Smash­ing tennis

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

TER­RIFIC tennis was played by the ju­nior mem­bers of the Port Dou­glas Tennis Club on Satur­day and Sun­day.

They showed amaz­ing skills and per­fect sports­man­ship and their skill level has im­proved so dra­mat­i­cally the club is eye­ing a fu­ture re­gional cham­pion.

Three di­vi­sions played dur­ing the week­end.

In Division 3, the youngest play­ers from seven to 10 years old played sin­gles in a round robin for­mat and all play­ers won at least one match.

In the girls’ re­sults Melissa Cal­lan­der won by three wins and run­ner-up was Nour Is­lam, and in the boys’ re­sults Jamie Hudson won by four wins and run­ner-up was Dy­lan An­dreassen with three wins.

Division 2 played their matches over two days and the most mem­o­rable match in this division was played be­tween Bryan Her­ring­ton and Con­nor Berzin­ski. Af­ter al­most two hours the score was 5-2, 6-5 and tiebreak 8-6. Each point they played was at least 10 hits. The win­ner was BJ Davies and run­ner-up Bryan Her­ring­ton.

Davies had an­other win with his part­ner Con­nor in the boys’ dou­bles over Her­ring­ton and Joshua Bellero. Davies came with his mixed part­ner Emma Hudson run­ner-up in the mixed dou­bles, which was won by Bri­anna and Con­nor Berzin­ski.

Brianne made it this year again to the triple, since she also won the girls’ sin­gles and the girls’ dou­bles to­gether with Hudson. In the girls’ sin­gles there was a very close run­ners-up for Hudson.

Cas­sia Jansen and Fleur Prins had the same amount of matches won, but Hudson had just one game point more. Girls’ dou­bles run­ners-up were Jansen and Prins.

Division 1 pre­pared well for the tough work and they did well hav­ing to play nor­mal sets best out of three with a su­per tie-breaker.

Kiani Berzin­ski and Blake John­ston made this year’s triple, and they both won their sin­gles, dou­bles and mixed.

The most epic match was the girls’ sin­gles fi­nal played right down to the wire with Berzin­ski just win­ning over Lauren Giles 6-4,5-7 and tiebreaker 9-7. Lauren showed with her fab­u­lous back­hand, the strong­est progress in this cham­pi­onship.

The boys’ sin­gles again played down to the wire with Blake John­ston win­ning from Toby Davies 6-4, 4-6 tiebreaker 9-4.

Kiani Berzin­ski and Giles won the girls’ dou­bles from Jes­sica Clapp and Bri­anna Berzin­ski who filled in for Laura Coulthard (who was sick).

An­other epic match went down to the wire with Blake John­ston and Luca Hay­man-King win­ning from Toby and Dy­lan Davies in the boys’ dou­bles: 8-6 tie-breaker (9-7) 8-10 tiebreaker (6-8) then su­per tie-breaker (10-8).

Kiani Berzin­ski and Blake John­ston won the mixed dou­bles from Giles and Davies 6-4, 6-2.

Port Dou­glas Tennis Club has some of the finest ju­nior play­ers ever around and not only is the skill level is very high, but their dis­play of sports­man­ship is ex­cel­lent.

The next event at the PDTC is the Med­ibank Ju­nior De­vel­op­ment Se­ries on July 28-29.

Photo by ALI­SON GE­ORGE

Eye on the ball: Kira L’Es­trange

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