Centenary celebrations for Tildesley Shield Tennis

THE Association of Heads of Independent Girls’ Schools (AHIGS) will host 100 years of the Tildesley Shield Tennis tournament when the event is staged this month.

This prestigious event will celebrate the longest running tennis tournament in Australian history.

It will be held at Pennant Hills Park tennis courts on Wednesday March 21 and Thursday March 22 and features 455 girls from 25 schools across NSW.

The iconic tournament was first played in 1918 and was won by Daphne Akhurst, who went on to become one of the best female tennis players Australia has ever produced.

The Tildsley Shield – which emphasises team spirit and not individual competition – is the longest running tennis event in Australian history and these ideals remain a key to the success of the tournament to this day.

To celebrate the centenary of the Tildesley Shield Tennis tournament, AHIGS will host an opening ceremony and morning tea for past players on March 21 from 8am.

Opening ceremony will feature a display match showcasing how the game has changed over the past 100 years, with players wearing replica uniforms from the early decades.

The day will showcase the extraordinary depth of talent that this tournament has produced including presentations from past winners Taysha Blessington, Poppy Goh and Wimbledon semi-finalist Bryanne Crabb.

Throughout the tournament, AHIGS will also interview past players and families that have seen three generations of Tildesley players.