The Observer tennis day a huge success

FUN and having a good time was the emphasis when the Gladstone District Tennis Courts played host to The Observer Family Tennis Day on Saturday.

Over 150 people braved the warm conditions to enjoy a hit of social tennis before relaxing at what was a very popular tennis memorabilia auction later in the evening.

In what was a big day of highlights, the duo of The Observer general manager Peter White and Pat O'Reilly earned a hard-fought 7-6 win over the solicitor duo of Councillor Chris Trevor and David McHenry.

4CC breakfast announcer Kelly Howard showed glimpses of talent, but ended on the losing side in her clash with Peggy Gibson.

Gibson's experience counted for plenty as she cruised to a 6-2 win.

The Gladstone District Tennis Association secretary/manager Ken Hick was very happy with how the day turned out and was pleasantly surprised how good some of the celebrities were at tennis.

'We could not have been any happier with the day, even though it was hot we had a strong turnout and raised some much needed funds for the association.

'The celebrity matches were very popular and the level of play was quite good.

'The most accomplished of the celebrities was Whitey (Peter White) while Pat O'Reilly played better as the match went on,' Hick said.

Hick mentioned the business challenge and exhibition matches from Gladstone's best players were also well received.

'I think everyone had a good time, it was a top result for our club,' he said.

The memorabilia auction at the conclusion of the day's play was also well received with the Rod Laver racquets selling for $2200 and the signed Davis Cup shirt was sold for $1250.

In more news, spots are available for the mixed Tuesday and Wednesday night competition and the popular Ladies Wednesday morning league.

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