Cente is all about love; Club overcomes hits and misses for ultimate success.


Byline: Tania Phillips

PLAYING tennis at her family property near Chinchilla in Queensland as an eight-year-old, Joan Nicoll couldn't have imagined that seven decades later she'd not only still be playing but also have a tennis centre named after her - twice.

The Joan Nicoll Tennis Centre was officially opened at Terranora on October 27, three days after Joan's 79th birthday.

It was a bittersweet moment for the woman who has been involved with Terranora tennis for 40 years - most of those as coach - and came just over two years after the original centre burned down.

"It burned down in 2017 - November 3 - we were all devastated," Joan said.

"It had only been open 12 months before it burned down.

"But we had a reasonable level of insurance and we were able to hold fundraisers and now it's all pretty much finished - we have shade sails to go in but to be able to use the clubhouse as a normal clubhouse again is great."

Not that tennis ever stopped at the Terranora club - the courts were left unharmed by the devastating fire and, with the help of the Tweed Shire Council which put up a shed so members could "make a cuppa" and...

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