FAST serves, quick volleys and some great cultural awareness were exchanged at Cottesloe Tennis Club recently as Christ Church Grammar’s (CCGS) Corr Cup First VIII tennis team played a ‘friendly’ with Clontarf College athletes.
Indigenous boys from as far as the ‘western desert’, Kununurra, Port Hedland, Kalgoorlie and Moora had tremendous fun and many laughs while they teamed up with the western suburbs players in doubles.
CCGS boys thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and generously donated their racquets at the end of the match to Clontarf to help with its tennis program.
The event organised by the Murlpirrmarra Connection’s Darren Patten and Warren Harding, and was kindly hosted by Cottesloe Tennis who provided courts, balls and a sausage sizzle.
Tennis West coach Rob Kilderry ran a tennis clinic on serving and was impressed with the enthusiasm of the boys.
It was 46 years ago that indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong-Cawley won the French Open which and then went on to become world number one.
Tennis is a sport that caters for all ages and backgrounds and hopefully this event will be annual and help inspire future champions.