Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Fond Memory of the Best for of Playing One Tennis Veteran

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Fond Memory of the Best for of Playing One Tennis Veteran

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TENNIS: One of Mackay's oldest women tennis players, 73-year-old Ida Regan has been playing for many years.

She played in the Saturday afternoon fixtures, Wednesday night mixed fixtures and still competes in the Tuesday ladies fixtures today.

Ida started playing tennis when she was about eight-years-old.

The late great Ernie Patterson came to the schools and she was coached by him.

Ida's parent bought her first tennis racquet from Bunny Hazel who owned a sports store in Wood St.

Cliff Anderson asked Ida to play for the Walkerston Oddfellows Tennis Club.

They had a junior competition for people aged from 11-21.

Ida remembers losing her first singles final 6-4, 6-4. She was 11 and her opponent was 20.

Ida's regular doubles partner whenever there was a match against Mackay was Dale Duncan.

The Mackay pair to beat at that time was Gloria Dixon (Jackson) and Kay Weir.

Ida played in this competition until she went to college in Charters Towers where she began playing inter college tennis and netball.

Ida won the under-15 and U16 girls' singles titles while there, when she was 14 and 15, respectively.

After college Ida played fixtures for Oddfellows' A-grade team on Saturday afternoons and Thorpe Pennant matches on Sundays.

These games were played throughout the Pioneer Valley, Mackay district and Sarina.

Ida played with many great Mackay players like Allan and Neville Somers, George Gomersall, Art Kitchen, George and Fay Erickson, Jean Foo and Henry Morley.

Ida won the Country Women's singles title and also partnered Merle Ackermann to win the women's double title.

Peter Blundell who had been transferred from Brisbane for work, teamed up with Ida and played in the mixed doubles in Mackay, and also played in Townsville and Cairns competitions, where they were beaten in the finals. …

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