Season 2020 Report

Twilighters  Report   Season 2020

Twilighters continued for the 40th continuous year with hopes for another successful season. The usual suspects got together on Wednesday nights in summer for some moderately competitive social tennis followed by after match socialising and general bonhomie. Twilighters contribute to the club committee, help fund improvements and support social functions within the club.

Summer Season 2020

We got off to a good start with 10 teams selected from 80 players including 6 new members and a few previous players returning to active service. The good news was an influx of younger participants continuing the trend of lowering the average age and lifting the standard of tennis.

Our theme for 2020 teams was “Climate Change” with each team convinced that they had elected their captain and had great prospects of taking out the title for 2020.

The season started well with lots of enthusiasm and a few washouts but we made it to Round 6 on March 11 when the COVID-19 crisis became apparent and all play was suspended.

The leading team 3 “Offsets” captained by the rejuvenated Nick Macrokanis were on top (206 points) with “Climate Changers” led by Cameron Sutherland and “Backburners” led by Martin Kinski equal 2nd (181 points) and “Thunbergs” led by Andy Rigby in 4th spot (179 points) with 2 rounds to go.  Team 9, the “Climate Changers” carefully selected by the selectors team with high hopes, found themselves staring at the wooden spoon again.

Unfortunately, there was no opportunity for the grand final playoff and lavish celebratory dinner with the imposed lockdown. We may have an option to play off the top four teams later in the year and determine a 2020 winner as access to the courts becomes available. Buffet style shared meals may have become a thing of the past until all restrictions are removed and/or a vaccine becomes available.

Winter Participation 2019/20

Activities continued a little more casually after the formal competition with 4-5 courts regularly in use every Wednesday night throughout 2019.

A breakaway group, the official “Old Farts” led by Peter White, Trevor Street and Willie Krolilowski have moved in to take over Courts 1&2 on Monday afternoons. They play a more relaxed pace social tennis and have dragged several previous members out of the woodwork to enjoy a social hit. They even held a “Slow Tennis” grand final but I’m reliably informed the participants forgot to score.

Court access has been restored from mid May 2020 for social tennis and there has been a good turnout during Winter 2020. The guys have appreciated reconnecting socially (at appropriate distancing) and enjoyed returning to some recreational exercising.   Clubhouse access has also been permitted but with limited numbers and under official supervision

Fast Tennis Championship, July 24

Paul Marris and Mark Hamilton have created this one session competition with a variable set of flexible rules primarily designed to create bragging rights for either but not both of them. Two player teams are drawn by lottery and play each other in a round robin format. The winners are modestly declared World Champions. Initial winners in 2018, Mark Hamilton and Tony Gibson were obvious worthy recipients but there was a change in 2019 as Mark and Andy Rigby took out the final. Mark’s ego as back to back winner overcame his previous modesty and he is on the chase for a threepeat. Paul’s results remain disappointing.

Gourmet Dinners

We held two dinners over the winter season, the Christmas in July on August 21 and the traditional Christmas Dinner on December 4. Each dinner has a different theme and a variable group of organisers. The outcomes are equally memorable and very popular with the guys.

Nothing would happen without the regular the help of many individuals during the season as caterers, selectors and comedians. A big thanks to Trevor Street, Bob Britton, Peter White and Rob Ellis

End of Season Trip, Rich River, Moama April 24-26 2020

Unfortunately, COVID-19 forced us to abandon the 2020 trip, fortunately early enough to recover deposits. Hopefully we will be able to make amends in 2021.

The Workers

The success of the Twilighters is driven by the many volunteers behind the scenes who ensure each Wednesday night happens without fuss. A big thanks to the team of Trevor Street, Rob Ellis Bob Britton, Peter White, George Macrokanis, Greg Jones and Bob Hadley who have managed Twilighter social needs brilliantly throughout the year.  Trevor Pyman has applied his IT skills to managing our database and simplifying administration.

The selection advisory panel of Trevor Street, Trevor Pyman, Craig Jobson, Mark Hamilton and Paul Marris can share the blame with me for team performances in 2020.

Our own comedian, Paul Marris has continued to pass on a nightly “true story” to the assembled masses at the mid evening break on each of the summer season nights much to the delight of all (except the usually victimised Leroy).

Twilighters Community Support and Future

The Twilighters have continued to support our local charities , The Pettet Foundation (Golf Day) and Park Orchards Lions Club (Car Rally) with great support in participation and sponsorships. The car rally was well supported but the COVID-19 conditions caused caused deferment of the Pettet Golf Day until Friday October 16.

Twilight members are well represented on the Park Orchards Tennis Club Committee and have supported projects to our mutual benefit.

Current and future public health restrictions may have a big impact on our social activities until a solution is found. Our buffet style dinners and close regular social interaction have been integral to the shared experience and social support that Twilighters has provided to blokes in Park Orchards and surrounds.

We will all have to adjust to the new “normal” and develop methods that continue the Twilight tradition of recreational exercise and the opportunities that close friendship provides

Tony Gibson

Twilighters Convenor

 

Twilighters  Report   Season 2019

Twilighters continues for another season, the 39th year as a “club within the POTC club”. The usual suspects got together on Wednesday nights in summer for some moderately competitive social tennis followed by after match socialising and general bonhomie. Twilighters contribute to the club committee, help fund improvements and support social functions within the club.

Summer Season 2019

Ten teams competed for the honours this year with 70 players and another 12 emergencies/helpers. We again attracted 10 new members this season, particularly as they continued the trend of lowering the average age and lifting the standard of tennis.

Our theme for 2018 teams was “Favourite Cocktails ” with each team providing a tasting sample before matches commenced. Support for the concept was heavily dependant on the actual cocktail, suffice to say we wont be repeating the idea

Congratulations to the “Depth Charges” led by John Belic who triumphed by 4 games over Ray Cross’s “Slow Comfortables” in the Grand Final. The tennis form matched the enthusiasm for the cocktails with John an enthusiastic leader in both activities. John’s team of Mark Hamilton, Trevor Pyman, Stuart Todero, Greg Luke, Mal Foster and Neil Clark were very consistent throughout the season and were strong in the close final. John, Trevor, Greg and Neil have got their names on the trophy for the first time.

Results of most of the other teams were close during the season. Martin Ross and the “Pisco Sours” also matched their cocktail and took out the wooden spoon. The chairman of selectors was again foiled in his quest for a winning team and had become recognised as the kiss of death.

Winter Participation 2018/19

Activities continue a little more casually after the formal competition with 4-5 courts regularly in use every Wednesday night throughout the year.

Gourmet Dinners

We held three dinners over the season, the Christmas in July (August) Dinner, the Christmas Dinner and the traditional Grand Final Dinner. Each dinner has a different theme and a variable group of organisers. The outcomes are equally memorable and very popular with the guys.

Nothing would happen without the regular the help of many individuals during the season as caterers, selectors and comedians. A big thanks to Trevor Street, Bob Britton, Peter White and Rob Ellis

Christmas Dinner   Weds December 5

The Christmas dinner went well again despite the usual tawdry RSVP’s received. Trevor Street suffered the usual indifference with his usual graceful air of indignation and has again given notice as organiser for the next dinner. Time for some of the younger brigade to step up and take over from the very dependable but gradually pissed off senior workers. We had around 60 turnup for Salmon or Fillet steaks. Paul Marris declared Andy James as the biggest loser based on % body weight lost.

Andy James our version of Steven Spielberg provided the season highlights on video

Thanks to the usuals: Trevor Street, Bob Britton, Peter White, Alan Williamson, Peter Struck, George Macrokanis, Theo Tsatas, Bob Hadley, and all the other volunteers I have overlooked. Andy James & Paul Marris did a great job overseeing the event and ensuring another great night was had by all

Grand Final Dinner April 3 2019

Our grand final Dinner was the usual boisterous extravaganza celebrating the end of another season. Tony handed out the annual awards and the grand final winners were suitably recognised.

John Kulesz presented the 2019 Golden Racquet award to a pleasantly surprised Rob Ellis for his stirling work with the refreshments

Our special dinners are catered the team of Trevor Street, Peter White, Bob Britton, Tony Gibson, Rob Ellis, Mark Dimech, Paul Marris, George Macrokanis, Bob Hadley, Stephen Scott, Archie Marmarou, John Belic, Dean Kruger Theo Tsatas, and Simon Purbrick and many others who readily help out. Thanks also to those who came early to help set up and clean up after the dinners.

Healesville Races Sat Dec 8

52 members and partners enjoyed the Twilighters /Hoskins Real estate sponsored trip to the Healesville Picnic Races. Most enjoyed the chartered Jaytee bus trip with a diversion to Oakridge winery on the way up.

Our travelling correspondent, Alan Williamson reported on the day’ s activities

A great day at Healesville Picnic Races on Saturday.  It seems everyone enjoyed the (purely for) education stop at Oakridge Winery on the way up.  It also seems that explaining the permutations and machinations of the Punters Club is beyond anyone present.  I shall seek out a PhD candidate in mathematics to advise a solution.  The net result is that we have some cash in the kitty to start the next round.

Gourmet picnics and beverages were the order of the day, with an array of epicurean delights to rival Flemington’s Bird Cage, or the Healesville equivalent, The Chook Pen.

Congratulations to our esteemed judges in the Fashions on the Field, Cheyne DiConza and Paul Marris.  Special callout to Paul for acknowledging that the beautiful Wendy was no doubt the Belle of the Ball and would have been so named, but for the anti-nepotism rules.  Brownie points for Paul.  The Fashions on the Field winners were the sartorial splendid Tina Morse and Mal Foster.  Congratulations!!!

Thanks again to all the race-day revellers!

End of Season Trip, Byron Bay, May 2-5 2019

20 Intrepid Twilighters are heading to Byron Bay for the end of season trip at the time this report is being drafted. We look forward to reports of the success of another enjoyable trip away with mates.

The Workers

The success of the Twilighters is driven by the many volunteers behind the scenes who ensure each Wednesday night happens without fuss. A big thanks to the team of Trevor Street, Bob Britton, Peter White, Rob Ellis, George Macrokanis and Bob Hadley who have managed Twilighter social needs brilliantly throughout the year.

Our own comedian, Paul Marris has continued to pass on a nightly “true story” to the assembled masses at the mid evening break on each of the summer season nights much to the delight of all (except the usually victimised Leroy).

 

Twilighters Community Support and Future

The Twilighters have continued to support our local charities , The Pettet Foundation (Golf Day) and Park Orchards Lions Club (Car Rally) with great support in participation and sponsorships.

Twilight members are well represented on the Park Orchards Tennis Club Committee and have supported projects to our mutual bemnefit. A big thanks to Trevor Pyman who has revamped the Twilighter database this year making administration much easier. We hope the same process will be integrated into general club membership management.

Succession leadership planning is underway to ensure that the “Twilighters Brand” continues to succeed as an integral part of the Tennis Club.

Tony Gibson – Twilighters Convenor

 

 

Twilighters  Report   Season 2017

Twilighters continues to thrive at POTC, as a “club within the club”.  The prime (senior) male athletes of Park Orchards gather on Wednesday nights at the tennis club for some competitive social tennis followed by after match socialising and general bonhomie.  The group occupy the courts on Wednesday nights with the formal competition over the summer months and the more casual gathering over the winter months.

Twilighters contribute to the club committee, help fund improvements and support social functions within the club.

Summer  Season  2017

The Twilighters have been competing since 1980 and we have completed our 37th year.  Ten teams competed for the honours this year with 70 players including 4 new members.

Congratulations to Daniel DiConza’s team . “Eul less” who took the honours over Alan Williamson’s  “Dalry D*1heads”.  The Eus Less mob  consisted of Daniel DiConza, Dave O’Connor, John Hoskins, John Lewin, Colin Potter, Michael Huntington and Andy Currie (who never turned up).  We play social tennis but the competitive juices are never far from the surface.  Dan’s team were on top throughout the season and the magic team formula of reliable attendees with a modicum of talent again proved successful.

The boys continue to play after the formal competition with 4-5 courts regularly in use every Wednesday night throughout the year.

Social Events

Gourmet Dinners  2016/ 17

We held three dinners over the season, the Christmas in July (August)  Dinner, the Christmas Dinner and the traditional Grand Final Dinner.  Each dinner has a different theme and a variable group of organisers.  The outcomes are equally memorable and very popular with the guys.

Nothing would happen without the regular the help of many individuals during the season as caterers, selectors and comedians. A big thanks to Trevor Street, Bob Britton, Peter White,

Our grand final Dinner was the usual boisterous extravaganza celebrating the end of another season.  Resident stand up comic, Paul Marris handed over the 2017 Golden racquet award to the often mentioned and regularly libelled, Leigh Nitz.

Our special dinners are catered the  team of Trevor Street, Peter White, George Macrokanis, Bob Britton, Tony Gibson,  Mark Dimech, Alex Goetzke, Alan Williamson, Paul Marris, Greg Jones, George Macrokanis, Bob Hadley, Steve Scott, Archie Marmarou,  Mark Lowther, Mark Duffy, Theo Tsatas, John Kulesz and many others who readily help out.  Some of these guys particularly claim catering credits but we know their partners actually do the work and deserve our gratitiude.  (Apologies for any omissions, you know who you are !)  Thanks also to those who came early to help set up and clean up after the dinners.

Card Nights:  October 2016, March 2017

Two card nights were held with each a great success thanks to Alan Williamson, Archie Marmarou. Nice to see a number of partners and family members joining the fun.

Picnic Race Meeting Healesville November 19  2016

The Twilighters sponsored a social day for all POTC members at the Healesville Racing Club Picnic Race Day.  We filled John Trenfield’s bus and a number drove themselves.  In all around 50 members and partners attended on what turned out to be a glorious weather day.  We started with a diversion to St Huberts for a mid- morning wine tasting then headed to our exclusive marquee trackside to enjoy a shared picnic lunch.   The convivial atmosphere was infectious and helped by some enthusiastic punting results.  The informed track and punting experts soon demonstrated why they are still poor.  Greg Jones conned the attendees into another shared punting scheme.  Fortunately he did not lose the lot and announced a small cash surplus on the way home which ended up in the  Twilighters consolidated revenue fund.

The partners especially seemed to have a great day and are keen to repeat the event. Tentative plans have been arranged  to attend the Alexandra Race meeting in late October 2017.   Hopefully news of the success of the day will spread and we can encourage more members to our attend.  Thanks to Alan Williamson for organising the day and to John Hoskin for sponsoring the Twilighters Cup Race and the marquee hire.

Park Orchards Cup, March 8, 2017

The Park Orchards Cup match between the Twilighters and the Park Orchards Sharks footballers was unfortunately cancelled due to a rescheduled practice match venue.  Well that was their excuse anyway, we know they were dreading being walloped on the courts by the skilled elderly Twilighter champs.  At least our unbroken winning streak continues and we retain the cup for another year.  Hopefully we can repeat the annual event next year as it provides a popular opportunity to socialise and foster support between our two clubs.

Golf Day Healesville   May 5,  2017

34 players lined up for a repeat of the Twilighters Golf Tournament and lunch at the RACV Healesville Country Club. The weather was again perfect, slightly chilly for the first few holes but a rain and wind free sunny day ensued.  Scientifically calculated handicaps based on known and fictitious reports of golfing skills were allocated and teams selected to ensure the usual even competition.  The new all star team of Mark Hamilton, Rob Ameer, Jeff McMahon and Leigh Nitz blitzed the course with a score 59 off the stick and took home the trophy.  Leigh has promised to upgrade the amateur wood work of Greg Jones and improve the appearance of the famous trophy.  Three other Twilighters joined us for an extended lunch and the a very merry bunch heading home in the JT Bus.     All in all a great day was had by all.   Thanks to excellent support from the RACV and our booking officer Greg Jones.

End of Season Trip,  Darwin  June 1-4

Our annual trip is a bit later this year and more adventurous as we head to Darwin for 4 days.  15 starters are attending with several combining the trip with a holiday with partners before or after the official trip dates.  More news after we get back.

The Workers

The success of the Twilighters is driven by the many volunteers behind the scenes who ensure each Wednesday night happens without fuss. A big thanks to the team of Trevor Street, Bob Britton , Peter White and George Macrokanis who have managed Twilighter social needs brilliantly throughout the year.  John Gayfer and Bob Hadley have continued their support while coping with recovery from illness.

Twilighters will continue to enjoy the club throughout winter with casual social tennis on a Wednesday night.  We look forward to enjoying the rejuvenated clubhouse facilities during the coming year.

Tony Gibson Twilighters Convenor