You can call me Al. Yeah, I'm doing the pennants thing. I'm playing Open Division 9 on Saturdays for Alexander Park. We have so many teams and lots of "recruits" from Mount Lawley. That sucks. Our team should have been at least Division 6, but with all these blow-ins (N4's and N5's), our regular teams have had to go down a few rungs on the ladder. It's all to do with State League being down-sized from 6 players to 4, I think. Either way, it sucks. We're winning our division too easily.
Yes, I played a couple of tournaments over winter - all Open and Special events - The Winter Hardcourt Champs, The Plexipave Champs at Sorrento, The State Hardcourt Champs, and The Spring Champs. I was totally outclassed in most of them. I made the second round of all my singles events at the State Hardies but lost first round everywhere else. However, I did win the special doubles at the Metro Plexipave. My partner and I got a cheque for $50 to share but no trophy. Dammit! Actually, we had to share the title with the other team because the final was rained out but I'm still counting it as a win.
It's ironic though considering doubles isn't my strongest point.
Thanks for the info on Mark and the other coaches. By Len and Cameron, do you mean Len Cannell and Cameron Venables? One of my mates is being coached by Cameron at the moment. I don't know Len but I've heard of him.
How about yourself? Do you play tournaments? I decided to enter the City of Perth Champs a little too late (the deadline was the day before I decided to enter it) so I guess I'm missing out this year. I didn't play the WA Open either. I wasn't ready and I didn't want to waste my money getting slaughtered by a State Leaguer. I'm not quite there yet but I will be one day.