Edith Hopper Park, Ladies Mile, Manly

From the Umpire’s Chair – July 2019

This is my last newsletter (albeit I am no longer President as I write this) – it has been a privilege to serve the club and its members.

We have achieved an enormous amount in my tenure – growing membership, memorable social activities, resurfaced courts, LED lights, an updated Constitution, club history documented to celebrate our roots and more – and I look forward to the successes of the new Committee (and future Committees) in the years ahead. Who knows, I may have another stint later in life once my boys are grown up.

We held the AGM today (hence why I am no longer your President) and here is a brief summary.

I am very pleased to announce the Committee for next year is:

President (1 year term) – Alf Sayer. Alf’s term is for one year as I am stepping down part way through my two-year term and the Constitution is well constructed so that the President’s and Club Captain’s terms are staggered to provide some continuity on the Committee.
Club Captain (2 year term) – Rob Hofma.
Committee Member (2 year term) – Clare Bridle
Committee Member (2 year term) – Adrienne Croad

Sarah Mayo is the other Committee Member (her role was not up for re-election this year). Trish Eygermans has taken over from Clare Bridle as Secretary.

I wish the Committee all the best for the year ahead, I have no doubt that the club is in safe, strong, immensely capable hands. Here I am ceremonially passing over my role to Alf (well, Alf’s stand-in body double). Youthful, fresh ideas to come….


Larry Cross was re-elected as Patron for another three year term. Larry is a real asset to the club, he is passionate and we are very fortunate to have someone of his standing serve in this role. I’ve greatly appreciated Larry’s counsel (and humour) over my term.

We also provided an update on the clubhouse fitout project. We are scoping out the initiatives, getting costings and will be installing a heatpump in the coming weeks (received a grant for this) to keep the clubhouse cosy all year round.

An update was provided on the development opportunity with the netball centre. The Local Board would not support the club adding two more courts to the side of the clubhouse (something we’ve been trying to do for nine years) so suggested partnering with the netball centre to see if any synergies could be realised. A feasibility study will commence shortly (100% funded through a Council grant) to explore if there are benefits for the tennis club, and will likely take ~3 months to complete. This may include seeking your feedback or presenting to the tennis members. The Committee will keep you updated on the progress.

There was no general business so we finished the AGM just after 3pm and hurried off for matters that are more social – tennis on the sunlit courts or to the bar.

With that, I sign off with a quote from one of the great leaders I look up to:

Brendon Forbes