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Team Entries Now Open for Autumn 2021 Seasons

Team entries for all Senior and Junior teams are now open for the Autumn 2021 Seasons.

If you are interested in playing next season please notify the Selection Committee by sending the Club an Email with your details.

Entries close for Junior teams on 1st December and for Seniors on 13th December for

The starting dates for the competitions are:

  • Juniors – Friday Teams – 29th January 2021
  • Juniors – Saturday Teams – 30th January 2021
  • NSNTA – Ladies – 2nd February 2021
  • NSNTA – Mixed – 3rd February 2021
  • NSNTA – Men’s – 4th February 2021
  • NSTA – TBC February 2021
  • NSLTA – TBC February 2021

Coronavirus Restrictions Update – More than 2 households can now play

The Victorian Government announced recently that community sport can now commence.

For tennis this means that there is no longer a restriction where players are limited to two households only.

Tennis may now be played with the minimum number of players needed to play, which means that doubles can be played with members from up to four different households.

The Committee requests that players only play with a maximum of 4 different players for any one session of play and continue to observe social distancing of being 1.5m apart.

Players are also reminded that there should be no off court social activities.

Group coaching is also commencing with a limit of 10 players per group.

It is a condition of play that all players that visit the club complete a Player Registration Form each time you play.

Club Reopened as Coronavirus Restrictions have been lifted

On the weekend the Victorian Government lifted restrictions applied due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Play at outdoor Tennis Courts is now permitted under certain conditions.

The Club will now reopen for Members and the Public to use through the Book a Court System as well as Coaching.

Access to the Club is permitted under the following conditions:

  • Members may only play after they have booked a court. Members may not play unless they have booked a court. You can book a court through the Doutta Galla Web Site at www.douttagalla.com.
  • After you play at the Club you must complete the Club’s Contact Tracing Form asking for you to provide the Names of all Players, Members and Non-Members, that will be playing with you at the Club. It is a condition of play that this is completed and sent back to the Committee. The purpose of this information is for Contact Tracing in the event of a confirmed case.
  • Players per each court booking must be either:
    • From the same household (a maximum of four players); or
    • From two individual households (a maximum of four players total).
  • Players must not mix with other groups playing on other courts.
  • Equipment must not be shared between players.
  • The Committee has placed hand sanitiser at the entrance to the Club. Hand sanitiser should be used before and after using the keypad on the gate.
  • Coaching will now commence. Coaching times are blocked out in the Book a Court system. The Club Coach, Anthony Guccione, will be providing advice to all coaching students directly.
  • Access to the main room of the Club House will not be available. Access is available to the Toilets through the rear door of the Club. Your regular club key will give you access.
  • The First Aid Kit and the Defibrillator are located in the Toilets and may be used in case of emergencies.
  • A restricted number of people may watch in the viewing areas of the Club, such as parents while coaching is underway. A maximum of 4 people may sit at the front of the Club and a maximum of 6 people may sit at the rear of the Club. Spectators are also encouraged to watch in the park. All spectators must maintain social distancing at all times.

The Club has prepared a COVID Safe Plan which can be viewed on our Web Site and at the Club.

Club is Closed due to Coronavirus Restrictions

The Club has been closed until further notice based on advice from the Victorian Government, Tennis Victoria and the Moonee Valley City Council.

The Book a Court System has been closed and no Members are permitted to visit the Club or use the Courts until the restrictions are lifted.

The Club will re-open based on advice from the Victorian Government.

The Committee wishes all of our Members well during these restrictions and we are looking forward to all being able to play Tennis again.

Coronavirus Restrictions Update

With restrictions being reapplied to Metropolitan Melbourne the Committee has re-evaluated the restrictions applied to the Club. Based on recommendations from the Moonee Valley City Council and Tennis Victoria the following restrictions now apply:

  • The Club will remain open for Members and the Public to use through the Book a Court System.
  • Players must be either:
    • From the same household; or
    • Two individual players from different households (max. two players only).
  • Coaching can continue but only private lessons for members of the same household.
  • Equipment must not be shared between players.

All Members and Public Players must continue to complete the Player Registration form. This will be strictly enforced and if these forms are not completed bookings may be suspended in the future for the players.

Unfortunately the plans to resume competition in 2020 have all been put on hold until restrictions are lifted.

Recommencing Local Competitions and entries for next Season

Due to the lowering of restrictions announced recently from the Victorian Government the local Tennis Competitions are due to recommence soon. The following is an update on each competition:

NSNTA – Night Tennis

The NSNTA has cancelled the Autumn 2020 Season and the Association is in the process of planning for the Spring 2020 season, which is proposed to commence on the following dates in August:

  • Ladies – Tuesday, 4th August 2020
  • Mixed – Wednesday, 12th August 2020
  • Men’s – Thursday, 6th August 2020

The Club will re-submit Teams for the upcoming season, so if you wish to play please register your interest with your team’s captain or contact the Committee by Monday 29th June.

NSJTA – Juniors Tennis

The NSJTA has cancelled the Autumn 2020 Season and the Association is preparing to commence the Spring 2020 Season on Friday 17 / Saturday 18 July 2020. The Age Limit has been temporarily extended, so any player who is 18 or under as at 30 June 2020 can play in Season 2, 2020.

The Junior Selection Committee has been in contact with the Juniors regarding the teams for next season and the same teams will be submitted with known changes as discussed with the relevant players.

NSLTA – Thursday Ladies

The NSLTA will combine the Autumn and Spring Seasons into one Season and recommence play from Round 6, which is due to recommence from Thursday 20th August 2020. An updated fixture will then be published.

NSTA – Saturday Tennis

The NSTA has cancelled the Autumn 2020 Season and the Spring 2020 Season is due to commence Saturday August 29th for a 10 week season.

The Club will re-submit Teams for the upcoming season, so if you wish to play please register your interest with your team’s captain or contact the Committee by Friday 10th July.

Pennant

Tennis Victoria’s Pennant is due to commence on Saturday 11 July for the 2020 season.

We are all looking forward for competition to start again, so if you have any questions you are welcome to contact the Committee anytime and we are happy to answer them.

Annual General Meeting this Sunday

The Committee is holding the Club’s Annual General Meeting this Sunday 14 June 2020 at 7:30pm.

The Meeting will involve a summary of the year within the Club as well as any other business for the coming year. The Committee as well as office bearers for the 2020 / 2021 year will also be nominated.

All Members are welcome to attend the AGM. If any Members are unable to attend and wish for a topic to be discussed, you are welcome to send the Club an Email and we will place your topic on the agenda.

Due to social distancing requirements the Meeting will be held via Video Conference. If you wish to attend please contact the Club and we will provide the details for attending the meeting.

Play may now commence at Doutta Galla

The Doutta Galla Tennis Club Committee has been consulting with the Moonee Valley City Council and Tennis Victoria and Members may now play Tennis at the Club now that restrictions due to the Coronavirus have lifted.

The Club is now available for use by Members based on the following conditions:

  • Access to the main room of the Club House will not be available. Access is available to the Toilets through the rear door of the Club. Your regular club key will give you access.
  • Members may only play after they have booked a court. Members may not play unless they have booked a court. You can book a court through the Doutta Galla Web Site at www.douttagalla.com.
  • After you Book a Court a questionnaire will be sent to you asking for you to provide the Names of all Players, Members and Non-Members, that will be playing with you at the Club. It is a condition of play that this is completed and sent back to the Committee. The purpose of this information is for Contact Tracing in the event of a confirmed case.
  • The Committee has placed hand sanitiser at the entrance to the Club. Hand sanitiser should be used before and after using the keypad on the gate.
  • Coaching will commence this week. Coaching times are blocked out in the Book a Court system. The Club Coach, Anthony Guccione, will be providing advice to all coaching students directly.
  • The First Aid Kit and the Defibrillator have been moved to the Toilets and may be used in case of emergencies.
  • Members are encouraged to minimise contact with other players where possible. There is a limit of four players per court at any one time. Social distancing is to be observed.

The Committee are in discussion with each of the Competition Associations about the resumption of play. Once a decision has been made this will be communicated to Members through our Web Site, Email Newsletter and Facebook group.

The Committee asks that all members follow these rules so that play may continue as we return to normal. We thank all Members for the patience and cooperation during this time.

Club Closure to remain until further notice

Today the Victorian Government announced a relaxation of restrictions implemented to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

Despite this advice, please note that the Club will remain closed until further advice is received from the Moonee Valley City Council and Tennis Victoria.

The Committee is expecting to receive confirmation shortly and we will contact our Members via our Web Site, Facebook Group and Email Newsletter when the Club will reopen again for use by Members and the details of any additional rules and conditions that may remain in place.

Update on the Closure of the Club

The Committee wishes to provide an update to Members on the Closure of the Club.

By the orders of the Victorian Government and the Moonee Valley City Council the Committee have been asked to close the Club until further notice. We have lowered the nets and have re-arranged the furniture for additional security. The Book a Court System is disabled.

We ask that no Members attempt to access the Club while it is closed.

We are hoping to re-open the Club as soon as the restrictions are lifted.

We wish all of our Members well during the isolation measures and hope everyone supports the social distancing restrictions. The more everyone complies with these restrictions the sooner all of this will be over.

We will all certainly all be keen for a game when this is all over.

If you have any questions or need to access the Club you are welcome to contact the Committee.