Social Events


Celebration Dinner


Unfortunately this celebration has had  to be postponed due to the Coronaviris. We hope to be able to hold it later in the year so watch this space for more news. 


Join us for the big celebration dinner on 2 May 2020 7pm for 7.30pm at the Yowani Country Club.  TSACT was born on 6 May 1970 so we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary.  Add to this our recognition of members having an 80th birthday in 2020 it makes it a night not to be missed. If you see or know any former members, invite them along.  The more the merrier. 


Details are

* 7pm for 7.30pm start

* Cost $50 per/person for food

* Purchase your own drinks

So please set the date aside for this important event. Names to be in by Friday 24th April to Graham Smith 0407208209 or email


2019 Christmas Dinner


The  TSACT Christmas Dinner was held on Saturday 14 December at the Yowani Country Club, Lyneham. There was a good turn out with 78 members and guests. Yowani again put on their excellent two course buffet.  It was pleasing to see some our new members at the dinner among them were Karen and Gary Renfree and Andrea and Neville Sheather.  It was good to see Merran Hunter on her feet.


Colin and Lorraine Adrian come along again this time with 15 photos of past and present players from the ACT region or played in ACT Open Tournaments.  People  spent a lot of time pouring over the photos trying to identify the players without too much success.  Colin also had a 'Who am I'. The person was Banjo Paterson.  Merran Hunter got it right about half way through the clues.  Banjo and Merran had Binalong in common.


After everyone had finished their main course Colin identified the photos - answers at the end of this item. Our President, Graham Smith then named the winners of the Frank Thornton Player of the Year and the George Henshilwood Award.  Congratulations to Neville Rodwell and Warren Muller respectively on winning.  {Click here for more information on the awards}.


Our Vice President Pat Moloney then announced the winner and runner-up for the Venezuela Cups. These Cups are perpetual trophies donated by the Ambassador Ignacio Areaya on behalf of the Venezuelan Embassy in 1984. The Cups were used to try and attract players in the old Thursday Tournaments at the National Sports Club Lyneham to join 'Veterans'. The Cups were resurrected in 2018 following a 7 year hiatus. These Cups are awarded to the players with the highest and second highest scores based on attendance and performance over the calendar year at the monthly Sunday Round Robin Tournament.  The more you play, the more chance you have.  The winner was Bronwyn Thomas with Greg Hunt the runner-up.  Bronwyn stepped up a level as she was runner-up last year.


It was then time for desert - Christmas pudding, custard and fruit.  Following desert Heather McKay drew out the winner of the raffle.  Con Kounnis won the Head racket donated by Di Castle from Head.


It was then onto the Lucky door prizes - 30 in total.  We thank the following people and businesses for their donations



Murray Coaches

U&Co Cafe, Kaleen

the Allergy Health Centre, Jamison (Con Kounnis)

Aussie Pooch Mobile Services (Robert Pragt)

Harvey Norman the flooring specialist

Ferrari Formalwear and Bridal (Bronwyn Thomas)

Shaw Wines

Next Generation (wine from Lake George Winery)

Barbara McCluskey


Prize winners were Pat Moloney (needed a cooler bag for WA); Sally (all guests get a prize); Terrill Strahan (never misses); Mary Peters (needed a Murray's voucher for their holiday); Andrew Chalklen (wanted a lift from Con's health pack); Gerry McCluskey (under instruction took a wine); Anne Haycock (couldn't go past a wine); Robyn Bourke (has a sweet tooth); Janet Bruce (took a wine after a stewards inquiry into the number drawn); Sue Willis (the dog needs a wash); Peter Willis (couldn't let littlie sister be the only winner in the family); Graham Smith (likes the coffee at U&Co):  Andrea Sheather (needed a pudding for Christmas);  Pauline Downes (as if she needed sweetening); Heather McKay (Shaw's Wine Pack, a good pick);  Michelle Grant (likes a wine); Helen Greenup (after a lot of advice and no bubbly  took the U&Co voucher); Peter Haycock (thought they had enough wine and went for the U&Co voucher); Ralph Peters (U&Co were popular); Lynette Sebbens (took the toffees for Rudolph) - photo top left ; Jan Aubrey (a winner three years in a row); Gina Brown (liked a wine); Merran Hunter (also liked the wine); Valerie Gavin (had to settle for a still wine - no bubbly); Rosa Cotta (never seen anyone get so excited over a mat); Janice Marris (a wine for Frank); Terry Walker (more wine); John Greenup (U&Co for eggs benedict); Karen Renfree (a mystery bag of goodies) - photo bottom left and Robyn Botcher (lucky last).



Answers to 'Who Am I' Phot Quiz


Top line, left to right

Brett Steven (NZ) receives winner’s cheque from Karen Richards, Canberra Advance Bank AIS Challenger 1990

Shirley Southwell (1928 – 2014)

Adrian Rowland, Turner courts 1965 (the same year he was ACT Resident Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champion)

Helen Holcombe, Pat MacNicol, Kay Schiavinto and Narelle Raftery, Division 1 winners at Country Week, 1980

Owen Davidson, Fourth Round Wimbledon, defeating Tom Okker in 1966. He won 13 Grand Slam titles including a calendar year Grand Slam in Mixed Doubles


Middle line left to right

Fiona Carrick, a top junior in the late 1970s/ early 1980s and now President of the Woden Community Council

John Southwell (1934 – 2019)

Greg Fowler, a top junior in the 1970s/ 1980s

Narelle Raftery (15) and Rebecca Bryant (16), Doubles Winners, NSW Tennis Age and School Championships, 1979

Leo Lonergan, Charles Boag, Keith Carnall and Charlie Gibbs Snr., 1964 ACTLTA meeting

Dennis (Dinny) Pails, Australian Champion and Davis Cup player, he was also a guest at opening of Lyneham Tennis Centre on Saturday, 12 November 1970


Bottom line left to right

Christine Finnigan (11), captain of the ACT Bruce Cup tennis team training at Telopea Park, 1981

Brett Edwards winner singles final of Boys Open High School Championship, at Lyneham, 1978

Jason Stoltenberg and Todd Woodbridge (NSW) winners ACT Open Doubles, 1988

Ben Ellwood, Jodi Richardson and Annabel Ellwood, AIS Scholarship holders, 1992


80th Birthdays Lunch 2019


Sue Willis reports that on Sunday 23 June 2019, over 35 people attended the very important occasion of celebrating the 80th birthdays of Robert Read and Bernard Briggs.


It took until June of this year to organise the event, as Robert and Bernard had such busy schedules. There has been no slowing down for these 80 year olds!


The function was held at the Southern Cross Club, Jamison in the Catchpole Room.  With the reunion catching of many old tennis players, with the laughter and frivolity, it was appropriate that we were in a private room!  The Southern Cross Club outshone themselves with excellent food and efficient service.


Ann Haycock, our keynote speaker presented  the OBE (Over Bloody Eighty) Awards.  Both Robert and Bernard commented in their responses about how much they had enjoyed their time on the tennis court and the many friendships that developed over the years.


The cake was cut and we all sang Happy Birthday at the tops of our voices.  The cake was then served with lashings of raspberry syrup and cream! 


With a lovely lunch washed down with some liquid refreshments, all guests left the function happy and well and having enjoyed a wonderful catch up with old friends.


With medical research now suggesting tennis increases a person’s life by at least 10 years, I suspect that there will be many more 80ths to celebrate in our ACT Seniors Tennis Community in the future.


We look forward to seeing you at next year’s recipients of their OBEs!


And some more photos courtesy of Bernard






2018 Christmas Dinner


The TSACT Christmas Dinner was held on Saturday 8 December at the Yowani Country Club, Lyneham. There was a good group with 64 members and friends.   Again Yowani put on an excellent buffet dinner with roast beef, ham and turkey with baked potatoes and pumpkin and some steamed vegetables. Dessert was a Christmas pudding with custard and a fruit salad.  There was plenty for seconds.


It was nice one of our former members, Annette Richardson along.  She is still playing golf but her knees will not allow her to play tennis these days.  One the Tennis ACT Board members Colin Adrian and his wife were also welcomed.    Colin is also the ACT tennis historian.  He had taken the time to put together a little quiz for each table to think about over dinner.


After the main course  the TSACT President announced the winner of the Frank Thornton Player of the Year and the George Henshillwood Award.  Congratulations to Helen Holcombe and Barbara McCluskey. {Click here for more information on the awards}.


Graham then invited Colin Lyons and Warren Muller to announce the winner and runner up for the Venezuela Cups. These Cups were presented are perpetual trophies donated by the Ambassador Ignacio Areaya on behalf of the Venezuelan Embassy in 1984.The Cups were last awarded in 2010.  


The Cups aimed at enticing players to join the Veterans and to play as many of their Thursday tournaments as possible throughout the year.  Every game won during the year counted towards the accumulated points.  The Cups were awarded to the highest and second highest points scorer.  The Cups were last awarded in 2010 


They have been reintroduced this year for the Sunday round robin tournaments  and will be awarded to the two players who score the highest number of points based on attendance and performance in the Sunday Round Robin Tournaments.  The more times you play, the more games you win, the bigger your chance to win one of the Cups.  Points will be accrued from December to November.   Congratulations to the winner for 2018, Pat Moloney (Picture above has Colin Lyons  presenting the winners cup) and the runner up, Bronwyn Thomas.


After dessert, the door prizes were drawn.  Thanks first go to those sponsors donating prizes - Murray Coaches, U&Co cafe, Kaleen, the Allergy Health Centre, Jamison,  Aussie Pooch Mobile Services owned by Robert Pragt, Capital Liquor and Beverages who have a shop at Page Shops called Page Bottler and PNP Golf Shop at Kembla Street in Fyshwick.


Prize winners were Lorraine Adrian (we always encourage our gust); Tim Harris now retired needs some help); Wilma Bingley (reward for coming from Bookham for the Dinner); Greg Holcombe (once a golfer always a golfer); Julie Howe (on the mend); Helen Holcombe (once a winner always a winner); Jan Aubrey (backing up from last year's win); Don Masters (good country form); Mary Peters (getting in early this year to have a choice); Ros Balodis followed by Juris (looking for items for their new apartment'); Barbara McCluskey (drawing herself!!!); Yoly Williamson (missed Murray's prize this year); Jean Penny (took a while to find a prize);  Elizabeth Read (that table had a good night with the draws); Colin Lyons (got his mind off the quiz), Heather McKay (took the wine); Terrill Strahan (always a winner); Greg Parkin (one up on Sue); Anthony Johnstone (likes the vouchers);  Janelle Muller (getting ahead of Warren in the winning stakes); Sandie Roughton (took the chocolates); Rochelle Hogan (good to see her at the dinner); Tui Allison (could be beginners luck); Pat Moloney (all the wine had gone); Helen Greenup (standing in for John while he got his door prize ticket back from the bar); Linda Valente (can't keep her down); Leonie Southwell (lucky last).


And we had a first for some years.  No jokes from the President.


For more photos,  click here



80th Birthdays Lunch 2018


The lunch for those members turning 80 this year and receiving their OBE (Over Bloody Eighty) Awards was held on 1 July at the Southern Cross Club at Jamison. It was pleasing to see 39 members and friends come along and celebrate with Terrill Strahan, Wilma Bingley, Ralph Peters and Norm Clements (left to right in picture).  Our President Graham Smith read out a brief history before presenting the OBEs. Click here to see these stories.