It was our honour on Friday to award Life Membership to Des Sharp in recognition of his long serving contribution to tennis in our community. Des has some great stories about playing tennis at the club, as you can imagine, but one that made us chuckle was when Matakana won the Auckland Lawn Tennis Association 'Rodney Cup' five years straight in 1951 - 1955. They were politely asked ‘what’s in the water?!’ So being good Matakanians, they checked the water tanks, and there was a dead possum! Don't try that at home, it probably won't improve your game?