Collaroy Cleans Up at Annual South Coast Tourney

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2023 Ulladulla

Following on from last year’s successful tour, a growing band of bandits from Collaroy Tennis Club ventured south on the weekend of 17-19 February to plunder more prizemoney at the Milton-Ulladulla Summer Games Seniors Tournament.

The Collaroy Crew at Ulladulla this year numbered 15! Some newcomers had to apply for ‘Partners Required’ and Tournament Director Mary-Lou Barclay came up with some beauties for them.

The Collaroy contingent consisted of Lynne and Clarrie Bridges, non-playing ‘captain’ Ros Ode (injured) with partner Les, Glenn Robertson and his wife Robyn, Fiona Bevan and husband Tony, Dave Keogh, Simone Sabadina, Brendan Jack, Garry Matthew-Stubbs, Julie King and tournament debutantes Kenny Moyle and Warren Booker. They joined players from other TNB clubs including Allambie and Bayview. Sadly, regular tournament player, Eri Fawcett was on tour in Japan and unable to venture south with the Club this year.

This tourney continues to grow in popularity. In 2023, all event categories were filled within two weeks of entries opening! To cope with the influx of players, Twilight Tennis was added for the first time, with events played on Saturday evening from 6:30-9:30pm.

The weather was spectacular all weekend – hot and steamy with a stunning summer storm hitting on Saturday evening. While whole necklaces of white lightning lit up the sky as the storm moved out to sea over Ulladulla Harbour, very little rain fell at the tennis club and play was only interrupted for a few minutes.

As results poured into the Tournament Office over the weekend, it was obvious Collaroy was again going to top the ‘medal tally’. It all started with that legendary couple Lynne and Clarrie who captured hearts, minds and cash in their combined age category (beating Fiona and Les and Warren and his scratch partner along the way).

Lynne Bridges
Lynne Bridges
Clarrie Bridges
Clarrie Bridges

Other wins included:

  • Dave Keogh, with his regular partner from Allambie, Denise Darby, defending the title they won in 2022 in their Combined Age Mixed event.
  • Lynne again, who took her tally to 3 wins from 3 events, adding two Ladies Doubles titles with scratch partners to her victory in the Mixed.
  • Tournament newcomer Warren Booker with his scratch Men’s partner, Jeff.
    • Warren was also Runner Up in the Mixed with another scratch partner, Michelle Windsor from the NSTA.
  • Our other first-time tournament entrant Kenny Moyle, who on Saturday was partnered with the outstanding Melissa Dolahenty from Pennant Hills. The pair finished undefeated in their group.
  • And on Sunday, Kenny gave Michelle Windsor her second win for the weekend with a Collaroy member.
    • Kenny and Glenn also teamed up for a Runners Up prize in the Men’s combined age doubles.
Dave Keogh
Dave Keogh
Warren Booker
Warren Booker

Away from the tennis, there were morning swims and coffee at Dolphin Point and plenty of socialising from Burrill Lake to Mollymook. Glenn even organised a booking through Head Chef Nacho Castells Rusiñol for a number of the Collaroy Crew, along with friends from Allambie, to dine at Bannisters Pavilion on the Saturday night. It was another great weekend away and hopefully even more members will come away to the next tournament.

2023 Ulladulla dinner
The Crew at Bannisters Pavilion

From first-time tourist, Kenny Moyle…

“What a marvelous time was had by all at the Ulladulla Seniors tournament last weekend. Collaroy had a large representation with many of our most committed members attending, including Dave Keogh, Glenn Robertson, Lynne and Clarrie Bridges, as well as first timers, Warren Booker and myself, to name a few.

“The weather, tennis and hospitality were absolutely fantastic. Mary-Lou Barclay, the Tournament Director, was brilliant in making sure everything was ready to play, creating the draws and finding last minute partners for many players including myself and Warren.

“Personally, I had a wonderful time. I left early Saturday morning, stopping half-way stop for a swim at beautiful Kiama beach around 8am before arriving in Ulladulla around 10am in plenty of time for my first match. The courts were in beautiful shape, the weather was warm and sunny and the atmosphere was electric as we stepped out on court.

“I was partnered with Melissa Dolahenty from Pennant Hills in my first ever seniors event. Mel is a classic serve and volley player and we managed to win all our matches to take out our Combined Age Mixed event. It was a pleasure to play with Mel and what a great start to the weekend!

Mel & Kenny
Mel & Kenny

“That first event finished around 6:30pm on Day 1 and it was then straight into the Men’s Doubles with Glenn. The competition was fierce in this event with some excellent players from all over NSW competing. We played well, but lost a couple of extremely close matches.

“Many of us took the opportunity to head out into the beautiful surroundings of Ulladulla for a drink and a meal on Saturday night with ‘Mollymook by the Sea’ a popular destination. A great time was had by all. “Luckily I was able to sleep in on Sunday as my third and final event was starting at 1:30 in the afternoon. This time, I was paired up with another lovely lady from Sydney’s North Shore, Michelle Windsor in the over 45/50/55 age category mixed event. We combined like old buddies from the first point and despite fierce competition managed to win all our matches to take the win.

“Overall, this was just a brilliant, well-organised tournament, played in the best possible spirit. It was an absolute pleasure to play and I highly recommend future seniors tournaments to all Collaroy members. I certainly look forward to playing in many more in the years to come!”

By Dave Keogh and Kenny Moyle

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