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    VETSET is the newsletter of Tennis Sen-

    iors ACT Incorporated. However the

    views expressed in the newsletter are not

    necessarily those of the committee.

    Membership fees for 2015/16 were due

    on 1 July - only $20. A membership

    form can be found on the website.

    The 2015/16 Committee comprises:


    Pat Moloney (6262 3727)

    Vice President

    Graham Smith (6161 5352)


    Gail Jones (6254 4240)


    Peter Breugelmans (6258 4261)

    Asst Secretary

    Kerry Scarlett (6291 5233)


    John Greenup (6254 5263)

    Colin Lyons (0434 531 449)

    Barbara McCluskey (6241 4402)

    Warren Muller (6231 0825) Website:

    Inside Page

    President’s Report 2

    Tribute to Norma Crawley 2

    Christmas Dinner 2

    Shepparton 2016 3

    2015 World Super Senior Titles 3

    2015 ACT Resident Champs 3

    Christmas Round Robin 3

    Welcome to New Members 3

    OBE Awards 4

    Twilight Pennant 5

    A Little Bit of History 5

    Easter Tournament 5

    Membership Fees Due 5

    Sunday Round Robin Tournaments 6

    Eurobodalla 6

    South Australia 6

    Senior Tennis Tournaments 7

    2015/16 ACT Calendar 8

    Country/Interstate Calendar 8

    Orange 8

    Closing date for March Vetset

    Monday 15 February 2016

    2015 Tennis ACT

    Annual Awards

    The 2015 Tennis ACT Annual

    Awards were held at The Tradies –

    Dickson on Saturday 29 August.

    The awards night is held annually,

    bringing together the ACT Tennis

    community to recognise and thank

    the outstanding coaches, players,

    clubs, officials and volunteers, who

    have continuously contributed to a

    successful year of tennis in the


    Congratulations to Gary Cameron,

    Narelle Raftery and Tim Harris on

    winning awards. Gary won Volun-

    teer of the Year, Narelle won 35+

    Tennis Seniors Player of the Year

    and Tim won the Adult Club Player

    of the Year.

    A full list of the award winners, can

    be found on the Tennis ACT web-


    Our OBE Awards

    Christmas Dinner

    5 December

    Not too late to book

    Give Graham Smith a


    See page 2

    fortunately David had to go to

    Cowra for family reasons and

    couldn't be there.

    After a very nice lunch our Presi-

    dent Pat Moloney introduced Anne

    Haycock and Gail Jones to talk

    about Richard and David.. Richard

    responded to Anne's kind words

    saying it wasn't about what he had

    given to tennis but what tennis had

    given to him. Richard then cut the

    birthday cake. With the formal part

    over the chatting continued..

    For a more detailed report and more

    pictures, go to page 4 and 5.

    The 80th Birthdays Lunch was held on

    Sunday 27 September at the Southern

    Cross Club, Jamison. There was a

    good turn out of 35 people to cele-

    brate the awarding of OBE's (Over

    Bloody Eighty) to Richard Parker

    (above) and David Burke (right). Un-

    Which Queanbeyan mayor was in a

    winning country week team? See page

    5 for answer.

  • Page 2

    Welcome to the summer edition of Vet-

    set. It is that time again when we can

    get rid of our winter woolies and get

    back more regularly onto the tennis

    court in our summer tennis wear. Sum-

    mer seems to have started early with

    promises of good, hot weather.

    With this onset of better weather the

    major tournament season is now under-

    way. A number of our players have

    travelled to and successfully competed

    at the tournaments to date. Results and

    reports of all the tournaments are de-

    tailed in the ‘Seniors Tennis Tourna-

    ments’ section of Vetset.

    I wish to offer my congratulations to the

    three members who won 2015 Tennis

    ACT awards. These being Narelle

    Raftery (Senior Player of the Year),

    Gary Cameron (Volunteer of the Year)

    and Tim Harris (Adult Club Player of

    the Year). All very well deserved. I

    also wish Narelle and Gary good luck

    as they are category finalists in the Aus-

    tralian Tennis Awards to be announced

    on 23 November at a gala presentation

    night in Melbourne.

    Recent activities have seen the com-

    mencement of the twilight competition

    and the ongoing monthly round robins.

    The twilight will have 6 teams compet-

    ing and a change of time. This season it

    is being played on Wednesdays to avoid

    other pennant clashes. The round rob-

    ins have seen a good turn up of players

    who have enjoyed a pleasant mornings

    tennis in mostly sunny weather.

    The 2015 ACT Residents Champion-

    ships are to be held 11 to 13 Decem-

    ber at Lyneham. The Championships

    also include Senior events which over

    the last few years has attracted some

    good interest. I would encourage

    players to enter and show support for

    the senior events. Entries can be

    made online through the ACT website

    or contact Gail Jones for more details.

    The next Australian Teams Champi-

    onships are being held at Shepparton

    in Victoria for which we have entered

    five teams. The teams are listed on

    page 3 and we wish them all the best.

    Shepparton is one of the few centres

    which has all natural grass and so will

    provide a nice setting. In 2017 the

    Championships will be held in Ade-


    In September we celebrated two more

    OBE’s (over bloody eighty) Richard

    Parker and David Burke. An enjoy-

    able lunch celebrating the occasion

    was held at the Southern Cross Club


    Finally I would like to remind mem-

    bers of our Christmas Dinner on 5 De-

    cember and I hope to see you all

    there. I would also like to wish every-

    one a Merry Christmas and a Happy

    New Year and keep practicing for im-

    provement in 2016. Happy tennising.

    PRESIDENT’S REPORT by Pat Moloney

    Christmas Dinner

    7.00 for 7.30pm

    Saturday 5 December



    455 Northbourne Ave,


    Pre-dinner drinks will be

    available from 7.00pm

    Lucky door prizes

    Come and Celebrate

    $45 per person

    Presentation of

    the Frank Thornton Player of

    the Year


    George Henshilwood Award

    Get your tables together

    (8 per table)

    Contact Graham Smith

    ph 61615352

    or email

    Names and any dietary

    requests to Graham by

    Friday 27 November

    Norma Grace Crawley born on 24 No-

    vember 1924, passed away on 22 Octo-

    ber 2015 aged 90. A celebration of

    Norma’s life was held at the Quean-

    beyan Uniting Church, Rutledge Street,

    Queanbeyan on Monday 2 November.

    Norma was an early member playing in

    1976 in the ACT 38 years ladies no 2

    team with Jean Boag, Josie Butchmann,

    E Byron and M Smith. This was the

    first year ACT hosted the Teams Carni-

    val. In 1977 in Hobart Norma was a

    member of the 50 ladies team with Jean

    Boag, Josie Butchmann and Jean Man-

    ning. The team only lost two sets in 4

    matches to win their division.

    This was the first win for this team

    which played together until 1987

    through the 50, 55 and 60 age groups

    with two more wins and several run-

    ners-up. Norma played her last teams

    match in Perth in 1988 as captain of

    the 60 team with Josie Butchmann,

    Jean Manning and Marg Burrows.

    Norma also played in a number of the

    Australian Championships having

    some success in the doubles. She

    played in the ACT Easter Champion-

    ships over many years again with suc-

    cess in the ladies doubles. She was

    also a frequent visitor to the tourna-

    ments at Rochdale and Southport as

    well as other tournaments. Norma

    also travelled in 1981 with a group

    from the ACT playing tennis in Japan,

    Taipei and Hong Kong.

    Norma remained a member of Tennis

    Seniors ACT until 1999, a period of

    over nearly 25 years.

    Our condolences go to Christine, Den-

    nis, Mark and the rest of her family.

    Tribute to Norma Crawley

  • Page 3

    The team dinner will be held on Mon-

    day night (11 January) at the Cellar 47

    Restaurant and Bar . The cost will be

    $45. Players nee


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