This season saw a group of young members, who were all at school together just a couple of years ago, come together and form a team to play Saturday afternoons in Mixed competition.
Oli Greenberg, Kiran Raskutti, Emma Littlewood, Caitlin Kennedy, Alex Morrison, Marie Smith, Rosie Muirden and Katrina Gryllakis, had a great season enjoying their tennis and social connections.
Not sure how they would go in their first season of Open tennis, they not only made the Finals but were able to knock off the top team from the season in the Grand Final.
Competition consists of a best of three sets Men’s rubber, along with a best of three sets Women’s rubber, followed by two best of three sets Mixed rubbers. In the Grand Final against Wheelers Hill, Kiran, Oli, Emma and Caitlin had a great start with the girls winning their rubber in two sets and the boys winning theirs after one of the opposition was injured.
In the mixed Kiran and Emma won in straight sets, while Caitlin and Oli lost in a third set tie breaker. The final was played in great spirit and our team really enjoyed the competition against a tough opponent.
All in all it was a great end to a fun season. We hope to see more young players playing Open competition in the future.
Heartbreak for our Bayside section 1 mixed team as they lost their first match of the year in the Grand Final, by one game. OMG
In a fluctuating Final they just fell short against a strong St Pauls team that included Angie Arthurs, Wayne’s Mum.
Kerrie and Melissa Wundersitz won their Ladies singles, but Rod Dunhill and Bas Ellenbroek went down to a strong father/son combination. Then Rod and Melissa won their mixed rubber, but Kerrie and Bas went down in theirs.
Rubbers and sets were split but South Hawthorn lost by one game. Ouch!!!!
Our weekend teams are nearing the end of their home and away matches and have all enjoyed successful seasons.
Our Bayside team in Mixed rubbers section 1 have finished well clear on top of the ladder and play their semi final against Kings Park at South Hawthorn this Saturday afternoon. The team of Kerry Wundersitz, Melissa Wundersitz, Rod Hill, Bas Ellenbroek and John O’Neill have gone through the season undefeated and we look forward to reporting on more crushing wins in the finals.
Meanwhile our Waverley team in A Reserve 4 singles doubles, of Alex Handrinos, Nick Liley and Ross Lindsay are also well clear on top of the ladder with just one more round to go for the season.
Finally our Eastern Region team in singles double section 2 have had good wins in the last few weeks to get them off the bottom of the ladder with just one more match to go. Despite the lack of wins, the team of Kerrie Clarke, Georgina Jupp, Jade Sheary, Renee Sheary and Jeka Mijic have had a great season with lots of close matches and definite improvement in their tennis.
Saturday the 6th of November saw the first time in many years that South Hawthorn had 3 competition home teams on a Saturday aftenoon.
Our Eastern region singles doubles section 2 team played on courts 1 & 2. Our Waverley District A reserve 4 team took to the En-Tous-Cas courts 3 & 4, while our Bayside Section 1 team played on courts 5 & 6. It was a perfect day for tennis and the after match refreshments on the balcony were very enjoyable.
It is great to see our more experienced Bayside players passing on good advice to our “newer” ERT players and lots of action at our club.
We look forward to more Saturday afternoon activity and the developement of some good Club atmosphere on Saturday afternoons.
Eastern Region Open
Tomorrow sees the first match for our new Eastern region singles doubles section 2 team.
This all girls team, is made up of Renee Sheary, Jade Sheary and Georgina Jupp who played in our Junior GSD 1 premiership team last season, along with 2 senior girls new to the club, Kerrie Clarke and Jeka Mijic, who both have a high level of Victorian Pennant experience.
The girls have set themselves a big challenge in open section 2 but are hoping the quality tennis will improve their skills and prepare them well for next season’s women’s pennant.
We wish them luck representing South Hawthorn for the summer season.
Congratulations to Alex Handrinos, Nick Liley and Ross Lindsay, who form our Saturday afternoon team in Waverley district A reserve 2 section. They played their Grand Final last Saturday and were convincing winners against St Paul the Apostle.
Sad news to report, I am afraid!!
We had to settle for the runners up trophies, as we went down to Mordialloc on Saturday.
The girls won their rubber in straight sets, but the boys lost theirs and then lost the first mixed match and the first set of the second, to lose the day. Congratulations to Kerry Wundersitz, Melissa Wundersitz, Mark Donagon, Michael Bolger, Gerald Kelly and John O’Neill on a great season.
Our Saturday mixed team has finished the season top of the ladder.
They play the Grand Final tomorrow at Dendy Park.
The team of Kerry Wundersitz, Melissa Wundersitz, Mark Donagon, Michael Bolger, Gerald Kelly and John O’neill has had a great season and we wish them luck in the final.
The matches consist of a rubber of men’s doubles, a rubber of women’s doubles and then 2 rubbers of mixed doubles. The matches are followed by a very competitive and extremely civilised afternoon tea!
Our Saturday afternoon Waverley team is having a great season and after 6 rounds is sitting on top of the ladder in the
A reserve 2 section.
Our waverley district team of Alex Handrinos, Ross Lindsay and Nick Liley, plays Saturday afternoons in an open singles doubles competition.
This involves two players each week. They play a singles rubber each, being best of three sets and then a doubles rubber also best of three sets.
They have played together as a team for about five years so know each other, and their tennis habits rather well.
They are currently in the ‘off’ season having missed out on finals narrowly by a point or two. Interestingly, they beat the top two teams and lost to the bottom two.