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Author: Tim Benton

Spring 2019 Season Team Entries Due Soon

The Teams for the upcoming Spring Season are due soon and team entries are now open.

If you are interested in playing next season please notify the Selection Committee by writing your name on the Sign Up Sheets in the Club House or by sending the Club and Email with your details.

Players interested in playing in the NSNTA Competitions in Spring must notify the Selection Committee by Monday 10th June.

Changes are coming to the Club

Before the end of June there are going to be two very significant changes at the Doutta Galla Tennis Club. The Club was recently successful in applying for grants from Sport Australia and the Moonee Valley City Council and the Club will receive:

  • An upgrade of the Court Lights to use LED Lights. These will be retrofitted to the existing poles.
  • The installation of the Tennis Australia Book a Court System.

The Book a Court System is an initiative of Tennis Australia that allows members of the public to book a court at the Club to play on. Payment is processed online and access to the Club is granted through a supplied Code.
The Code is entered on a Key Pad that will be placed on a new gate that will be installed on the right of the Clubhouse as you enter.

What does this mean for Members?

There will be some unavoidable changes for Members when using the Club:

  • When Members wish to access the court for a social hit will need to go online and book a court. If a booking is made during the evening a fee will be required during the booking process for the lights and a Code will be issued via Email to access the lights.
    This is required to avoid clashes and to inform members of the availability of the courts.
  • Coaching and Competition times will be blocked out, no bookings will be accepted for these times.
  • Members will still be able to use their existing keys to enter the club. However if the lights are to be used the issued Code must be entered on the Key Pad to activate the lights.
  • For those playing night competition a Code will be issued for the entire Club to activate the lights during the defined period. If this PIN is not entered the lights will not activate.

There will be more information and training available over the coming months and the Club aiming to make this process as straight forward as possible.

Why the change?

The Book a Court System was an integral part of helping the Club to receive the Grant for the new LED Lights. The electricity and maintenance cost savings with the LED Lights will be significant for the Club.

The Club is looking to be more inclusive and to be more involved in the community – allowing members of the public access the Courts and to hopefully increase our Membership is a big part of that in addition to other initiatives by the Committee such as the Club’s Open Day. The Book a Court System is being implemented across Australia, Victoria and is being offered to all Clubs within the Moonee Valley City Council by the Council.

New Features at the Club

In the past week the Committee has been hard at work performing some maintenance at the Club:

New Screen Door

A screen door has been installed on the front door of the Club for added security and to keep the bugs out.

New Nets and Baggers

New nets have been installed on Courts 1 and 2 and Court 1’s net has been moved to Court 3. The Club has also purchased a few new baggers to help spread the sand around the courts.

A reminder to please never lean on the net as this damages the nets and poles and shortens the lifespan of the nets.

New LED Lights and Book a Court

Also stay tuned in the next few weeks about the new brighter LED Lights and Book a Court System which is due to be installed at the Club over the coming months.

Open Day this Sunday 17th February

The Club is holding an Open Day on Saturday 17th February 2019 from 10am to 4pm, 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
  • Face painting
  • Ball Machine
  • Serve Radar
  • Giveaways and Show Bags
  • Raffle and Auction
  • And the chance to meet Chris Guccione – two time Olympian and Pro Tennis Player

Club Championships 2018 Results

The Club Championships for 2018 have been completed and congratulations to the following winners in the finals:

  • Ladies Singles: Ashley Mann def. Eleanor Ragg (6-2 6-2)
  • Mens Singles: Warren Peters def. Will Egan (7-6 6-2)
  • Girls Singles: Eleanor Ragg def. Paramita Sharma (8-0)
  • Boys Singles: Josh McCrohon def. Campbell Goring (8-4)
  • Ladies Doubles: Sophie McCann & Karen Relf def. Ashley Mann & Annette Mann def. (8-5)
  • Mixed Doubles: Ashley Mann & Andrew White def. Annette Mann & Ben White
  • Mens Doubles: Aaron Sharpe & Warren Peters def. Trevor Peters & Ben White (8-4)
  • Mixed Junior Doubles: Divya Subramanian & Josh McCrohon def Eleanor Ragg & James Ragg (8-2)
  • Boys Doubles: Finley Howland & George Sheedurmina def Billy Dimopoulos & Josh McCrohon (8-5)

Visit the Draws and Schedules page for the full results.

Thanks to all players for playing.

Spring 2018 Grand Final Results and Autumn 2019 Fixtures Now Available

In December the Club played in several Grand Finals

  • The C Grade 4 Juniors Team were defeated by Buckley Park.
  • The Thursday Section 5 Ladies team defeated Keilor and didn’t even lose a set.


  • The Wednesday Night Mixed A Reserve 2 were defeated by Westmeadows in their semi final.
  • The Thursday Night Mens C Reserve 4 team were also defeated by Westmeadows in their semi final.

Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to everyone for a great season.

In addition various associations have released the fixtures for the 2019 season:

    • The NSNTA Mens Season starts Thursday 31 January 2019 and the fixture is available on the NSNTA Web Site
    • The NSNTA Ladies Season starts Tuesday 5 February 2019 and the fixture is available on the NSNTA Web Site
    • The NSNTA Mixed Season starts Wednesday 6 February 2019 and the fixture is available on the NSNTA Web Site
    • The NSLTA Thursday Ladies starts Thursday 7 February 2019 and the preliminary fixture is available on the NSLTA Web Site.


Spring Finals 2018 Semi Finals Update

The Club has quite a few teams playing in finals in the past week, here’s an update on the matches:

  • The Saturday Afternoon A Grade team were defeated by Maribyrnong Park by 11 games.
  • The Saturday Afternoon A Reserve team were defeated by Moomba Park by 10 games.
  • The Saturday Afternoon B Grade team were defeated by Gladstone Park by 17 games.
  • The Tuesday Night Ladies D Special team were defeated by Green Gully by only one game.
  • The Thursday Afternoon Ladies Section 5 team defeated Essendon by 19 games.
  • The Thursday Night Mens B Special 4 team were defeated by Keilor by 12 games.

Commiserations to all teams that lost their finals, the Club was well represented in what has been a great finals series.

In the coming week we have the following teams playing in finals:

  • The C Grade 4 Juniors Team play Buckley Park at Oak Park today.
  • The Thursday Afternoon Section 5 Ladies team will play Keilor at Buckley park this Thursday in the Grand Final.
  • The Wednesday Night Mixed A Reserve 2 washed out last week and will play Westmeadows at Maribyrnong Park in a semi final this Wednesday.
  • The Thursday Night Mens C Reserve 4 team washed out last week will play Westmeadows at Tullamarine in a semi final this Thursday.

Good luck to all teams who play finals in the coming week, everyone from the Club is welcome to attend the finals to support the teams.

Please note that there are rules for substitute players and incomplete sets from washouts in finals, please review the NSNTA’s Rules for Finals Washouts for the details.

Also please note that the Club is hosting the Thursday Ladies Section 2 Grand Final this Thursday afternoon.

Spring 2018 Finals Update

The Spring Seasons have come to a close and the Club has quite a few teams in finals in the coming weeks:

  • The NSTA B Grade Mixed team play Gladstone Park this Saturday at home.
  • The NSTA A Reserve Singles / Doubles team play Moomba Park this Saturday at home.
  • The NSTA A Grade Singles / Doubles team play Maribyrnong Park this Saturday at Maribyrnong Park.
  • The NSNTA D Special Ladies team play Green Gully this Tuesday at Oak Park.
  • The NSNTA A Reserve 2 Mixed team play Westmeadows this Wednesday at Marbyrnong Park.
  • The NSNTA B Special 4 Mens team play Keilor this Thursday at Maribyrnong Park
  • The NSNTA C Reserve 4 Mens team play Westmeadows this Thursday at Tullamarine.

If any team captains require additional tennis balls for the finals please contact the Club.

Please note that the Club is hosting the NSNTA Ladies B Reserver 2 Semi Final on Tuesday night.

Good luck to all teams in the Finals.

Team Entries for the Autumn 2019 Season are now Open

Team entries for the Autumn 2019 Seasons are now open for the following competitions:

  • NSNTA – Weeknights
  • NSLTA – Thursday afternoon Ladies
  • NSTA – Saturday afternoons
  • NSJTA – Juniors Friday night and Saturday afternoon

Entries for all competitions close on Monday 26th November. If you are interested in playing please write your name on the sign up sheets in the Club House, contact your team captain or send the Club an Email.