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IT’S game, set and match for Otorohanga
Tennis Club’s new courts.
Club members began fundraising last year for
an $85,000 upgrade as its 17-year-old Rangipare
St courts had deteriorated.
That upgrade was completed last week and
president Gareth Udy says he and all members
are delighted with the new playing surface.
The club decided to go with “more modern”
colours for the new courts which are blue with
“We had a lot of options for the colour and the
feedback has been very positive,” says Mr Udy.
“ There’s a little bit of science behind it – in
the colour chart the blue is the best contrast to
the yellow ball.
“We gathered as much information as we could
to try and have the best product for the town.”
The new surface provides consistent bounce
and will allow for more fairly contested matches.
“ The old courts were supposed to last between
12 to 14 years and we were up to about 17 years,”
says Mr Udy.
“ There were some pretty serious craters and
gaps – someone would serve, and you’d be ready
to hit it back, but the ball would hit a hole and just
roll along the ground. It wasn’t ideal.
“It was a little bit dangerous as well. We had
patched them up previously, and stretched the
life out as long as we could.”
The courts are guaranteed for seven years
although, the company responsible for the new
surface Tiger Turf, says 15-20 years is achievable.
Mr Udy says the new courts are a good ex-
ample of a project funded and completed, by the
people, for the people.
“We saved ourselves a bit of money – about
$10,000 – by removing the old surface ourselves,
before hiring Tiger Turf to lay the new one.
“We were told it was a big job and that it would
take all day, but we started at 8am and had it
finished at midday.
“We had a great group of club members and
volunteers who just got stuck in – there’s a real
feeling that people are keen to have this here.”
Work began in December.
Members held a range of fundraisers includ-
ing selling firewood, quiz nights, a calf rearing
scheme and raffles.
The major fundraiser was an auction night
during which a raffle for a brand new Holden
Spark was drawn (Waitomo News, October 20).
The raffle raised $30,000 and the auction
OTOROHANGA Tennis Club president Gareth Udy says the club’s new courts will see some
“The club stepped up big time – we had a
fundraising committee made up of five women
and they did a hell of a lot of work,” says Mr Udy.
“ They did an amazing job, if it wasn’t for
their hard work especially, I don’t think we’d be
at this point.
“We also had a lot of support from the com-
munity. They really got behind the fundraisers as
well as donating items for raffles and the auction.”
The club holds a variety of competitions for
all ages and skill levels, including business house,
interclub and club nights.
A grand opening is being planned for early
Courts ready for opening
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