Edendale club marks 40 years
Turning 40 is generally considered an important milestone.
The Edendale Tennis midweek ladies club, which will celebrate the anniversary at the end of this month, is no exception.
Club founder Mary Cole formed the group after deciding she wanted to play tennis during the week as well as on the weekend.
“We rang around all our friends and got 17 girls together. They called us the Thursday girls.”
The Sandringham resident says the group was initially aimed at recruiting young mums.
“The area is so safe for children. At one stage we had 35 preschoolers running around.
“In those days we didn’t send kids to daycare.”
But with more women working, Mrs Cole says the face of the group has changed.
The 20 players range in age from the 40s to the 80s, with many members maintaining their links despite moving out of the area.
While there’s plenty of competitiveness out on the court, the women also get up to plenty of socialising, with shared lunches taking place at least once a month.
Club captain Carol Halls, who has been a member of the group for 33 years, says she loves meeting up with the group every Thursday, despite no longer being able to play for health reasons.
“There’s plenty of camaraderie. Many of us have been friends for years.”
The 85-year-old club has two courts that its 140 members use.
There are also plenty of family connections at the club, with Mrs Cole’s six children playing at Edendale over the years. She also has three grandchildren among Edendale’s 60 juniors.
“It’s a thrill to have them here,” she says.
If you are a former member of the midweek group and would like to join in the celebrations at the club on April 30, phone Carol on 620-7314.
Still got it: Edendale Tennis Club midweek ladies group founder Mary Cole shows she can still handle a racquet on the court. The group celebrates its 40th anniversary at the end of this month.