A tireless army of more than 80 volunteers has transformed Mooroopna’s sporting grounds into a field of tennis courts.JENNA BISHOP February 15, 2014 3:55am
Helpers: Country Week Tennis volunteers Fay McCrimmon (McLennan Kiwanis), Stan Cornish (Mooroopna Cricket Club), Laurie Tyndall (Mooroopna Football Netball Club), Greg Freer (Mooroopna Country Week Tennis Association chairman), Leonie Balfour (Mooroopna Historical Society), Craig Marshall (Mooroopna Lawn Tennis Club), Ian Vick (Mooroopna Lions Club) and Stuart Davidson (Rotary Club of Mooroopna).
Mooroopna Recreation Reserve hosted part of the Country Week tennis tournament this week, held in Greater Shepparton for the first time.
More than 1200 players are participating in the tournament, which finishes today.
People from eight community groups — Rotary Club of Mooroopna, McLennan Kiwanis, Mooroopna Kiwanis, Mooroopna Lions Club, Mooroopna Lawn Tennis Club, Mooroopna Football Netball Club, Mooroopna Cricket Club and St Mary’s Tennis Club — were responsible for the transformation of John Gray Oval and the surrounding greens.
The clubs formed a subcommittee, the Mooroopna Country Week Tennis Association, to tackle the mammoth task.
Association chair Greg Freer said it had been a big task for volunteers to turn Mooroopna Recreation Reserve into a suitable venue for Country Week.
‘‘Not one group could do it all by themselves, so we got all of them together,’’ he said.
‘‘We wanted to make sure we put on a good show and everyone at the tournament had a good time.’’
Mr Freer said the cameraderie of the groups had made the event a litle more special for the volunteers.
‘‘It’s all been very good spirits here between all the groups,’’ he said.
Last Thursday and Friday the volunteers helped set up tennis nets and divide the ovals into 68 courts ready for action on Monday.
Volunteers have also been on site directing parking, making sandwiches, manning drinks stations and barbecues and ensuring the event runs smoothly.
Mr Freer paid tribute to the many people who had volunteered their time at the event.
‘‘I’d like to say a big thank-you to all the members of the clubs,’’ he said.
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