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Author: Tim Benton

Christmas Party Date Set

The date for the Club’s Annual Christmas Party has been set as Saturday the 6th of December. Place it in your diaries as we would like to as many members of the club as possible at the greatest event on the club’s calendar (apologies to the trivia night).

Club Championships Complete

The Annual Club Championships have finished and congratulations to all the winners. It was a great tournament, with many epic sets that will stay in our memories for a long time to come.

Special thanks to the Club Championships Major Sponsor Nelson Alexander Real Estate. Please support our sponsor by visiting their website at, 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 are listed below:

  • Mens Singles: Michael Mann def Jason Jacobi 6-3 4-6 6-2
  • Mens Graded Singles: Kavindu Gamage def Aaron Sharpe 8-5
  • Junior Boys Singles: Kavindu Gamage def Kieran Benton 8-1
  • Mens Graded Doubles: Michael Mann/Aaron Sharpe def Michael Glass/Lachlan Taylor 8-5
  • Ladies Graded Singles: Sue Duras def Del Hughes 8-2
  • Ladies Graded Doubles: Annette Mann/Tracey Maney def Karen Relf/Sophie McCann 8-6
  • Mixed Graded Doubles: Michael Mann/Lyndal Anderson def Aaron Sharpe/Ashley Mann 8-6

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

The Club’s Honor Board has been updated with the winners of the 2008 Club Championships, visit our Club Championships Past Winners Page.

Welcome our new Sponsors: Benton’s Beautiful Bathrooms & Kitchens

Welcome our new Sponsors: Benton’s Plumbtec

The Doutta Galla Tennis Club is proud to welcome our newest sponsor on board, Benton’s Beautiful Bathrooms & Kitchens. Benton’s is your best destination for all your Bathroom, Kitchen, Laundry and Plumbing needs, with 11 retail stores throughout Melbourne and Victoria. Please support our sponsors by visiting their website at

Poll Results

Our latest poll has now finished and the results are in. But first, the question was: Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova recently won the 2008 Australian Open. Were they worthy winners?

33% of voters stated that Both Deserved it, 33% said Djokovic only, Sharapova scared everyone away with that screech, 17% said Sharapova only, Djokovic only beat Federer because he was sick. and 16% said Neither, the players of yesteryear would have thrashed them. The results were interesting, to say the least.

Corowa Easter Tournament Results

Many club members made the trip again to the Corowa Easter Tournament, which is in Southern NSW, on the Murray river between Yarrawonga and Albury/Woodonga, and the Club was represented well throughout.

Ashley Mann and Chrissy Temple came runners up in the A-Grade Ladies Doubles, while there were a couple close semi-final losses by Jan Fielding / Warren Peters (B-Grade Mixed Doubles) and Chrissy Temple / Aaron Sharpe (A-Grade Mixed Doubles). All involved raved about the tournament, a great deal of Tennis and Golf was played by all. All the entrants are looking forward to next year’s tournament and all members are encouraged to attend, as this is an event that you shouldn’t miss.

A Letter from the President

Dear Members,

It has come to the attention of the committee in the past months that many members have not been paying for the use of lights when they have used them. We will remind everyone that it is $10 per hour per court.

This is a form of stealing and will not be tolerated any longer.

In addition we would like to remind our members of the rules of having visitors playing at our courts. They must be supervised by a member at all times and should not be left alone at all. Furthermore, a visitors fee is needed to be paid upon arrival. Juniors are $1 each and Adults are $3.

We would like to emphasise the low price for visitors. It is not a great deal of money and it is expected of our members to be honest enough to pay for the use of the courts.

Please note members, the above mentioned topics will no longer be tolerated by any member. The committee does not want to change the honour system we have in place now and have had for many years, however if this trend continues stronger consequences will be enforced.

For repeat offenders, a possible termination of membership will occur.

Help the club who continues to provide you with fantastic facilities and a great atmosphere.


Aaron Sharpe
President Doutta Galla Tennis Club

Trivia Night Results

The first annual Doutta Galla Trivia Night went off with a bang on Saturday the 2nd of February, with over 60 people thoroughly enjoying themselves and testing their knowledge. After taking an early lead, the “Sik Dogiezz” table consisting of Michele & Michael Benton, Rose & Mark Swindon, Sharon Spyrou, John Beyer, Kieran Benton & Alexander Swindon held off challenges throughout the night from two other tables to take the crown, with nearly 90% of the questions answered correctly.

The “Eggheads” and “Hugh Jorrgens” came in second and third, respectively, with the Eggheads taking the siver medal in the final two rounds, both answering between 80-85% of the questions correctly.

The Scoreboard will be uploaded when it is located, as some people were unhappy with the result and took it out on the defenceless electronic scoreboard.

A large amount of money was raised for the club, with many people giving generously to help their “cause” by “buying answers” for one dollar. The night was a huge success, with plans already in place for next years event.

Presenting the Special Awards:

  • Most Inventive Table Name: went to the table entitled “Have you met my friend Aleks?”. It is still undetermined who Aleks actually is, but he is now everyone’s friend.
  • Longest Table Name: went to a table who’s name was totally organic and kept growing longer as the night went on, which was the table “Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasive Forearms“. Pity they couldn’t use their muscles to answer any questions, and were cellar dwellars all night.
  • Loudest Table: not really a contest as this award went straight to the “Courtside” table. As soon as they walked in their presence was felt throughout the bowling club.
  • Best Finishers: was awarded to the table with the lowest average age, “The Dream Team” who pipped Courtside on the line to get off the bottom of the Scoreboard by half a point, which was awarded to them for their claim that Andre Aggassi played himself in the 1992 Wimbledon final and their attempt to agrue that it was Pat Rafter who played Agassi after being informed how stupid their answer was (the answer was Goran Ivanisevic). It is important to note that Courtside were deducted 5 points for having 9 table members.
  • Luckiest Attendee: was given without a doubt to Jeff Tomlinson, who won the Curnows Tennis Racquet in the raffle from only buying 2 tickets, and who last weekend placed a $2 bet on at the races to win over $200. Ironically, Jeff doesn’t play tennis, but he has assured the organisers that he will now take it up.

Thanks to all the organisers and those that helped set up the night, excellent M.C. Michael Mann, Markers Aaron Sharpe and Tim Benton, and Ashley Mann for her creative input in decorating the Doutta Galla Bowling Club, which never looked better.

Special Thanks go to our Sponsors for the Night, without their support the night would not be possible:

  • Lincoln Salon
  • Curnows Tennis
  • Nelson Alexander Real Estate

Quambatook Labour Day Weekend Tournament

Quambatook Club LogoSeveral Doutta Galla members make the trip every Labour Day Long Weekend to Quambatook in Northern Victoria for a Tennis Tournament, and are currently recruiting members to join them up for a greate weekend of tennis action.

Quambatook is a small town of approximately 250 people in the southern mallee, 40 kms west of Kerang and 60kms south of Swan Hill. The Quamby Lawn Tennis Club has been holding the Labour Day Tournament for over 50 years. The club has 9 grass courts and despite the drought has managed to secure its water supply for this season. The tournament is played on a knockout basis with players generally entering in 2 grades to give themselves the best chance of progressing.

Being a small town, all facilities including the Hotel, General Store, Tennis Courts and Town Hall are within a 5 min walk of the Caravan Park, the Swimming Pool is right next door to the Tennis Club if you feel the need to cool down. The Tennis Club provides meals across the weekend including breakfast, lunch and evening meals and also features a well stocked bar to keep you hydrated!

Accomodation includes the caravan park which has Bunkhouse accomodation, each room sleeping 6 people with en suite bathroom facilities. There are also plenty of caravan sites plus powered and non powered tent sites.

Bookings can be made through Jackie Ritchie on 0428 857 122 or 54571244 . There are also a small number of rooms at the Quambatook Hotel. For bookings call 5457 1206.

The Tennis Club also provides social/entertainment functions each night of the weekend, so what are you waiting for? Come to Quambatook for some real country hospitality and one of the greatest tennis weekends around.

Directions to Quambatook can be found on this map.

Ring Aaron for more details on 0407 885 012.

Poll Results

Our first Web Poll has been completed with interesting results. The question When playing doubles, what side do you like to play on? was asked, with an overwhelming amount of people prefer to play on the forehand side (50%). Second were the “democratic” style of players with 29% of the vote. The Backhand side was third with 14% and the selfish result of American Doubles only came in last with 7%.

Please vote on our new poll on the left hand side of the page.

Trivia Night

The 2008 Doutta Galla Trivia Night is rapidly approaching and the committee are in final preparations.

The Night is scheduled for Saturday the 2nd of February at 7pm.

To Book a table of a maximum 8 people , please call Michael (0413 322 834) or Aaron (0407 885 012). Don’t worry if you don’t have a group to go with, we can very easily find a table for you.

Bookings Close on the 26th of January, don’t miss out!

All members should have received a flyer in the mail, along with their discount card from our sponsor, Curnows Tennis. If you have not received this letter, please contact Aaron and Michael above, or email us via our contact page.

For more information, please download the trivia night flyer, or contact Michael or Aaron.

The committee hopes to see everyone there, as it will definitely be a great night.