Rain may have slightly affected play in the South Island Veterans Tennis Festival, but it did not dampen spirits.
Eighty players from around the South Island, plus reserves, took part in the three-day tournament, which ran from December 28-30 at Oamaru’s Chelmer St grass courts.
Tournament controller Peter Simpson said a round was missed on the first day due to rain, and also a round and a-half on the last day, but the social aspect of the tournament was unaffected.
Competitors were all aged over 35. They entered as individuals and were then put into 10 mixed teams of four men and four women to compete against each other.
Feedback from participants was positive and people ‘‘really appreciated’’ getting to play, particularly on the grass courts, Simpson said.
The winning team, with 50 points, was Hall of Famers — Andrew Wilson, Bruce Eggleton, Jon Brooks, Belinda Hirst, Denise Colston, Ros Heap (sub for Sue Dennis), Pam Johnson and 91-year-old Snow Richards.
Honey’s Bunnies were runners-up with 46.5 points.
The teams aspect of the tournament meant ‘‘lifelong friendships’’ were formed, Simpson said.
‘‘Because you’re with someone for three days continuously.’’
A social function was held at the Oamaru Club on the middle night of the event.