Light pole’s over­head smash

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

GIN GIN Ten­nis Club mem­bers are count­ing their lucky stars af­ter play­ers es­caped what could have been a cat­a­strophic sit­u­a­tion.

A storm two weeks ago (Mon­day, Jan­uary 26) whipped up wild winds, and forced one of the light poles to fall and smash into the court.

Gin Gin Ten­nis Club’s Di An­der­son said the stars aligned to pre­vent se­ri­ous dam­age.

“We were very lucky,” An­der­son said.

“Peo­ple had the court booked and played Mon­day morn­ing. How lucky is it that it wasn’t brought down any time sooner?”

If the pole it­self was not a con­cern to club mem­bers the wires that de­tached and were ly­ing on the ground pre­sented an enor­mous is­sue.

“Luck­ily the lo­cal elec­tri­cian was in town and could help,” she said.

“We didn’t want to touch any­thing at all, but he was down there within half an hour.”

An­der­son said the pole was re­moved by Wed­nes­day morn­ing, with all glass and other bits and pieces com­pletely ti­died up.

The in­ci­dent means the club was re­duced to op­er­at­ing only one court, but mem­bers were not too up­set, given they still have a court to play on.

The pole it­self missed the net by what An­der­son es­ti­mated was only “about 12 inches”.

“We are lucky there were no dam­ages,” An­der­son said.

“If it hit the net it would’ve been cat­a­strophic for the club. Luck­ily it fell to the side.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IS THAT A LET OR A FAULT? A light pole came down on Gin Gin Ten­nis Courts.

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