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HISTORY, LIFE MEMBERS and OBITUARIES

 
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CLUB HISTORY

Our club was formed in 1936, after the Great Depression and prior to World War II. Tough times they were for our district and our country, yet even back then our club provided a great outlet for a community, living off the back of H.V. McKay’s marvellous invention the ‘Sunshine Harvester’

Before moving to our present site in Phoenix St in 1978, our Club was founded in Garnet St North Sunshine on private land owned by Pop Pemberton where he built two stone dust courts.  We joined other clubs playing competitions organised by the Sunshine & District Tennis Association.

In recent years we have invested significant effort and capital into having four brand new Mod grass courts on a soft crush rock porous base. In 2006 our courts were floodlit with the latest state of the art lights.

We have won many premierships. More importantly we have a rich and wonderful history of proudly creating recreational opportunities for our community in a warm and friendly environment, where many life time friendships have been formed.  We warmly welcome you. 

 

LIFE MEMBERS

1970                   SADIE PARSONS  (nee Pemberton)
1970                   EDIE WILSON  (nee Pemberton)
1976                   LAWRENCE  MOTTIN
1976                   JOHN DREHER
1976                   DON HAYDEN
1980                   JOFFRE SCOTT
1994                   NANCY SCOTT
1995                   JOHN SCOTT
2004                   JOHN HARVEY
2007                   JOHN WILLIS
2012                   CHRIS HUMBERT
2016                   GERARD LEHANE



OBITUARIES


Passing of Club Life member and elder statesmen Laurie Mottin 13th Nov 2022



It is with great sadness we learnt of the passing of our clubs elder statesmen Laurie Mottin on Sunday. He served the club in many roles including President (8 years), Secretary and Treasurer. As our club's Elder statesman, no one was more respected than this utterly decent human being. He was one of the founding members of our club at Garnet Street when as a kid he would hit balls on the famous Garnet St 'stone dust' courts donated to the local community by 'Pop Pemberton'. Taking the lead from his own Dad (Laurie Mottin Senior- who was President in 1943), Laurie's love for his club remained steadfast from the club's beginnings right up to his passing. He was undoubtedly our club's greatest player having won 25 club championships as well as a number of district championships. His feats on the court were only to be matched by his contribution to his club off the court. He boasted proudly about the building of the clubrooms at Garnet St. He articulately explained it wasn't just the centre of tennis life, it was indeed the centre of social life for the community who mainly lived in and around the Garnet Street precinct. Social nights in the old clubrooms were a regular event for Laurie and his clubmates. Indeed whilst serving as club coach he met his wife Frances and fifty years of marriage bliss followed. Over the past 35 years Laurie has totally embraced our club's transition from the privately owned courts at Garnet St to our new home at Dempster Park in 1976. He was thrilled to see the club progress from two en tout cas courts to the four new mod grass courts that are all floodlit today. He embraced and preserved the club's history as well as being passionate about its future. Laurie was a highly respected accountant in Sunshine and was so proud of the solid financial foundation our club had built over the last three plus decades. Organising re unions of old Garnet St members back at the club were always high on his agenda. He was very practical and only 10 days before his passing reviewed the architect's plans for our new rooms. He was a most generous benefactor to our club donating the new honour boards and the historical memorial plaque down on the site of the old Garnet St Courts. Laurie Mottin's marvelous contribution to the life of North Sunshine Tennis Club stretched 85 years. We will be significantly poorer without Laurie's presence and wise counsel. Thank you for all you did for us Laurie. We are so proud you are ours. Our thoughts and prayers are with Laurie's much loved wife Frances and children Tim and Angela and their families.

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Passing of Club stalwart Neil Auger- 30th Nov 2022



Former club stalwart, our volunteer worker, our electrician and premiership player Neil Auger sadly passed away after a tough health battle which he fought so courageously on Nov 30 2022. Neil and his wife Kathy were valued members for over a decade. As a player Neil was often likened to playing against a brick wall, always making his opponents play 'another shot'. More importantly he was a fantastic bloke to have around the club, as a committee member, completing electrical jobs which saved us considerable money, helping with Bunnings BBQ's or the many other odd jobs he always took on. Neil moved up the bush to Daisy Hill near Maryborough where he and Kathy fell in love with country life including the local bowls club. Neil always kept an interest in our club and would proudly wear our club's tracksuit top around the house. A few weeks before his passing we were able to present Neil with a brand new version, which we could see brightened his day. Neil, you were a gem to have around the club, always positive and making people smile. May you rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kathy and their children and grandchildren at this difficult time.

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Passing of Gerard Lehane - Life Member, Santa's best friend and Auctioneer - 21st May 2023



Our thoughts and prayers reach out to Maxine, Michael & Carly, Kerry, Erin & Brendan and Families on the recent loss of our highly regarded Vice President & Life Member Gerard Lehane. Despite being our Auctioneer for our annual Christmas Party for three decades Gerard never met Santa. We were never able to understand this and all Gerard would offer when asked was 'we have a very very special relationship and are fond of each other!' Gerard had a strong vision for our tennis club's future and his strength at the negotiation table was essential in our club achieving the wonderful facilities we have today. Our clubhouse development which is about to start was a vision Gerard shared since 1993. He was thrilled when we had the funding for the development approved by state and local government. He had worked diligently to ensure our club saved a substantial contribution which was the only way we could attract such government funding. Gerard loved his tennis club, where he is a premiership player and a proud Life Member. More important than premierships to Gerard was connecting with people which he did so well. He loved nothing more than having a beer with his teammates and opponents alike, sometimes before tennis had finished! RIP from all of us at North Sunshine Tennis Club Gerard. You remain a greatly loved and esteemed Life Member of our great club.

Vale Gerard Lehane.

 
 

 

ABOUT US
Address:
Dempster Park
68 Phoenix Street
North Sunshine VIC 3020

Map Reference: M26, K-10

4 mod-grass courts
all courts flood lit

 

CONTACT NUMBERS

Brendan - 0490 039 431
Bao - 0432 240 902

 
 
 
             
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