THANKS FOR THE GAME: Arthur Clifford, Rosemary Romeril, Duncan Simpson and Alice Hough enjoy their Tuesday morning social tennis at Biggenden.
THANKS FOR THE GAME: Arthur Clifford, Rosemary Romeril, Duncan Simpson and Alice Hough enjoy their Tuesday morning social tennis at Biggenden. Erica Murree

Anyone for game of tennis?

TENNIS: According to a keen group of players, those who play tennis live 10 years longer.

Every Tuesday morning up to 15 players converge on the Biggenden tennis courts for their weekly game of tennis.

Oldest player Ray Spinks, at 78, said he played to stay alive.

Rosemary Romeril, who is six months younger, has been playing socially of a Tuesday since 1986.

President Gail Alstrom said much had happened in the past 12 months.

"We are now an incorporated body,” Alstrom said.

"Secretary is Kate Richmond while Arthur Clifford looks after the finances.”

Members have been busy cleaning up the grounds doing maintenance on the building.

Alstrom said there had been inquiries for night tennis but there were no lights.

"An electrician has tried to track the wiring, without success,” she said

"We are reluctant to dig up the courts.”

Player Alice Hough said there was no need to book a Tuesday morning spot.

On Tuesday, Duncan Simpson, who is normally seen on the bowls green, returned to the courts.

"It's probably 12 months since I picked up a racquet,” Simpson said.

"(It's) definitely more energetic than bowls.”

The game is played in a friendly atmosphere with players off the court enjoying a cuppa and a biscuit.

They also celebrate birthdays with a cake.

The group encourages anyone, of any age, to join in of a Tuesday morning from 6.30am.

Membership is $25 per year.

Weekly fees are $4 for pensioners and $5 for other players.


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