Playing with full deck
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.