Racquets at the ready

Smithton Tennis Club players Timothy Arnold, Laura Korpershoek, Barclay Sayer and Rebecca Sayer are ready and raring to get into the season ahead. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Tennis. Novice or experienced, grab a racquet and find out what all the racket is about.

The Smithton Tennis Club is inviting new and existing members to the courts for a social hit and barbecue on Friday October 6 from 5.30pm before the season commences the following week.

Offering A and B Grade men’s and women’s competitions as well as a social roster, the club is introducing an Under 16 competition this season through support from Tennis Australia.

“We’re trying to introduce more juniors into the club and recognise that we haven’t had a juniors competition specifically before,” says Smithton Tennis Club president Laura Korpershoek.

The junior roster will be open to players aged between 12 and 16.

The club will run two rosters this season, the first commencing Monday October 9 until Friday December 15 and the second running from Monday January 15 to Friday March 23.

A series of clinics will also be run throughout the season in partnership with Tennis Australia. The sessions will be an opportunity for players to master the basics or further improve their skills.

We really encourage anyone who is thinking they might like a hit to join a roster, or if you are not as confident in your ability, to have a crack at the social roster for a bit of fun and to improve your skills,” says Korpershoek.

The club thanks outgoing member Paige Ferguson and welcomes Nathan Drake and Damien Barker to the committee this season, who will complement the existing committee of Korpershoek, vice president Darren Ferguson, Timothy Arnold, Rebecca Sayer, Barclay Sayer and Tei Popowski.

Cost is $60 per adult or $30 for juniors per roster, discounts will apply to those who sign up for both rosters. For more information or to register by Monday September 25 contact Laura Korpershoek on 0438 916 101 or lkorpershoek@chcs.tas.edu.au.