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Tennis Update: 29 September 2016

The August league has been finalized with the following results. The Mens A, who played 3 sections above that of last year thanks to ex-Sandton A, came second in an extremely closely contested 2.1 section. The Mens B, playing where the A team had last year, came a close 3rd – all matches won or loss by a small margin. The Mens C struggled in a very strong section which was only 1 below the B team and didn’t manage to win a match. The D team, featuring the youngest player in the Pirates Mens teams (Johan Gouws – Grade 7) and the oldest player in the Pirates Mens teams (Hector Kingswill – Grade 7 +++) came 2nd in their league.

Both ladies teams found competition to be disappointingly weak. The ladies A team won all 4 of their matches, barely dropping games, winning 31 of the 32 sets played. They came 1st in section 2.2. The ladies B team came second in section 2.3 as unfortunately they started shakily and lost their 1st match before getting into a winning groove.

Tennis Update: 17 August 2016

A successful first weekend of league has been concluded. Congratulations to the Mens A, C and D teams who all recorded wins. The Ladies B team lost narrowly by 3 games. A special mention must go to the Ladies A team who had a spectacular win, dropping only 1 game! We look forward to more success in the rest of the league matches.

Social tennis continues on a Saturday afternoon throughout league but there are no courts available on a Sunday morning until about 12 noon.

Find the full tennis league fixtures for August below !



Tennis Update 11 August

Pirates Tennis Academy in association with Sue Rollinson Tennis Academy are having a August tennis clinic

Dates: 16,17,18 August and 30,31 August 1 September
Pirates Tennis Club
All ages welcome!

contact Alex: 082 635 5043/ 076 905 3834

Dear members

As part of our aim to become a club for the whole family, we are hosting a “beat the parents” social day on Sunday 18 September.

Its going to be a whole lot of fun, so be sure not to miss out. Its an open day, so all family and friends are welcome to attend, not just members.

Please spread the word. We look forward to seeing you there!


Pirates Club Tennis Chairman


Tennis update


Sunday 31 July saw a full morning of mixed doubles tennis being played at Pirates Tennis Club.  Players from various clubs in Gauteng competed in 3 different sections.  Pirates came 3rd equal in the A section, 2nd in the B section and congratulations to Hylton Morby-Smith and Christa Cameron who won the C section.

Gauteng Central League for men’s and ladies’ doubles begins on the weekend of 13/14 August.  Pirates have entered two ladies teams who will be playing on Saturday afternoons and four men’s teams who will be playing on Sunday mornings.  Lots of tennis to enjoy.

Pirates Tennis Club News

Pirates Tennis Club News



Message from Rachel

Mixed League results

Last week our A team drew 52-52 against Northern Suburbs C. Well done to Merryl, Allison, Gavin and Ken. The B team beat Rivonia E in a tight match 41-37. Well done to Chrissie, Sue, John and Gregg!

This week the A team take on Fairlands B (away game), and the B team take on Craighall B at home. Good luck Pirates!

Message from Kenny

Cutlass Cup

Don’t forget Cutlass Cup kicks off this weekend, Sunday 7 June 2015 at 9am. Please contact Kenny directly at if you would like to be part of this year’s Cutlass Cup.

Message from Merryl

ITT (International Tennis Tournament)

As mentioned previously, the ITT is a friendly tournament between clubs. Each club has been assigned a country and Pirates has been assigned The Netherlands! The ladies ITT event will take place this Sunday, 7 June at Kenrho Tennis Club in Kensington. Please join us and show your support for our club. Pirates will be represented by Allison, Rachel, Evie and Merryl. Good luck ladies, make us proud, and as the Dutch would say “Veel success, doe je best!”

Marks Park Ladies Doubles Invitation Tournament

Marks Park are planning to hold at ladies doubles tournament in honour of Women’s day on Sunday, 2 August. The invitation is extended to ALL ladies, ranging from the top of Bundes League all the way through Second League and couples will be grouped according to relative strength. We really would like to celebrate National Women’s Day in style, albeit a week before the actual day.

For more information please contact Lynda Johnson at Marks Park on 083 760 4261 or e-mail or e-mail us at or speak to Rachel directly for more information.


Social Tennis

Social tennis takes place on a Saturday from 14h00, on Sundays from 10h00, and on Wednesdays from 16h00. Players of all levels are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun!

Thank you to those members who have put their names forward to assist in hosting our Saturday social tennis. Here is the roster for June:

6 June – Peter Schleiss

13 June – John Duncan

20 June – Rose Poultney

27 June – TBA


Tennis for Life Coaching Academy


TFL Academy welcomes new assistant coach Gareth Wilford! Gareth has a love for the game and is great with children and adults. Please join us in welcoming Gareth to the Pirates family!

Don’t hesitate to enquire about our Adult group training sessions!



Message from Peter

A big thank you to Martin Pienaar for the donation of 20 bags of compost which will go to great use! A reminder, we are looking for contributions or donations for the following:

Shade loving plants
Tree Fern, Hottuynia Cordata varegata, Maidenhair Fern, Hosta, Bromeliads (many varieties), Ligularia Tussilaginea, Iris (many varieties), Asplenium Nidus, Clivia, Mondo Grass

Sun loving plants
Agapanthus, Strelitzia, Babiana, Gladiola (many varieties ), Aristea, Anapalina, Dietes, Watsonia (many varieties ), Morea, Gloriosa, Scadoxus, Haemodoracea

We could also do with:

– A Zozo hut / Wendy house to store our garden tools,
– A wheel barrow,
– A garden fork and spade.

Please e-mail us or speak to Peter if you can help. Thank you!


Club House

Message from Hylton

As part of our club house upgrade, Janet has very kindly arranged for all the names that were on the honours boards in the clubhouse to be officially recorded on paper.

We would like to ask all members to help us to fill in the gaps if they can. A copy of the spreadsheet with the information will be e-mailed to all members, and will also be available at the club for review.

We are now one step closer to being able to submit these to the Main Club for inclusion on the Tennis part of the website where they will live forever.

Please help us in recording our history!

Message from Janet

Putting a roof over our head this Mandela Day

As our members may already be aware, we plan to host a Nelson Mandela Day event at the tennis club this year where members will be asked to pledge their time or contribute financially to help our community upgrade the facilities at the club.

While we have many needs, we feel that repairing the roof is a priority before the rainy season is yet again upon us. To this end, we need to do a lot on the day to raise enough money and we would really appreciate your support.

While some of the smaller repairs are being done inside the club – hopefully by of our big, strapping members 🙂 – we plan to run a jumble sale and, alongside it, a soup kitchen in the carpark. All the proceeds from this will go towards the roof repairs. We cannot, however, have a jumble sale without items to sell, and this is where once again we need the help of our Pirates Tennis community.

Over the next few weeks please would you dig deep into your hearts and wardrobes and clear out any items you no longer need. Clothes, shoes, books, toys – absolutely anything – would be much appreciated. Starting immediately, your donations can be dropped off at the clubhouse and we’ll make a box available for this.

Thanks everyone for your ongoing support.


Juniors Tennis Club

Junior Social Tennis takes place every Saturday morning from 10h00 until 11h30. Kids between 5-18 are welcome to join the Pirates Social tennis club by signing up as a Junior member for a minimal annual membership fee.

For more information and membership forms contact Joss on 082 878 2862 or email us at pirates


Don’t Forget…


ITT Ladies tournament Sunday 7 June 2015 at Kenrho Tennis Club

Junior Tennis Sat 10h00 – 11h30

Mixed Tennis League Sat 6 June 2015

Cutlass Cup launch Sunday 7 June 2015

Renault Grass Tennis Tournament 20 & 21 June 2015 Irene Country Club

Gauteng North Seniors 13-16 June 2015

ATP French Open at Roland Garros, Paris – finals this weekend

Hand in your donations towards our jumble sale at the club