Pickleball a hit in Heathcote

May 11, 2024 BY

A family affair: Local Heathcote tennis player Maree Bell attended the inaugural Come and Try Pickleball session led by her brother Paul Henshall. Photo: SUPPLIED

LOCALS and club members attended the inaugural Come and Try Pickleball session held at the Heathcote Tennis Club last weekend.

Pickleball is a hybrid of tennis, ping pong and badminton, first introduced to Australia in 2017.

“It was great to see so many new faces either willing to give it a go or just sit and watch,” said club president Marion Smith.

Eager to learn: Organisers were pleased with attendance at the inaugural Come and Try Pickleball’last weekend. Photo: SUPPLIED


The group was led by competitive Pickleball player Paul Henshall from Bendigo who is ranked sixth in Australia for doubles in his age group.

Mr Henshall’s sister Maree Bell, a local Heathcote tennis player, also attended to try the sport.

“Maree, along with many interested locals picked up Pickleball in no time,” said Ms Smith.

“The 90-minute session covered explanations on the history of the game, set up of the court, rules, techniques, scoring and tactics.

“Everyone got to have a go and some of the points were quite competitive.

“We will be offering casual Pickleball sessions at the club every Sunday morning from 9.30am along with the opportunity to have a hit of tennis.

Up in the air: An aerial view of the tennis club courts transformed for Pickleball. Photo: SUPPLIED


“Come and see how much fun it is.”

The sessions will be free for club members, and $5 a day for casual players.

If there is enough interest, the club is hoping to introduce weeknight Pickleball, and field a team in local competitions.