Tennis players celebrate 80 years of great tournaments

June 24, 2016

What a great weekend – great weather, great tennis, and great atmosphere with many people returning for the 80th Anniversary as well as the tennis.

Numbers of competitors was up by about 10 from last year which was very pleasing to see. Although local players were outnumbered six to one by the visitors, the competition was great and the rivalry fierce, but friendly, as I’m sure the spectators will agree. A Great Weekend was had by all.

The 80th Anniversary Dinner which was held on the Saturday night at the Roxy (which turned out to be the ideal venue as it afforded our guests the opportunity to visit our iconic theatre) was attended by 86 people (many of whom were not current players) and was really enjoyable with many amusing anecdotes and tall tales being shared. It was really great to be able to meet these people who had played here back in the 60s and 70s and share in their memories.

Bob Seale was awarded a medal and certificate for his 42 years of consistent playing in the Bingara Long Weekend Tournament. (He has not missed one year in 42) – Well Done Bob –

The ‘Birthday Cake’ was cut by past Bingara Open Tournament players Russell Lewis and Cookie East.

As with every event held in country towns it is a huge team effort with every one working together and doing their bit. For without that team work the system fails and there is no event so a big thank you to all involved.

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank our sponsors without whom we would really struggle. They are: New England Mutual, The Imperial Hotel, Bingara IGA & Hardware, McGregor Gourlay Agricultural Services, Meat on Maitland, The Sportsmans Hotel, Bingara Pharmacy, Villa Rouge, The Bingara Advocate, Bingara Central School, Bingara Post Office, Hopwoodmiller Design & Communication P/L, Ivan and Judy Galvin, the Gwydir Shire Council and Ken Wray from Tennis NSW.

Thank you all once again as your support is invaluable and much appreciated.

And while I’m thanking people I must mention the lady bowlers and golfers who organized and ran the canteen and barbecue over the weekend from 8am each morning with bacon and eggs for breakfast.

They ran very successfully providing a range of hot foods, sandwiches and morning tea. The people who helped on the Canteen and barbecue did so voluntarily as members of, and in support of, our Sporting Club. All monies raised from the canteen will go directly to the club itself, not to the tennis section.

by Jan Miller