On Sunday, the 26th of November, the Hamlyn Park Tennis Club celebrated its 50th birthday with a large contingent of both past and present members gathering to enjoy the full day of festivities.
It’s hard to imagine that 50 years has already past when the club first started out with asphalt courts and a small clubroom no bigger than a standard size bathroom, but all things great generally start out from humble beginnings.
Whilst the weather on the day didn’t start out so well, the rain did clear just before the start of the event and soon the clubrooms were full of voice and stories about premierships won and lost, tennis partners and members reliving their time at the club and contribution it made to their lifestyle.
Importantly, it was great to see so many junior faces including young ones not quite yet able to hold a tennis racquet but we’re certainly hoping in the years to come they’ll be wearing the Hamlyn Park logo with pride.
It was tremendous to see some of the founding members come along and see how far the club has progressed from its early years as well as marvel at the changes the courts and clubrooms have undergone over the years.
The jumping castle proved a hit with the young ones, whilst the silent auction had bargain hunters busy ensuring they didn’t miss out on an opportunity to grab some great merchandise for the home and garden as well as pamper themselves.
And of course, a tennis function just isn’t fun without a little competitive combat and we quickly found out which members are indeed an eagle-eye when it comes to serving at specific targets.
Complimenting the BBQ and silent auction, there was a special presentation made to both the founding members and the highly valued sponsors who have come on board to support the club. Their ongoing generosity will help ensure the future of the tennis club remains strong. You’ll see their logos on our website and around the tennis club fence.
The day also allowed the club to show off some of its new merchandise as well as a new club logo that will take it forward into the future.
The club expresses its gratitude especially to all those who were involved in bringing this day together includes the Wiedmann’s, Robert Arzanovski, Glen Lauder, Colin Shallue and the other committee members. A special thanks also to Kath and Andrew Frost who put together the marvellous
silent auction items which contributed valuable funds to the ongoing improvements around the club.
The tennis club is well poised to further grow its membership and it’s through the support of events such as these that will allow Hamlyn Park to continue offering both competitive and social tennis for its local community.