Ten­nis club serves up 80th mile­stone Kristie Lim

Eastern Reporter - - Sport -

FOR May­lands Ten­nis Club’s long­est-stand­ing mem­ber Ge­off Farn­ham, the club’s 80th an­niver­sary rep­re­sents the life­long friend­ships he has made since join­ing af­ter World War II.

The club opened on Eighth Av­enue in 1937 be­fore mov­ing to May­lands Penin­sula in 1980.

Farn­ham (88), who joined in 1948 and is a life mem­ber and for­mer club pres­i­dent, said while he stopped play­ing eight years ago, his fam­ily still played at the club.

“When we were at Eighth Av­enue, we were in the town (cen­tre) and ev­ery­one saw us and th­ese days we are at the fringes, which is very nice,” he said.

“It is the life­long friend­ships with var­i­ous peo­ple… we know them very well so there is a so­cial side to ten­nis.”

Pres­i­dent John Hog­ben, who joined in 1988, said the club was invit­ing old and cur­rent mem­bers to cel­e­brate the club’s an­niver­sary on Oc­to­ber 8.

Hog­ben said the State Gov­ern­ment’s $50,000 fund­ing for resur­faced hard courts and LED light­ing would at­tract mem­bers and ju­niors in years to come.

The open day event will fea­ture free ten­nis and af­ter­noon tea from 1.30pm.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d474133

Pres­i­dent John Hog­ben, life mem­ber Ge­off Farn­ham and coach Jack Bald­win will cel­e­bratethe May­lands Ten­nis Club’s 80th an­niver­sary.

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