Tennis club on cusp of finals spot
ABOVE: ED NUNN AND MIKE DANCE (BOTH ’07) IN ACTION.
Looking for a hit of tennis this summer? One of OSCA’s most socially vibrant and talented clubs — the Old Scotch Tennis Club — could be for you. With a mix of Scotch alumni and ‘ring-ins’, the club is the perfect place for tennis players from every generation and ability.
The competition team had a hat-trick of wins, at the time of writing giving Old Scotch a healthy buffer inside the top four as we charged towards the pennant finals. After a slow start to the season, which included some tight losses and several wash-outs, the team hit a rich vein of form to challenge the top sides for a finals berth.
In addition to his weekly coaching schedule, Ed Nunn (’07) has been kindly handing out some additional free lessons at various tennis clubs around Melbourne. He has embraced the number one position in the team, and to date has dropped only one of his eight matches this season. Mike Dance (’07) has also been in sublime touch in both formats of the game, posting some comprehensive victories. Ed and Mike have also teamed up in doubles to concede just 14 games in their last four doubles rubbers together.
Andrew Clowes (’07) and Thibaud Arbes-Dubuy have also been in good form, and have posted some strong victories in both formats of the game. Andrew has ground out some crucial wins in tough matches, while Thibaud has been undefeated in his three matches so far this season.
Regular contributions from Chris Hey (’07), James Brownell (’03), Matthew Payne (’07) and emergency Cam Mason (’07) have meant that the team has never been short of the depth required to match it with the best opponents in the section.
With three matches remaining in the regular season at the time of writing, the team was looking to continue its good form leading into the finals matches, which commenced in August.
Aside from the pennant competition, Old Scotch also hosts social tennis at the school each Saturday at 1pm. The club provides new balls for tennis each Saturday, and turns on afternoon tea. New members are always welcome. Please come down to the courts and introduce yourself, or contact either the club president Peter McDiarmid (’83) — firstname.lastname@example.org or 0400 178 708, or club secretary Andrew Clowes — email@example.com or 0439 340 357.
JAMES BROWNELL (’03) AND JOEY MCKENNA (’08)