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Author: Tim Benton

Night Time Champions

Night Time Champions

Congratulations to our champion Men’s B Grade 4 and the Junior A Grade 3 teams on their premiership wins in the last two weeks.

Night ChampionsThe Men’s site had a dramatic and thrilling victory over Keilor East T.C. on November 30th. The team, consisting of Russell Bedggood, Terry Benton, Michael Benton, Tim Benton, Liam Benton, Anthony Lieu & Kieran Benton, scraped into fourth position and knocked off first in the semi final. The match started off at West Brunswick, but after the first two sets, the match was moved down the road to Royal Park due to faulty court lights. After a few hard fought sets, Doutta Galla prevailed and won the final by about 12 games. Celebrations are still continuing……..

Junior PremiersThe Junior side, consisting of Kavindu Gamage, James Reid, Drew Gilpin and Kieran Benton defeated St John Bosco’s by 9 games at Moomba Park T.C. on the 7th of December. After demoralising every team throughout the year, St John Bosco’s gave the boys a scare with some very close matches, however Doutta Galla prevailed and the game was won in the end. It is unfortunate that the team will no longer be together next season for various reasons, as they cannot complete the “premiership hat-trick” of 3 grand final wins in a row, having won the past two flags after two massive seasons.

Christmas Party

The Doutta Galla Christmas Party is scheduled for December 8th in association with the Doutta Galla Bowling Club. The Bowls club is going all out with a spit roast and their own bar, and is to be held over the fence in the bowling club rooms. The cost is $20 per head and includes a 2 course spit roast, drinks are at bar prices. Everyone is welcome.

If you wish to come along, either write you name down on the list in the club or send an email

Doutta Galla in the Headlines

The Doutta Galla Tennis Club is making headlines again, with our club championships being covered by the Mooney Valley Community News. Our very own Club Championship winning siblings, Ashley and Michael Mann, were the subject of a feature article in this week’s Community News (22nd-26th of October). To view this article online, click here (minus the pictures that were in the actual article).

Club Championships now Complete

The Doutta Galla Club Championships of 2007 have drawn to a close with a very impressive final day of tennis on Sunday 30th September. Despite gale force winds (to put it mildly) and the rain immanent, the finalists fought hard to win their respective titles.

Special thanks to the Club Championships Major Sponsor Nelson Alexander Real Estate. Please support our sponsor by visiting their website at http://www.nelsonalexander.com.au/, or visiting one of their many branches.

Congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the runners up, all played well despite the results. The winners were:

Winner(s) Runner(s) Up
Mens Open Singles Michael Mann Jason Jacobi
Ladies Open Singles Ashley Mann Emma Brennan
Junior Boys Singles Kavindu Gamage James Reid
Junior Girls Singles Emma Brennan
Mens Graded Doubles Michael Mann /

Aaron Sharpe

Kieran Benton /

Kavindu Gamage

Ladies Graded Doubles Ashley Mann /

Chrissy Temple

Sue Duras /

Delwynne Hughes

Mixed Graded Doubles Ashley Mann /

Aaron Sharpe

Chrissy Temple /

Michael Mann

Mens Graded Singles James Reid Trevor Peters
Ladies Graded Singles Emma Brennan Chrissy Temple
Junior Round Robin U14 Marcus Blake

O14 Kieran Benton

Alistar Blake

Steven Linfoth

Veteran’s Round Robin Trevor Peters

Dianne Linforth

Russell Bedggood

Marg Campbell

To view all the results, visit our Club Championships site.

The Club’s Honor Board has been updated with the winners of the 2007 Club Championships, visit our Club Championships Past Winners Page.

Junior Premierships

Doutta Galla had 3 teams out of our 5 playing in grand finals on recently and 2 out of 3 won on the night.

Congratulations to the A Reserve 1 Boys and A Reserve 3 Boys for fantastic wins. Unfortunately our combined A Special DGTC / Hadfield team were defeated narrowly.

Unfortunately the B Grade 1 and D Grade 1 Boys did not make the finals, but there is always next season.

A Res 1 PremiersThe A Reserve 1 Boys (Kavindu, James, Drew & Kieran, shown opposite [Click on the image for a larger version]) played a very close match and won by 1 game! Kav fought bravely against probably the only player that had given Kav any trouble all season but then played a fantastic doubles with Kieran to clinch victory (with a final shot to win the game that would have beaten Pat Rafter himself, but that’s another story). Also great effort by James in a narrow singles loss but to steal back a few extra games in his singles was pivotal in making the difference on the scoreboard, Kieran and Drew both had outstanding wins in their singles to put the team in a good position and in the end 1 game was enough….well done boys.

The A Reserve 3 Boys led by Derek at number one, Taylor, Steven and Joel made strong going of the singles and in the end the results gave the team a four game lead heading into the two doubles, two outstanding doubles results 6-2, 6-2 saw the team pile on 8 extra games and the result was never in doubt! Derek has been outstanding all year, with Taylor at number 2 with great support, Steven has gone from strength to strength and Joel showed some uncanny flair in the final with some right and left handed (that’s right) volleys which were amazing to watch! Great win.

Unfortunately the A Special team suffered some late injuries with their number 1 girl forced to withdraw on the night and Doutta’s very own Michael Mann unavailable (school function) made the task heavy going…… Doutta’s Emma Brennan however stepped into the mix and turned it on with a great singles win at number 3, the team however was overpowered in the doubles. Special mention to our very own Jim Brennan for all the hard work he has put into the team this year and getting them to the final was outstanding in itself. Congratulations to all our teams, it was an excellent season from everyone.

Easter – Corowa 2007 Tournament

A group of members spent Easter playing in a round robin tournament in Corowa, NSW. We all had a lot of fun… especially when we managed to bring home some runners up and winners prizes!
WINNERS

* Aaron Sharpe – Mens Singles
* Ashley Mann- Womens Singles
* Aaron Sharpe and Warren Peters – Mens Doubles
* Aaron Sharpe and Chrissy Temple- Mixed Doubles

RUNNERS UP

* Ashley and Michael Mann- Mixed Doubles
* Warren Peters- Mens Singles

Congratulations to all who entered, especially to the winners listed above.

The Corowa Tournament was very well run and we all had a lot of fun and managed to play quite a bit of tennis on the grass courts. The Round Robin worked well and each set played was 8 games long. Special Mention to Trevor Peters for purchasing and modeling his ‘Autumn Collection’!!

Big Thanks to Coach Courtney for coming up to watch and support us! A great Easter weekend was had – looking forward to Easter 08 now!

To view pictures from the now (in)famous Corowa Easter Tournament visit our Events page.

Replacement of the Third Court is Approved

After what seemed like an eternity of waiting, the Moonee Valley City Council have agreed to level our third court’s surface, as court three was subject to extensive root dammage from nearby trees. Therefore our third Modified Grass court will be replaced by the club with brand new Classic Clay Surface. Work will commence soon.