HEATHCOTE Tennis Club officials are still confident of fielding a competitive team this season despite the fact no one turned up to Sunday’s annual general meeting.
Club president Mary Beedle indicated while the situation may appear ‘‘dire’’, she was optimistic the club would have sufficient numbers to challenge again.
The club finished runners-up in the Redesdale and District Tennis Association competition last season, with the new season set to start in less than a month’s time.
‘‘It takes a little time,’’ Ms Beedle said in reference to sparking players’ interest.
‘‘It’s been a long cold winter so people haven’t been in the mood to think about playing tennis.
‘‘They usually wait until the weather warms up.’’
The club’s new membership forms get sent out this week, officially kicking off preparations for the new season.
The tennis courts will be open as of next Wednesday for regular training sessions.
‘‘That’s for anyone who wants to turn up and have a hit — the courts will be open after 5pm every Wednesday,’’ Ms Beedle said.
Some of the club’s players have been keeping up their skills by playing in the Bendigo Tennis Association’s competition through the winter.
Heathcote Tennis Club is also looking for volunteers to help out at the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival on the weekend of October 7-8.
‘‘The festival pays the tennis club for people who put in a day’s work,’’ Ms Beedle said.
‘‘We’re looking for volunteers who can help with manning the gates at the festival and keep the place tidy during the day.’’