Tennis kids turn out in force
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.