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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 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.

2019 AGM

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Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of The Burnt Bridge Tennis Club Inc. will be held at the BBTC Club House; Peter Vergers Reserve, Ringwood on Sunday 28th July 2019 at 2 pm.

Nature of Business:

a)    To receive reports of the Club’s transactions during the Financial Year ended                                              30th June 2019

b)   To elect Office Bearers and other Committee Members

c)    To discuss items of General Business raised by members

At the meeting, the Executive and Ordinary Committee positions will be declared vacant. Nominations for any Committee position must be in writing, signed by two Club Members and by the Nominee.

Any such nominations should be addressed to:

The Secretary

Burnt Bridge Tennis Club Inc

P O Box 689

Ringwood Vic 3134

Or placed in the Secretary Box at BBTC

Or to email address:

Nominations must be received by Friday 19th July 2019

Any enquiries can be made by telephoning the Secretary on 9870 0084

If insufficient nominees are received prior to the above date, nominations will be received at the Annual Meeting.

Submission of items for General Business must be received by the Secretary by the 19th of July 2019.

The Committee of the Burnt Bridge Tennis Club welcomes your input in the administration of the club and so encourages you to attend this important meeting. It is also a great opportunity to meet fellow members and make new acquaintances.

Refreshments will be provided, along with a social hit of tennis, after the AGM. We look forward to seeing you there!

Beverley Bencina, Secretary Burnt Bridge Tennis Club

22nd June 2019 Trivia Night

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Fifty members and their families and friends enjoyed a great night’s entertainment in the Clubhouse on Saturday 22nd June.  It was also great to see Junior members and their families enjoying the fun.  As usual, Glenda and David Nicholson produced a variety of interesting questions and competitions to keep the evening flowing.  Identifying the pictures posted on the noticeboards proved too difficult for most of us and the True or False got us up and moving. 

The Trivia Competition was won by the table organised by Cynthia Scott, our mid-week Ladies Convenor and all players received dinner vouchers at local restaurants as prizes.  The Grand Raffle with a first prize of a $100 voucher from Kmart and about 60 other prizes valued from $10 to $50 saw a record number of tickets purchased and the first prize was won by member Jill Drew, a Mid-week Ladies player.  By the end of the draw, each table had won several prizes.  Other Prize winners for the night were Who am I? – Jill Drew; What am I? – Arthur Yuill; Music Bingo – Hayley Cole.

Winning Team of 2019 by 3 points

A hot supper was served and the evening finished with tea and coffee and cakes and buns donated by committee members and the two bakeries at Burnt Bridge.  One member who attended with her family commented on how well the evening had been run and she couldn’t believe how quickly the evening had gone.  We finished at about 11.30pm.

Many thanks go to Glenda and David for organising the Trivia competition and to Bev, Cynthia, Jan, Deb, Denise, Kerry and Lea who organised and donated raffle prizes and helped set up and clean up before and after the event.  Thanks also to Andrew Bencina ( for setting up the speakers for Music Bingo and microphone and a big thank you to the members who came along and supported our fundraising.

Thanks also to our many sponsors for their generous help.  There is a list of sponsors posted at the clubhouse and on the web site.  Please give them your support.

The Trivia Night raised over $900 (~$500 from the raffle) towards the completion of the Hot Shots Court. 

The following local businesses and individuals generously supported our fund-raising in 2019, please give them your custom

Angelina Nails Nth Ringwood

Australia Post McAdam Square

Bakers Delight Croydon

Beacon Lighting

Big Mates Pizza, Croydon Market

Branch Out Nursery

Bunnings Ringwood

Burnt Bridge Baker’s Dozen

Burnt Bridge Bakehouse

Burnt Bridge Pharmacy

The Cheesecake shop

Chiraag Restaurant

Club Ringwood/Kilsyth 

Coles Eastland

Crave Restaurant

Croydon Hotel

Daniel Kittelty

David Hodgett MP

Full Pantry

Handmade by Miss Cuddles

Hocking Stuart Estate Agents

Hungry Jacks

Jefferies Supermarket, McAdam Square

Kmart Eastland

Maroondah Golf Park   


Mayerling Cellars

McAdam Square Pharmacy

Summer 2018-19 Premiers

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BSD 3: L-R: Tye, Lachie, Arthur, Lachlan, Elija

JOSD 1: L-R: Lucy, Sebastian, Hayden, Donovan

OS 7: L-R: Russell Orr, Debra Chasteauneuf, David Lardner, Dave Penzo, Harvey Clark


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The Trivia Night on August 24th was enjoyed by more than 70 BBTC members, friends and families.  Many thanks to Glenda and David Nicholson who again provided an interesting and entertaining set of Trivia questions.  The Trivia Competition was won by the Daborn/Yen/Weedon table who demonstrated their wide knowledge of Trivia in a narrow win.  Thanks to our generous sponsors who provided the many prizes for the raffle.  We raised just over $1000 towards the Hitting wall and Hot Shots Court which is now completed.  Watch out for the announcement of the Grand Opening/Family day in October.  Thanks to all members who supported the Trivia Night and Raffle.

2018 Seniors Competition

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Congratulations to Open Sets Section 6 team, Winter 2018 Season Premiers

Front row L-R Coen Persegati, Lisa Persegati, Harvey Clark.
Back row L-R David Lardner, Russell Orr.

Thursday Mid-Week Ladies – Section 6

Congratulations to the Thursday Section 6 team who won their Grand Final recently.  Final match players were Cynthia Scott (captain), Jill Drew, Sue Ward, and Marilyn Donnelly.

The complete team is pictured after our celebration lunch yesterday, including Maureen Muzeen, who has been unavailable for several weeks due to her husband’s illness.

Wednesday Ladies – Section 4

Congratulations to Wednesday Ladies Section 4 team who were Runners Up in a hard-fought Grand Final against Knox City on June 13th.  The final score was 3 sets all and 43 games to 38.  Pictured are Jan Kennedy, Glenda Nicholson, Mary Cole, Julie Groves and Joan Pedler.  Other members of the team were Cynthia Scott, Carolyn Dick and Heather Sierak.