Serving up a Surf Coast superpower
TENNIS lovers in the Surf Coast have a brand new club to call home after the amalgamation of three local clubs.
Following ongoing discussions for the past 18 months, Torquay, Jan Juc and Bellbrae tennis clubs have formed a single entity to be known as Surf Coast Tennis Club, which will be aimed at supporting and promoting the sport in the area.
Club captain Sam Rogers has been one of the main instigators of the move and said it did not make sense to have three organisations so close by to each other to be in competition for players and members.
“I have played on and off for Torquay and Jan Juc for the last eight years but it’s fair to say there are a few fair weather tennis players who didn’t want to play in the winter.
“I had myself and a couple of guys at Jan Juc and knew a couple of guys who were back at Torquay who were looking for a team, and it seemed silly not to play in one team given we weren’t that far apart.
“It occurred to me that that might be something really convenient to do more often and started thinking about it more seriously, because the two clubs were probably not really offering everything they could. There was a beginners’ night and social night at Torquay and then one at Jan Juc collapsed due to a lack of numbers.
“What was going to happen was one club was going to really well and the others would find a replacement for Ben Boseley. But it’s proving difficult. “We’ve got a meeting on Saturday (today) where we’ll chat to the senior leadership group and if we haven’t attracted any interest by then we’ll have a look at a couple of collapse, so we put a proposal together (to form one club, with Bellbrae) and have gone from there.”
The club’s Torquay site has just had four courts upgraded but Surf Coast will be maintaining all three venues and ensuring that tennis continues at all three locations, with members able to access all facilities and have the opportunity to play tennis on a variety of surfaces.
The first committee will be made up of 12 members from the last committees of the three constituent clubs to ensure equal representation throughout the transition.
Rogers said there were also plans to hold the inaugural Surf Coast club championships across summer as well as regular club nights, junior events and other tennis-related activities such as Cardio Tennis.
“One of the things I was really keen on doing is getting the club championships up and running because we hadn’t had them for 30 years,” he said.
“We’re very keen to preserve the history of each of the three clubs. When we started talking about our club championships I looked through our trophy cabinet and we have a trophy in there that was from 1933.
“That is now our ladies doubles trophy and to me that is really cool because we are reusing that club history.” guys who are lukewarm about doing the job,” Paddock said.
“They would make great coaches, but we’ll see if they put their hand up on the day.
“I don’t know whether it’s a thin market or what’s happening, but I do know a couple of CDFL clubs are struggling to
NEW FORCE: Torquay, Jan Juc and Bellbrae tennis clubs have merged to form the Surf Coast Tennis Club. Surf Coast officials Kristie Walters, Sam Rogers and Peter Hubacek prepare for the start of the new season.