We had amazing weather for the Ulladulla Seniors Tournament on 19, 20 & 21 February with 230 players participating over the 3 days of which 20 players were locals.
On the Friday, for the singles event, 44 men and 14 women took to our 12 courts in Ulladulla. Our youngest player, Scott Leith narrowly beat David Rouse in the MS 35-55 section. While another new player to our tournament, Glen Newbery, also narrowly beat Simon Harris in the MS 40-55. It was lovely to see Sharyn Eaton playing singles this year and she won the WS 35-60 section over Sharon Killen. Both the ladies and men’s Doubles and the Combined Age Mixed Doubles were full, with some exceptional tennis played. It was great to see so many new players and, of course, to welcome many familiar faces.
The Combined Age Mixed Doubles event is always a lot of fun. How pleasing it was to see a number of pairings that had been put together, now very happy to play together in other tournaments. A special mention should go to our oldest pairing of Colin Elliott and Ron Lewis, a combined age of 167!
This year Big 4 Bungalow Park on Burrill Lake were once again a major sponsor of our tournament along with the Mollymook Golf Club and Tennis NSW South East Region, whose donations became prizes in the raffle. First prize, a week’s accommodation at Big 4 Burrill Lake was won by John McCullah. Second prize went to John and Irene Stimson, a week’s accommodation at the Mollymook holiday house donated by Kay Philip. A very generous donation Kay and very much appreciated. Another of our major prizes is a gift voucher from Tennis Jewels. And how wonderful that Kay Philip won this prize. Thank you to all our players and visitors who supported the raffle and donations for prizes.
As usual our many volunteers kept everyone well fed and hydrated in our ‘Covid safe world’. A few simple changes for preparing, ordering and the provision of beverages made it just so. Saturday evening, sitting on the lawn under the stars, eating a lamb or beef bread roll, cooked on the spit (thank you Lions Club), followed by home-made apple crumble and custard, listening to fantastic live music from local musicians ( see photo below) with a glass of wine, was truly magical. A huge thank you to all the players who supported our tournament and for making the three days so enjoyable. Great job once again Mary Lou!