Light pole’s overhead smash
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.”
IS THAT A LET OR A FAULT? A light pole came down on Gin Gin Tennis Courts.