The courts were built by Mick Cronin’s father in 1960, and have always been available for use, but were still in their original condition. Shoalhaven Heads vet, Mark Allison, his wife Lynda and Steve Sammut have funded and done the work on the renovation, which has brought the two courts back to life.
“There was a core group of people using the courts during the week, but a lot of people wouldn’t even realise they are still here,” says Mark.
“They were quality built, and after the facelift they look terrific and play well.”
Mark, who is also involved with a squash club in Bomaderry, says they already have enough members to run a social comp for players of all standards on a Wednesday night, and this could expand as new members join.
“Squash was one of Australia’s most popular participant sports, but somehow it fell out of fashion and many of the courts were lost to development,” he says.
“It’s a great way to keep fit, and it won’t take long for old skills to come back.
“We encourage anyone who is interested to come along and give it a go.”
He’s hoping to pass the bug onto younger players.
“We are thinking of having a kids’ comp on Friday nights if there is enough interest.”
Players competing in the weekly competition will get a matrix rating that they can use across Australia.
A Masters Tournament is being co-hosted with the Bomaderry club on the last weekend in July.
Details: Book in for a game at the main bar of the pub. Racquets available for hire. Wednesday competition starts at 6.30pm. Contact Mark for further information 0418 233 985 or turn up on a Wednesday night