The Maleny Tennis Club scoured the lofts and garages of Maleny to assemble an amazing array of wooden racquets for the inaugural Wooden Racquets Day at the Club last Saturday. Some racquets ‘popped’ when taken out of their presses after forty years, some were already warped and their was even an offer of a couple of racquets strung with fishing line. However they were great levellers. Under a lowering winter sky, twenty eight players ranging in age from early teens to late seventies battled it out on a great social day.
In a break between sets,Maleny identities, virtuoso singer Jenny Keys, Maleny Singers Director, Margaret Taylor and Club Patron Dr Ian Findlay of Oriana Choir fame were seen in deep conversation, no doubt hatching the sequel to the Club’s recent ‘Sound of Balls’ musical.
Official referee Jack Wilcox spent the day cajoling players to leave the warmth of the clubhouse, the BBQ lunch and the sumptuous afternoon tea organised by Sylvia Harker and prepared by the ladies and get on the courts to beat the threatening rain.
The men’s division went to Club Treasurer Peter Cook, veteran Barbara Williams (who was awarded a Life Membership Certificate at the closing ceremony) took out the ladies division and promising young player, Bob Ward won the junior title. It was the first any of the juniors had ever played with a wooden racquet.
The Club’s new President, Peter Parnell was delighted with the outcome of this initiative and consideration is being given to making it a regular event.
The players in the vintage tennis photo from left to right are Jack Wilcox ,Club Secretary, Jenny Keys, Peter Parnell, President and Libby Parnell.
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