The Steels Creek Tennis & Social Club is located at 817 Steels Creek Road, opposite Hunts Lane. The club is a vibrant hub of our community, with 40 active and social members enjoying competitive and social tennis, coaching and regular social events.
President, Mark Newell 0411 111 839
Secretary, Graham Lloyd 0430 243 442
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VALE Alby Leckie: You would be aware that our longtime member and past president, Alby, passed away on the 16th of June. The Funeral Service will be held at the Le Pine Chapel, 440 Maroondah Hwy, Lilydale on Friday, 25th June, 2021 commencing at 2.30pm. Family and friends unable to attend the service due to COVID restrictions are invited to watch via livestream at this link.
Membership: Our membership year runs from July through June, so if you haven’t done so for this 2021-2022 year, please download the membership form (link above) and send your cheque or pay by EFT (details on the form). Your support is appreciated – and necessary.
Welcome back We plan to have a open day get together on Sunday afternoon, 25 July, from 3pm. We’ll provide a sausage sizzle and coffee, tea and cakes.
All this will be governed by the COVID restrictions which might be then in place.
COVID-19 State of Disaster: From Friday, 25 June 2021: The Steels Creek Tennis Club Committee has reviewed the guidelines of the Victorian Government, Tennis Victoria and Yarra Ranges Council as it pertains to tennis at our facility as of 25 June 2021. With some restrictions, play may resume at the courts. The Committee has set the following requirements for play on the courts:
- There is no longer a practical limit to people who can attend the outdoor areas of the Club.
- Everyone in the facility must practice physical distancing at all times by being 1.5m apart from one another.
- Toilet facilities can be open. Member’s key works back door for toilets.
- Indoor facilities including clubhouses are limited to 15 people (1 person per 4 sq m).
- Equipment can not be made available for hire or shared use.
- Records must be kept of all everyone using the facility. All visitors must sign in using the QR code posted on the clubroom door.
- Stay home if you are feeling unwell
- Bring all your own equipment, including racquets, balls, drink containers and hand sanitizer
- Adhere to strict hygiene practices, including using hand sanitizer before and after play, cover your mouth when coughing, and cleaning surfaces you touch (such as padlocks, gates, etc.)
- Consider that the parent/guardian of younger children may want to have line of sight of activity, in line with the Victorian Childsafe Standards.
- Only members may reserve courts; players need not be members.
- Reserving of courts must be made through the Secretary at SCTC@yarraglen.com using our form.
- The court booking/attendance form must be completed prior to use to reserve the courts and emailed to the Secretary (by scan, photo or PDF). After play, please send an updated form.
We will review how this is going and may make changes as we feel, or the governments advise, are necessary
Annual General Meeting: The Steels Creek Tennis and Social Club, Inc will hold its 2021 AGM in the Spring. An announcement will be made shortly. If you would like to serve on the committee as an officer or member, please let the secretary know at email@example.com
NEW: Sunday Arvo Social Tennis On a suggestion from a member, we started a trial of Sunday afternoon social tennis. It has been restarted. If you wish to come and join in for friendship and exercise, contact the Secretary to check if play is on for that day.
Family and Friends Pizza Nights: Come join us for our new year of family pizza nights starting once the temporary closure is lifted. We’ll start at 5pm for dinner and tennis. A special night with fun for all. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. (pay on the night) Please made reservations through Mark Newell at 0411 111 839 or SCTC@yarraglen.com.
Competition Tennis: Saturday afternoon tennis competition is still on hold as we haven’t been able to get enough volunteers for a team. If you are interested, contact Ed Bartosh (0438 508 235) or Alby (5965 2354).
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).
News Archive2019 Christmas in July Dinner
The Steels Creek Tennis and Social Club held their annual Christmas in July dinner at the Community Centre on Saturday Evening, 27 July. A great time was had by all who attended. An excellent dinner was prepared by Angie Lloyd, which was eagerly devoured. The laughter and banter was fantastic as friends got together to reminisce and enjoy the evening. Thanks also to Mark, Graham and their families for arranging the Hall to perfection. York was the surprise MC for the evening as well.New key scheme
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 current 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 current player subscription and the $20 key fee.
Contact Alby or Kylie 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.Winter 2013 season ends with a bangNew lights for SCTC – 2009
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.The vines might be singed but ... – 2009
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.Outstanding contribution to community recovery – 2009
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.New club rooms opened – 2011
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.