South Perth Tennis Club celebrates its 120th birthday

(L-R): South Perth Lawn Tennis Club members Vere Berger, Keeva Verschoor, president Mark O’Connor, long-term member Max Francis  and Jeanette McPhee. FRONT: Youngest club member Simona Costine (6). Picture: David Baylis
(L-R): South Perth Lawn Tennis Club members Vere Berger, Keeva Verschoor, president Mark O’Connor, long-term member Max Francis and Jeanette McPhee. FRONT: Youngest club member Simona Costine (6). Picture: David Baylis

MEMBERS young and old will be walking down memory lane for the South Perth Lawn Tennis Club’s 120th anniversary on March 9.

South Perth Lawn Tennis Club started with 125 members and Sir Winthrop Hackett as president in 1898 playing within Perth Zoo grounds.

Long-term club member Keeva Verschoor joined in 1988 when members relocated to the clubhouse at the corner of McNabb Loop and Murray Street.

“It was a brand new clubhouse with 12 grass courts and four hard courts,” she said.

The first members of the South Perth Lawn Tennis Club with Sir Winthrop Hackett at the front.

President Mark O’Connor said the members have adjusted well to changes throughout the years despite the financial burden after the move.

“The move itself was difficult for the club because there was a financial burden on the Club at that time,” he said.

“In 2016, we added new courts and lighting on the courts is very good, it’s state competition standard.”

Max Francis, who joined as a junior member in the late 1950s, said playing at the courts hidden at the end of a cul-de-sac had its advantages.

“It’s the tranquillity, that’s the trade-off for not being visible,” he said.

Mr O’Connor said another big change for the Club was its amalgamation with Canning Tennis Club in 2014.

“We have about 200 members,” he said.

“We’ve invited a lot of ex-members back and we’re asking people to bring memorabilia and to dress up in the old uniforms.”

Current and former members of the Club are invited to play a game and have morning tea at South Perth Tennis Centre on March 9.

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT: South Perth Tennis Club 120th anniversary

WHERE: South Perth Tennis Centre at the corner of McNabb Loop and Murray Street, Como

WHEN: Saturday, March 9 at 2pm

INFO: RSVP by March 6 to southperthltc@gmail.com