On our move to Benalla in 1978 I tried again to fit social tennis into my life, but with school runs, working with the animals we had and a part-time job time just seemed to fly. So, once again, tennis was put aside. After our move to Broadford in late 1983 I tried again to fit tennis into my life, but apart from filling in occasionally with a ladies midweek team and playing socially with my children, I seemed to be fighting a losing battle. Eventually I retired .
However, when we moved to the Bellarine Peninsula in 2012, I rediscovered my love of the game when I joined The Veterans at Point Lonsdale . There I played twice a week. On our return to Benalla I started playing in the Saturday afternoon competition with The Gardens Club. This came to a screaming halt (literally) when I tore my calf muscle whilst playing at Swanpool. The rehabilitation involved physiotherapy and exercise over a period of two months. I realised I had lost confidence in my ability to play competition and was about to give up the game completely, when I heard of the Wednesday Morning Ladies. Intrigued I went along. Six years later, I am an entrenched member
We are usually described as the Hit and Giggle lot by outsiders, as there is generally lots of laughter and we do NOT play for sheep stations. Overall, it is a social get together where we play several games, drink tea and catch up on the news, both local and worldwide. We play all year round and if the weather is wet we'll have a cup of tea, solve the world's problems and return to our homes. Winter does not hinder us and although we start and finish early in the summer, the game goes on. Birthdays are celebrated with cake and a cuppa. New grandchildren are proudly announced and their progress through life followed via photos and videos. Of course there are the sad times when a death or illness affects any member of the group, but support is on hand. There is a total lack of “Bitchiness”, which is very refreshing in a group of women, and the group always welcome new members. I joined this community when I returned to Benalla in an attempt to meet people and I have found more than I expected. Even when I grow too feeble to wield a tennis racquet, I know that I'll be welcome to join them when they have their cuppa, never mind the Christmas lunch.
Thus, from the en tout cas courts in a village in Co.Tipperary to the rural town of Benalla, the tennis community has been a delightful part of my life.