Buildup starts for tennis showdown
GLADSTONE councillor and rugby league identity Chris Trevor has targeted The Observer general manager Peter White for heavy treatment, literally, in the lead-up to Saturday's Observer Tennis Family Fun Day.
Trevor, who will team up with fellow solicitor Dave McHenry against White and Pat O'Reilly in a celebrity challenge doubles match, had no trouble talking the talk at the Gladstone District Tennis Association courts yesterday.
'Our plan is to go for the biggest target on the court which is the Peter White mid-section,' Trevor roared.
'I think a lack of fitness will let them (White and O'Reilly) down, especially Peter White. We've got it over them.'
And the sledging didn't end there with Trevor adopting a campaign of pre-match mental disintegration which would put the Australian cricket team to shame.
'From what I've heard Peter White was a very accomplished junior tennis player. Perhaps he should have pursued tennis rather than rugby league as it turned out.'
The doubles encounter is one of two celebrity matches to be contested on the day with 4CC breakfast presenter Kelly Howard also ready to take on GDTA veteran Peggy Gibson.
The sign-on for Saturday's activities will be staged between midday and 1pm when social matches get under way.
Target competitions and other fun activities will be staged from 1.30pm to 4pm at which time the doubles clash takes place.
A veterans challenge and bar-becue will start at 5pm followed by a businessmen's challenge at 5.30pm and junior exhibition match at 6pm before Howard and Gibson step on to the court at 6.30pm.
An open men's exhibition match will complete the on-court action when it starts at 7pm and the night will culminate with a memorabilia auction at 7.30pm.
Items up for auction include Rod Laver racquets used by the Australian great, a signed Rod Laver photo, signed Australian Davis Cup shirt from the 1999 tie against Russia in Brisbane, a signed Wimbledon print and a Pat Rafter-signed shirt.
A barbecue, canteen and bar facilities will operate on the day with players of all ages and standards welcome. The cost is $5 for adults, $2 children and $12 family.