The Steels Creek Tennis & Social Club is located at 815 Steels Creek Road, opposite Hunts Lane. The club is a vibrant hub of our community, with 90 active and social members enjoying competitive and social tennis, coaching and regular social events.
President, Alby Leckie 5965 2354
Secretary, Kylie Schabel
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Kids’ Coaching Day: Tuesday 19 January, 9 am – 3 pm. Cost: $25/child, includes coaching, BBQ lunch, fruit and drinks. All skill levels catered for and spare rackets available if required. To book your child’s place: Mark 0411 111 839 by 17 January.
Family Tennis: Friday 29 January, from 5 pm.
Competition Tennis: Saturday afternoon tennis competition started again on 10 October. We have two teams of widely differing ability playing. All games start by 1.15 pm. There will be a break over summer, but if you are interested, contact Rob Fallon (0417 471 009) for the higher section or Alby (5965 2354) for a medium standard.
Ladies Social Tennis: Lindy and Joanne have been playing on Monday mornings at 9 am. Contact Lindy if you’d like to join in for a bit of light fun (5965 2202).
Thursday social tennis is on from 7.30 pm. Stay afterwards for a chat and drink (BYO please). Very low key, very enjoyable.
From 1 July 2013, the Club court keys changed to a new ‘protected’ key. Previous court keys will no longer have access to the courts or lavatory entrance.
If you have a court key under the previous key deposit or key fee scheme AND you have paid your 2013–14 annual subscription as a player, you will be eligible for a swap of your old key for a new key in lieu of paying the new key fee of $20.
If you do not have a court key and wish to have one, you may request one upon payment of your 2013–14 player subscription and the $20 key fee.
Contact Alby or Ed to arrange a swap or key pick up. Keys remain the property of the Club and must be returned if membership is not kept active and financial. Conditions apply and are available here.
The Steels Creek Tennis Club has been awarded $50,000 for lights, as announced on Tuesday 23 march 2009 by the Honourable James Merlino MP, Minister for Sport and Recreation. The Shire of Yarra Ranges added $20,000. Tamatha Harding of Tennis Victoria gave the club sport shirts, racquets and balls to help with our team and community efforts. Read the story in full here.
Steels Creek has suffered a blow from the bushfires of February 2009. However, as Andrew Chapman wrote: “The vine may be singed and the fruit burnt, but the roots are still there…”.
The Steels Creek Tennis Club will be open and playing on Saturday 14 February in Saturday Comps as normal (1 pm). Our grateful thanks to the utilities, the Shire of Yarra Ranges and volunteers who are helping keep us active and functioning.
The Shire contracted to install a new tank to replace one burned by the fires. They will also be using the block for a community amenities centre. Toilets and showers will be available for use. Across the street will be a water point for stock water and fodder. The new tank is full, roof cleaned for the next rain, and temporary showers are installed.
Callum Robinson and some volunteers arrived with help and 100 m of shade cloth donated by Michael Frost of Silvan Selecta. Volunteers came from the Yarra Glen Community Assistance Project.
Starting to heal and grow from our community roots (the kindness and help from members and strangers)!
Both teams played on Saturday the 14th – one away at Wonga Park and Alby’s OS-8 team at home. While preparing to start play, Fran Bailey MP and Malcolm Turnbull MP arrived to see the community starting its recovery.
Your SC Tennis Club was recognised at the 2009 Victorian Sport and Recreation Awards ceremony on 23 November at the MCG for its “outstanding contribution to bushfire recovery”. The press release said, “Sports clubs such as Steels Creek Tennis Club are at the heart of many communities and provide a place for families and friends to get together and in times of adversity, sport can play a key role in building community strength. Our bushfire-affected clubs are playing a key role as communities rebuild, recover in the months and years after the fires.” This was unexpected by us, and we are grateful to our community for their support.
The new club rooms were formally opened on Sunday, 15 May 2011 with the assistance of Yarra Ranges Council Mayor Terry Avery and Cr. Jeanette McRae. Cr. McRae asked Life members Alby and Gwen Leckie and Jean Lowe to cut the ribbon opening the facility. Following a nice morning tea, Danielle Lowerson, Community Tennis Officer with Tennis Victoria, provided games and prizes for the younger set and a sausage sizzle was provided for others. Thanks also to Katie Kelly of Victoria Sport and Recreation for setting up the day.
A Brief History of the Club
According to an article in The Evelyn Observer on 19 May 1911, the Steels Creek Tennis Club was opened by Mr E C Morris. It seems that the courts were on Mr Fletcher’s land.
Then on 21 February 1920, the Club was opened by Cr W Hubbard. It seems this was a different location, probably at what was known as Commerford Hill, just north of Valley Road.
In 1961, Bill & Mary Lawrence donated land to build the present courts, but it was 1988 before decent facilities became available. In the 1990s, the land was deeded over to the local Shire, but the Steels Creek Tennis & Social Club Inc. operates the facilities by agreement with the Shire.
The Club volunteers worked to improve the facilities, and the bitumen courts were redone in Synpave in 1999, and again, with a the help of a grant from the Shire, synthetic grass courts were laid over the Synpave in 2007. Further improvements came with new lights in 2009 and a new clubhouse in 2011.
Steels Creek players compete in the Eastern Region Tennis Association (see the standings of our teams by selecting Steels Creek from their ladders page). We are also affiliated with Tennis Victoria and the Mountain Area Ladies Tuesday tennis Association (MALTTA).