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"Greater enthusiasm in the clubs and the release of more tennis balls made last season one of the best yet experienced," stated Mr. S. A. Cleal in reviewing the past activities of the Auckland Lawn Tennis Association last evening

"Ind.cations are that the new season will be even more strenuous, and a larger programme is contemplated. We are hopeful that we may be able to hold the National Championships here early next January, and this, coupled with our usual Christmas Handicap and Auckland Championships, will provide three tournaments for players within the space of six weeks. Interest in the Wilding Shield and Nunneley Casket interprovineial matches is also likely to be revived."

With regard to membership, Auckland increased by approximately 2000 last year, bringing the total to 6504, to easily become the largest association in the Dominion, added Mr. Cleal. The next nearest is Canterbury with 3953, whilst Waikato is in fourth position with 2233. Of a total of 30,153 members affiliated to the parent body, Auckland can claim one-fifth.

Mr. Cleal was unanimously elected to the position of president for his seventh term. Speakers eulogised Mr. deal's strenuous efforts during the war years in maintaining tennis ball supplies to enable the sport to carry on, and said that his zeal and enthusiasm were outstanding. In accepting the office for a further term, Mr. Cleal said that he did so in response to the urging of his executive and delegates though he felt it was wrong in principle. He hoped to see Vennis flourishing in the new season ano Vhat someone else would come forward next year. , The valuable work that Mr J. A. Fernandez has done for tennis during the past 15 years was recognised by electing him to life membership. Mr. Fernandez, has been on the executive since 1937 and on all the tournament committees since A newcomer to the executive is Mr. K. Hayr, past-president of the growing Northland Association. Mr. Hayr had been connected with Auckland tennis for years until his transfer to Wellington, where he acted as resident delegate for the association. He also took a prominent part in the New Zealand Council of Sport activities there. His organising capabilities are well known and his election was warmly received. Mr. Cleal was asked to represent Auckland at the forthcoming annual meeting of the N.Z.L.T.A. on August 30. The matter of altering the Wilding Shield rules was left to the discretion of the delegates. The following officers . were elected:—Patron, Sir Cyril Newalli president. Mr. S. A. .Cleal; immediate past president. Mr. A. H. S. Lamb; vice-presidents. Messrs. R. G. Armitagc, S. G. Wright. A. Ohlsen, K. N. Buttle; hon. vicepresidents, presidents of the Kalpara, Thames Valley, Rodney. Franklin, Bay of Plenty, Western Suburbs, Catholic and Auckland hard-court subassociations; executive committee, president, past president, vice-presidents, ground superintendents and Messrs. J. S. Broun, P. E. Dempsey, I. Ken-. K. Hayr; inter-club committee, Messrs. S. G. Wright. A. Myers. A. Mason, P. E. Dempsey. R. Dlxon, I. Kerr. A. Ohlsen, G. Wright, J. S. Broun, V. R. Johns, J. Brotherton; ground superintendents, Messrs. J. A. Fernandez (grass). A. J. Mason (hard court); selection and ladder committee. Messrs. A. C. Johns, J. S. Bioun, A. H. S. Lamb (senior), Messrs. C. D. Bowler, P. E. Dempsey. K. Hayr tJunior); delegates to New Zealand Association, Messrs. I. Mac Arthur, T. Varley, N. Smith. J. M. Allison, A. Belcher; publicity officer, Mr. R. Dixon; delegates to Council of Sport. Messrs. S. A. Cleal, K. Hayr; hon. auditor. Mr. A. W. Christmas; secretary, Mr. Rolf Porter.

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TENNIS GROWTH, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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TENNIS GROWTH Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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