Merimbula squash courts farewelled

Lacing up: Alex Wakeford ties up his shoes for the last games ever to be played on the existing Merimbula squash courts.
Lacing up: Alex Wakeford ties up his shoes for the last games ever to be played on the existing Merimbula squash courts.

The Merimbula Squash courts played host to their final matches recently.

"Notwithstanding the dilapidated condition of the facility and the final week of access, the players enjoyed a lively and entertaining Calcutta handicap event to farewell the courts," club president Matt Fanning said.

Mr Fanning said it was less about the squash, and more about the camaraderie and memories. But, that said, long-time competitor, Kirk Graham, seemed pretty pleased as he took the final honours with a hard-fought win over Andrew Blaxter, a very dangerous player when his left hand holds the racquet. In the runners-up Plate, it was Andre Becker who took the honours.

The following day, a handful of club members cleared out the squash club's belongings, including memorabilia spanning three decades.

Andre and Benny Becker stayed on, Andre clearing out the last of the rubbish whilst the Club's most eager and improved player, his son Benny, waited around for his turn on Court. Meanwhile, Fanning, enjoyed a final couple of games with Vong, but lost both.

Mr Fanning joked that he lost because of "working jeans and inappropriate footwear".

Soon after, Club Secretary, Alex Wakeford and long-time friend and court rival, Calvin Vong, took to the Courts for the final hit-out.

With ALDI due to commence demolition of the facility in the very near future, the Club now turns its attention to working with Council to bring to fruition the long-promised Courts adjacent to the Pambula Aquatic Centre.

"We are extremely confident that the current Council, led by Kristy McBain who has been most supportive, will honour the commitment to build new courts," Mr Fanning said.

The new courts are slated to be built as part of the Pambula Sporting Master Plan, which was granted full funding to the tune of $4 million by Andrew Constance and the State Government earlier this year.

Mr Fanning said the new courts would coincidentally realise the words of a plaque outside the Sapphire Aquatic Centre. Quoted to Russell Smith M.P, the plaque reads "to dedicate the site of the Merimbula-Pambula Bicentennial Squash Courts. The plaque is dated June 19, 1988 - "It's a tad slow, but bring it on," Mr Fanning said.