Waihi Beach Tennis Club - AGM held at the Clubhouse Tuesday 21 Sept 2021
Patron: Yvonne Wicks
President: Craig McFarlane
Vice President: Steve Bowen
Secretary: Kevin McLoughlin
Treasurer: Mary O’Connell
Club Captain: Pending
Mid Week Captain Robert Bailey
Committee: Marlon Cosmos
President’s Report for the Waihi Beach Tennis Club 2020-2021
Welcome to the AGM. It has been a good year for the club. Membership is up from 133 in 2020 to 173 in 2021, a fantastic increase in numbers. It is pleasing to see the courts getting good use from club members and the public. I thought we had got through the year unscathed by Covid but it was not to be. Thank you for implementing measures to keep players safe.
Courts and Clubrooms: Devon Brooks resigned from looking after the courts last year. We have been incredibly fortunate having had his expertise and care for so long. Thank you Devon for doing such a good job. Since Devon’s retirement, we have had difficulties getting on top the algae problem. Thank you to Craig and Barry for all the time you have given in trying to find the right solution to this problem. I am sure we will find the right recipe for this issue. The actual grooming of the courts has proved to be very good for the playing surface.
Our Club members are so generous giving their time to leaf blow the courts, spray for weeds, clean the clubrooms, maintain the courts and so many other jobs. Thank you for the time you give tending to all these jobs. Developing a cleaning roster for the clubhouse is great and is working well. We had a wonderful turn out to the working bee at the start of the season. We got so many jobs done, many hands make light work, and it did mean that we were all done and dusted in 90 minutes. It was great seeing the Juniors come along and give their time to these tasks. I am so appreciative to everyone for the time you give, thank you.
Summer Tournaments: We had record entries for these tournaments, they were very successful. Once again, Phil Laurence and Andy von Biel did a wonderful job organising and running these tournaments.
Sponsors & Supporters: We have been incredibly fortunate to have such wonderful financial support from our sponsors and supporters. You have all been so generous to us. Your support does make such a difference to our Club. Thank you for your generosity.
Fast 4: Thank you Craig for organising this tournament. Laura, you did a superb job “organising” your brother Michael Venus to come and play. He was a real draw card, and the standard of tennis was superb. It was a wonderful day watching tennis and the Juniors and their parents made sure everyone was well fed.
Juniors: The Junior programme continues to do well under the excellent coaching from Shannon Paki. Thank you Craig and Yvonne for all that you do to ensure the Junior programme continues to grow and do well. Craig, the time and work you put into our Juniors and the applications you do for funding is incredible. Thank you to you and Sue for all your support.
Midweek Tennis (Tuesday and Friday mornings): This continues to be a lot of fun. More people are taking responsibility for organising the games. Morning tea on the first Tuesday of the month is a nice social event made more delicious with the scones presented to everyone by Jenny and the sausage rolls brought in by Don, thank you!!
Financial Position: Thank you Mary for taking such good care of our finances. You do a wonderful job, and I am very grateful to you for making sure everything is in good order. The present Committee unanimously passed an increase in subs for the upcoming year. We still have the lowest subs and members are getting excellent value having year-round organised tennis.
Week-night tennis: Has been well patronised and everyone has been very grateful to the organisation of the nights. Carl you’ve done a wonderful job, Club Captain is not an easy position and I’m very grateful for all your time and innovation put into this role.
Committee: Vicki McGechie, Marlon Cosmas, Craig McFarlane, Kevin McLoughlin, Mary O’Connell, Barry Jesney, Steve Bowen, Yvonne Wicks, Carl Menary. I am very grateful to you all for the time and effort you give ensuring the game of Tennis continues to thrive in Waihi Beach. You do a wonderful job and on behalf of the Club, thank you. We are all lucky to have you going the extra mile for the Club.
I, along with Barry Jesney and Carl Menary are not standing for re election. Carl, you have done a great job organizing the week night tennis and being a great committee contributor. Thank you.
Barry, you are the all round committee member. Your institutional knowledge is vast, the jobs and roles you have taken on over the years have been never ending. Thank you Barry for being a terrific committee and Club member. Everyone will miss you!
I wish the incoming Committee a successful upcoming Tennis season.
Amanda von Biel
10 August 2021.
Treasurer’s Report for the year ended 31 March 2021.
This was the Covid Year but we survived.
Our income for the year was approximately $4000 greater than the 2020 year end.
Even though our casual court fees were down, because of court closures over the Covid period, we managed an increase in subscriptions, sponsorship and tournament fees. Our thanks go to Craig McFarlane and Marlon Cosmas especially, for their expertise in these areas.
It was a difficult year in which to obtain grants but through Craig’s efforts, we still managed to obtain nearly $12,000 , most of which supports our junior coaching programme.
Revenue expenditure was higher than 2020 by approximately $5000.
This was mainly due to repairs and maintenance items, such as, repairs resulting from a leak in the bar area, the replacement of the fire hose and associated plumbing, and the renewal of the gate latches on the courts.
Consequently our term deposit decreased as we needed extra funds, but being in a healthier position now, we will look to remedy this.
There was no significant capital expenditure, apart from a last payment towards the bathroom renovations. The pickleball set up was paid from a grant.
In summary, the club is in a healthier position, but we need to be mindful of increased court maintenance costs in the coming year, and the probability of replacing courts 3 and 4 in the not too distant future.
Our thanks go to Christina, at Waihi Accounting and Taxation Services Ltd, for her work in reviewing our annual books.
AGM of Waihi Beach Tennis Club (Inc) held at the clubhouse on Tuesday 15 September, 2020
The following members were elected to the committee ( no ballot was required)
Patron: Yvonne Wicks
President: Amanda von Biel
Vice President: Barry Jesney
Secretary: Kevin McLoughlin
Treasurer: Mary O’Connell
Club Captain: Carl Menary
Committee: Craig McFarlane
PRO: Barry Jesney
President’s Report 2019-2020 Waihi Beach Tennis Club
Welcome to our AGM. The year has been an interesting one, Covid 19 proving challenging in
many aspects of life. I’m so glad our community came through that period of time in good
health. There were several weeks where our tennis courts were out of bounds and I am
grateful to all members for your understanding and patience during that time. Thank you to
the committee for all your efforts to put systems in place to be able to play again.
Courts & Clubrooms.
It is pleasing to have completed two big improvements to the Club. Firstly, re surfacing
courts 5 & 6. That was a big project to undertake; Game on Turf has done a great job and
the courts are a pleasure to play on.
The second big project was renovating the bathrooms and having hot water on tap. Thank
you to Gael Dunstall, Lloyd McGechie Construction, Gay Bainbridge, Shoreline Plumbing and
Garry McLean for all your work. It is wonderful to have that job done.
The maintenance and condition of our facilities takes a lot of effort. The warmer conditions
over winter proved challenging in keeping moss, mould and mildew at bay. Thank you to all
members who have worked so hard to keep our courts in such good condition. Our Club
encapsulates the volunteer ethos of pitching in and doing the various jobs that crop up to
keep everything in good working order. Thank you to everyone for all that you do for our
We purchased an AED and it is installed on the exterior wall of the clubhouse. It is good to
have this available to members and the public. I hope that it will never have to be used.
We purchased a new ball machine and this has proved to be a popular training tool. For
members to gain access to it we installed a lock box for the clubhouse key. For the most part
this system works well. I do urge members to check that the box is properly closed and the
code numbers are jumbled up once you have returned the key.
The tournaments were highly successful again.
I sincerely thank Phil Laurence for the organizing and running of these tournaments. You do
a fabulous job Phil. Thank you Andy von Biel, who once more has been incredibly generous
in working with Phil to help put on these tournaments.
For the past three years Phil and Andy have run the tournaments but this year will be their
last time doing it. We will be needing other club members to put their hand up to take over
these roles. If anyone is interested let me know as it would be good to be part of organizing
the upcoming tournaments to “learn the ropes”.
Juniors continue to flourish under the excellent tutelage of Shannon Paki. Shannon runs an
amazing coaching programme which is enhanced by Craig’s help and support and the great
influence from Yvonne. It was a thrill to have two junior interclub teams this season.
Congratulations and thank you Shannon, Craig and Yvonne.
Sponsors and Supporters
We are extremely grateful to our club sponsors and supporters. They are an integral part of
our success and we couldn’t operate without them. Thank you for the wonderful support
you give us.
Thank you, Craig, for organizing and running a very successful Quiz Night again. We are
incredibly appreciative of all your time and sponsorship you give our Club.
We continue to maintain a sound financial position, thank you Mary for taking such good
care of our financial matters.
Our Patron, Yvonne Wicks was presented with the Bay of Plenty Service Award for tennis.
Congratulations Yvonne, it was a very proud moment for all of us to see you receive this
You are our most important asset; for a Club does not exist without you. Congratulations to
you all, your friendliness, sportsmanship and care of this wonderful game we play is
outstanding. It is down to you that we enjoy such a good reputation as being the friendliest
Barry Jesney, Jane Broughton, Marlon Cosmas, Yvonne Wicks, Craig McFarlane, Mary
O’Connell, Phil Laurence, Gay Bainbridge, Kevin McLoughlin and Carl Menary. Thank you for
going the extra mile in taking on the roles and tasks necessary to ensure the smooth running
of our Club. You do a wonderful job and it’s a pleasure working with you all. Phil, Jane and
Gay are hanging up their Committee hats, you have been integral members of our
committee, thank you for all the time and service you have given so generously to our Club.
And so, we look forward to another year of good tennis and good times ahead. In the words
of one of our very valuable members, See you on court!!
Amanda von Biel
Club Captain Team Tennis Report 2019 -2020 Season
Summer Team Tennis was well attended with six teams of four and a great team of reserves, there were some new players joining and a great standard of tennis was enjoyed with a lot of fun in this competitive but friendly competition which prior to covid restrictions had a big emphasis on food and socialising after the games.
We continued to play the Fast Four format and adapted this to suit, playing to a time limit so that we all started and finished at the same time, on a two week cycle, with 1&2's, 3&4's playing one week and the next week 1&3 and 2&4 playing.
My focus has been on getting each team/members to take responsibility for turning up and replacing themselves if they cant play, on the whole this has gone well but there are occasionally times when we have had to make last minute calls to our ever faithful reserves
Winter Team tennis, played by 8 folk over 3 nights, under lights, has had quite a few interruptions with Covid and weather but there has also been a high standard of tennis, and a lot of fun. Individual captains on each night have made sure this runs smoothly and made my job so much easier.
Tragically we recently lost one of our Team tennis members, Mike Bainbridge, we all have different things we will miss about Mike, for me it was his positive and fun contribution on and off the court and his fitness and keenness to improve his tennis also his willingness to help out with anything that needed doing, like cooking the BBQ, pulling out the dishwasher etc
I have spoken with Gay and she supports the idea of having a social team tennis competition and BBQ to celebrate Mike and our connection to him, we would like to do this on the first night of the summer round on the Wed 30th September, this could be an annual event and might be called the Board Short and Singlet Night as this is what Mike wore, summer and winter.
I have enjoyed my time organising this tennis and give thanks to those who have helped me, Gay and Barry to name a couple, at times it has been a bit like herding cats but on the whole I think we have got things running relatively smoothly and I am pleased to hand over to Carl, whom I will happily support in his new role.
MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of theWAIHI BEACH TENNIS CLUB INC.
Held at the Clubrooms Tuesday 13 August 2019, 7pm
1. Welcome from President
2. Present: Gay Bainbridge, Jane Broughton, Helen Harrison, Phil Laurence, Susan Laurence. Craig McFarlane,Mary O’Connell, Amanda von Biel, Yvonne Wicks, Gael Dunstall, Don Young, David Tait
3. Apologies: Barry Jesney, Kevin McLoughlinMoved Amanda/Mary
4. Confirmation of Minutes of 2018 AGMMoved as correct record Amanda/Phil
5. Matters Arising from 2018 AGM
a. Presidentʼs Report – Amanda von BIelMoved as accepted Amanda/Jane
b. Treasurer’s Report & Financial Report – Mary O’ConnellMoved as accepted Mary/Yvonne
c. Mid Week Report – Mary O’ConnellMoved as accepted Mary/Jane
d. Club Captain’s Report - Jane Broughton Moved as accepted Jane/Gaye.
e. Junior Reports – Helen Harrison/Shannon Paki Moved as accepted Helen/Amanda
f. Grounds & Courts Report – Phil LaurenceMoved as accepted Phil/Amanda
7. Election of Officers
The nominations for election to the Officers of the Club are:
Patron Yvonne Wicks Barry/Rachel Paterson
President Amanda von Biel Don Young/Peter Brown
Vice President Phil Laurence Amanda/Helen
Treasurer Mary O’Connell Kevin/Amanda
Secretary Kevin McLoughlin Amanda/John Perkins
Club Captain Jane Broughton Amanda/Mary
As there were no further nominations the above nominations were passed as one. Moved Helen/Mary
8. Election of General Committee
There shall be not less than four and not more than six General Committee Members.
The nominations for election to the General Committee are:(i) Barry Jesney Amanda/Peter Brown(ii) Gay Bainbridge Amanda/Kyle Palmer(iii) Craig McFarlane Amanda/Helen(iv) Marlon Cosmas Craig/Kevin(v) Carl Menary Amanda/Gay
As there were no further nominations the above members were elected to the committee.Moved Amanda/Helen
9. Election of Public Relations OfficerBarry Jesney Amanda/Peter Brown
10. General BusinessAppointment of AuditorMark Skinner to continue as Reviewer.
11. Close of Meeting 7.40 pm
Waihi Beach Tennis Club President’s Report for the 2018-2019 AGM
My first year as President has flown by. I have been humbled by the Club’s support of me and I appreciate everyone’s assistance in helping me learn how the club operates. Thank you.
Through attending the Western Bay Tennis meetings, I have discovered we are quite a unique club, We operate all year round which gives members excellent value for their sub. We don’t have senior interclub and yet through well organized summer team tennis, winter tennis and the Tuesday and Friday Senior tennis, plus the Junior programme, members get good exposure to enjoyable, social and competitive tennis. In total we have 178 members.
The Summer Tournaments were a great success again this year. Phil Laurence did an exceptional job organizing these tournaments as well as being the Tournament Controller on the day. Thanks to Andy von Biel for his involvement with these tournaments. Andy and Phil make a pretty formidable pair and it is great to observe how smoothly the tournaments run. Revenue was down for the Mixed Doubles and it was agreed that we wouldn’t hold this tournament in the 2019-2020 season.
Our Junior programme is going very well. Coach Shannon Paki is wonderful with the Juniors, he’s fun, he's innovative, he’s encouraging, and he is a fantastic role model. The support he gets from Helena Harrison, YvonneWicks and Craig McFarlane is invaluable. Thank you for all that you do for our Juniors. Our Club is indeed lucky to have you all. Craig, I want to thank you for everything you do, the Fast 4 tournaments, the Quiz night, the applications that you do for Juniors and for our Club, you give so much of your time and on behalf of all our members, thank you!! Our committee is aware that some club members do not support the club helping fund junior coaching. As was stated in a recent newsletter, our Club is aligned with Tennis NZ and supports the ethos that no child be disadvantaged to play tennis due to financial constraints.
Our Club Champs were well patronized this year and adding the Over 60s category saw many more members participate.
Our financial position remains secure. Thank you, Mary, for doing such a great job. We are in the process of resurfacing Courts 5 & 6. Funding for a defibrillator has been approved and we have also been given the green light including funding from Council to renovate the bathrooms.
Every time I drive up the hill to the Tennis Club I am impressed with the stunning vista of the courts and the clubhouse set against the backdrop of the park. My sincere thanks go to Barry Jesney for organizing the working bees and to all our club members who give so freely of their time to all the tasks needed to keep our courts and surrounds looking so nice.
We lost a wonderful supporter and player, Tony Dillimore earlier this year. Tony was a great guy and we do miss him.
We held a very successful Sponsors Night recently; it was good to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for their support.
We farewelled Robin Zinzan in January. Robin was a great club member and worked hard as Secretary. Kevin McLoughlin kindly put his hand up for the role and we’re glad to have him on board. John van der Zwan is stepping down, thank you for your support on the committee, particularly with the juniors. Helena Harrison is stepping down as well. Helena, you’ve been a wonderful contributor to our club and a huge supporter of the Junior programme. Thank you.
To our amazing committee, you all contribute to the smooth running of our Club, thank you for everything you do to ensure club members and the wider community continue to have such good facilities.I look forward to the coming year supporting and growing tennis at Waihi Beach.
Amanda von Biel
Treasurer’s Report for the year ended 31 March 2019
The financial statements show a surplus of $24,099, which reflects our club being in a sound financial position. Of this surplus, $17,500 came from grants from the Community Trust Board, Trust Waikato, and the Lion Foundation. This money is allocated to junior coaching, a portion of which remains to be spent in the current year. A rise in sponsorship also helped our finances. Much of this was also designated for the juniors. Our thanks go to Craig McFarlane for his work in sourcing both the grants and sponsorship. Other revenues remain fairly similar to last year, apart from an increase in Junior subs, reflecting our excellent junior coaching programme.
Our Term Deposit of $85,329 is a healthy one, but with lower interest rates coming in this year, and major capital works planned [resurfacing courts- $50,000 plus, and a revamp of the clubhouse, $10,000] it will certainly be lower next year. However, we are in a secure position to spend money on facilities, which will enhance our club.
Our thanks go to Mark Skinner for his firm’s work in reviewing our annual books. Mark has indicated he is happy to continue in this role.
2017/18 AGM Mid Week Tennis Report
Mid Week tennis was well supported with excellent attendances on most Tuesdays and Fridays. Starting time is officially 8.30 but when I turn up at that time there might be three courts or more already in action. I think we’ve had over 30 players on a few occasions. There has been a number of new players [recentretirees] coming in, probably reflecting the growth in population. The majority of players would be Gold Card holders, with a couple of 80yrs plus participating. But we do have some younger ones to keep up the pace. This year we instigated morning tea at the clubhouse on the first Tuesday of the month and this has proved popular with players enjoying the social side of tennis.A basic core of players enjoy a coffee at a local café after our morning’s tennis. A roster is organized so most beach cafes are included, especially those who sponsor us. We held a couple of Yankee tournaments during the season, one is in conjunction with our mid- winter RSA lunch, which was attended by a large number, and the second before Christmas. We could possibly do more, but many players, particularly the men, enjoy their three games and then like to go fishing etc. Games are played in a friendly spirit, the oldies and not so oldies being supportive of each other. Yvonne is a great support, always turning up, and organising the board when I’m not around. Thanks, Yvonne.
My idea of forming a roster for the board hasn’t taken off, maybe this year. . .Overall it was a very successful year of tennis.
Mary O’Connell Mid Week Organiser
Team Tennis Report 2018/2019 Season
Summer Team tennis started off with 5 teams and quite quickly we were able to build up to 6 teams of four players. We continue to play the Fast Four format which gives a more competitive game of a longer duration which is appreciated by the players. A focus of this summer tennis is the sharing of food and refreshments (byo beers) after the tennis and the variety and quality of food would give Wimbledon a run for its money, the camaraderie is appreciated by all who are involved.
Winter team tennis has been mostly great, running over 3 nights, and I must say how wonderful it is to be playing under lights on a clear, crisp night, although we have had to cancel because of the weather on occasion. Many people travel during winter and we are happy to accommodate this as we have a great pool of reserves and some folk has even been known to play 3 night in a row – can tennis be an addiction? We have a few new players this season and many thanks to those who have helped recruit, Great to have some younger players becoming involved and I hope they will continue this season.
Looking forward to the new season and thanks to all who are making Team Tennis a very enjoyable competition.
Junior Report - Waihi Beach Tennis Club AGM 13 August 2019
Junior participation has stayed strong over the year including the winter coaching term with regular attendance even in inclement weather. Thank you to parents for getting them along. Yvonne, Helen and Craig have continued to share in supporting Shannon with coaching and club days. Thanks to Craig’s dedication and the Club’s ongoing commitment, the cost to families has been kept low, allowing more juniors to join and benefit. A big thank you to Craig for organising the trivia night and Fast Four fundraising events and for securing grants to keep junior coaching going. Thank you also to sponsors of these events; Reside Construction,L J Hooker and Cooper Tyres and Owen’s Flooring. In particular, we now have a new battery-operated ball machine thanks to NZCT’s support, and we have been able to subsidise Coach Paki’s costs because of The Lion Foundation’s generosity. This ball machine will be an asset for all Club members. I have enjoyed being involved in junior tennis with Yvonne, Craig and Shannon and particularly seeing it grow. With my resignation from the committee I also choose to step back from junior tennis. Time for younger people to be involved.
2018/ 2019 Junior Season 13th August 2019
Hi there, I hope you all are well. I just want to give you a brief rundown of the junior season at Waihi Beach TennisClub for the 2018/19 season. We have been fortunate to maintain good numbers as members, along with good commitment of numbers turning out all year round for their coaching nights!! This helps me to create a base foundation to develop the juniors as players, and help them grow their junior club culture. We are starting to develop young leaders in your community. There also have been a lot of new kids wanting to learn tennis and always inquires via FB from parents about the junior program. As coach, those two good positive signs for the club that interest is out there and you/we are able to cater the needs of the greater community by providing a safe, healthy and a positive environment for children. Looking forward to the upcoming season I hope to keep building the depth of the juniors into becoming independent players. To enter 2 teams, a senior team (made up of our current independent players) and a junior team (consisting of our pre-secondary school age group). I have spoken to the juniors about this, and for some it seems daunting. I shared my feelings that it’s not about winning (yet) but gaining experience and development(along with being great hosts). This will be exciting to see them grow their game. I have had nothing but positive feedback regarding the suggested change of days from Saturday to a Tuesday for their club day. So I feel that will become the new club day. Lastly, I would like to thank my junior support team of Yvonne, Craig and Helen (even though you probably don’t want me too) you guys are amazing and are a very special asset for the juniors and for the WBTC!!
Regards Shannon Paki
Grounds and Courts Report
Waihi Beach Tennis Club AGM13 August 2019
In Barry’s absence, I’ve made the following observations and notes regarding the grounds and courts over the past 12 months:
1. Our relationship with the WBOP District Council (and Peter Watson, Parks and Reserves Manager) has been very positive and productive, resulting in significant improvements in the drainage channel alongside Court 5, the planting alongside the pathway up to Court 3, and the tidying up of the garden area outside the fence, alongside Court 3.
2. The voluntary assistance provided by club member Don Young in particular has also been invaluable in improving the overall appearance of the grounds through his trimming, weeding, and planting activities. Other club members have also freely contributed their time when required.
3. The imminent resurfacing of Courts 5 & 6 will see a much needed improvement in the playing surface of these two courts. Work on the resurfacing is expected to begin on 19th August and should be completed within 3-4 days.
4. A couple of tennis nets have been replaced during the year, thanks primarily to the efforts of Barry Jesney and Graeme Wicks
5. Unfortunately, the small holes that have appeared in the playing surfaces of courts 1 & 2 have not been able to be repaired, and there is no real prospect of any change to this situation. We can only continue to monitor them, and when and if we reach the situation when they are clearly affecting play (ie.bounce-of-the ball), we may have to investigate replacing their entire surfaces.
6. A recent court and ground invasion by rabbits has resulted in the committee alerting the WBOPDC to their presence and asking for action to be taken to eliminate them from the area.
7. Grooming of the courts could benefit from the voluntary assistance of 2-3club members, especially since Tony Dillimore’s passing. Volunteers are invited to make themselves known to me so that I can train them in the safe handling of ‘Ronnie’, our ride-on tractor, and the drawing up of a roster.
8. The question of covering the bank at the end of Courts 3 & 4; the steps leading up to Court 3; and the area under the clubroom’s deck with some of the old carpet from Courts 5 & 6 has been discussed and will be discussed further with the new carpet installers while they are here.
Waihi Beach Tennis Club(Inc.) AGM 21st August 2018
2018/19 Committee as elected.
Patron - Yvonne Wicks
President - Amanda von Biel
Vice President - Phil Laurence
Secretary - Robin Zinzan
Treasurer - Mary O'Connell
Club Captain - Jane Broughton
Mid-Week Captain - Mary O'Connell
Committee - Gay Bainbridge, Helena Harrison, Steve Hopper, Craig McFarlane, Carl Menary, John van der Zwan,
Public Relations Officer - Barry Jesney
2018/19 Waihi Beach Tennis Club Presidents Report
When sitting down to write this report I found myself asking what does a strong and successful tennis club look like? For me, it is a place where people come together through the mutual enjoyment of social or competitive tennis at all levels, where everyone feels welcome, where friendships form and strengthen, a place which brings the community together and ensures that future generations of tennis players have the same opportunity to learn to play and love the game as we had. I am proud to be part of a club that I believe delivers in all of these areas.
At a committee level this year we have seen a number of movements. Individuals that, in years gone by, had volunteered significant amounts of their time and energy, stepped away from the committee to recharge their batteries and pursue other interests. As a committee we decided to take the approach of spreading the load and encouraging a wider group of passionate people to lead and run key club activities. It is not an easy task to pick up and successfully run these activities and I pass on my thanks to all of those who have worked extremely hard for the club through the 2017/2018 season.
As a club, this season we have 180 current members, comprising of 117 senior members and 63 highly engaged junior players. This compares favourably to comparable clubs in the WBOP region.
Our junior program continues to go from strength to strength with the abilities of our youngest members building on the coaching they have had over the past 2 years. This coaching is a significant investment by the club and a significant investment of time and energy by our coach Shannon Paki, Junior focussed committee members Yvonne, Jude, Carl and John and non-committee volunteers Craig McFarlane and Helen Harrison.
The program has given structure to the development of our juniors and with continued focus we will have a true pathway to develop our junior members into capable and competitive tennis players who can compete with players from our regional partner clubs.
Financially the club has been working hard to balance our investment in the clubs junior program and increased player affiliation fees with revenues gained through increased membership fees, fundraising and community grants. This has been highlighted through a recent $6000 grant the club received from the New Zealand Charitable Trust, a successful fundraising winter quiz night and the fast four invitational tournaments.
Our legendary summer tournaments received a makeover this year with Phil Lawrence introducing tournament software to help our tournaments run smoothly whilst providing a professional, well organised and fair experience for players. Thanks Phil for taking the lead in this area and thanks also to Phil’s helpers Andy von Biel and Barry Jesney for helping the days run so smoothly. The tournaments are a key revenue stream for the club and most tournaments through the summer were oversubscribed.
Other notable highlights for the year include:
The team tennis evenings through the summer. These evening have become a great combination of competition, social and all round fun. Thanks to Jane Broughton for taking the lead running team tennis this year.
The juniors prize giving led by Shannon Paki, where our juniors and their parents celebrated the achievements of our junior players for the year.
The club dinner at Flat White Cafe, where Barry Jesney was awarded a life membership for his continued support of the club.
The recent fast fours tournament, where the winter rain clouds parted for a fantastic day of high quality tennis. It was great to see the juniors and their parents assisting throughout the day. This shows their appreciation of the clubs focus on juniors. Thanks Craig for running this day, you did a great job of running and playing in the tournament and days like these ensure our club stays front of mind for the best players in our region.
The sponsorship from our great list of community sponsors. I would especially like to note the generosity of the Waihi Beach RSA and the NZCT.
The continued upkeep of the club and grounds through working bees arranged by Barry Jesney and other individuals donating their time.
Finally I would like to acknowledge in no particular order Barry Jesney, Phil Laurence, Jane Broughton, Robin Zinzan, Yvonne Wicks, Mary O’Connell, Gay Bainbridge, Jude Eagle, Carl Menary, John van der Zwan and Rob Hope. The 11 of you have shared the load of running the club this season and the club simply could not function without you.
As my wife Carmé and I welcome in a new chapter of our lives, I wish you all and the club all the best for the upcoming season.
Club Captain’s Report
Summer Team Tennis 2016/2017
Despite Devon not being able to play very often, he again organised a great summer team
tennis competition with 6 teams of four playing every Tuesday night in a very close
competition with a good standard of play.
At times reserves were required, Devon brought on board a lot of new players who we hope
will play again this season.
At the completion of play each week, drinks and nibbles appeared and a fun social
atmosphere resulted. A couple of BBQs were held during the season and great food to share
was provided by the players with the club providing the sausages, bread and onions.
A big thank you goes out to Devon for all the work he has put into organising this fun
competition for many years.
Jane will be organising this competition this year starting on Tuesday 26 th September after
daylight saving has commenced.
Jane Broughton for Devon
Mid - Week Report - 7 August, 2017
Mid-week tennis has once more been well patronized throughout the year , with numbers
regularly hitting 20 - 25 players on Tuesday mornings and between 8 - 16 players on Friday
mornings . These numbers seem to show that mid-week tennis remains popular with
members and looked forward to by a good number of local Beach residents, as well as
several players from Waihi. Previous seasons’ excellent club spirit has continued during the
As in previous years, a couple of ‘competition’ mornings that have been held (resulting in
prize and trophy winners being recognised for their efforts) have added a bit of interest to
the Tuesday morning matches.
As usual, special mention must be made of the excellent pre-match court 5 & 6 preparations
that Barry, Graeme, Yvonne, Don, Norm and Tony D have made on most mornings, during the year.
Their court cleaning efforts, usually starting at around 8.00am each morning, have ensured
that the courts are always in tip top condition for the commencement of play at 8.30am.
Last week, club members were given an opportunity to offer feedback and any new ideas for
the new season, but everyone confirmed their satisfaction with the current arrangements.
So apart from rostering out responsibility for each round’s draw amongst the members in
the future, the new season will see a continuation of what has happened over the past 12
There has been a significant increase in the number of junior players this season as a result
of an initiative to bring tennis to children in Years 3 - 4 and 4 - 5 at Waihi Beach Sch ool.
Over 70% of the new junior enrollments have come from Waihi Beach School. Thank you to Lee
Palmer, teachers, parents, committee members, Craig McFarlane and Shannon Paki in
promoting and supporting this initiative. This should definitely be an annual event.
With a view to the future of the Club, the cost of Shannon Paki working as convenor and
coach with the juniors has been covered by the Club. Numerous funding applications for
junior coaching prepared by Craig McFarlane finally came to fruition in Ju ne with a much
appreciated $4000 grant from NZ Community Trust. Further applications are in the pipeline.
Coaching has continued on Mondays through the winter months with good numbers and
enthusiasm from the juniors. In the coming season club days will be on Saturday convened
by Shannon with coaching continuing on Mondays.
Equipment purchased to further the junior programme includes low compression balls, a
speed ladder and white board. A new ball carrying wagon, christened by the juniors as
“Blobby Jeff” was jointly donated by Craig McFarlane and Rob & Sue Hope of Home
Hardware. Tennis Western BoP sponsorship agreement with Head supplied a number of
junior rackets, balls, and a net. A Facebook page has been set up and has proved effective
for communicating with juniors.
Junior club championships were played in March with a record number of entries. Prize
giving followed with a parent/child fun day.
The rejuvenation of junior tennis would not have come about without the considerable
contributions and enthusiasm of Craig McFarlane. A big thank you, Craig. Thanks also to
Yvonne Wicks, a stalwart of junior tennis, always there with her amazing memory for all the
children’s names. Thanks also to a great committee who fully supported the move to improve
junior tennis participation. Special thanks go to Barry Jesney for keeping us in the news and
giving his time on Saturdays.
Shannon Paki is the most amazing coach, insanely good at working with the children and the
ultimate draw card for the juniors. Without Shannon the junior programme would not have
succeeded as it has.
Thank you, Shannon, for your bottomless energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to our Club players,
both juniors and senior.
Lastly thank you, parents, for tirelessly transporting children to tennis, supporting their trials
and tribulations and introducing a wonderful group of youngsters to the game of tennis.
Barry Jesney (Act Secretary), Craig McFarlane, Devon Brooks, Mary O’Connell, John Alexander, Yvonne Wicks, Jane Broughton, Jude Eagle, Phil Laurence, Mike Bainbridge, Don Young & Tony Dillimore
Apologies Helen Harrison, Ann Wilson, Jenny Morgan, Bob Firth, Rob Hope, Vicki McGechie, Bill Young, Ron Arthur, Paul Weaver, John Lorimer Accepted. Moved J Eagle/P Laurence
Confirmation of Minutes of 2014 AGM Moved as correct record M O’Connell/M Bainbridge
Matters Arising from 2014 AGM Yvonne Wicks noted a spelling correction to be made in her last report. Noted
WAIHI BEACH TENNIS CLUB AGM 11TH AUGUST 2015
It has been a pleasure to again be involved in this great little tennis club; firstly as a player and secondly as a committee member for this last 2014/15 season.
It would very clearly not be as pleasurable as it has been without the members and subsequently having numerous of those members also as fellow committee members. So I sincerely thank all of our club members, you do make this club what it is today.
As a club this season, we have had 150 x paid up members. These members are made up of 22 x under 12’s and 128 x senior members. Versus the previous year, our total numbers are slightly down (-6). Our senior membership numbers are up by in excess of x 20, so the loss of members is fundamentally in our juniors. Whilst having more senior members is better for the club financially, we need to be mindful that our juniors are our future.
Financially the club’s Balance Sheet continues to be extremely healthy, this is an outcome of:
And also . . .
Our facilities continue to be of the highest quality; this is in no small part to Devon Brooks and his expertise. As a club, we cannot thank Devon enough for his dedication to the club, whether that being his Club Captaincy, his running of tournaments, his court maintenance expertise and or his work as a tradesman (along with his trusty side-kick John Lorimer – thanks John).
I would also like to make a special mention of: Helen Harrison, Mary O’Connell, Barry Jesney, Phil Laurence, Rob Hope, Jude Eagle and our Patron Yvonne Wicks. You seven have gone well beyond your “call of duty” in your specific roles – and to be brutally honest, the club would be lost without you (and you have made my role an awful lot easier) – so a very big thank you to you.
From a player turn-out perspective, mid week tennis attendance is better than it has ever been, and we have very solid group junior membership numbers vs. the other Western Bay Clubs. I thank Phil, Jude, Yvonne and Helen for their sterling organisational work with our midweek and our juniors.
As you will have seen, we also have a new deck that we will be able to enjoy in the coming months. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bill and Barb Young for their generous donation towards this deck. I would also like t thank the people that have assisted Devon with the building and painting of that
As a relatively small club, we simply cannot survive without our sponsors; I would like to put on the record our thanks to them.
I would also like to put on the record the relationship that we have with the WBOPDC, they have continued to be very supportive of the club, and we look forward to continuing this partnership.
My understanding is that we have Mike Bainbridge and John Lorimer standing down from the last season’s committee, on behalf of the club; I thank you both for your input into the committee and the club.
Thank you all again for your support of our club.
Club Captains Report
11th August 2015
As Club Captain I have concentrated on Team Tennis, summer tournaments, club champs and the odd handicap event and left the Wednesday night to run itself.
Since the Team Tennis came on board the Wednesday club night has slowly slowed down, I guess that players have other things to do.
I am getting more involved in midweek tennis and I am enjoying not having to organise and just playing. I feel it is a good thing as Club Captain to be involved in all the events run by the club as it keeps a “finger on the pulse” I guess.
Team Tennis is a very important and popular event run by the club. It links the retired and the working, the young and older members in a competitive environment. Some members still have memory lapses and do not appear on time or even not at all. Players must respect their fellow club members.
I finish by saying “The success of our club is in the “hearts” of the members and only your input will make it successful”.
11 August, 2015
Mid-week tennis has been well-patronized throughout the year, with numbers regularly hitting 20-25 players on Tuesday mornings and between 8-16 players on Friday mornings, even during the depths of winter . These numbers seem to prove that mid-week tennis is well-regarded by members and looked-forward to by a good number of local Beach residents, and a smaller but very loyal group who drive to our courts from Waihi as well. Both morning sessions are notable for the excellent club spirit that has prevailed during the year, and as far as the organisers are concerned, players seem to enjoy each others’ company as much as the actual tennis matches.
The introduction of a blackboard match-scheduling system appears to have been a success this season, with only a small number of ‘complaints’ from players who felt that they were in danger of not playing at least one game per morning, that matched their abilities.
The two ‘competition’ mornings that have been held (resulting in prize and trophy winners being recognised for their efforts) have added a bit of ‘spice’ to the Tuesday morning matches, and our club sponsors have invariably come to the party when asked to make any kind of contribution.
Special mention must be made of the excellent pre-match court 5 & 6 preparations that Barry, Graeme and Yvonne have made on most mornings, during the year. Their court-cleaning efforts, usually starting at around 8.00am each morning, have ensured that the courts are always in tip-top condition for the commencement of play at 8.30am.
Despite the excellent support that mid-week tennis has received throughout the year, several club members have expressed some disappointment with the fact that we haven’t managed to attract as many new members from the local community as we (perhaps) should. Recent attempts to encourage a tea/coffee break in our clubrooms on Tuesday mornings, 1-2 times per month, have been encouraging, but there is some danger that we might alienate our RSA and ‘Flat White’ sponsors if we hold them any more frequently than this. Regardless, the social and health benefits that accrue from participating in regular exercise are well-known, and it would be great if our club could more successfully promote these to local citizens, and thus further boost our mid-week numbers in the new season.
Phil and Jude
Waihi Beach Tennis Club Inc.
2014 – 2015
Junior club days were held on Wednesday afternoons from 3p.m. with 8 boys and 6 girls usually attending.
There were 3 older boys, 11 – 15 years who came regularly till Christmas, then only occasionally. One exchange student paid a half sub to cover until she returned home.
Because of their ability, Ben, Bryn ans Austin played on the seniors’ club nights. They also did play for the Junior Singles Cup.
New trophies for 10 years and under singles and doubles were purchased and Helen and Jude organised their championships.
On Monday afternoons through the Winter, sessions have been held for between 2 and 5 keen players. Helen and Jude have done the majority of the junior organisation.