Annual Vets tour

We were unbeaten in all 6 matches in 2014! This is the first time ever in 28 years.

Standing: Ivan Bridges, Peter de Beer, Norman Mc Carthy, Jumpy Wilmot, Brett Roach, Mike Shergold-Smith, Kevin Dimech. Seated: Alistair Wylie, Dick Barnes, Tony Butt, Brian Addison, James Phillipson.
Standing: Ivan Bridges, Peter de Beer, Norman Mc Carthy, Jumpy Wilmot, Brett Roach, Mike Shergold-Smith, Kevin Dimech.
Seated: Alistair Wylie, Dick Barnes, Tony Butt, Brian Addison, James Phillipson.

Pinelands Vets with the Pie Club Cup

We also regained the Pie Club Cup in our bi-annual clash with Eastern Province Vets! This match is played in PE at St Georges Club, which is the oldest in S.A. (founded 1883), and the return will be played in Pinelands in October.

The Pinelands Tennis Club has a sent a team of 12 men annually to the Eastern Cape for the past 28 years to play against 6 or 7 other clubs in Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay, Grahamstown, Kenton, Graaff Reinet, Oudtshoorn and Knysna.

The tour is a reciprocal one for the Eastern Province Vets tennis tour to Cape Town, which has been continuous for over 60 years. This team is composed of players from many Eastern Cape towns and clubs. Players’ ages range from 50 to 70 years.

What makes the Pinelands Tour so special is that to the best of our knowledge no other single club in S.A. (in the world?) does anything like this, and while on occasion we have had 1 or 2 guest players from other clubs this is essentially a Pinelands Tennis Club Tour.

The Blue shirts in our team picture commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Pinelands Tennis Club, which was inaugurated in 1923

The first tour in 1987 was organized by Arthur Fuller – then chair of PTC –  in response to challenges by the regular EP Vets team that has toured the Cape every year for the last 60 years. Original 1987 members and stalwarts of this Tour were Mickey Mc Millan, who went on 20 consecutive tours (leading 18), and Bob Low (who went on 23), Neville Balfour (18) and Des Brown (17, also consecutive).

Pinelands Vets team (1987)

Current member Tony Butt has done 18 (leading 6) ably assisted by Al Wylie (9) and Brian Addison (8).

10 members in total have done more than 10 tours. Others are Dick Barnes (12), Kevin Newton (11), Carl Ziervogel (10), Donal Barnes (10), Bob Bower (10).

More historical information about the tour, its’ members and fun had over the years will be available on the website.

Written by Tony Butt