Keith tennis season winds up

The Keith tennis grand final was scheduled for March 2, on a day of extreme weather, so the club made the decision to cancel the grand final and move the presentations and AGM to the air-conditioned hall at Cockatoo Downs.

The new premiership shield and medallions were awarded to the Dukes team who finished on top of the premiership table after the first week of finals.

They were the team who were most consistent all summer and many of the individual award winners for the season were Dukes players.

Troy Altus had a very consistent season taking out both the men's singles and doubles awards this year.

Jane Thompson won the most singles sets and Peta Kellock received the award for winning the most sets of doubles.

The junior awards were a lot closer with Josh Altus and Holly Wilson winning the most sets for singles respectively and, Osten Martin and Meg McAuley both won 10 sets of doubles each for the season taking out their awards for junior boys and girls.

The biggest award for the night was a presentation of life membership to the Keith Tennis Club for Peter McAuley. Peter was very humbled by the presentation and thought that only the "old fellas" received such awards.

Pete came to Keith in 1999 and has played tennis every year since. He joined the committee in his first year of playing and has held the positions of secretary, treasurer and president. He has represented the club on the Upper South East Tennis Association where he held the position of secretary.

In more recent years he has been involved with the Keith War Memorial Sports Centre since its inception where he represents the interests of the Keith Tennis Club.

Working with the other clubs involved has been challenging at times but Pete has always kept an open mind and is looking at the big picture for the betterment of the whole community.

Bringing the younger generation into tennis has been a passion for Pete over the years and he has been involved with coaching groups of kids through the green ball group of the Hot Shots program.

If any kids are wanting help to improve their tennis, Pete will organise time to get them onto the court hitting a ball.

He has represented the Keith Tennis Club at Masters Games and at the Veterans Lawn Tennis Competition in the Riverland.

He is a great mentor at the club and always takes on any job, from fixing something or helping the club in some way.

Congratulations to Peter McAuley, a very worthy life member of the Keith Tennis Club.