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  Social Tennis for Seniors commences on Wednesday 19th April at 7pm and will run throughout the Summer and early Autumn.  If you are not a member and would like to try out the Club then please come along to this session on a Wednesday or Saturday Social Tennis which is held at 2pm weather permitting throughout the year.



 

 


 

Some pictures from our 125th Celebration with guest Judy Murray

May Fanning our oldest playing member cutting the cake with Judy Murray
Coaching by Judy Murray

Our 125th Anniversary cake created by Lorna Robertson
Norah Helen & Nicky





It was fantastic to see so many members there, along with old friends and hopefully some potential new recruits.

 No-one can be certain but I think we had over 250 people through the gates on the day – fortunately nobody ran a predictor game on that, and so we didn’t need an accurate count.

 Thanks to the work of so many members bringing planters, baking cakes, donating prizes, playing in the 125 hour marathon, and volunteering on catering duty, raffle ticket sales and in the wee children’s area, we really had a great day. 

 The fundraising for Tennis for Free worked beyond our wildest dreams. With £1,000 from the sponsors, £1,000 from the silent auction, and over £1,000 in from donations for refreshments, raffle sales and £1 games participation, we have made a fantastic sum for a very worthwhile wee charity. 

 I think everyone pretty much agreed that it couldn’t have been a more successful day, with a great atmosphere on the courts from 8.30 in the morning till 7.30 at night – even during the monsoon in the afternoon, when our intrepid men’s four of Dave, Andy, Joe and Sandy along with the Nott and Syme mother-daughter challenge kept us all entertained, along with Ken McFarlane in his wet-suit.

 Judy Murray had promised she would come for an hour and she left in the end at 12.30.   She said that she had enjoyed herself a lot more than she expected to – she certainly gave every indication that she was having a good time, and her visit was extended at her own suggestion rather than ours.  She was photographed with and introduced to four of our oldest members – Mary Lochhead having joined the club 76 years ago - as well as to some kids as young as two and three.  She gave everyone her time and attention and was a charming guest of honour.

 A selection of photos are viewable at http://www.inverclydenow.com/news/gallery/sport/tennis/judy-murray-at-kilmacolm-tennis-club

A huge number of people contributed to yesterday’s success; I won’t name all of them, but it was lovely to have a big cross-section of club members involved.   A massive thank you needs to go to Graham Robertson and his family.  Graham’s dogged pursuit of Judy Murray in the first place – supported by coach Melissa’s pincer movement - made all the difference.  Freda and Graham were cleaning the clubhouse windows on Friday afternoon while daughter Lorna Robertson put the finishing touches to the magnificent 125 cake which she single handedly baked.  And all this when our first team star player young Alistair Robertson was making final preparations  and packing for his volunteering trip to Tanzania, which he left for at lunchtime yesterday.   The parents played the kids during the first hour of the marathon at 8.30am, in glorious sunshine, and with very little swearing. 


 


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