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Welcome to the Doutta Galla Tennis Club

Doutta Galla Tennis Club, Affiliated with Tennis Australia.
Welcome to the Official Website of the Doutta Galla Tennis Club. We are a Tennis Club in North Essendon, Melbourne, Australia.
The club is an official affiliate of Tennis Victoria.
All members are encouraged to subscribe to our Online Newsletter, eBaseline, to be kept up to date with all of the club's latest news.

Mens NSNTA Spring Dates Survey

Last season many teams across the association had issues fielding teams on the Thursday Night before the new AFL Grand Final Friday Public Holiday and there were many forfeits.

Therefore the NSNTA have asked the Clubs if they wish to play on the Thursday Night before the AFL Grand Final Friday Public Holiday.

This causes an issue as the Mens competition already skips a week due to Oaks Day. So the NSNTA is interested if teams wish to play on Oaks Day.

The Club is looking to the Mens Teams for their opinion, so we have created a poll on our Facebook page so we can provide our formal response. Vote on the poll here:

The options are:

  • Don’t play on Thursday before AFL Grand Final Friday and play on Oaks Day.
  • Don’t play on Thursday before AFL Grand Final Friday and don’t play on Oaks Day (season starts one week earlier).
  • Play on Thursday before AFL Grand Final Friday and don’t play on Oaks Day (current arrangement).

If you have any questions please ask away and we are happy to answer them.

If you don’t use Facebook you’re welcome to send the Club an Email with your vote.

Doutta Galla Open Day is on Sunday 12th February

The Club is holding an Open Day on Sunday 12th February 2017 from 12pm to 5pm, everyone is welcome to attend to have a try of tennis and join in the fun. All ages from kids to adults are welcome.

There will be:

  • A free BBQ
  • Ball Machine
  • Serve Radar
  • Show Bags
  • Prizes
  • And the chance to meet Chris Guccione – two time Olympian and Pro Tennis Player.


NSNTA Autumn 2017 Fixtures Now Available

The Fixtures for the NSNTA Autumn 2017 Season are now available on the NSNTA’s Web Site.

The season commences for each grade as follows:

Ladies – Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Mixed – Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Mens – Thursday, 2 February 2017

Congratulations to our Tennis Service Award Winners

Congratulations to Dianne Linforth, Kathy Glass, Kat Glass and Graeme Glass for being awarded the Tennis Service Award by Tennis Victoria.


This is an award to recognise and acknowledge devoted and significant service to one or more of the State Tennis Association affiliated clubs. The recipients of this Award have certainly made a long contribution to tennis in these areas over an extended period of time. A list of past Service Award Winners can be viewed on Tennis Victoria’s Website.

The Doutta Galla Tennis Club has been fortunate to have been provided with the wonderful service of four fantastic volunteers. All are deserving Life Members of the Club after giving many years of service.

Husband and wife duo Graeme and Kathy Glass have been involved in the club since 1990.  Graeme took on the role of Treasurer for 10 years while Kathy occupied the role of Junior Coordinator for 17 years until 2006.

Graeme, a Member since 1964, was a significant instigator at the club, installing lights on all three of its courts and played a significant role in the resurfacing of the courts during this time.  With an impending drought and water restrictions, the selection of surface and obtaining a grant to fund this project was vital in ensuring the club could remain viable and could continue to provide a first class facility to its members.

Both Kathy and Graeme add Tennis Service Awards to their Doutta Galla Tennis Club Life Membership status.

Daughter of Kathy and Graeme, Kat Glass was also recognised with a Tennis Service Award.  Kat took on the role of Club Treasurer when her father retired from the committee.  Over the last 15 years, Kat’s efforts in monitoring the upkeep of the club’s finances has been first class.

Also receiving a Tennis Service Award was long-standing volunteer Dianne Linforth.  Dianne has been a part of the club committee in some capacity since 1982, and most notably was club secretary from 1984 – 1996. A life member, Dianne has also served as an assistant delegate to the North Suburban Ladies Tennis Association alongside Kathy.

The club is well known for its outstanding volunteers with Club President Aaron Sharpe receiving a Highly Commended Tennis Service Award earlier in the year.

Combined they have given over 80 years of service to the Club and the local Associations

Each Member of the Club has given valuable service and contributed greatly for the growth of the Club.

Congratulations to Kathy, Graeme, Kat and Dianne on your wonderful contribution to the Doutta Galla Tennis Club.

The Award Winners have been featured on Tennis Victoria’s News Web Site.


Spring Finals Update

It’s Finals Season and the Club has had quite a few teams in the Finals in recent weeks:

– The Thursday Ladies Section 5 play a Grand Final this Thursday against Strathmore at Keilor East. The Ladies lost to Strathmore in the Semi Final, but defeated St. Vincent;s / Airport West in the Preliminary Final.

– The Saturday B Grade Mixed Team made their Grand Final, after defeating Hadfield in the Semi Final but were unfortunately defeated by Maribyrnong Park by 12 games.

– The Juniors C Special 1 Team were defeated by Merlynston in a Semi Final by a narrow two games.

– The Tuesday Night Ladies B Special 1 Team were defeated by Merlynston by 3 games in a very close Semi Final.

– The Tuesday Night Ladies B Reserve 2 Team were defeated by very strong Buckley Park in a Semi Final.

– The Saturday B Special Mens Team were defeated by Merlynston in the Semi Final by 22 games.

The Committee wishes the Ladies Grand Final team luck for the upcoming Final and congratulates all teams for a great season.

Club Championships 2016 Draw and Schedule Announced


The Doutta Galla Club Championships Draw and Schedule for 2016 has been announced. All Events will be played on the same day, with the Junior Finals being played prior to the Club’s Christmas Party on Saturday 3rd December.

Sunday 27th November
12pm – Mens Singles – All Matches

Tuesday 29th November
6:30pm – Mixed Doubles – All Matches

Thursday 1st December
6:30pm – Mens Doubles – All Matches

Satruday 3rd December
1pm – Boys Singles – All Matches
4pm – Girls Singles – All Matches
6:30pm – Christmas Party

For all information please visit the Club Championships 2016 Site. Good luck to all players.

NSNTA and NSLTA Finals Draws Now Available

The Finals for all Competitions is coming up soon and the following finals draws are available on the various Association Web Sites:

The Club has a few teams in the Finals:

  • NSNTA Ladies B Special 1 play Merlynston at Royal Park
  • NSNTA Ladies B Reserve 2 play Buckley Park at Taylor’s Lakes
  • NSLTA Section 5 play Strathmore at Buckley Park

Good luck to all teams in the Finals

Sign up to play Competition in 2017

Team entries for all Competitions are now open for next season, including:

  • NSNTA Week Nights
  • NSTA Saturday Afternoons
  • NSLTA Thursday Ladies
  • NSJTA Juniors

To sign up for next season please place your name on the sign up sheet in the Club House or send the Club an Email.

Please don’t assume that because you played this season that you will be registered to play next season, please register your interest to play next season.

Congratulations to Aaron Sharpe for being awarded the Tennis Service Award

The Club’s President Aaron Sharpe has recently been awarded the Tennis Service Award by Tennis Victoria.

Aaron works tirelessly not only as the President of the Doutta Galla Tennis Club for the past 13 years, making Aaron the Club’s longest serving President, but as members of the Committee of the NSTA and organising NSJTA events such as Junior Pennant.


Tennis Victoria describes this award as:

Tennis Victoria awards Tennis Service Awards and are presented year round to worthy Victorian Tennis Community members who have positively contributed to the game of tennis. These are awards to recognise persons who have demonstrated their contribution to the sport of tennis through devoted and significant service to any one or more of Tennis Victoria’s affiliated tennis clubs and/or associations and/or member organisations.

Congratulations Aaron on receiving the well deserved Award and thanks from the Doutta Galla Tennis Club Members and Committee for your work to improve Tennis in the Northern Suburbs.

Working Bee this Sunday 16th October

The Club’s Working Bee is to be held this Sunday the 16th of October from 12pm at the Club.

Members that attend and assist are entitled to receive their Maintenance Levy back from the Club.

Please bring along any gardening tools to help make our Club beautiful.

The assistance of Members is greatly appreciated as many hands make light work.