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Author: Tim Benton

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.

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, 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.