Sunday, June 27, 2010

TechSpecific & Expressions Norfolk Island Mixed Doubles Tournament

Those who came up and spent the afternoon as spectators on the verandah last Sunday watching the TechSpecific & Expressions Tournament saw some awesome tennis. Everyone who played commented on what great games they had. Each playing at least 3 sets, some playing as much as 5 for ‘Plate’ and consolation prizes.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to watch many of the games so I cant give a commentary this week. (you’ll just have to come and watch yourself next time..)

Interestingly enough the winning combinations ended up being against the Randall siblings. All who play fantastic tennis and the games were all won on tye breaks. Tanya Randall & James Elliott v Debbie Randall & Douglas Donaldson saw Debbie & Doug just pull through. On the other court Kevin Randall & Lynne Mogey pushed out Trevor & Karen Menadue on a tye break. Kevin & Lynne then had to play Debbie & Doug. This was the match to watch, fantastic tennis by all with Kevin & Lynne having to pull out all stops to finally win the game on a 15/13 tye break.

Congratulations to Kevin Randall & Lynne Mogey who won the trophy for 2010, to Sam Taylor and Vicki Crow for winning the consolation prize and to Toni Wilson and Michael Trickey winning the Plate.

Great to see some new faces back up the courts and it was good to have Graeme & Vicki Crow over from QLD joining in too.

Huge thanks to our sponsors, Andre & Kim Nobbs (TechSpecific & Expressions). We look forward to seeing you both at our presentation night on the 24th to present the trophy and prizes.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Interclub Sports Day


What a fantastic day all 5 participating sports clubs, (Golf, Squash, Gun Club, Netball & Tennis) had on Monday. A start time of 9.30am saw everyone down on the Golf Course for an interesting round of 4 holes. Tennis drew the Netballers for the golf challenge, (just quietly we were all pretty happy about that) with balls going from 3 feet to way out west and the occasional straight one from some of our team that could actually hit a ball, Team Tennis beat the Netballers in the first challenge. Then off to Squash and Darts at the Leagues. Our draw for squash was the gun club. Slugging it out for Tennis was Trevor M, Tanya, Richard and Amanda. Lots of cheering from the rest of the team saw them finish in a tye. At the dart board the netballers showed off their style but they were no match for the Tennis team. Off to the netball courts for a very rough game against the golf club. We pulled out our ‘joker’ for this one and it paid off. Some of the golf club boys couldn’t seem to get the 3 foot rule and we had a slight height disadvantage but after knocking over our players, stealing the ball, shoving and pushing the tennis team still won the game and Tanya scored highest in the play off. The day finished off at the tennis club where the challenge continued between the golf, squash, gun club and netballers. (Clubs were not allowed to participate at their home club). Team Tennis won the trophy for 2010 and are gearing up for the 2011 challenge.

To Umi and Kylie, we thank you for organising the Interclub Sports Day. You are both amazing. It was a huge effort to pull it all together and all of the clubs and participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we are all looking forward to next years challenge.

Team Tennis would like to thank John for driving us all around in the 6WD with the Tennis Flag waving around in the breeze. Huge thanks also to Norris and Lew for coming up to the club and cooking. To Karenne for picking up, washing and delivering the food. Rustys for your sweet burger paties – yum, thaenks f’ aklan. Thanks to all of the clubs for joining us for burgers and chips and especially to all of the table top entertainers, great day, great night.

Well done to all of the clubs for participating and supporting the Interclub Sports Day. This is a great way for the clubs to get together so keep it in your club calendar and make it an annual event.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Girlie Nobbs Centenary Bounty Tennis Tournament

What a fantastic day we all had at the Cheryl Tennis Club last Sunday. Fifty six players representing the Norfolk families of Young, McCoy, Evans, Christian, Buffett, Quintal and Nobbs gathered at the courts just before 2pm and competed for the ‘Girlie Nobbs Centenary Bounty Tennis Trophy’.

Everyone was asked to play in their ‘Bounty Hats’. Some great tennis was had and there was lots of laughter on and off courts as the verandah was packed with spectators and those waiting to get on court. It was fantastic to see ‘salan hu nor bin plieh f’ lorng tiem’ (people who had not played for a long time) back up at the courts. Each family had to have eight players and they were paired off and everyone played three matches. All points were added at the end to get the winning team.

This perpetual trophy was sponsored by Andre and Kim Nobbs (left), and inspired by Andre's Grandma who turned 100 in March this year. Grandma was a formidable tennis player in her time and up until about five years ago was still playing tennis and hitting a mean ball, especially on the backhand.

She was also known for aceing people quite regularly. Andre also sponsored another trophy with Grandmas serving ability in mind. He asked some of our senior members of the community, and former tennis players, to judge for the ‘most kased’ (most wicked) serve. Unfortunately Kik was unable to make it on the day, but Greg Quintal Snr and Robin Butterfield had their eagle eyes (as judges) tuned in all afternoon and didn’t miss a serve. After watching all players, sometimes even making trips downstairs to get a better look, and using a ream of paper with all of their notes, came up with the ‘2010 Most Kased Server’ and it was awarded to Jill Buffett.

The 2010 team winners of the ‘Girlie Nobbs Centenary Perpetual Tennis Tournament’ were the Christian family (right). They were clear winners with a 10 point lead on the Quintals.

The results were: Christians 68 – Tanya, Will & Sue Randall, James & Anna Elliott, Meg & Mitch Meers and Smudgie. Quintals 58 – Lew, Shella & April Quintal, George & Ebony Parsons, Bebs Sanders, Sarlu and Slack Meers. Nobbs 53 – Joe, Andre, Mai, & Snobbles Nobbs, Candice Snell, Deb Gilmore, Pendo and Gaelene Christian. McCoys 49 – Kevin & Jason McCoy, Daryl & Mikeila Reynolds, Coral Rowston, Loppy Christian, Jo Kelly and Livi Cooper. Youngs 48 – Adon Butterfield, Lynne Mogey, Fenella Evans, Joel Christian, Andre Forrester, Margaret Rossiter, Doug Creek and Karen Menadue. Evans 44 – Shane Evans, Emma Wright, Roger Hein, Amy Elliott, Trev Gow, Beachy & Mark Hayes and Judy Roberts. Buffetts 29 – Spuddy, Karen, Merv, Norris, Irene, Craig, Jill, Tiffany and Adam Buffett (all Buffetts by name too).

I would like to thank all of the team captains for getting their teams together. To those that I rang at the last minute asking them to "please play", thaenks f’ me (thank you). A special mention to the Buffett family who managed to gather all ‘Buffetts’ with no other names on their list. They even got one of the kids to fill in whilst waiting for Dad to finish work – wal dan yorlyi (well done everyone) for showing such great team spirit. Thanks to each and every one of yorlye (you) for playing and to the spectators who I’m sure enjoyed the tennis and heckling from the verandah just as much as we all did.

Special thanks to our Most Kased Serve judges, Greg (above two from right) and Robin. Thanks to Rusty’s Meats for supplying the sausages. To Chris, John and Karen for cooking and looking after the bar and Tanya for helping to make everything run so smoothly.

Look forward to seeing you all back on the courts shortly.