Blackall Range tennis community sends down some aces

By Kirra Livingstone

THE Maleny Tennis Club hosted a Blackall Range Tennis Social playing event on August 6, which invited players from clubs across the hinterland to partake in friendly competition.
There were 30 players in total from the Witta, Maleny, Landsborough, Montville and Mapleton Tennis Clubs, and was set up like a round robin, with players playing 20 minutes per opponent.
Maleny Tennis Club Secretary Peter Eason has been the driver behind this community joining event, and said he was thrilled with the turnout.
“It was a great event, each club could bring up to eight players, and players were able to self-grade themselves so they were playing against a similar level, but towards the end we just played whoever,” he said.
“There wasn’t any aggressive competition or anything on the day, it was all just very social and friendly, and everyone just played some really good tennis.”
Eason reiterated the importance of having competitions like this which connects the various other tennis clubs in the hinterland, and what he is planning for the future of the club.
“The event was supported by Tennis Queensland, they provided all the balls but above that they promoted it to attract more people to the day, and this could be a start to an official Blackall Range competition,” he said.
“We want this event to establish regular communication and playing with the other Blackall Range Clubs, whether that be social or competitive, and we will refine the player grading as we go.
“It’s common for people with similar interests to come together, like-minded people getting together is what we normally do in life and this is just another example of that.”
The next Blackall Range Social Tennis event will be a junior one, and although the date is not confirmed yet it is expected to take place around late August or early September.