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Tennis Support Group Newsletter
08 March 2019



Dear GGS Tennis Community,

Welcome to the second Tennis Support Group Newsletter for 2019.
On Saturday 9 February, the AGM was held and we had our new team of office bearers and committee members elected.

The Executive Committee of the Tennis Support Group for 2019:
President – Sally Wills
Vice-President – Serena Mitchell
Secretary – Sarah James-Murray
Treasurer – Olga Watters-Koestenbauer

View the FULL MINUTES OF THE 2019 AGM  (PDF 301.1KB)here.

It has been a very active month, since the February AGM with tons of enthusiasm shown from our GGS tennis community. The GGS Tennis Support Group continues the inspiring vision of our outgoing President, Tanny Sutton, who was instrumental in restarting the Support Group in 2018. Our first meeting, following the AGM, was at Family Day, where our aim was to discuss short and long term goals for the development of GGS Tennis, and to incorporate views from the Girls’ Tennis parents, who had not been able to attend the AGM. We had a great turn out with 23 parents present, lively discussion, and a great buzz in the air. It was clear to all, that we have much goodwill and interest from our broader GGS Tennis family to support and promote excellence in GGS Tennis.


We are particularly fortunate at GGS to have a professional coaching team lead by Andrew Cameron, Head of Tennis Performance. We acknowledge Andrew’s vision for GGS Tennis, and his commitment to player development and the culture of GGS Tennis. We acknowledge the expertise and dedication of lead coaches, Carolyn McGann and Adam Lasky working alongside Andrew with our player group. We also have a wonderful group of GGS teachers who run the weekly training sessions across all our teams. We thank them heartily for their dedication.
We have had productive meetings with Paul La Cava, Director of Sport and thank him for his commitment to promoting the growth of GGS Tennis. We also thank Kirsty McCartney, TIC of Tennis for her long term care for our players week in, week out, and for her hard work and passion across the whole tennis player group.


We are very proud to be hosting the inaugural GGS Family Tennis Tournament on Sunday 24 March. This is a very exciting event for GGS Tennis where we all get to show our support and get on court as the broader GGS Tennis Family. And most importantly - to have fun!
Parents, please encourage your kids to spread the word about the tournament, and get more players involved. It’s on the first Sunday after Head of the River. We strongly encourage past and present players of the GGS community to come down for this fantastic family tennis tournament. Register online by CLICKING HERE. Registrations close on Monday 18 March.
Please arrive at the Bender Centre promptly at 10.30am. For tournament inquiries, please contact Sally Wills on 0458 507 655, or Lisa Fowler on 0418 557 222,


We are very proud of our Senior and Junior Teams and have observed as the parent support group that there is an obvious pride among our players, at all levels of the sport. We thank our players for their commitment to weekly training, among their busy broader schedules, and the spirit shown in Saturday matches throughout the season. We have seen strong individual and team performances from both the Girls’ and Boys’ Teams, and can note a few standout achievements among our 1sts teams. We will report on other Senior Teams and Junior Teams in the next newsletter.
On February 9, our Boys’ 1st Team, led by Captain Brodie Murray were proud to achieve their first APS win in almost three years vs Geelong College. GGS won 9 sets 124 games to TGC 7 sets 95 games. All players contributed strongly. The result made the APS Twitter Feed with the caption “the drought is over for the @geelong_grammar_school Boys’ 1st Tennis team, winning their first match yesterday since 20 February 2016 against @geelong_college”! A very exciting moment for the Boys 1sts. Well done, boys!


Our Girls’ 1st Team, led by Captain Amelia Rule also achieved their first win of the season on February 9 against Peninsular Grammar. A great team effort, GGS won 11 sets 119 games to Peninsula 5 sets 84 games. Well done girls!


Last week, both the Girls and Boys 1sts Teams performed extremely well against Carey Grammar. The girls played some terrific competitive tennis under trying conditions on March 2. Although beaten in the end by a stronger Carey Team, CY 10 sets 123 games def. GGS 6 sets 83 games, the girls mounted a courageous fight. Temperatures climbed to 34 degrees early in the morning and persisted until the close of play. Laura Sunderland and Winky Messner persisted valiantly in the heat to finish the day playing long, hard fought sets, in the soaring heat. The boys also played excellent tennis, unlucky to have two of their players out of the team with gastro. The boys were narrowly beaten by Carey 10 sets 111 games to GGS 6 sets 96 games. Great team tennis, with a special mention to Harry Wills, Nick Lester and Lorenz Watters as best players on the day.


Save the Date!
We can let you know that the much awaited GGS Tennis Cocktail Party will be held next year on Thursday March 5 at the Kooyong Tennis Club. It is hoped that this exciting event will also be the relaunch of the Frank Sedgman Club. More details to come. The Cocktail Party will also be a great opportunity to promote our Membership Drive.


Welcome to the GGS Tennis Facebook Page. A huge thank you to Sue Lester for taking on the job of getting the Tennis Facebook Page up and running. We encourage parents to forward photos and news for the page to Sue each week and she will post appropriately. Photos and news across all Senior and Junior Teams are very welcome. Please contact Sue on


As of now, we have a WhatsApp for GGS Tennis - thanks to this initiative by our amazing President, Sally Wills. The GGS Tennis WhatsApp will be a great way to increase tennis communication among GGS Tennis Families. This platform will create a handy form of group chat around all things GGS Tennis. For instance, parents wanting to know about the upcoming GGS Tennis Family Day, or seeking general GGS Tennis information (such as what is the APS Heat Policy) - WhatsApp will be great for that. So, let’s add our names to WhatsApp. If you want to be a part of it, please get in touch with Sally on 0458 507 655, and she will add you. If you don’t have the App, simply download it.


The final sausage sizzle of the season will be happening again for all tennis players on Saturday 16 March at the Bender Centre. Thank you very much to Olga Watters-Koestenbauer for your hard work in organising this for our (and visiting) teams. The sausage sizzle on match day has provided a welcoming environment to greet players, families and visitors.

Sarah James-Murray
Secretary, Tennis Support Group