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Saturday, 03 September 2011 08:31

It was fantastic to see so many players participate in Tennis Victoria winter pennant this year. Everyone had a real go and gained valuable experience. For a Club of 5 courts we had great representation in Victoria’s premier competition. Injuries to key players such as David “Barnie” Barnett and Adam Matthews meant we had to shuffle players between team with players often having to play in much higher grades. Campbell Mowat played as high as Grade 2 and performed admirably. As Club Captain I was proud of all of our players and thanks to Nat and Hamish for making sure we were able to field teams.


Young Talent Performs Well in Grade 2

The Grade 2 team had a great season, which unfortunately was not reflected by their final ladder position. Team Number 1 Marco Valtorta had to return to Italy before the beginning season, meaning 2009 Club Champion Billy Owen 19 and Summa Wu 17 stepped into the Number 1 and 2 positions. Billy and Summa made a dynamic doubles duo backed up with impressive singles performances against some of the states strongest strong opposition. Captain Fabulous Freddie Chamberlain played some characteristically amazing consistent, touch tennis, however had to miss a lot of the season due to overseas travel to Germany. New member, Kiwi Simon Gilkison, also played some fantastic singles and doubles matches at a very high level. 2010 Club Champion Frans Verheij was a wizard on court as usual, however he too was unavailable for several weeks. Ultimately, the team was hurt by the absence of key players. Several emergencies need to be commended for their performances in BTC’s highest team including Campbell Mowat, Simon Thomas, Tommy Owen, Ed Montieth and Mitch Higgins.

Grade 6 ... What Could Have Been

The Grade 6 Pennant Team, Captained by Hamish Clark, started the 2011 season with a bang, crushing Mitcham and North Ringwood in the opening 2 Rounds 4 rubbers to zero. Growing in confidence and oozing potential, with the likes of Thomas ‘The Bomb’ Owen, Clinton ‘The President’ Daley, Kelvin ‘Kelvinator’ Taylor, Michael ‘Thor’ Chambers and Brent ‘The Pong’ Rowe, it looked as though Six Appeal was primed for a big season.

A washout in Round 3 interrupted the team’s momentum and by Round 5 some cracks began to appear in the titanic line-up. Michael and Clinton had to leave the team mid-season for OS travel to Germany and Boston respectively. Within a matter of weeks misfortune had seen Six Appeal fall from 1st position to mid-table on the ladder. Brent’s coaching commitments meant he was no longer available every week and a 2 week injury to Number 1 Tommy Owen meant the unstoppable Six Appeal was severely undermanned and on a collision course with league leaders North Ringwood, “If it bleeds, we can kill it.”

Despite some magnificent tennis from emergencies Graeme Taylor, Monte Bonwick, Matthew Salvo and Johno Stakos, injuries a bye, and more wash outs, meant Six Appeal was unable to register a win for 7 rounds. In the final weeks of the season the Quintessential Quinella returned to demonstrate just what could have been with a victory over Yallambie and a narrow defeat against top of the table North Ringwood away.

Despite some inconsistencies in performance the team spirit was as strong as ever and all players, including the emergencies, had a fantastic time playing alongside magnificent company and in a very relaxed environment. After the final game the team celebrated the season at McDonalds for 3 laughter filled hours as we shared some great moments from the season.

Hamish Clark

Grade 6 Captain

Vets 5 Make Late Season Charge

The 2009 Premiers, boosted by Monte Bonwick and Ian Grayson (and emergencies Mark Thompson and Geoff Lambourne) missed on the 2011 finals by a set. Here is Veteran Johno Wade’s report on their 2011 Pennant season.

Captain Glammers (Greg Lammers) and his team consisting of (in order of height) John Wade, Ian Grayson, David Reed, Colin Edwards and Monte Bonwick played a hugely entertaining season consisting of the proverbial two halves. The first six matches were marked by thumping defeats leading to dented egos, a position at the very bottom of the ladder, and the fat lady beginning to clear her phlegm. Matters were not helped when too few players turned up at one match and too many at another! Nevertheless, the old adage that “we’ll be better for the run” proved correct when the team unexpectedly found its mojo and strung together six excellent wins in the remaining eight matches including against the second and fourth sides. The final match of the season was notable for John and Ian requiring no less than 14 match points to seal a win and a brief residence in the final four before being displaced by the ultimate fourth-placed team, Tennis Vic Seniors (whom we beat a week earlier 4-zip). Thus ended the team’s topsy-turvey season and a shot at playing in the finals but it was one in which we all greatly enjoyed not only each other’s company and friendship but also that of our opponents who were always good sports and played the game that we all love in good spirit. Congratulations to Kurunjang Park (West Melton) who were clearly the best team in the competition and went through the season undefeated and very deservedly won the flag. We shall be back in 2012 better than ever!

John Wade

BTC Veteran

Grade 11 Team Make Finals

Congratulation to the Grade 11 team for making the sectional finals against Grace Park. The team comprising of Captain Aniket Parulekar, Ed Monteith, Aden Chen, Jackson Sharpe, Simon Thomas and Super Subs Johno Stakos, Sachin Parulekar, and Matt Salvo, were a handful in singles, doubles, home and away matches all season long. Full of confidence and sure to put Grace Park in their place, the only thing that could stop BTC Grade 11 from progressing deeper into the finals was a washout. Sure enough Grace park were saved by afternoon rain postponing the final to the following week – when only 3 BTC players available. Grace Park got lucky but rain can only stop BTC Grade 11 from fulfilling their destiny of a Pennant Championship for so long.

BTC Management

Grade 5 Showcase our Young Talent

Richie Bing’s Grade 5 Saturday team, consisting of David Barnett, Adam Matthews, Mitch Higgins and Tim Shackleton, had a frustrating season characterised by narrow loses and injury. When fully fit Grade 5 where adventurous and aggressive playing awesome spectator tennis. In the end, injury to Big A and Barnie, along with a string of loses by a handful of games (which could have gone either way) meant Grade 5 missed out on a finals position.

BTC Management


Last Updated on Saturday, 03 September 2011 08:44