Tennis is Back!!

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Dec 022020
Tennis is back this weekend. Per the new guidelines which went into effect on December 1, all tennis activities can resume immediately. This includes coaching, trainings and competitions. Everyone must adhere to social guidelines and check in at the venue of play Tennis competitions will be played this weekend, 4-5 December.

Please note also Country Carnival dates are January 7-11 and are incorrect on recent post.
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Fun social hit tonight in town at 5.30

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Nov 062020

Tennis Seniors SA – Friday night open court sessions

A reminder that Tennis Seniors SA are running a fun open court session tonight from 5.30 to approx. 8.00. Why not head down to Greenhill Road for some fun social tennis. All abilities welcome.

Jo Casey, HTA President




Friday Night Social Tennis in the City!

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Nov 012020

Tennis Seniors SA – Friday night open court sessions

Our good friends down at Tennis Seniors SA have started a new program on Friday nights 5.30-7.30.

For a tiny $5, you can turn up and have a hit with some new friends. The synthetic surface is really fun to play on – not exactly grass, but not hard court either. The emphasis is on the social side, and those of us who played in the October carnival can tell you that they are a very warm, friendly, and cheeky bunch of men and women who love their tennis, just like we do.

If you work in or near the city, this would be the perfect way to finish your week. The 18 courts are tucked away on Greenhill Road and there’s plenty of parking available. If you’re up the Hill why not head down for a drink and hit in a very relaxed atmosphere.

For more info, contact Max Foran – or head to this page –

(note – the age requirement is a guide only and players under 25 can attend)

Jo Casey, HTA President

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Lower Murray Grass Senior Championships – Nov 22 and 29

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Nov 012020

Lower Murray Grass Senior Championships – Sunday Nov 22 and 29

One of the great things to come out of this year is that Tennis Assocs in SA are keen to get more inter-association events (and rivalry!) happening.

In the past this tournament has been a closed tournament to Murray Bridge Associations only, but in the interests of building friendly inter-Association rivalry and relationships, they have opened it up to Hills and Great Southern Tennis Associations this year. We have not had a HTA Senior Tournament for many years now, so this is an opportunity to get out there, have some fun and show off your mad skills!

The tournament will be run over 2 Sundays (22 and 29 Nov), on grass, with various events on offer –

  • Men’s singles – A grade, B grade and veterans
  • Men’s Doubles – Championship, handicap and 40+ (combined age of 100+)
  • Women’s singles – Championship and veterans
  • Women’s Doubles – Championship, handicap and 40+ (combined age of 90+)
  • Mixed Doubles – Championship, handicap and 40+ (combined age of 95+)

Play will run from approx. 9.00 am to 5.00pm. The cost to play is an amazing $20 for up to 3 events played per player!!

The weather is steadily improving, so why not grab a buddy, and sign up for what looks like a fabulous event? Entry form is attached to this post – further details there.

Get involved!!

Jo Casey, HTA President


League Manager down

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Nov 012020

League Manager is currently down and has been all day. Don’t stress if you don’t get your scores entered on time, there will be no fines this weekend. Please enter scores when you see LM is back up and running. Thanks.


Jo Casey, HTA President




News Update

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Sep 282020

As of the 21 August 2020, a COVID... - South Australia Police | Facebook                                             COVID-SAFE - Euston Club



Covid-safe plan

As you would know, all clubs must have a covid-safe plan in place before any tennis can be played at that venue. These covid-safe plans are quite simple and quick to complete, and need to be submitted to both Tennis SA and the HTA.  Here is the link to the website where you can create your plan:


Please note – no matches will be permitted to be played at your venue unless your club does has a covid-safe plan in place. If the HTA/Tennis SA have not received your covid plan before Wednesday 8th October, any matches (Jnr/Snr/Night/midweek) due to be held at your venue will be rescheduled to another venue and your club will be responsible for paying court hire to that other venue.


Covid marshals

Each club is required to have a covid marshal on site at every official tennis match or activity, including coaching. More information about this role can be found here – , and the quick and easy training can be done here –


Covid marshals need to be easily identified – how you do this is totally up to your club, but some ideas include using a high-viz vest (hung on the netpost if the marshal is a player), badges, stickers and posters to indicate who the marshal is on that day.


IT IS EACH CLUB’S RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that a covid marshal is present at all tennis activities at the club. From the HTA’s perspective, the only exception would be a night tennis match with only 10 people in attendance – this would be deemed to be a time of “low patronage” and would not require a marshal.


Please contact Tennis SA if you need any further information regarding your covid-safe plan or the implementing of your covid marshals at your sites.


Jo Casey, HTA President


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Last chance for racquet draw!

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Sep 262020

We’ve had some fabulous entries so far for our competition to win some great Dunlop racquets/bags/balls before the start of the new season. Any club member may enter, and you have until Wednesday 30th September to get your entries in!


Remember – we want to hear what you love most about playing tennis in the Adelaide Hills. Don’t forget to tell us your name and your home club.




The start of the new tennis season is not far away. Get excited!!


Jo Casey, HTA President



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It’s Competition Time!

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Sep 192020

Through its Dunlop sponsorship deal, the HTA would love to give away:

·       3 x Dunlop Force 98 Tour Racquets (with racquet cover) – full size racquets with 4½ inch grip; and

·       3 x Dunlop racquet bags, with a tin of balls

To go into the draw to win, send an email to President Jo Casey ( with the following details:

Ø your name

Ø your HTA club

Ø what you love most about playing tennis in the Adelaide Hills!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Murray Bridge Lawn Tournament – mixed teams wanted!

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Sep 112020

In the lead up to the start of the Summer Tennis season, the Murray Bridge Lawn Tournament are looking for doubles pairs (or up to 4 players in the team) to participate in their fun and friendly mixed tournament which will be held over two Sundays – Sept 20 and 27. Each match will involve 1 x doubles to 9 and 2 x singles to 6 – played by any combination of your 2-4 team members.


If you are interested in joining this tournament, find a buddy or two and GET INVOLVED!! Contact Anthony – for details.


Jo Casey, HTA President

Tennis Carnival October long weekend for 35+

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Sep 112020

Here’s a fun way to ease into the tennis season for our members who are 35+. As a means of helping shed the gloom of COVID and winter and as preparation for summer tennis, Tennis Seniors SA are conducting a fun carnival on 3 and 4 October for 35yo+. We’d love to see a strong HTA representation at this carnival tournament. It’s doubles only, with single gender doubles being played on the Saturday and mixed on the Sunday. A promo flyer is attached.


So if you’re not doing anything on the long weekend, add this to your “to do” list! Contact Max Foran at Tennis Seniors SA for more info – 0409 096 017,


Jo Casey, HTA President

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Grass Social Tournament in Murray Bridge – Join the Fun!

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Aug 282020

Hi Everyone.


The Murray Bridge Lawn TA have planned a social, yet competitive tournament to be held over 3 Sundays in September. It will be a Hopman Style Tournament, with teams of up to 4 players being permitted. Teams can be men’s, women’s or mixed. The format for each match is one double to 9 games and two singles to 6 games. This could be played by just the two players, or you could make it a more social occasion and have a player or two playing singles or doubles only, to allow for up to 4 players in the team to be involved.


Nominations close next Sunday, 6th September, so you will need to act quickly if you wish to be involved. More information can be found in the attached flyers.


The HTA encourages all senior players to participate in this great initiative!


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Covid Requirements for all Clubs

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Aug 202020

As the Summer Season draws closer, we want to make sure that all of our member clubs are aware of their responsibilities with regards to the current covid situation.


Access to latest Community Tennis Guidelines and latest covid info available on the Tennis SA website:


Covid Marshal Required for all activities

The HTA has been notified by Tennis SA this week that all clubs are required to have a Covid Marshal present at any and all tennis activities after tomorrow, Friday 21st August, as per the recent SA police direction. Again, this is not a huge responsibility – it just requires Marshals to complete a short online training and to be aware of their club’s Covid-safe Plan. More information, including a link to the training, can be found HERE.


Covid Safe Plan

Every HTA club needs to have a Covid-safe Plan before conducting tennis activities. This doesn’t need to be an onerous or difficult task – attached to this post is an example from Littlehampton TC that you could use to form the basis of your club’s version. Your Covid-safe Plan needs to be submitted to both Tennis SA and the HTA – please attend to this as soon as possible. The link to creating your own plan is HERE.


Clubs that co-exist and share clubrooms with other sports should have an identical plan to those other sports but should submit a plan under the name of the tennis club to ensure their compliance.


Tennis SA have confirmed that contact tracing records are currently not necessary for outdoor tennis activities.


Further Covid clarification on some additional points from Tennis SA:

  • Continue to enforce social distancing;
  • Limit social gathering – same mentality of get in, play, get out;
  • Use of hand sanitiser at court entry points;
  • Tapping of racquets upon completion of match, no handshakes;
  • Essential players/staff on site only (encouraged only to have one parent per child);



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AGM & Senior/Junior Conference

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Aug 092020
We are excited to be catching up with all of our member clubs at the AGM and Senior Junior Conference tomorrow night – 10th August 2020. See below for Agenda links.
Please note that there will be a Tennis SA representative present on the night. We have asked them to discuss current Covid19 requirements for the safe operation of tennis within our Association, and they are happy to answer any questions – relating to Covid19 or other general matters.
 We will aim to keep the meetings running along at a cracking pace, so please arrive early (7.15) so that we can get started by 7.30. All attendees will be required to sign in and it is imperative that current club contact information is updated and passed back to the HTA.
 We have been running the Association without a President or Secretary for over a year now, and it’s time to rectify this situation. We also need someone to take on the small role of Results Recording Secretary. We need people and clubs to step up to assist. Individually, these roles are not a huge commitment, but when they are added to the workload of those already doing significant work for the Association, it gets tough. Looking forward to some new blood to lead our fabulous Association into the future.

AGM Agenda

SNR/JNR Conference Agenda

See you at the meeting!
HTA Management Committee

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Upcoming AGM/Senior/Junior Conference

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Jul 172020

Hi there HTA Family!


It’s been an interesting few months (to say the least!). Thankfully though (fingers crossed), we are able to look at getting the 20-21 HTA Summer Season up and running again.


Our AGM had to be delayed because of the covid situation and will now be combined with the Senior/Junior Conference. This meeting will be held on Monday 10th August at The Old Mill in Hahndorf. It will be 7.15 for a prompt 7.30 start.  Clubs are required to send 2 representatives to this important meeting, where essential information regarding the new season will be discussed and distributed.


Clubs will be required to update all contact information. Please ensure any trophies/shields from the 19-20 season are returned on the night. The Agenda will be posted closer to the meeting date. See you all then!

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Winter Tennis Opportunities

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May 192020

Junior Winter Tennis


Hills Tennis participates as one club in the SDTA Winter Tennis Competition which is commencing on the 13th of June. Players can nominate via:


Competition Info


2020 Junior Key Dates

  • Online nominations open, Wed 13 May
  • Online nominations close, Sun 31 May
  • Start of season, Sat 13 June
  • Byes on Sat 11 and Sat 18
  • End of regular season, Sat 22 August
  • Finals two week series, Sat 29 August and Sat 5 September


2020 Orange Ball Key Dates

  • 3 player teams
  • Online nominations open, Wed 13 May
  • Online nominations close, Sun 31 May
  • Start of season, Sat 13 June
  • End of Season, Sat 5 September
  • No Finals
  • Matches played using a home and away fixture
  • Matches are played from 10:45am


Tennis SA Winter Pennant (Seniors)


In recent years Littlehampton and Stirling have submitted teams into Winter Pennant. This competition has divisions for Traditional Competition (Doubles/Singles, 2 set and super tiebreaks for each match), as well as Doubles Only Competition. If your players are interested in entering, either for your own club if you are able to host, or by joining a club for winter who still have Tennis courts in operation, the information from Tennis SA is below.


To my knowledge Littlehampton are pretty much sorted for the season, Stirling are still accepting registrations and forming teams. You can register your interest via:


Hills Fleurieu Foundation Cup


As we are soon to be able to gather in higher numbers, Adam Fonfe and I have decided on a June 14th Trial Date. We plan for this to be held at Anembo Park. Times TBA depending on numbers to sort out spacings to abide by restrictions.


Your players can sign up to trial for 10s, 13s, 15s or 17s via




Bill Walter

Hills Tennis Junior Development Manager

Stirling Tennis Club – Head Coach

 Posted by at 13:55

Tennis SA Winter Pennant – nominations close soon

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May 142020

Hello all!


With the gradual lifting of restrictions in SA, Tennis SA is planning to go ahead with a shortened Winter Pennant season, starting on 6th June. The Stirling Club is currently taking nominations from interested senior players. Nominations close very shortly, so if you are interested, please contact Bill Walter at Stirling –


More information about the competition can be found HERE.



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HTA Senior Grand Finals Cancelled

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Mar 252020
The HTA Management Committee has decided, in light of current circumstances, to cancel all Senior Grand Finals scheduled for this weekend. We appreciate this causes disappointment and distress to many of our players. Premierships will be awarded to the winners of Semi-Finals matches (1v2) played on 14th March, with runners-up being the winners of last weekend’s Preliminary Finals matches. 

A summary of all divisions is below. 

The Senior and Doubles Activities Committees would like to sincerely thank all Senior Coordinators for the work that they have done at their club. Without these wonderful people, the competition just would not run.

We all look forward to seeing everyone back on the court next season!

Div 1 Men – Premiers Stirling, Runners-up Littlehampton
Div 2 Men – Premiers Onkaparinga, Runners-up Littlehampton
Div 3 Men – Premiers Stirling Blue, Runners-up Aldgate Red
Div 4 Men – Premiers Summertown, Runners-up Mt Barker Blue

Div 1 Women – Premiers Lobethal, Runners-up Onkaparinga
Div 2 Women – Premiers Onkaparinga, Runners-up Littlehampton
Div 3 Women – Premiers Crafers, Runners-up Stirling

Div 1 Doubles – Premiers Uraidla, Runners-up Summertown Black
Div 2 Doubles – Premiers Hahndorf, Runners-up Mt Barker
Div 3 Doubles – Premiers Piccadilly, Runners-up Ironbank Cherry Gardens

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Junior Grand Final Photo’s

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Mar 232020

If you have any team Photos from HTA Junior Grand Finals please send with names of players and Division to I will send to Courier over the weekend for publication in the next few weeks..

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Mar 212020
The HTA Management Committee confirms that this weekend’s Junior and Senior finals matches will proceed, as explained in our previous post.
The email sent by Tennis SA yesterday was repeating the information they sent a week ago – that competitions run by them have been cancelled or postponed.
The HTA is not run by Tennis SA and we have made the decision to proceed, based on the information explained in our previous post.
An update regarding senior grand finals, scheduled for next weekend will be posted late next week.
HTA Management Committee
 Posted by at 08:19

Senior and Junior Finals this weekend

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Mar 192020

Please read all of the information below carefully – we know it’s lengthy, but it’s important.

HTA Finals

It’s been really tricky for the HTA to decide how to proceed in these uncertain times. We strongly believe that the physical, mental and social benefits of being physically active  and interacting within our strong community are important. We have made the decisions below based on information from Tennis Australia (see Community Tennis Guidelines for Continued Play attached to this post), Tennis SA, the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing and the Federal Government’s current regulations.

 Please note that the information below may change at short notice.


 At this point, Senior Preliminary finals for this weekend are set to go ahead, with the  following requirements/safeguards:

  •  Any player who is uncomfortable about playing, should notify SAC or DAC. Everyone has the right to choose what is best for them, and there will be no judgement, criticism or penalty if they choose not to play on the day. Committees will be more flexible with permit approvals. These absences will not be considered
    forfeits, and SAC & DAC will decide on the best outcome for each match on a
    case by case basis.
  • Any player who is feeling unwell MUST NOT attend any match.
  • Each venue will have only 1 match, except Anembo Park, where the 3 matches will be spread out. See the Prelim Summary attached. Based on this, there will be no more than 16 players at any one match.
  • Clubs are NOT to open their clubrooms or provide any facilities except toilets.
  • Players to provide their own food, drinks, seating etc
  • Players to avoid handshakes and use other ways to congratulate opponents and to keep appropriate “social distance” at all times.
  • Due to the lack of availability, players to bring their own hand sanitiser and other
    hand cleaning products to use before and after the match
  • Only those people essential to the playing of the match should attend – this may be
    difficult in finals, but please encourage excess spectators to stay away.
  • Practise common sense personal hygiene – cover mouth when coughing, sneezing etc, frequent hand washing. If feeling unwell leave the match immediately.


After feedback from Clubs, the JAC has decided to onclude the Junior HTA Tennis Finals this weekend. Friday night teams will play their Grand Finals as scheduled. Saturday Finals will be played by the 2 Teams who finished 1 and 2 at the end of the minor round.  See Match Centre for details.

The same safeguards and requirements as listed above also apply to Junior matches. Additional information has been provided to clubs for Court Supervisors to read to the players and spectators prior to the finals.  The situation with Covid-19 is  changing every day and we thank you for your understanding with the measures we have taken to complete the 2019/20 season.

HTA Management Committee

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Reminder: Medal/Plaque Pick up Mt Bkr TC Thursday 5pm-7pm

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Mar 182020

This is a reminder the following hosting clubs of Junior finals this week must pick up Plaques/Medals from Mt Barker TC Thursday night from 5pm-7pm:

Stirling, Piccadilly, Littlehampton, Aldgate, Onkaparinga, Echunga, Mt Barker and Crafers.



 Posted by at 08:54

HTA Tennis

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Mar 162020
The HTA Management Committee is monitoring the current covid-19 situation with regards to how to proceed with its competitions over the coming weeks. Please check back later this week for further updates.

Management Committee
 Posted by at 22:15

Senior matches will go ahead 14 March

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Mar 142020

As you may be aware, correspondence came out from Tennis Australia/SA overnight regarding the postponment of tournaments and competitions within their jurisdiction arising from the covid-19 outbreak. Given this late correspondence, the Junior Activities Committee had virtually no time to make a decision about their matches today, and so have postponed junior matches for today.

The Senior and Doubles Activities Committees have had more time to decide on our position and how to proceed. We have consulted with all club presidents and have decided to go ahead with today’s senior finals matches for the following reasons:

  • The current advice from the World Health Organisation and State and Federal governments is that gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled. Our Hills Senior finals would have gatherings of 50 people maximum.
  • Tennis is a non-contact sport with minimal physical interaction. Players may, as a precaution, choose to avoid shaking hands at the end of a match and to perhaps use personal hand sanitisers for further protection if they wish.
The situation will continue to be monitored by the HTA, and we will advise later next week what course will be followed in the future.
Senior and Doubles Activities Committees

 Posted by at 10:07

Junior Winter Tennis!

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Mar 112020

I hope you’ve been enjoying the summer season. Junior Winter Tennis will again be played in the Southern Districts Tennis Association competition, with Hills players playing for Hills Tennis Association, rather than their own club. Teams are made up of players from various clubs, with home games traditionally being at Anembo Park and away games in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. 

Players must be 17 and under as at 30/9/2020. We endeavor to have 5 players in each team to cover illness etc but this depends on numbers.

Registrations are online via the form below and are open now and close 26th March.

Important dates:

  • Start of season – Saturday 2nd May
  • Byes – Sat 11th July and 18th July 
  • Last minor round – Sat 15th August
  • 3 Weeks Finals – Sat 22nd, 29th August and 5th September
 Posted by at 21:34

Senior Finals next weekend

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Mar 062020
Senior Finals – next weekend!
Order of merit lists are out for Traditional Senior Teams – make sure you get your Div’s copy from your senior coordinator and keep it in your folder so that you can check that your team (as well as the others in your division) play the correct people in the correct order.
Remember – home teams still need to provide that wonderful afternoon tea that we are famous for, as well as balls for the match.
All the best of luck for next weekend!
Check out the finals summary document.
Senior Activities Committee
 Posted by at 22:01

Senior Winter Tennis

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Feb 272020
If you are interested in playing in one of Tennis SA’s Winter Tennis Leagues, now is the time to gather your crew and nominate a team!

HTA Clubs LIttlehampton, Stirling and Onkaparinga have fielded teams in the past. If you are unable to get a full team from your club, you could try contacting one of these clubs who may be able to accommodate you. 

Tennis SA has Men’s Traditional, Women’s Traditional, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles competitions, all with four playing positions each week.

2020 Winter Pennant – Key information

  • ·       Nominations closing 5pm, Sunday 5 April
  • ·       Round 1 date – May 2
  • ·       Tennis SA contact – Dylan Hicks

For further information CLICK HERE

Senior and Doubles Activities Committees

 Posted by at 18:11

SENIORS RESULTS to be entered by midnight this week

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Feb 252020
Please ensure all senior results are entered by midnight Saturday night this week, so that SAC and DAC committees are able to make preparations for the finals.

A reminder that your finals order of merit team lists are also now due to the relevant committee. See your senior coordinator for more info.
HTA – Senior and Doubles Activities Committees
 Posted by at 22:14

Scores entry – don’t forget!

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Feb 012020
Don’t forget to enter your match results from this weekend INCLUDING PLAYER NAMES. Even if the match didn’t commence, the washout result still needs to be entered. If you didn’t start at all, don’t enter individual set scores, just choose the whole match cancellation:- 

  • In Match Centre, it’s the red box at the top of the scorecard – click it, then choose washout.
  • In League Manager, click the three dots on the right side of the scorecard, the choose “Mark this match as not played/completed”. Then choose the cancel reason as Washout.
  • Don’t forget to save!
Please advise all of your scores entry people at your club to complete this process.
 Posted by at 19:29

What to do at your match if the weather is wet

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Feb 012020
Hello everyone!

Just a reminder from our rules for today in case of wet weather – firstly, every endeavour should be made by teams to complete a match. 

Matches cannot be called off for at least 30 minutes (Juniors) or 1 hour (Seniors) after the match start time and this must be with the agreement of both captains. If players are not present or leave before this time, then their sets will be forfeited. 

If courts are damp, no player should feel obligated or pressured to play if they are uncomfortable in doing so. Common sense should be used if there is lightning nearby.
Stay dry and keep smiling!
 Posted by at 09:22