 3 Doubles Club Championship
  • Class 2 Doubles Club Championship
  • Class 1-3 Doubles Pennant Grand Final
  • Division 3 Handicap Singles
  • Page Racket
  • Junior Club Championship
  • Pennant ladders

From the pro

  • Doubles safety

From the committee

  • Car park use
Editor: Tom McAuley
Contributors: Brett McFarlane, Esther Wynhoven, Charlotte Toates, Graham Flower & Tim McAuley

Latest news

One Summer Cup team position left

Seven teams have now confirmed for January, leaving one available team slot. If you've been thinking about entering a team, don't delay or you might miss out on what promises to be one of the best weeks in the international tennis calendar.

If you don't have a team but would like to participate, we're also taking individual entries for the Summer Cup. Just click the button below to register and we will do our best to find you a suitable team.

All you need to know about the Summer of Tennis
I'd like to play

Can you help with billeting this January?

We have amateurs and professionals from across the globe coming to Hobart for the first week of January. One of the great traditions of the international real tennis community is the hospitality extended to visiting members. If you are able to help, we'd love to hear from you.
I can help

Annual Dinner & presentation night

30 November

Come and celebrate another wonderful year at the club. You can look forward to full 3-course, black tie event just down the road at the Athenæum Club. A selection of wines are included and a full bar is available. Then join us afterwards at the club for port and cheese and the 2019 member photo.

The cost is $110 per person. Guests are welcome. 

If you or your guests have dietary requirements, please let us know using the email link below (even if you have already signed up). 

I'm coming!

Membership drive

Our Member Get Member drive will close shortly. Thank you to all those members who introduced a friend and entered the draw. If you have friends, family, or work colleagues who you think might be interested in joining, there's still time to enter. Contact the club to arrange an introductory session and a chance to win some great prizes. But don't delay: the final draw will take place on November 30 at the Annual Dinner.

Upcoming events

Tasmanian Open

17-20 October

Entries are closed but we'd love to have you fora spit-roast dinner at the club on Saturday and spectating though the tournament. Don't miss out, it's going to be some great tennis.

I'd like to come to the dinner

Australian Amateur Masters Championship

26-27 October

Please contact RMTC for details and registration

I'd like to play

Masters Open Singles

9-10 November

Open to all amateur and professional members 50 years and older.

I'd like to play

Presidents' Cup

16-17 November

An interclub tournament by invitation of the presidents of RMTC and HRTC.

I'd like to play

Club Championship Finals Weekend

22-24 November

The finals of each club championship class will be played over the weekend. Awards will be presented the following weekend at the Annual Dinner.

I'd like to play

Boomerang Trophy

11-25 January 2020

RMTC is now accepting registrations for the Boomerang Trophy on 11–25 January. The Fugitives won the title in 2018 against a tough field of over 200 players from around the world and are heading back in 2020 along side the ubiquitous HRTC Devils. It is always an amazing event and won't disappoint.

Registration guide

If you can't take off two weeks to do the Boomerang in January, there's also the Summer Cup in Hobart, which runs for five days, starting on New Year's Day.

Register for the Boomerang

Tournois des Trois Tripots

8-13 October, Bayonne, France.

The Tripots is back again for 2020 in sunny south-west France. Hobart and Melbourne both had strong contingents in France for the 2018 event, and we're expecting to see a similar turnout for 2020. If you want to find out more, have a chat with a member who's made the trip in the past. It's an amazing experience and definitely one for the bucket list.
Talk to the organisers

Interstate and international calendar

Event Date Location
Australian Masters 26–27 October Melbourne
Australian Open 7-13 January 2020 Melbourne
Boomerang Trophy 11–25 January 2020 Melbourne
Tournois des Trois Tripots 8–13 October 2020 France

Recent results

Class 3 Doubles Club Championship

Our 2019 Class 3 Doubles Club Championships were played on September 22 with our top 30+ handicap doubles players doing battle for this year’s title.
It was an awesome day of tennis with Graham Flower and Becca Lunnon beating the odds and taking out the event. Congrats guys!

Graham Flower/Becca Lunnon def Oliver Pridmore/Sam Legg 6/2/6/3
Graham Flower/Becca Lunnon def Will Priestley/Tom McAuley 6/4 6/2

Class 2 Doubles Club Championship

HRTC’s 20+ handicap doubles players came together last weekend for our annual Class 2 Doubles Club Championships. Four pairs went head to head in some quality tennis and after a big day of matches it was our number 1 seeds, Jeremy Rackham and Nick Rooke that were victorious. Well done guys and thanks to all our participants that provided some thrilling tennis for those that came along to check out the action.
Jeremy Rackham/Nick Rooke def Nick Stenning/Oliver Pridmore 6/2 6/5
Graeme Bradfield/Will Priestley def Justin Legg/Tom McAuley 6/5 6/3


Jeremy Rackham/Nick Rooke def Graeme Bradfield/Will Priestley 3/6 6/3 6/2

Class 1-3 Doubles Pennant Grand Final

After a long season, our 2019 Class 1-3 Doubles Pennant ended recently with a Grand Final between our top two teams Jeremy Rackham/Will Priestley and Graham Hyland/Justin Legg.
Jeremy and Will have had a spectacular season and continued their winning ways in the Grand Final taking out the match 6/1 6/2 – but not before some close games throughout the match.
Congratulations to all our finalists – but particularly to Jeremy and Will on a terrific season!

Division 3 Handicap Singles

Division 3 Handicap Singles was played last month with a jam-packed field of 60+ handicap players going head to head in three round robin singles groups.     
Saturday morning group saw Miriam Boyles who is just recently back into our playing ranks start her comeback in fine fashion taking out the group by the narrowest of margins ahead of Edward Furst.
Saturday afternoon was again dominated by our lady’s contingent with Jo Graddon getting the group win after some great tennis was played throughout the session.
Sunday mornings group kicked off in fine fashion and at the end of the morning HRTC junior, Matthew Kelly was victorious after three out of four wins.
The Division 3 Handicap Singles final was a ripper – with our three group winners all playing some terrific tennis. In the end, it was young gun, Matthew Gadsby that was victorious – taking out the 2019 title. Well done Matthew!

Page Racket

Tasmanian Club v Athenaeum Club

The annual interclub bash between the Tasmanian Club and Athenaeum Club is always a hotly contested, yet most social affair and 2019 was no different. With the recent addition of female members to the Athenaeum Club, HRTC member Christine Stirling captained her new side admirably throughout the morning – while Julian Joscelyne did the same for the Tasmanian Club. Matches were close, the tennis was of a high standard and at the end of the day it required a countback on games to determine the winning team. After the mathematics was complete it would be the Tasmanian Club that were crowned our 2019 victors. Well done to the Tasmanian Club and a big welcome back to players Nick Griggs, Bill Ayliffe and Scott Donoghue who have been out of the HRTC playing ranks for some time.
Players celebrated the morning with a fine lunch at the Athenaeum Club afterwards!

Junior Club Championship

Our 2019 Junior Club Championships kicked off recently, with our top juniors going head to head to battle it out for 2019 Club Championship honours. A round robin qualifying event, decided the fourth place in the main draw, with Alex Rackham eventually earning the right to progress through:
2019 Junior Club Championship Qualifier:
Alex Rackham def Ben McTaggart 9/1
Ben McTaggart def Colin Smith 9/4
Alex Rackham def Colin Smith 9/0
2019 Junior Club Championship Main Draw:
The main draw matches were played of a terrific standard with all our juniors doing themselves proud:
Nick Stenning def Alex Rackham 6/2/6/2
Oliver Pridmore def Sam Legg 6/4 6/4
After an incredible final, congratulations go to Oliver Pridmore on his 2019 Junior Club Championship victory!
Oliver Pridmore def Nick Stenning 6/2 6/5

Pennant ladders

Class 3-4

Pos Team Pts
1. Tom McAuley / John McCormack 23
2. Mark Bell / Stuart Mitchell 19
3. Becca Lunnon / Graham Flower 16
4. Justin Legg / Sam Legg 13
5. Oliver Pridmore / Nick Stenning 8

Class 4-5

Pos Team Pts
1. Alex Rackham / Robert Brewer 14
2. Hans Drielsma / Philip Bowe 13
3. Paul Dunne / John Davis 10
4. Nicholas Youl / Andrew Brough 8
5. Tim McAuley / Jesse Greenwood / Julianne Drewitt 4

From the pro

Doubles safety

Members may be surprised to know that even though doubles is considered to be a more restrained game, it makes up the majority of the on-court injuries at the club. While any tennis carries some inherent risk of injury, we can minimise the risk with a bit of knowledge.

Here are a few quick tips to keep you and your partner safe on court:
  • Never stand forward and left of your partner while they are serving.
  • When defending the galleries at the service end, always crouch down by the gallery wall if your partner is playing a ball behind you.
  • When returning serve or playing a ball sliding off the back wall, never turn on a ball that has gone behind you. It is one of the most frequent causes of injury to doubles partners.
  • Never stand next to the tambour. You should either be near the back wall or at least a meter in front of the tambour when playing up.

Have a chat to Brett next time you're at the club if you have any questions.

From the committee

Car park

The Committee would like to remind members that the car park is for the use of members playing tennis and using the club facilities. Spaces are limited and there is considerable demand during office hours. On weekends there is less pressure, but please be mindful of the needs of weekend events.

Bar service

Please note that the club does not offer wine by the glass normally, it is only when bar staff are in attendance, such as at First Fridays or other advertised events. If you don't want to drink a whole bottle, you can always take the opened bottle home with you or write your name on the label and leave it for later in the small bar fridge or behind the bar.

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

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