$82,500 grant to revamp Melrose tennis courts

LEADERS: President Matthew Blieschke, left, Libby Arthur, Toni Bastian, Helane Blieschke, Holly Woodford, Stephen Sanders and Keith Blieschke.
LEADERS: President Matthew Blieschke, left, Libby Arthur, Toni Bastian, Helane Blieschke, Holly Woodford, Stephen Sanders and Keith Blieschke.

An $82,500 revamp of the Melrose tennis courts could be finished in time for the much-loved Easter Tournament next year.

The tournament attracts up to 250 entries and will benefit from upgrades to the Melrose Tennis Club's five courts.

Club president Matthew Blieschke said the work could be finished by the end of this year or early next year.

"Hopefully, it will all be completed by the 2020 tournament," he said.

The club won an $82,500 grant through the community and sport facilities program under the Office and Recreation and Sport.

Mr Blieschke said the club's grants committee had been lucky to have the knowledge and expertise of Toni Bastian who helped with the grant application.

"This upgrade has been long awaited and is essential for tennis to be played at the courts nestled at the foot of Mount Remarkable," he said.

"The ability to host matches in the Southern Flinders Tennis Association, senior and junior tennis, social games and tournaments locally is important to our club and community.

"It has been almost 20 years since the courts were last upgraded.

"They have deteriorated to the state of cracking and an uneven playing surface.

"The cracks have become unsafe and not enjoyable for players and the club has been concerned for some time.

"Cracks have had various patching repairs during the years, but they can no longer be repaired and the time has come to upgrade the courts.

"It is fabulous news for the club members, players, visiting teams, community, tourists and the Easter Tournament that attracts people from around the state."

Lily Onahen, 9, and her brother Lucas, 11, both of Melrose, enjoyed a hit on the old courts. Both played for Melrose last season.

Lily said she "likes hitting the ball back" and that the new courts would "look neater". Lucas said he enjoyed "getting a good rally" and that the upgrade was good.

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