The Milton Ulladulla Seniors NSW Annual Tournament is done and dusted for another year with the dynamic Tournament Director Mary Lou Barclay now enjoying a very well-earned rest.
The mild weather couldn’t have been more perfect on the weekend of February 21-23 with players from around NSW, ACT, Victoria and further afield competing in the 22nd year of the tournament.
The event proved to be another success which brought quality tennis to our district and helped the local economy enormously, with the players and their entourages being accommodated for at least three days.
Several of the visiting players have represented Australia, with some world champions, including the Australian number 1 ranked doubles player in the 65-70 age group, Helen Worland.
Helen won her Women’s Singles event against Sara Goddard who is five years younger. Both Helen and Sara have represented Australia and hold World Senior Tennis Rankings.
On the social side many players and their supporters stayed behind or returned on Saturday night for a sumptuous barbecue dinner catered for by our hard-working committee and club volunteers, serving almost 100 meals. Many of the visitors complimented the kitchen staff on their delicious menu items throughout the weekend, all served with a smile.
A huge thank you to all players for your sportsmanship and friendliness on and off the courts. Many players limped home very tired and sore on Sunday but nonetheless very happy to have participated. Congratulations to the winners and runners-up in each event.
The club is very grateful to the individuals and businesses who donated goods and services to provide wonderful raffle prizes and help raise funds to put back into the local club amenities – Kay Daniel for first prize of a week’s accommodation in a Mollymook Beach holiday house, Julie from Tennis Jewels, SE Region Tennis, Mollymook Golf Club, Burrill Lake Cellars and Bakers Delight.
The Milton Ulladulla District Tennis Association would also like to thank the local hospitality industry for their brilliant hosting of our tennis guests. It all plays a part in the success of our tennis events and our ability to attract returning players.