Forty years of love for club

Roy Bastick, founding members Noel and Estelle Dearden, Carol Talbot and Vicki Jenkins.
Roy Bastick, founding members Noel and Estelle Dearden, Carol Talbot and Vicki Jenkins.

President Vicki Jenkins said a group of residents started the club as Quinns Rocks Racket Association in 1975.

‘The club started when the courts were down at the carpark where we’re having the erosion problems now,’ she said.

‘You can still see the markings. They moved in 1979 ” the City of Wanneroo built two courts up at Gumblossom Park, then in the late ’80s they built two more.’

Mrs Jenkins said founding members at the first meeting on October 22, 1975, included Estelle and Noel Dearden, Colin and Ann Browne, Athlee Piper, Maureen (Gus) Boel and Hillary Lewis.

‘It was just a very small club at the time. They played at the courts at the beach front, in the northern end of the car park,’ she said.

‘They paid $5 a year per member.’

Mrs Jenkins, who has been president of the club on and off for almost 15 years, said they had social tennis on Saturday afternoons, Monday nights and Tuesday mornings.

They also have women’s pennants on Wednesday mornings and men’s pennants in the evenings.

‘We are always looking for new members,’ the Quinns Rocks resident said.

‘We have a variety of ages from 14 to people in their 70s.

‘We had a member who was 79 ” he was still running around the court like a spring chicken.

‘It’s a great sport that you can play until you are elderly.’

The Indian Ocean Brewing Company will serve up a cocktail celebration for the tennis club on Saturday, March 21.

Past members who wish to attend can call Vicki on 9305 1525 or 0435 947 276.