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Working Bee 2/5

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We are holding a members Working Bee this Sunday to do some maintenance work on the Club grounds and courts. Tasks include:
– pruning and weeding, etc.
– removing the Diosma bushes
– removing the rocks near the Hot Shots Court
– other general maintenance

We will be starting at 9am and hope that many of you will be able to spare a couple of hours to help.

Please bring along gloves, secateurs, rakes etc. There will be a free sausage sizzle from 12-00 to replace all the calories you are expending while working

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Summer 2020/21 Premiers

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Over the weekend we had two of our lively junior teams play their grand finals and both teams came out on top, securing the premiership for the season. Congratulations to members of JOSD 3 and JOSD 4!

JOSD 3
JOSD 4

Local Matters Jar at Chirnside Park Grill’d

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For this month of January, Burnt Bridge Tennis Club has a local matters jar at Chirnside Park Grill’d and we would love your tokens of support. More information about the Local Matters program can be found on the Grill’d website or below

https://www.grilld.com.au/about/localmatters

It is for this month only, so head down with your family or being COVID safe with some friends, grab a burger and show your support for our club and the local community!


Opening of Courts!

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We are happy to let you know that the Burnt Bridge Tennis Courts are now open for play.  However Covid-19 is still with us and in order to use the courts you will need to follow the guidelines below to make sure that we limit the possible spread of infection and provide a safe environment for those using the courts.  The clubhouse will be closed until further notice. Toilets are available in the adjacent park.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

1. If you feel unwell, have a temperature or have any signs or symptoms of respiratory disease however slight – STAY AT HOME.

2. We are required to keep a record of everyone using our courts and to ensure that no more than 10 people (this number does not include coaches) are present at the courts at any one time.,  Daniel will keep a record of those attending coaching sessions and any other members wishing to play on the courts should text me on 0412 032 292 with the names of the players and the day and time they plan to use the courts, preferably on the day before you want to play.

3. The courts will be available for casual play between 9.30am and 3pm on weekdays, 10am and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  All courts except Court 3 are currently available for use.    It is essential that you contact me before coming to play.  Any court user who tests positive to Covid-19 should inform the club immediately.  Remember that you are still required to observe social distancing when at the courts and adults and older children should wear masks when not playing.   Council will carry out random monitoring from time to time to ensure that these restrictions are being followed.

4.  Of the 10 members of the public in the facility at any one time, each grouping of people on a court – singles or doubles – must come from no more than 2 households.  It is important that this requirement is met as there will be monitoring by Council from time to time.  Where possible do not play on adjacent courts.

5. On days when the courts are being used the facility will be opened at 9.30 or 10 am by a committee member and gates to all courts will be opened and should be left open so there is no need to touch these.  All players should bring balls, a full water bottle and hand sanitiser.  Entry will be via the main gate and you should exit the courts as soon as you finish playing by the gate near courts 5 and 6.   Please clean your hands before you come to the courts and before you leave.  The drink fountains and all taps at the courts will be taped off to prevent use – PLEASE DO NOT USE THEM.  You may wish to bring gloves to use when bagging the courts.

6. For coaching sessions you should arrive just before the commencement of your session and enter by the usual gate which will be open.  At the end of the session please leave by the gate beside the entrance to Courts 5 and 6.

7. Please note that you will be unable to use the Hitting Wall until the Hot Shots Courts building works are completed.

8. Social tennis will resume on Tuesday mornings at 9.30 am starting on 27th October.  Please let me know if you are coming (Text 0412 032 292).

9. Committee members have been at the club in the last couple of days preparing the courts for play.  The beds in front of the clubhouse and along the path to the gate are in need of weeding so if anyone would like to spend 15 minutes doing some of this work it would be much appreciated. Please note for the next couple of weeks  your gate keys will not open the gate.   Daniel will open the gate for coaching and committee members will open the gates for those who book for casual hitting.

Thank you all for reading this and we look forward to many more hours of enjoyable tennis.  If you have any questions please contact the secretary by email or text.

These restrictions will remain in place until further notice.


Paul Pels – Life Member Burnt Bridge Tennis Club

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Paul was a Member of the Burnt Bridge Tennis Club for over forty years. His wife Lynda was also a member. They played in Saturday afternoon & Midweek Ladies Competitions and were members of many different L&DNTA Night Tennis teams playing out of Burnt Bridge. Paul was a long-standing member of Committee and served as Court Captain & Night Tennis Representative for many years.

There are many members (past & present) who will remember Paul with great fondness and cherish the memories of the many hours spent in Paul’s company both on the court & in and around the Club. The Burnt Bridge Tennis Club is an enduring community facility, thanks to the time & effort Paul put into the club and would not be the flourishing entity it is today without his contribution.

We extend our condolences to Lynda and their sons & extended family members at the passing of Paul and wish them all well for the future.

PELS, Johan “Paul”

Passed away peacefully 20 September 2020.

Aged 75 years.

Loved and loving husband of Lynda. Loving and proud father of Konrad, Darren and Geoff. Adored Grandpa of Alexandra, Isaac, Elijah, Tilly, Banjo, Harry, Eddie and Lenny. Brothers Otto, Ron, Gerry, Tom and Tim.

Thanks for the memories


Use of BBTC courts during the current lockdown

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During the next 6 weeks, the Burnt Bridge courts will be open for coaching and casual play under the following restrictions. Please read carefully and abide by these restrictions so that we can keep the risk of infection to a minimum and continue to use our courts.

1. The clubhouse will remain closed.

2. A maximum of 10 people can attend the courts at any one time.

3. Social distancing must be observed at all times (1.5m distance between individuals) and hand sanitiser should be used before entering the courts and after leaving.

4. Coaching can proceed with Coach + 1 person or Coach + persons from one household. The number of spectators should be limited to parents or carers as these numbers will be included in the total of 10 on the premises at any one time. Arrival for classes should be staggered and entry will be by the main gate and departure by the gate beside courts 5/6.

5. Casual play can take place with 2 persons from different households per court or one household per court up to a total of 10 persons in the club grounds.

6. All members wishing to use the courts for casual play MUST contact me by text on 0412 032292 before coming to the courts indicating the time of use and the names of those using the courts. This should be done preferably the day before play or at least several hours before play. In order to reduce the number of people handling the lock on the main gate.

7. Players should attend the courts at the time booked and leave immediately play has finished.

8. Please bring water bottles and sanitiser. Sanitiser will be available at coaching sessions.

If you have any questions please contact me by email or text. Thank you in advance for keeping to these restrictions and enjoy your tennis.

Best wishes,
Beverley Bencina
Secretary BBTC


Courts Are Now Open! – Please read the Important Conditions Below

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We are happy to let you know that the Burnt Bridge Tennis Courts are now open for play.  However, Covid-19 is still with us and in order to use the courts, you will need to follow the guidelines below to make sure that we limit the risk of infection and provide a safe environment for those using the courts. 

The clubhouse will be closed until further notice. Public toilets are available in the adjacent park.

  • If you feel unwell, have a temperature or have any signs or symptoms of respiratory disease however slight – STAY AT HOME
  • The club is required to keep a record of everyone using our courts and to ensure that no more than 10 people are present at the courts at any one time
    • During coaching hours, Daniel will keep a record of those attending coaching sessions
    • Any other members wishing to play on the courts must text the secretary (Bev Bencina) on 0412 032 292 with the names of all people attending and the day and time they plan to use the courts.  Preferably contact Bev the day before you want to play.
  • Only Courts 1, 3 and 5 will be available for use. Courts will be available for casual play between:
    • 9.30am and 3pm on weekdays
    • 1pm and 4pm on Saturdays
    • 10am to 4pm on Sundays
  • It is essential that you contact Bev before coming to play! Records must be kept.
  • Any court user who tests positive to Covid-19 should inform the club immediately.  Remember that you are still required to observe social distancing when at the courts.  This is why only courts 1, 3 and 5 are available. The council will carry out random monitoring from time to time to ensure that appropriate restrictions are being followed.
  • All players should bring their own balls, a full water bottle and hand sanitiser.  Please clean your hands before you come to the courts and before you leave.  The drink fountains and all taps at the courts will be taped off to prevent use – PLEASE DO NOT USE THEM.  You may wish to bring gloves to use when bagging the courts.
  • For coaching sessions, arrive just before the commencement of your session and enter by the usual gate which will be open.  At the end of the session please leave by the gate beside the entrance to Courts 5 and 6
  • Tuesday Morning Social tennis will resume weekly at 9.30 am starting on 26th May.  Please let Bev know if you are attending.

Thank you all for reading this vital information and we look forward too many more hours of enjoyable tennis.  If you have any questions or queries, please contact us.

These restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

Best wishes,

BBTC Committee


Open Court – Get Your Racquet On!

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Be Open to Tennis and Get Your Racquet On!

Burnt Bridge Tennis Club is exciting to be hosting Open Court sessions on Tuesday nights, starting 28th of Jan with some food and drink supplied. These sessions are for anyone, whether you can play, used to play, or your tennis knowledge goes as far as naming Federer and saying the AO is on channel 9, we would love for you to come and get your racquet on!

Take a look at the events on our Facebook or the play.tennis.com.au for more information and book a venue that tickles your fancy! To go straight to booking at Burnt Bridge, click here.

The 90-minute session aims to have participants embracing casual tennis in a relaxed format. The evening is made up of two parts; 30 minutes off-court with food and drinks, and 60 minutes on-court time for swinging, slamming and smiling, with a great soundtrack pumping through the evening.

Tennis is a much-loved sport in Australia and research has shown there are a huge number of ex-tennis players who would be keen to pick up a racquet again but haven’t felt they could. Now they can. Open Court Sessions provides a fun option to get back into the sport where the social side is just as important as the on-court activities.

Location: Burnt Bridge Tennis Club, Peter Vergers Reserve, 537 Maroondah Highway Ringwood 3134. Opposite the Burnt Bridge Shopping centre

Date: Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Cost: $10

If players do not have gear or equipment, no worries. Burnt Bridge Tennis Club provide racquets and balls, plus the first Open Court Sessions event will include spot prizes for players who are getting sporty and social.

It’s time to get your racquet on. Make a racket, have some fun – it’s tennis time.


Winter 2019 Premiers

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Congratulations to our JDC 4 team on winning their first season together! They are all going to continue playing tennis and moved to a higher section that includes singles

L-R: Fraser, Harry (c), Riley, Daniel (coach), Paige, Rebekah and Isaac
This is the crowd of supporters that came down to watch our JDC team, full of friends and family. It’s almost as though they are professionals in the making!
L-R: Riley, Jeff, Daniel (coach), Claire, Will, Macy

Congratulations to our JOSD 4 team on also becoming the winners of their section also. They had a close match with it all coming down to the last sets of doubles

Team: Aaron, Luke, Kyle, Dylan and Jarrod

Congratulations to our seniors team also who won their section somewhat convincingly. Great job team, and hopefully can do it again next season


AGM 28th July

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The Annual General Meeting of BBTC was held on Sunday 28th July and attended by 12 Club members and the Tennis Victoria Representative for the Outer East, Danielle Cornwall.

Reports were received from the President, Kerry Stephens, who outlined the Club’s activities and thanked all committee members especially the retiring Senior Convenor, Debra Chasteauneuf and the coach, Daniel Kittelty.  Peter Arnot presented the Treasurer’s report giving an account of the Club’s Income and Expenditure over the last 12 months. Income is derived from membership fees, Night Tennis payments and fundraising. The main recurring Items of expenditure are Court maintenance, rental to MCC and electricity.  The overall financial position of the club is sound and membership fees will be unchanged for 2019/2020. Copies of these reports will be posted on the Club noticeboard in the next few days. The club currently has 132 financial members and 10 Life Members which is an increase of 21 members from June 2018.  This increase is largely due to the work of our coach, Daniel who continues to attract young people to the club and to the Membership Scsecretary, Glenda.

Election of Office Bearers produced a largely unchanged committee who were elected unopposed.  Jan Kennedy will take over the position of Mid-Week Ladies Convenor as well as Vice-President while Cynthia Scott remains on the General Committee.  The position of Senior Convenor remains vacant after the resignation of Debra Chasteauneuf.  

It was with great pleasure that the meeting elected Glenda Nicholson to Life Membership of the Club.  Glenda has been a member of the club since 1990 and a committee member for over 15 years. She has worked as Junior Convenor while her children were involved in the Junior Program and has continued to work for the club organising the Annual Trivia Nights, and Grant Applications and currently serves as Membership Secretary.  Glenda was presented with a certificate and her name is inscribed on the Life Members’ Shield to the left of the main door to the clubhouse.

The completion of the Hot Shots court was discussed.  Council has agreed to correct the errors made in the previous construction and we have agreed on a contractor.  Danielle spoke on the benefits of having a small court such as a Hot Shots Court to assist the very young players learning the game.

Other matters raised which will be considered in the next few months were the provision of permanent shade over the seats behind Courts 5 and 6, the disposal of the chairs in the BBQ area and the purchase of a new TV.

Upcoming Dates for your Diaries:  Working Bee Sunday 20th October,  Family Day Sunday 27th October and Christmas Breakup Sunday 15th December.

The President thanked all members for attending and invited them to stay and enjoy refreshments.