Play­ing with full deck

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Pukerua Bay Ten­nis Club mem­bers cel­e­brated the con­struc­tion of their new deck in style with an Easter tour­na­ment played in per­fect weather.

The $49,000 struc­ture is a wel­come re­place­ment for the old, worn deck, which was torn down with rel­ish by many of the club’s mem­bers in Fe­bru­ary. Fundrais­ing in­cluded $ 17,000 from the Easter tour­na­ment, while $29,000 was re­ceived from the Lot­ter­ies Com­mis­sion via a grant.

‘‘We’re just so proud of it,’’ says club cap­tain Deb­bie Quen­nell. ‘‘ The feed­back has been phe­nom­e­nal.’’

The deck, in the plan­ning for the past three years, was built in five weeks by Mike Porten­ers. It has seat- ing for spec­ta­tors, a cov­ered bar­be­cue area, a wide stair­case for bet­ter traf­fic flow and is easy and safe for chil­dren and par­ents from Pukerua Play­group to use.

Quen­nell says spe­cial men­tion must go to Colin Trot­ter, who was the ‘‘ en­ergy’’ be­hind the Lot­ter­ies grants sub­mis­sion.

Over Easter, play­ers from through­out Welling­ton took part in the tour­na­ment – from coach­ing pro­fes­sion­als to so­cial play­ers and ju­niors.

Mar­cel Glover and Char­lie Hud­son won the men’s dou­bles, Kaye Hamil­ton and Jane Poole the women’s dou­bles, while Hud­son and part­ner Emily Murch­land took out the mixed dou­bles. The Judy Jef­frey Me­mo­rial Mixed Plate was won by Brian Stur­man and Pam Mor­ris.

Decked out: Porirua city coun­cil­lor Anita Baker, club cap­tain Deb­bie Quen­nell, builder Mike Porten­ers, club mem­ber Jane Poole and play­group mem­ber Jo Roberts on Pukerua Bay Ten­nis Club’s new deck.

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