Hi Night Team Captains,

Welcome to another year of Night Tennis.  While we are all watching the Aus Open, hopefully we all get inspired and are learning some new tricks to start our new Season which is coming up on 29 January 2018.

There are some changes which I would like to highlight for the coming year.

Firstly, we will no longer be receiving fixtures, scorecards and captain lists.
The Season 1/2018 fixtures and associated competition information has now been uploaded to the Association website.  So now all information required can be downloaded and printed as required on Lilydale & District Night Tennis Association’s website which is:

Secondly, a friendly reminder that nightly fee is now $10 per player (40.00 per team).

Lastly, please note you will need to also download and print Team Nomination Forms from website.  They will be required to be forwarded to myself (via mailbox or email) by 4 May 2018.  Remember, NO team nomination fee required. This is included as part of your POTC membership. Again, please remind all team members they must have Membership fees paid for 2018 to enable them to play competition with our club.

Pota Marmarou
Night Tennis Representative

Twilight News Update February 5 2018

POTS Summer Season up and running

The Twilighters 38th Season is up and running with the customary team readjustments after the first two rounds. Nice to see some new members joining us in 2018, a big welcome for the 2018 season to: Zenon Kolacz, Ian Carden, Brad Pilato, Kane Innes, Alistair Bett, Martin Kinski and Ray Cross.

There is always room for more so don’t forget to invite any friends who might like to join in the Twilighter fun. Results so far are close, particularly Round 2, and have vindicated the selector’s wisdom once more.

The Punters club should be up and running this week.  Bring $2 and have a punt on the highest score for the night.  Should be much easier now that you can research the numbers above.  All proceeds got to the trip slush fund so everybody wins.

Membership Renewals 2018

Membership is for 12 months and due now:   $110 senior membership+ $115 Twilighters =  $225 total.

We prefer payment by direct deposit to the POTC bank account, making sure you identify yourself in the payment details:

Bendigo Bank, A/C Name: Park Orchards Tennis Club,  BSB:  633000        A/C number: 155086093

The POTC membership form is available in the members section of the club website

Our membership invoicing and payment database is managed by Tennis Victoria.  Existing members may have received a reminder/invoice (or two) from Tennis Victoria late last year and can pay as indicated.  You should register at Tennis Victoria via their web page.  There is a tab MyTennis where you register your details as a Park Orchards Member.  You should receive acknowledgement after payment and you will be allocated a Tennis Vic membership number which also includes injury insurance while on court.

Once financial you are entitled to an electronic fob stored at the club or with club secretary, Mark Hughes

Fobs are registered and reactivated for 12 months on payment of fees. They allow access to the clubhouse, light box and court gates.  Access is for the 12 months of membership and the fob will be deactivated if fees are unpaid by end of Feb the following year.

Twilighters Summer Season Dates

Mon Jan 1: 2018 Memberships due POTC Senior ($110) and Twilighters ($115)  Total ($225)

Weds Jan 17: Warm up night

Weds Jan 24  to March 21: Twilight Summer Comp  Rounds 1-9  No breaks or byres (see Roster below)

Weds March  28: Grand Final & Gala Dinner

Thursday April 12 to Sunday April 15: End of Season Trip to Rich River


Trip 2018   Rich River (Moama, Echuca)    Thurs April 12 to Sunday April 15

We are returning to a traditional venue at Rich River for 2018 and have paid a deposit for accommodation and golf.  This is a popular venue and we had to book in June 2017 to secure accommodation and golf tee times.

A draft itinerary is as below:

Thursday April 12:
Meet at POTC and board the luxury JT Busline bus
Testosterone fuelled Go Kart Session at South Morang
Lunch at iconic Toolleen Pub (near Heathcote)
Arrive Rich River, dinner in bistro

Friday April13:
Golf for all, Tee off 1.08 pm
Motorised golf carts
Evening Dinner at Rich River

Sat April 14:
Early morning golf for up to 16 keen players, tee off 7.48am
Free time for all else
Local Footy Match:   Echuca United vs Numurkah
Gala Dinner (Restaurant to be advised, aiming for upmarket Junction Moama )

Sun April 15
Excursion to the The Great Aussie Beer Shed and Heritage Museum
Leisurely trip home

Numbers are limited to 31 starters with 24 firm and 6 tentative starters to date.  Rich River are requesting we verify numbers as they have high demand for golf tee spots and accommodation.  Let me know ASAP if you are coming, Costs will be subsidised significantly but will be around $400/head.  To secure a spot, pay Trevor Street a deposit of $100 which he will collect on Weds nights



News Update January 2018

Court refurbishment!

Over the Christmas New Year break our court maintenance man has refurbished courts 1/2 and 3/4.
Compacted areas have been re-generated and especially on courts 3/4 the lines have been improved. Water blasting and machine scrubbing has been employed to make these improvements. We hope that you will find these improvements add to the improvements you may have made in your own game.

Septic system.

You will no doubt be aware of the unsightly installation of the septic tanks and associated control gear as you walk from Granard ave. between courts 1/2 and 3/4.
After discussion with Council and Yarra Valley Water we have been able to get the above ground control gear re located to an area next to court 3/4. The gear is enclosed in a small cage. At a later stage there will be some additional landscape work undertaken.


The Committee have been in discussion with Council over an overall landscaping project to improve general accessibility from the basketball stadium car park and courts 5/6 to the clubhouse, including a wider set of steps onto the deck.
A plan has been nominally agreed with Council and they are looking into the time frame for such an undertaking.
The two areas we have been insistent on are the path from court 5/6 and the widening of the steps onto the deck at the clubrooms including a handrail.

News Update October 2017

New POTC Webpage up and running

The webpage has been totally redesigned thanks to Paul Clarke Creative (Park Orchards Local Business). The new design has more accessible input options and will enable a faster upgrade of information. We are still editing the content and hope to include a shop type interface to allow secure online payment of fees and purchase of merchandise via PayPal. There is provision for better publicity with news and photos easier to be uploaded.

Darwin Trip  June 1-4

We may have been a bit light on numbers with 12 ending up on the first end of season trip to Darwin but we did all manage to have a great time.

Arrival and departure times varied as the smart guys used the opportunity to have their partners join them for a shared holiday, before and after the official trip dates.

A last minute decision to select a better class of accommodation paid off as we stayed in the almost new Argus Hotel with spacious rooms and good facilities. The lovely warm weather varied from 20◦ at night to 32◦

During the day and required many expeditions to various institutions to ensure adequate hydration happened.

Very pleasant scenery and facilities were enjoyed at the impressive waterfront park. One highlight was an evening cruise and threadfin fish n chip dinner on Darwin Harbour with a chance to grab some great sunset photos while walking on low tide exposed sandbank and a bonus visit to a moored Collins class submarine with commentary from a crew member who happened to be on the same cruise.

We had an enjoyable golf game at Palmerston, Several groups organised their own sightseeing tours to the great waterfalls in Litchfield National Park, including a meal at the Rum Jungle Inn.  The fishing squad were successful while the rest of us headed to Litchfield.

The gala dinner at Rourkes Hotel in a room half in and out of the adjoining balcony was a highlight. I am advised our able research panel investigated several night clubs in the wee small hours.

This trip was a new venture for Twilighters with timing and venue to allow partners to share the activities before and after (but not during) the boys few days together. Darwin is an interesting location with revamped architecture and facilities and surrounded by some great tourist attractions. The trip also reinforced the strong preferences to come out of Big Al’s earlier Twilighter survey.  The popular preferences were moderate expense, travel time of 4-5 hours, warm weather, not too strenuous recreational activities and good catering facilities.

Annual Meeting POTC   June 28

The AGM happened with minimal fuss, thanks to those who turned up to create the quorum. Andy James was elected President, Mark Hughes is our secretary but warns he will need a replacement next year, Tim Shepherd is again Treasurer.  Bob Hadley has resigned from the committee after 14 years as our facilities manager, a sterling effort.  The other usual suspects were elected to committee with Stuart Holland and Chris Knight deciding to join in the fun. Twilighters have always stepped up to help run the club but are probably over represented on committee.  We should be encouraging representatives from Juniors, Parents and the Ladies to get involved in club management.

Christmas in July (in August)   Weds August 16

The traditional Christmas in July Winter dinner was held mid August and after the usual sluggish RSVPs to Paul Marris, we had 63 turn up to enjoy another gastronomic feast. We have all weighed in for the pre-season biggest loser competition using some better scales this time.

Master Chef, Alex Goetzke prepared the signature main course ham specialty with trimmings and customized Gluwein to follow. The traditional smoked salmon, calamari entrees, turkey breast, roast vegies and spuds and desserts were supplied by the trusted assistant chefs (or their partners) and not much was left at the end of the night.  All agreed the meal quality was excellent and great value.

Alex also announced his retirement as head chef and will pass the responsibility to a new slightly younger team. There will be ongoing supervision to ensure standards are maintained.

Thanks to organiser Paul Marris for overseeing the event and ensuring another great night was had by all.

Summer Season 2018

Easter and school holidays are earlier this year and man we will start the summer season a week earlier than normal with no options for mid season byes including the social Park Orchards Cup with the Park Orchards Sharks.

Congratulations by the way to the Sharks for winning the Div 3 Grand Final for all 3 teams, Seniors, Reserves and Under 19’s.  A training venue clash with them meant we had to cancel the PO Cup in 2017 otherwise we could have claimed some credit for their excellent form this year.  We will have to wait to 2019 for a rematch on the tennis courts.

Twilighters Important Dates:

Wednesday December 6                                           Twilighters Christmas Dinner

Monday Jan 1                                                        2018 Memberships due: POTC Senior ($110) and Twilighters ($115)  Total ($225)

Wednesday Jan 17                                                     Warm up night

Wednesday Jan 24  to March 21                               Twilight Summer Comp  Rounds 1-9  No breaks or byres

Wednesday March  28                                               Grand Final & Gala Dinner

Thursday April 12 to Sunday April 15        End of Season Trip to Rich River

Trip 2018   Rich River (Moama, Echuca)    Thursday April 12 to Sunday April 15

We are returning to a traditional venue at Rich River for 2018 and have paid a deposit for accommodation and golf.  There is a lead time of 10 months when booking golf tee times at this popular venue and a decision was required before the end of June.  Put the dates in the diary now.  Numbers are limited to 36 starters.

POTC Social Event   Race Meeting now 2018. 

We have decided to defer the social race day at Healesville to later in 2018.  There was a clash for many attendees with the suggested race meeting in Alexandra in late October and the alternatives at Healesville were deemed to be too close to Christmas and school holiday dates.

Hopefully we can get early notice to you of a suitable date at Healesville in November 2018 so watch this space.

Keep turning up for a social hit any Weds night, there are regularly 4 courts in action.  Court hire and ball costs are all covered by your POTC and Twilighter membership so come along and enjoy yourself.