AFTER a five-year absence, Nollamara Tennis Club has snagged an unexpected second place at the City of Stirling tournament held in Mt Lawley last month.
The club finished second behind Wembley Downs and beat last year’s winner North Beach on top of winning the handicap trophy.
Head coach Philipp Lamprecht said it was a team effort.
“I wouldn’t choose any particular players but the whole team of Nollamara Tennis Club only had one loss over the whole day against Wembley Downs who had their men’s state league players in their team,” Lamprecht said.
“The highlight for us was probably beating last year’s winner North Beach in both rounds.”
Nollamara last competed at the annual mixed team tournament in 2011, where they finished last.
Lamprecht said their entry to the tournament surprised many teams.
“So the other teams didn’t expect us showing up with such a strong team… other teams like Wembley Downs and North Beach had lots of state league players in their team as well.”
Lamprecht said he hoped more players of any age and standard joined the club, which boasted about 80 members.
“I think it would be great if people in the area know that Nollamara Tennis Club still exists and that there are also coaches who offer tennis lessons for adults and juniors,” he said.
“People can come down for social play but also for more competitive tennis, the club also has strong pennants players.”
The club has 18 grass courts and four hard courts and hosts social sessions every Saturday at 1.30pm.
There are also tennis lessons run by Lamprecht and fellow coach Mitchell Turner.