Where: Koru Tennis clubrooms
Notice is given to the members of Koru (Pakuranga) Lawn Tennis Club that the 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 25th July 2020 commencing 1.00pm in the Clubrooms, Blyton Lane, Pakuranga.
Election of officers President, Treasurer, Secretary and Club Captain will take place first, followed by a vote for a maximum of 7 committee members.
We did it. Well done New Zealand :-)
Dear members, please note the weekend club day has been change to Saturday (from 1:00 p.m.) until the Winter Interclub finishes when it will change back to Sunday.
· Any member that have spent time overseas is asked not to come to the club for the 14 days from return date or until medically cleared.
· If a member shows cold symptoms, we ask them to stay at home and visit their local GP or call the Healthline. If a visit to the local GP results in the member being tested for COVID-19 they are asked to contact us if they were at the club recently and should not return to the club until a negative test result is received or they have recovered from the COVID-19 virus.
· We will endeavour to have hand disinfectant at the club
· We have instructed our cleaning people to pay extra attention to door handles and surfaces, and will talk to Interclub captains to ensure that club stays clean
For more details see below:
Haere mai! Haere mai! Haere mai!
A warm welcome back to all our regular juniors and their parents and welcome to all our new juniors and parents who have joined Koru Tennis club this 2019/2020 season. It’s great to have lots of new junior members all eager and keen to learn how to play tennis.
Koru Junior Coaches
Below is a short biography of each of our wonderful coaches:
"Hi, my name is Tim Rodgers. I was born in Melbourne, Australia. I started playing tennis when I was very young at Dendy Park in Melbourne. To this day I love playing and watching tennis. My favourite player to watch is Roger Federer."
"Kia ora! My name is Haree, current coach assistant at Koru. I've played tennis since age 12. I have coached for 5 years and currently play for our open women’s 1 team."
"Hi, I’m Katie Heaven, and I have been playing at Koru Tennis ever since I was 7. Now 12 years later I’m still here and learning more! I have always loved tennis because of the people and the fun it brings to everyday life."
This early in the season it is great to see the regular attendance of so many and the skill improvement and progress they are already making.
Coaching Times Term 4 2019
Just a reminder of the junior coaching times:
Saturdays 9-10am - Juniors under 11 years
10-11am - Intermediate Juniors
Tuesdays 4-5pm - Peewee Juniors Coaching
5-6pm - Juniors under 11
6-7pm - Intermediate Juniors
Thursdays 4-5.30pm – Junior Interclub practice (Intermediates)
5.30-7pm – Junior Interclub practice (Advanced)
There are more opportunities for coaching than ever before so do take advantage and come along if you can.
There is an updated court availability sheet in the door entrance for you to see when courts are available for a hit with your children.
Private lessons with Tim are also available and can boost their skill level hugely. Talk to Tim if you are interested.
The court time for junior training members is dedicated only for them, so just a gentle reminder that the courts are solely for junior coaching on Saturday mornings between 9-11am. Other siblings or parents on the court can be disruptive and a potential hazard.
Internal Junior Tournament
We are planning a small internal tournament and BBQ towards the end of the term for those more advanced juniors and intermediates who can maintain a short rally. More details and a date to follow.
We are still exploring options for putting in one or two interclub teams after Xmas. Parents – if you want your child to be involved in competitive play, please let Tim know so we can plan ahead.
We only have a limited number of tennis racquets to borrow so please consider buying your own. Tim is happy to give advice on the right size and where to go. We have a few tennis rackets for sale, some are brand new and at very good prices, do talk to Tim, Raz or Sue if you are interested.
Just to give advance notice, the coaching season will close for the Xmas holidays on Saturday 14th December with a shared morning tea and waterslide after tennis from 9-10am for all age groups. More details to follow closer to the time.
Senior Interclub and Club Events
There is a list of senior interclub games in the club rooms. Feel free to come along and support our Senior Koru teams at any time. Also, from time to time we have club social events we would love you to join. Look out for the posters.
We would like to ensure you also receive a copy of the Koru club newsletter, so you are aware of everything going on in the tennis club. We will be checking the database to ensure we have an up to date list but please note the email address we send the newsletter from – admin@korutennis,co,nz and add it to your safe senders list as it can sometimes be sent to junk mail folders.
As the sun comes out more (hopefully!) don’t forget your child’s hat and sun cream.
Please feel free to come and talk to me or one of the team on Saturday mornings about anything you are concerned about or any suggestions you want to make
Sue (Junior Club Convener) and Tim (Coach)
Cardio-tennis will be starting next week for our members and everyone is welcomed to try it out for free the first time. It's a great opportunity to keep the tennis up during those winter months, while mixing it with some fitness and doubles drills at the end of each session.
These will be run by Sunnyhills head coach Gabriel Hernandez, on Mondays and Thursdays 7.30pm for 1hr, These are fast-paced sessions, which are great to work on for overall fitness (upper & lower-body strength, speed, footwork, etc), however, players can do it at their own pace as well.
Also, we try to hit as many balls in the hour session, trying to cover all shots. Some tennis experience is needed, but this is not a technical class. All members are welcomed to try it for FREE for the first time, just TXT/email: Gabriel to arrange it (only up to 6 players per session) 02102599086 - gabrielhernandeztennis at gmail.com
The amazing late summer we have had is almost finished although the warm days are set to continue. This is the weather that the Gods of tennis ordered and we have been taking full advantage for months now…
The club days are always busy and the games organisers have been scratching their heads to ensure everyone is happy with the games and we do not wait around.
The people that like to play singles have another option now with organised play on Monday evenings from 7pm and 8pm on a new format (more details below in this email).
The club day changes and will be on Saturdays from the 13th April 2019 due to winter Interclub on Sundays morning.
Vets and Midweek ladies
The vets program is going very strong with turnout of up to 40 players and also members from other local clubs coming over…. word is out that this little club has a great thing going.
Elizabeth and Chick are running the board volunteering twice a week, big thank you to both of them making such a successful days tennis for all.
Midweek ladies are busy too with new members and strong games.
Juniors and Intermediates
We've had a steady turn out of about 20-25 under 11's and about on average 10-12 intermediates on Saturdays. They are improving nicely and quite a few expressed their interest in catching up for some games in the winter months. The last junior coaching session will be on Saturday 13/04/19 from 9-11AM.
There will be an Easter Egg hunt and fun games for all followed by a shared morning tea. Please bring a plate to share.
The new season will begin on the first weekend in September 2019.
Note that your access card will still be active, so do come down for a hit and keep in touch with us. We will be looking at ways to keep the kids interested in tennis and we are talking with Tim and might still have some sessions in the winter if there are enough of you interested.
The Court time for junior training members is dedicated only for them, so just a gentle reminder that the courts are solely for junior coaching on Saturday mornings between 9-11am.
Other players, siblings or parents on the court can be disruptive and a potential hazard.
We have a few junior tennis rackets for sale, some are brand new and at very good prices, please come and see Sue or Tim if you are interested. You can talk to Tim and get his opinion to ensure you get the right size.
Tim wanted to share how much he enjoys coaching the current group of Koru kids and how much potential there is in the groups.
Thanks also to our assistant coaches – Haree and Katie.
Our coach, Tim, is available for extra coaching, individual or small groups…. Please use the contact form for more details.
Gabriel, the coach from Sunnyhills, will also be coaching at Koru in the winter months and we are also accommodating Kiwitennis classes on certain evenings.
There will be also cardio tennis and individual coaching so check out the notice boards at the club if you are interested or talk to Tim.
The facilities upgrade is almost complete. The new toilet facilities, the new bar, weatherboard cladding, new fridge and repairs, upgraded plumbing, new security alarm and monitoring and other works will give us a club to really be proud of. We will organise a working bee in a final push to get the club cleaned up and then it will be time for a party… Details to be confirmed soon.
One of the improvements is the access to the WC when club is closed. Please bring your access card to the club so we can add the access rights. Note that when the club is open the outer door is disabled and the access to that WC becomes possible only from inside the club.
Note that we have now EftPos facilities so you do not need to carry cash all the time.
The summer Interclub is almost finished, with only some rain out games still to be played.
The second men team came in 3rd place.
The Ferrier Cup won again with 8 points in front of a strong opposition. Well done Utu and his great team.
The presidents Grade A team are in 2nd place 2 points behind Pakuranga and one catch up game to play.
Open Men 2 finished in the middle of a strong field.
Open men 7 still have 3 catch up games to lift them up towards the middle of the table.
Super Men 1 will finish in the middle of the table with one catch up game to go.
Open Women 2 won their grade by one point, well done to Lorrene and her team.
The two Super women teams had some tough games and will do better next year for sure.
The Tuesday Women’s doubles won the competition, well done Lorrene and her team.
We all seen Jedric training hard and we are proud to announce that he was chosen for the Best Sportsmansip Award in the Junior under 16 competition by Tennis Auckland. Congratulation!
Fisher Cup & Cucksey Shield
Sunday 7 April 2019
Host Club: Cockle Bay
Also games will be played at Koru, good luck to out teams. These are annual tournaments in which all the local clubs compete, your support is appreciated, see you at the club.
Health And Safety
We would like you to stay healthy and enjoy your tennis. With winter coming and wet days please be mindful that the tennis balls can be wet, heavier and courts can be slippery. We continue to have the courts groomed and to ensure the drainage is clear and optimal. Please ensure you wear the right tennis shoes and that you warm up properly before starting the play. Running shoes are not providing the same support as purposely made tennis shoes and your risk for injury is much higher. Please contact the coach or a committee member if you are unsure of what is the best equipment to use, not just the right racket for you…
New Club Day - Monday Singles
This club day has a special format: you need to register and if you want to play you need to book a session. The sessions are for 1 hour from 7 pm and 8 pm. The game format is best of 9 games or whatever game format you can fit in your 1 hour session.
The rules are:
1. Book a court session either as Player 1 or Player 2 on any court at the available session times. You can book up to two sessions.
2. Be mindful of the player ranking when you book against another player. In the ranking description it will be specified if the player accepts lower ranking opponents. If not, please use the rule where you cannot challenge a player that is 2 ranks above you.
3. Be on time or text the other player if there will be any delays.
Follow the below steps for registration:
1. Let the club captain know you are interested in playing singles on Mondays.
2. Your account will be activated by us.
3. To access the booking system use the links on our home page or Club Day page. Check it out here.
4. If you login for the first time use the link "Lost Password" to reset the password. You will get the login instructions to your registered email address.
Hope everyone is enjoying the long HOT summer so far, it’s just about too hot to play tennis but the club has enjoying good attendance across all sections, with most people making the most of the fine weather.
If you have been down to the club lately you will have noticed the upgrade to the amenities in progress.
We would like to thank you for your patience and consideration while this work has been done and we expect it to be completed on schedule in the next two weeks.
On completion we will have an extra shower and toilet, with one toilet being able to be accessed by members externally with their swipe card. This is for players to use who are playing outside organised club play. It is a full renovation of the area so everything will be new!
A big thank you is extended to the Trillian Trust for contributing a grant of $35,000 towards the project and Dick Garratt for facilitating it.
A reminder that the double club champs are being played on Sunday the 10th Feb 2019 at 9am to approx 2-3pm. Please have your names on the notice board in the club rooms or text or ring Steve Morris 021 688 455 by Wednesday the 6th Feb 7pm to enter. Free BBQ.
There will be no club day held on Sunday 10 Feb.
The format will be to aim to complete as many games (Interclub format) as possible on the day to get through to the final. All levels of players are welcome, so try and find a partner and have a go. The Mixed Club Champs will be held on Sun 10th March 2019 more info to follow.
See you at the club.