On the 3rd of March 2017, the Rotary Club of Wellington held the 9th annual Jumbo Tennis tournament. Its continued success is testament to the hard work and dedication of the organising committee and the generosity of sponsors, particularly the major sponsor, Nonsuch Consulting.
The 2017 event saw 35 teams from 25 different organisations, including accountants, lawyers, financial advisers, hotels, Wellington Children’s hospital and one government agency, competed for the glory that comes with being Jumbo Tennis champions. Games were played with fierce determination, a varying degree of skill, and much fun and hilarity.
Throughout the day participants enjoyed delicious food and refreshments from Mediterranean Food Warehouse, Island Bay Butcher, New World Thorndon, Black Dog Brewery, Beat Kitchen, Al Amir Bakery and Advintage. We also enjoyed venison sausages, whitebait fritters, paua fritters, freshly baked ham and lots of baking from RCW Club members.
After a hard fought tournament, Harbour City Asset Management came out on top as supreme champions – based on the combined results of their two pairs over the round robin section of the competition, taking away the coveted Sommerville Cup.
The Plate winners were Wellington Children’s Hospital (Red)The champion pairs combinations, after the knockout stage of the tournament were:
- Island Bay Marine Education Trust (Red)
- Oceanic Communications (Blue)
- Habour City Asset Management (Red)
- Harbour City Asset management (Blue)
The winners shared a variety of fabulous prizes generously donated by Barry’s Garage, NZSO, Scopa, Tennis Central, New World Karori, Elements Cafe, Cullen The Employment Law Firm, Orpheus Cocktail Bar, Step-by-Step Dance Studion, Penthouse Cinema, Zealandia, Beach House and Kiosk, Island Bay Marine Education Centre, Oceanic Communications Ltd, Prince, Technifibre, NZME, Boulcotts Farm Heritage Golf Club, Carter Chung Law, Whittaker’s Chocolate and the Royal Wellington Golf Club.
The famous Jumbo Tennis raffle went big again with fabulous raffle prizes thanks to our very generous sponsors, Bay of Many Coves, The White Swan, Museum Art Hotel, Lexus of Wellington, and Cougar Line Water Taxi Marlborough Sounds.
Mark Stone took out first prize, second prize went to RCW member Olivier Lacoua and third went to a Jessica D'Audney Wellington Hospital. Jessica purchased her ticket on the day.
For the second year running the event was generously sponsored by Nonsuch Consulting Ltd and again we received wonderful support services provided by GasPedal Limited, Rieger’s Print and Copy, Whittakers, and Vibrandt Design. Without our valuable sponsors and supporters, this event just wouldn’t be the success that it has grown to be.
We were also lucky enough to be able to fly the wonderful Gerry Forde from Invercargill for the day to be the MC and he did a fabulous job of keeping things running. The highly talented James Griffin kindly captured the festivities of the day for us.
Accounts are still being finalised, however early indications are that the event has raised approximately $23,000 for the beneficiaries: the Wellington Children’s Hospital, Island Bay Marine Education Centre, Wellington Menzshed and Wellington Junior Tennis. The Rotary Club of Wellington is delighted to be able to support these groups in their valuable work in the community.