A rainy day in 1957 helped set Brian Breuer, then 15, on the path to a lifetime of service with Horsham's Central Park Tennis Club.
Mr Breuer had been playing tennis for four years, also playing cricket in the afternoon. After bad weather forced a cricket match to be cancelled, he decided to make tennis his primary focus.
"I was from a cricketing family, but there was no junior cricket then, only junior tennis. So I played tennis in the morning and cricket in the afternoon, until that happened one October and I continued onto play tennis then," he said.
"I played A grade at first and then later on in the pennant."
Fast forward to today, Mr Breuer is a life member of 36 years.
He continues to work on the club's committee and was recently recognised with a Highly Commended Service award from Tennis Victoria.
The 76-year-old said he was proud to have played for the club for 38 years, though one year in particular stood out in his memory.
"It was about 1987 when we won the Central Wimmera Tennis Association Pennant and the whole family were members of that eight-person team: myself, my wife Elaine, and our children Paul, Tracey and Shayne," he said.
"The kids grew up at the tennis courts. Elaine was very heavily involved in organising the juniors, so the kids played tennis from a very young age."
This was Mr Breuer's second CWTA Pennant Grand Final triumph, with the first coming in the 1974-75 season. He also won the Wimmera Pennant Tennis Association grand final in 1965-66.
Mr Breuer had his first senior final victory at the age of 15, .
"I won the junior premiership in the morning and the senior grade in the afternoon," he said.
"Probably my serving and volleying was what I built my game around, and that pretty much stayed the same the whole time I was playing. Around the age of 13 or 14, I was invited into regional junior coaching programs run by Tennis Victoria."
Mr Breuer's playing days ended about twenty years ago when he injured his shoulder.
"Since retiring I've had a shoulder operation and two hip replacements, so I wore myself out on the tennis court. I've moved on and enjoy playing golf now," he said.
But his relationship with the club off the court endured. Mr Breuer took up a facilities management role, looking at the quality of the courts and what the club needed.
It was during this time that his skills in mental maths proved useful. While overseeing the construction of two new tennis courts, he spent hours mapping out the levels on graph paper, working out how much fill and top coat would be required and what it would all cost.
"Council had a procedure they had to go through where they couldn't rely on my levels, so they had to get someone to do those calculations themselves," he said.
As it turned out, the engineer's final calculations were identical to Mr Breuer's.
"My brother Ken did a lot of civil engineering, and we did some street, road, and subdivision developments, so I had a good understanding of levels and falls and drainage and that sort of thing," he said.
Tennis Victoria estimated that through his work Mr Breuer had saved the club thousands of dollars over the years. The Breuer brothers built a further eight courts at the Baillie Street complex in the late 1970s.
"We were a very strong club then, we had a large number of senior teams and over 100 juniors playing for the club," he said.
"I enjoy the game and being involved. You like to see the facilities being nice, or as nice as you can afford to put there. We were in a position where we had a lot of members who had access to a lot of information and knowledge, and we were able to build those courts over the years.
"Tennis participation rates have dropped quite a lot since those days, but it's still quite a strong and vibrant club because I think we pretty much have a cross section of the community in men, women and juniors.
"I think tennis in the region is in fairly good shape at the moment. There is a Tennis Victoria coach in the area promoting the game and helping juniors, and that's where it all has to happen, at the junior level."
Across his 55 years at Central Park Tennis Club, Mr Breuer has held the positions of president, delegate, member of the general committee, selection committee and social committee and treasurer.
He has also held administrative and official positions with the Presbyterian, Methodist, Church of England and the Central Wimmera Tennis Association.