Ten­nis champs serve up ex­cite­ment

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE 2010 Port Dou­glas Ten­nis Club Cham­pi­onships were held in out­stand­ing con­di­tions and the stakes and mo­ti­va­tion to play well could not have been higher with the in­clu­sion of some new in­ter­na­tional and in­ter­state en­tries.

The two-times men’s Port Cham­pion Dave Shaw was not where he would have like to have been with a re­cent loss at the Ma­reeba Open and hot favourite Mew Adam­son was beaten by Wolf 6-4 in the semis while Shaw was ex­pect­ing a drama-filled en­counter against the 2007 cham­pion Johnny Ri­ley but cruised through with a 6-2 win.

Wolf came out on fire in the fi­nal, tak­ing a 3-0 lead in the first set and it seemed all a for­mal­ity for Wolf to fin­ish off Shaw, how­ever he sim­ply re­fused to go away and even­tu­ally won 6-4 6-4.

The ladies’ sin­gles was a fam­ily af­fair be­tween Joan and Kiani Bersin­ski with Kiani de­ter­mined to outdo her much more ex­pe­ri­enced mum. Ex­pe­ri­ence and de­ter­mi­na­tion even­tu­ally won through with Joan tak­ing out the ladies’ sin­gles Club Cham­pion ti­tle with a straight 2 sets win.

The ladies’ dou­bles was an­other close af­fair with June Hall and Gabby Har­ris play­ing Joan Berzin­ski and Mel An­drea­son. Even­tu­ally the con­sis­tency and pa­tience of June and Gabby won through with a straight 2 set win in a well con­tested game.

The mixed dou­bles was again a hard-fought match with both teams play­ing some out­stand­ing ten­nis with June Hall fea­tured promi­nently again with sup­port from her part­ner Mew Adam­son. It was a hard-fought vic­tory over new club coach Herold Prins and his part­ner Katie L’Es­trange with a straights 2 sets vic­tory.

The mens dou­bles fi­nal was a see-saw­ing af­fair with Mark Fel­lows and Dave Shaw play­ing Johnny Ri­ley and Grant Knight. It took a while for Fel­lows and Shaw to re­alise that they were on the court af­ter los­ing the first set 6-0 and then 4-1 down in the sec­ond but re­al­ity fi­nally set in and Fel­lows car­ried his age­ing part­ner to win the sec­ond set 8-6. It was all left to a su­per tie-breaker with both teams not let­ting each other take a de­mand­ing lead with Ri­ley and Knight even­tu­ally win­ning 10-7.

The Port Dou­glas Club Cham­pi­onships was a rag­ing suc­cess and a great week­end was had by all the play­ers and sup­port­ers alike. Spe­cial thanks should go the Tour­na­ment Di­rec­tor Mark Fel­lows and to Na­dine Jones who do­nated the prizes for the win­ners. Any­one who is in­ter­ested in find­ing more out about the club should email port­dou­glas­ten­nis@hot­mail.com.

PORT DOU­GLAS & MOSS­MAN GAZETTE, Thurs­day, Au­gust 5, 2010 -

Photo by MAR­TINE COT­TON

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