Ten­nis kids turn out in force

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

PORT Dou­glas Ten­nis Club held an Easter ju­nior ten­nis evening on March 30 and the club coach Herold Prins said he was de­lighted at the amount of lo­cal chil­dren who at­tended.

The evening kicked off with some fun group games, in­clud­ing mini cricket-ten­nis and “Com­mu­nity”, a game where the boys ver­sus the girls but un­for­tu­nately for the boys they were slightly out­num­bered, which may have con­trib­uted to the win for the girls.

Af­ter the Easter Bunny had de­liv­ered de­li­cious Bel Cibo piz­zas, the kids went on an egg hunt which had a prize to go with it, so ev­ery child went home happy.

The next fun event will be the mid-win­ter night ten­nis at the end of next term; con­tact Herold for de­tails at hpten­nis­coach@ blue­bot­tle.com

On Satur­day, March 31, the PDTC held an­other suc­cess­ful “swingers’ tour­na­ment” which turned out to be a great fam­ily day. Num­bers were slightly down prob­a­bly due to school hol­i­days but the weather was ab­so­lutely per­fect for ten­nis.

This monthly mixed dou­bles tour­na­ment in­volves ran­domly drawn pairs, who swap part­ners half­way through each match, re­sult­ing in some ex­cit­ing games.

Re­sults for the day were: Men’s win­ner was Toby Davies and run­ner-up was Luca Hay­man-king.

Ladies: Win­ner was Kiani Berzin­ski, run­ner-up was a tie be­tween Melinda An­dreassen and He­len Hahn be­cause af­ter a play-off we still couldn’t sep­a­rate these two, so they shared the choco­lates.

For in­for­ma­tion about next month’s swingers’ tour­na­ment, check out our web­site www.port­dou­glas­ten­nis­club.org.au or find us on face­book. Ev­ery­one is wel­come.

The next day it was the turn of the ju­niors, who played in a sim­i­larly for­mat­ted tour­na­ment, the Mini Mix Up. En­tries in­cluded play­ers from Un­der 6 to Un­der 12, from be­gin­ners to ad­vanced play­ers. We saw some ex­traor­di­nar­ily fair play from the older kids, who en­thu­si­as­ti­cally en­cour­aged their younger part­ners and op­po­nents. Final re­sults were: Over­all win­ner: Con­nor Berzin­ski

A grade: Win­ner was BJ Davies, run­ner-up Bryan Her­ring­ton

B grade: Win­ner was Kira L’es­trange, af­ter a very closely fought play-off against run­ner-up Dy­lan An­dreassen

Prizes were awarded for the fol­low­ing:

Shot of the match: Nour Ahmed, with a crack­ing re­turn of serve

Serve of the day: Caleb Gray, our youngest player who served three aces.

Fairest player: Bri­anna Berzin­ski, dis­played ex­cep­tional games­man­ship.

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