Friday, April 30, 2010
Julie South has been the mainstay of this tournament ever since its inception 20 years ago with the start of the Norfolk Island Veterans’ Games. Commenting at the end of this year’s tournament, Julie said it compared very well with previous years. Julie said that the tennis this year had been of a very good standard, and that everyone had clearly enjoyed their time and renewed old friendships. This year saw matches played between 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s age groups, in men’s, women’s and mixed doubles teams.
Governor’s Lodge was the main sponsor this year, and many of the players have been staying there. Support was also provided by Smudgie (Head tennis balls for the tournament and a Head tennis racquet prize was the major raffle prize), Pete’s Place (prizes), and Bob Little (for topping up the first aid kit). Julie paid thanks to these sponsors and also for the many hours of effort put in by Jeff Emmans, Ben Morton, and a big thanks to club President Chris Gatehouse, in getting everything ready in time for the tournament and making sure everything worked during this busy week. Thanks also go to the cooks and chefs who had supplied food for the Sunday evening welcome bash and morning teas each day of the tournament. This year’s tournament has been good financially for the club, and just as importantly, it is a great lift for the club spirit.