Jo Casey

2020 Country Carnival Nominations – Deadline 7th December!

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Nov 282020
 

The Country Carnival has been a tradition for country tennis players for many decades. This year it is being played on the magnificent lawn courts at Kensington Gardens from Thursday 9th January until Sunday 12th of January.

 

Juniors

Nominations are open for any junior player in the HTA in 4 different age groups (10, 12, 14, 16 and under). Teams consist of 4 players per team and represent Hills Tennis Association. The Hills Tennis Association pay for junior nominations, so it is free to play.

JUNIOR PLAYERS REGISTER HERE

 

Seniors

The HTA is accepting nominations of complete teams to compete in the Open Adult Teams Events. The cost is $82 per team of 4 players. Seniors will play from Friday 10th – Sunday 12th January. Gather up some mates – from your own or another club and submit your team.

 

Seniors formats are as follows:

Senior Men’s Teams event          1 x Double to 9 games; 1 Single to 6 games per player

Senior Women’s Teams event    1 x Double to 9 games; 1 Single to 6 games per player

Mixed Team’s event                      3 x Doubles to 6 games per player

 

SENIOR TEAMS REGISTER HERE

 

This is a great event, don’t miss out, register now. Nominations close Friday 6th December 2019.

 

Tennis Restrictions update

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Nov 222020
 

Tennis SA have been doing a great job in keeping Clubs and Associations up to date with the ever-changing Covid situation. The latest information is below, but for the most accurate and up to date information, visit the Tennis SA website and check out their Latest News section.

Competitions and organised matches
All organised competitions and matches have been put on hold until further notice.

Tennis Coaching
At this stage tennis coaching is not permitted under the current Direction. TSA are hopeful that there will be an update in the coming days.

Casual Tennis
Tennis courts can be open for a casual hit of tennis, but not organised competitions or matches.

The Direction for Public Activities is available here. If in doubt, please err on the side of caution for the safety of our community. For further advice, please contact the COVID Information Line on 1800 253 787.

If you are a Club requiring further support from individual Tennis SA departments, please email tennissacomms@tennis.com.au and they will be very happy to assist.

The HTA will advise when we can recommence our regular competitions, once we get the green light from SAPOL/SA Health.

All the best everyone, and look out for each other.

Jo Casey, HTA President

All tennis cancelled until further notice

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Nov 162020
 

To our wonderful HTA family

You would no doubt be aware of the current covid situation in our state, and of the restrictions that come into force from midnight tonight.

As a result all HTA clubs are instructed to cease all tennis activities until further notice – this includes all formal matches, training, coaching and social tennis. We are expecting an update from Tennis SA tomorrow and we will advise if any of the above changes.

In the meantime, please continue to remain vigilant and follow government guidelines. Ensure you practice good hygiene, maintain social distancing and monitor any symptoms that could be linked to COVID-19. If you are unwell or develop symptoms (even if mild), get tested immediately and go straight home to self-isolate.

We know this is not great news for our tennis community and it is going to be tough for us all. Hopefully if we are vigilant and diligent now, this situation will pass quickly and we can get back to playing the sport that we love.

Stay safe and support each other in these challenging times.

Jo Casey, HTA President

Grass tournament – Murray Bridge!

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Nov 132020
 
Entries close next Wed, 18th Nov for the grass court championships at the Murray Bridge Lawn Tennis Assoc. This is the first time that MBLTA have offered their championship tournament to other associations – HTA and Great Southern TA – so let’s get involved!!
The event is run over 2 Sundays – 22nd and 29th November. More information and entry forms can be found HERE.
The tournament is open to senior players of ALL ABILITIES – there are many different events catering for all ages and abilities. Men’s, Women’s, Mixed, Veterans, Handicaps – loads of options to choose from for a fun couple of Sundays’ tennis.
Why not grab some friends and get along to the beautiful grass courts situated right next to the Murray River.
We would love to see a good HTA representation at this event.

Country Carnival Nominations – Deadline Monday 7th December!

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Nov 082020
 

The Country Carnival is the grassroots team tennis participation event that has a long and very proud history in South Australia. It is an opportunity for players to represent their Association and participate in a competitive yet fun and enjoyable environment. This year it will be played on the magnificent grass courts of Kensington Gardens Lawn Tennis Club and Tranmere Bowling and Tennis Club from Thursday the 7th of January 2021 to Sunday 10th January.

The tournament for individuals will also take place on Monday 11th January.

More information can be found here.

Juniors

7th – 10th January
Nominations are open for any junior player in the Hills Tennis Association in 4 different age groups 10, 12, 14 16 and Under. Teams consist of 4 players per team and represent Hills Tennis Association. This is open to ALL abilities and is a lot of fun. To make it a great event even more, the fees are paid by the HTA for all juniors competing in the teams event, so this will cost players ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

Juniors Register Here!

Seniors

8th – 10th January
The HTA is accepting seniors nominations of complete teams to compete in the Open Adult Teams Events. Players are encouraged to grab some of their biggest and best rivals from other clubs to join together to form a united team to represent the HTA. Your enemies can become your friends …… well just for a few days anyway!

The cost is $82 per team of 4 players. Seniors will play from Friday 10th – Sunday 12th January. Gather up some mates – from your own and/or another club and submit your team.

Seniors formats are as follows:

Men’s Open Teams event (4 players)
1 Double to 9 games per player
1 Single to 6 games per player

Women’s Open Teams event (4 players)
Same format as for men above

Men’s Doubles Teams event (4 players)
3 x Doubles to 6 games per player

Women’s Doubles Teams event (4 players)
3 x Doubles to 6 games per player

Mixed Doubles Teams event (2 men & 2 women)
3 x Doubles to 6 games per player

Seniors Register Here!

What we love about playing tennis in the Hills…

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Sep 302020
 

Thanks for all the wonderful entries in our recent competition.

Congratulations to:
Jessie (Echunga), Ann-Marie (Onkaparinga) and Mark (Stirling) who have all won a Dunlop Force 98 Tour racquet!!

And well done to runners up:
Charlotte (Hahndorf), Rohan (Onkaparinga) and Sheree (Crafers) who have all won a fabulous Dunlop racquet bag and a tin of balls.

Your club will be contacted shortly to arrange delivery of your prize.

Nominations – due soon!

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Sep 042020
 

A reminder that team nominations are now open for upcoming HTA seasons and will close soon.

Saturday Juniors – to be sent to JAC by Sept 20th using the nominations forms sent out.

Saturday Seniors – online via League Manager and with a Word document summary of the nominated team to SAC by 15th Sept. Click here for instructions on how to nominate teams in League Manager.

Midweek – information and nominations via this form to robyn@oxfordadvisory.com.au by 4th October. More info on the Midweek comp can be found here.

Spring Night – Email using form previously sent to night.tennis@hta.asn.au by 8th September.

BALL ORDERS – URGENT!! An urgent reminder – if your club has not already placed its 20-21 ball order, they were due on 27th August. Use the form in the previous post URGENTLY to submit. These go to the HTA Treasurer – mo2612@bigpond.com

Ball Orders 20-21

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Aug 132020
 

HTA Affiliated clubs are able to order balls for the coming season at an at cost price. This price will only be available for the August HTA bulk order, due back with payment by the 27th August 2020.

Please click here to access the ball order invoice/order form.

Midweek Program now out!

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Oct 022019
 

The 19-20 Program for the Midweek competition is now available. Visit the Midweek Competition page here to get your copy. The League will also be available in Match Centre shortly.

Midweek Nomination Form

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Sep 082019
 

Nominations are now open for the Midweek Tuesday Comp. Please complete the form below, before Sept 30 2019. Contact Robyn if you require further information – midweek@hta.asn.au. Competition starts on the 15th October 2019.

 

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Senior Order of Merit – forms here

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Feb 242019
 

SAC has recently discovered that coordinators with a gmail email address did not receive the most recent emails sent out. Here’s the email regarding Order of Merit lists for Seniors:  (apologies for any confusion)

 

You will need to submit Order of Merit lists for any of your teams that have a possibility of making finals – even if it’s not likely. If there is even a small chance that a team might make finals, an OOM form must be completed per team.

 

Attached you will find:

  • OOM Submission Trad – one of these to be completed for every trad team hoping to make finals.
  • OOM Submission Doubles – one of these to be completed for every doubles team (all doubles teams will play at least the first week of finals, as the competition will be split into 3 divisions for the finals series)
  • HTA Finals Permit Request form – one of these per club to be used for any player/s (including juniors) who did not meet the 2 finals eligibility requirements (played at least 5 matches in the team AND was nominated in the team) and who wish to receive a permit to play in a team for finals.

 

Please stick to the due date – no later than 12 noon on Sunday, 3rd March. Thanks guys, the SAC wishes you and your teams all the best for the finals.

 

Jo Casey & SAC

 

Get Ready for Summer Season 2018-19!

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Sep 172018
 

The HTA Summer Season of tennis is about to kick off! Woo hoo!!

Click here for the this season’s Rules of Match and Play. Changes from last season are highlighted in yellow.

Click here to read the minutes of the recent Senior and Junior Conference.

Dust off your racquets and get ready to rock and roll:

  • Night Tennis starts on Tues 2nd and Wed 3rd October
  • Senior Summer season start October 13th
  • Junior Summer season starts October 19th/20th
  • Midweek starts Tues 16th October

Reminder – Ball Orders due today (27th August!!)

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Aug 272018
 

All HTA Clubs are reminded that Ball Orders are due in to the Treasurer today, 27th August.

The ball order form/invoice for the 18/19 season is attached to this post. Please include orders for any balls needed for night tennis, midweek comp, winter comps, coaching, Juniors and Seniors.

Balls must be ordered in multiples of 4 dozen. Please send the completed order form to HTA Treasurer, Margaret (treasurer@hta.asn.au), ASAP. Payment due at time of order, online transfer preferred.

Balls can be collected by arrangement from Tucker Tennis – 494 Brighton Road, Brighton – from late September onwards.

If you need a couple of extra days to organise numbers, please let Margaret know.

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Decision time for all clubs – senior matters!

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Jul 162016
 

 

 

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In order to ensure that we reflect the needs and ideas of our member clubs, the SAC has a couple of matters it would like clubs to vote on before the Senior and Junior Conference (Mon 8th August).playing dates heading

 

 

 

We are considering SENIORS playing on the following dates and want your input:

  • 21st January
  • 28th January

Australia Day (public holiday) is on Thursday 26th January, which may affect your club’s vote for the 28th. The HTA Junior Closed tournament will also be held that weekend, but the JAC are happy to schedule this around seniors’ tennis.

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The SAC has prepared a summary of this matter and the arguments for and against allowing SENIOR players from the same club filling across to other teams in the same division. Please read the summary document thoroughly before voting on this issue. Click here to read document.

What you need to do:

  1. Read and discuss both of the above matters with your club committees.
  2. As a club, decide how you will vote on both matters.
  3. Download and fill in the return vote form and forward to the SAC before the 8th of August (Conference date) through your senior coordinator, club secretary or club president. Click here for the return form.

Thanks in advance for your thoughtful input into these matters.

Senior Activities Committee

Important info – clubs nominating teams in other Associations!

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Aug 192015
 

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Any club intending to nominate teams in any other Association in any competition MUST gain prior approval from the HTA. The Rules of Match and Play were altered this year and require ANY club wishing to nominate ANY team in another Association to gain written permission from the HTA and from the other Association. Please see the relevant rule below for more detail. The 4 week notification period has been extended for this season only – please gain HTA approval no later than 15 September 2015.

3.4 Other Tennis Association participation – Junior and Senior

Prior written permission must be obtained each and every season from both the HTA Management Committee and the other Association if clubs wish to participate in a competition within another Association. This must be received no later than 4 weeks prior to HTA nomination closing dates. This applies to both winter and summer competitions.

The following conditions apply for summer competitions:

3.4.1   If nominating to a higher Association, nominations must be for Division 1 only, or another division if the team is deemed stronger than the highest relevant HTA division by the SAC/JAC. A copy of the nomination form for the other Association, including a full list of all intending players’ names is to be submitted to the SAC/JAC with the club’s other nominations. This is to ensure the strength of the HTA competition continues and that higher level players are retained.

Penalty for breach of the above conditions – 4 premiership points deducted from the highest like-division in the HTA competition for each breach of this rule.

Please contact Myles (HTA President) if you have any queries about this requirement.

 

2015-16 Senior Saturday Nomination Forms

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Aug 092015
 

nominations

Senior Saturday nomination forms are out now and are due back via email to the SAC by Friday, 4th September 2015, 5.00pm. These forms should be lodged by your club’s Senior Coordinator. You can access nomination forms HERE. If you have any questions about Senior Saturday Tennis or the nominations process, please contact the SAC.

Senior Activities Committee
0417 867 105
senior.activities@hta.asn.au

Rules Of Match & Play – Proposed Amendments For Club Review

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Aug 022015
 

Dear Clubs,

Attached HERE is a link to proposed changes for the HTA Rules of Match & Play for the coming season.

These will be discussed at the senior and junior conference next Wednesday.

 

Could your Club and Conference delegates, please familiarise themselves with these proposed changes.

 

Kind regards,

HTA Management Committee

Senior Grand Finals 2014/15

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Apr 062015
 

And what a Grand Final it was!!

Having same-format Grand Finals at the one venue this season meant more people present on the day and loads more excitement, suspense and celebration for teams involved. Mount Barker and Littlehampton clubs are to be commended on the fantastic job they did of hosting the Grand Finals – well catered, courts were sparkling and everything ran really smoothly – thanks to those clubs!

The HTA is an outstanding Association. The conduct of players and spectators during this year’s Senior Grand Finals is a testament to this and it is great to be a part of this wonderful community of tennis-loving people. Examples of true sportsmanship this year reinforced this. A stand-out example of this was where 2 trad teams had drawn at the end of the day. Because one player had left the venue (which ordinarily would have meant a forfeit in one of the doubles tiebreaks to be replayed and hence the losing of the match), the opposition coordinator chose to give this player the chance to return to play it out. He did return, and on this basis his team managed to win the Premiership by 1 point! (Yes that’s right – 1 point!)

Another team chose not to pursue the “late player” rule, which would have given them a draw in their match along with the opportunity to replay the doubles with a shot at gaining the Premiership. In the team’s words, they “didn’t want to win it that way” – very noble indeed!

Div 1 Men Premiers – Summertown

Sam Page, Michael Sandford, Daniel Grant, Sam Foreman, Dan Anderson

In an absolute nail-biting finish, after a marathon day, the Summertown boys managed to overcome season-long top-spot holders, Stirling Blue. Final scores: Summertown 3-7-70 def Stirling Blue 3-7-67. The atmosphere and excitement in that last singles match was incredible!

Div 1 Men Runners-up – Stirling Blue

Div 1 Men Runners-up comp

Rob Suter, Matt Major, Ian Campbell, Neil Sandercock Absent: Brad Wakefield, Adam Newman.

Div 1 Women Premiers – Hahndorf

Emily Nairn, Jessica Klatt, Hayley Edwards, Lija Pfeiler, Rebecca Smith

Emily Nairn, Jessica Klatt, Hayley Edwards, Lija Pfeiler, Rebecca Smith

Hahndorf Div 1 Women enjoyed a very dominant position all season, but were taken to the wire by a strong Stirling side. Hahndorf managed to come out victorious – 3-5-58 to 3-4-51. Outstanding Hahndorf Number 1 player, Hayley Edwards, had statistics of 100% singles and 92.3% doubles – losing only 1 rubber for the entire season! Great stuff Hayley!

Div 1 Women Runners-up – Stirling

Div 1 Women Runners-up

Louise Stranks, Jen Robinson, Niamh Grant, Clare Vorel

Div 1 Doubles Premiers – Uraidla

1 doubles premiers

Dene Willsmore, Chris Badenoch, Anne Hunter, Sara Manser, Deb O’Brien, Kathryn Bothe, David Gore, Heather Provan, Steve Thomas, Shane Virgo, Bill Filsell

Uraidla were keen to seek revenge from last year’s 2-game loss to long time rivals, Summertown. Their determination saw them come out on top 10-78 to 6-72. There were some very excited players at Mt Barker at the end of the day!

Div 2 Doubles Premiers -Aldgate

Div 2 Doubles Premiers

Peter Oswald, Corey Eyers, Kirsty Feijen, Bonnie Farries (obscured), Justin Nugent (rear),Tessa Longstaff, Craig McDonald, Jo Dennis, Greg Sparrow, Judy Baird

Meanwhile, in the Division 2 Doubles Grand Final, Aldgate claimed victory after quite a tussle with last season’s Premiers Echunga. Final scores for the day were Aldgate 9-78 to Echunga’s 7-71.

Div 2 Men premiers – Upper Sturt

Div 2 Men Premiers

Simon Mcrae, David Box, David Sandell, Darren Siwes Absent: Nick Seal

Upper Sturt came from a slow early-season start, but finished strong later in the season to take out the Div 2 Men’s Premiership, defeating a keen Stirling side 4-6-49 to 2-3-50 – notice the games results in that match!

Div 2 Women Premiers – Lobethal

Div 2 Women Premiers comp

Alison Green, Karin Barry, Di Farrell, Kelly Golding, Kristen Beltrame

After winning the Div 3 Premiership last season, 4 of these girls invited Alison Green to help them take on Div 2. They were certainly successful in that venture – dominating the division for the duration of the season. Lobethal defeated a determined, yet unsuccessful Littlehampton side 6-8-49 to 0-0-19. There’s no question about where these girls are headed next!

Div 3 Doubles Premiers – Verdun

Back: Jeremy Black, Helen Bach, Simon Ellis, Ann Malone, Jolonda Hazebroek, Helen Kramm Front: Peter Ellis, Alice Dolling, Loki Reef-McNicol

Back: Jeremy Black, Helen Bach, Simon Ellis, Ann Malone, Jolonda Hazebroek, Helen Kramm
Front: Peter Ellis, Alice Dolling, Loki Reef-McNicol

Verdun and Hahndorf had been tussling with fellow Club Ironbank Cherry Gardens for top spot all season. This was always going to be a well-contested final. The Hahndorf team were playing in honour of their former team-mate, friend and now sadly passed, Kate Tulk. Final scores saw Verdun come out victorious 11-75 to Hahndorf’s 5-51. Regardless of the loss, Kate would be very proud of her Hahndorf team.

Div 3 Men Premiers – Aldgate

Div 3 Men premiers comp

Stephen Pech, Steve Holmes, Paul May, Jason Whitwell

Aldgate proved too strong for the Littlehampton side, taking out the title 4-6-47 to 2-3-37.

Div 4 Men Premiers – Stirling

div 4 men premiers

Glen Michalski, Will Fryer, Josh Baker, Stefan Mundy

And finally – the edge of the seat final that blew everyone away! Stirling drew with Onkaparinga in the Div 4 Men’s match with both teams scoring 3-4-41. When the doubles were replayed, Onkaparinga’s top doubles won 7-5, while Stirling’s bottom doubles won 7-4 – giving Stirling the match by just 1 point! It just doesn’t get any closer than that.

Congratulations to all HTA teams – those that made the Grand Finals and those that came out every week during the season and gave it their best shot, but more importantly – ENJOYED THEMSELVES! Here’s to another great season, and hopefully you’ll all be back to do it all again next season!

Senior Activities Committee

Inter-Assoc match a huge success!

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Feb 232015
 

The HTA was involved in the inaugural inter-association match against Great Southern Tennis Association on Sunday, Feb 22nd. Despite the very warm weather, the match was a wonderful opportunity to play against new people and to make new contacts and friends. Great Southern organised a perpetual trophy – the Ian Barry Esky Trophy. Ian was a highly successful player in the Great Southern Assoc for many years – winning premierships, club championships etc. But now the HTA is claiming him as one of ours! His success has continued with us – his most recent bragging point is being part of the Hills Country Carnival Div 1 Men’s winning side. Ian also contributes greatly to our Association – he is currently the Junior Activities Chairperson.

Libby captures how most players were feeling on the day - hot, hot, hot!!

Libby captures how most players were feeling on the day – hot, hot, hot!!

Unfortunately for the Hills, we underestimated the strength, depth and skills of the Great Southern side. HTA went down big time – scoring only 4 sets, 96 games to Great Southern’s massive 26 sets, 173 games. A big congratulations to Dan Anderson, Mandy Saward, David Sandell, Jess Lang, Abbey Geue and Hayley Edwards who kept the Hills side alive and managed to score one set a piece off the strong opposition. Special mention needs to go to our number 2 women’s player Rebecca Smith (pictured below) who won both of her sets played on the day! Great effort guys!

Rebecca Smith - what a girl!

Rebecca Smith – what a girl!

All who were present on the day would agree that it was a fabulous day. From an organiser’s point of view it was great to see people who would normally play AGAINST each other, being put in the position of being team mates and playing WITH each other – the bonding of Hills players, new insights and understandings into each other and forging of new friendships was wonderful to see. The HTA have got some making up to do next year! We are already planning the timing and composition of the event next year and the we aim to seek revenge by recruiting more higher end Div 1 players.

So, for the time being, the Ian Barry Esky Trophy for the event is in the hands of Great Southern Tennis Association. It is our mission to bring it back where it belongs next year….. can’t wait!

Ian finds it hard to let go!

Ian finds it hard to let go!

Paul & Hayley giving it their all.

Paul & Hayley giving it their all.

Jess - focussed!

Jess – focused!

New friends!

New friends!

The ol' boy's still got it! Vice Pres Myles in action.

The ol’ boy’s still got it! Vice Pres (soon to be Pres) Myles in action.

Robby & Andrew

Robby & Andrew