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Notice is hereby given that the 89th Annual General Meeting of the Vogelmorn Tennis Club will be held at the Clubhouse on Sunday 26th August 2018 commencing at 4 pm.


Junior newsletter December 2015

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Junior prizegiving 2015

VTC Prizegiving 2015

Annual general meeting 2014

The 85th Annual General Meeting of the Vogelmorn Tennis Club (Inc.) will be held at the clubhouse on Sunday 31 August 2014 at 4 pm.

All members welcome.

Jase – volunteer impact at clubs

10 September 2013

This week I want to cover volunteers and the  impact they can have on a club.

The season has certainly kicked off for us.  It’s our third week of open days at  tennis clubs in Wellington.  Shane and I cover four clubs every weekend so we’ve  done 12 clubs so far.  We get a really good idea on which clubs are doing  poorly, ok and really well.

Interestingly enough, the most common conversation thread at these open days  from parents was why there were no NZ men at the top of the game.  Tennis NZ  have taken a step in the right direction with the new player development  strategy in my opinion.  I’ll touch on that a bit more next week as it’s been a  topic of hot debate through the pro shop with tennis coaches and players.  But  another top player (with Marina) on the tour will no doubt have a big impact on  numbers.  But as usual, I digress.

On Sunday I was at a club that was doing very well.  Vogelmorn Tennis Club in  Wellington seem to have the formula right for their juniors.  Their coach, Mark  Parsonage has been on a grasshoppers campaign that has resulted in a lot of new  junior members.  Whether it’s his lessons, passion for the game or his smile I  don’t really know.  I asked him, but there didn’t seem to be anything different  to what most other coaches were doing.  All I know is that his conversion rate  of kids in the grasshoppers (soon to be hot shots) programme joining the tennis  club was extremely good.  I’ll continue to try to get to the bottom of what was  done differently there.

The club has an energetic, vibrant team on the junior committee that are  focused on providing the best and most fun day they can.  They had the extremely  large 1.5m tennis racquets from the good folks at Prince on court for parents  (most kids couldn’t swing it).  They’d made tennis ball lolly pops for every  kid, muffins, sausage rolls, tea, coffee, ball machine and coaching on court.  They had queues to sign up nearly the whole day.  I got to talk to at least  50-60 parents about getting the right sized racquet.  Amazing stuff and really  good to see a good result for the club and for tennis.

All in all a really good job.  The common theme with all the successful clubs is  that there is usually a core group of volunteers who are passionate, do  everything they can and make it a lot fun for everyone.  Vogelmorn had it in  spades.  Jill Oakley and her team did an amazing job and they were still smiling  at the end of it.  By the way, last year Wellington turned it on in true style.

Wind and rain greeted us. Vogelmorn had organised former Australian Open Semi  finalist Belinda Cordwell to do some coaching at their open day.  With the rain  and wind she had one foot on the ball basket to keep it from blowing over and  still coached the kids!  Now that was a sight to behold.  My hat off to the  volunteers that drive the clubs and make them what they are.  Without you, this  sport and our clubs would not be a success in the slightest.

Meanwhile, after the open day I slumped off home to spend some quality time  with my sun drenched couch.  I’d heard it’d been missing me and I didn’t want to  hurt its feelings.

Till next week.


Jason Pierre

Thump Sports Limited

Smashing the court

Vogelmorn Tennis Club

Shining example: Sisters Phoebe, left, and Tamara Anderson are making an impression at Vogelmorn Tennis Club.


Vogelmorn Tennis Club has some rising junior stars on its books and is hoping to attract more at an open day this week.

The club’s two young sisters Phoebe and Tamara Anderson are on their way to tennis fame, winning regional and national competitions.

Phoebe, 14, is ranked number one for under-14s in Wellington.

She won the 2012 Slazenger Central Region Junior Championships for her age group, and was part of the Vogelmorn women’s winning Premier three interclub team for the 2011-2012 season.

Younger sister Tamara, 12, is ranked first for under-12s in Wellington, and third for under-14s.

She was part of the winning Central team at the 2012 National Junior Teams event.

Even though the two sisters are too young to play against each other competitively, they often practise together.

“We do short sets – I usually win,” said Phoebe.

Tamara said she would prefer to pull out of a competition instead of facing her sister, but if she had to play she would “give it 100 per cent”. Both girls listed the world’s number-two ranked player Novak Djokovic as their favourite player. They said preferred watching men’s tennis to women’s because of the speed and power of the game. The girls are not selling themselves short on long term goals.

Phoebe also excels at athletics and has her sights fixed on representing New Zealand in the 800m and 1500m at the 2016 Olympics.

Meanwhile, Tamara said she aimed to become the “best in New Zealand” at tennis.

She would like to compete at Wimbledon in the future.

This season Phoebe and Tamara will play in Vogelmorn’s top senior women’s team, newly promoted to Premier two position.

Vogelmorn junior convenor Jill Oakley said the club was very lucky to have the two “fabulous” girls.

“They do a great job for the club.”

Vogelmorn is holding a juniors open day this Saturday, where non-members can try their hand at basic tennis skills and register for this season.

Ms Oakley has enlisted the help of Kiwi tennis Olympian Belinda Cordwell to bring her ball machine and pass on tips to newcomers.

Tamara Anderson will also be on hand to give pointers.

The open day will be held on September 8 from 9am to 12pm. Call 389 9757.

– The Wellingtonian

Prize-giving 2012

Photos from prize-giving 2012

Working bee

Our first working bee for the season will be held on Sunday 9th October 2011 commencing at 9.30am.  All welcome, the more the merrier!

2011/12 Season

The 2011/12 season is now underway.  We had a good turnout for our opening day last Sunday and the weather was magic.  Everyone enjoyed the tennis and the afternoon tea that followed.

Club days are on Saturday and Sunday afternoons starting at 1 pm.   Saturday club days will run until the start of interclub which is Saturday 1st October.

Newsletter May 2011

Newsletter May 2011