Top tennis results
LOCAL juniors competed with the best of them at Tennis Queensland’s Far North Junior Development Series tournament in Port Douglas on the weekend.
The tournament was played at the Port Douglas Tennis Club and the Sheraton Mirage and attracted players from as far away as Mission Beach.
Local talent Kiani Berzinski was crowned the overall winner of the Under-15s girls with another local Lauren Giles only just missing out on qualifying for the finals.
Brianna Berzinski also showed plenty of promise to finish runner-up in the Under-11 girls’ team while Blake Johnston also did the local club proud, finishing third in the Under-17 boys’ event.
It was a big achievement for the local tennis players and the development series will continue with the next round in Cairns this weekend. THE Reef and Rainforest Track finally dried out enough last Sunday for the members of the Douglas Shire Motor Sports’ Association to rev their engines and hit the track for the third time this year.
Five juniors lined up in the junior club car to compete in the Motorkhana and Kara North continued from where she left off from the last event to win comfortably on a time of 501.88 seconds.
Less than half a second separated second and third places with Cairns’ driver Jaidyn Farmer on 526.57 seconds, just edging out the fast improving D’rel Smith on 526.95 seconds, while Erin Kenna finished fourth on a time of 572.14 seconds.
Despite finishing last on 730.07 seconds Krystal Secker continued to gain confidence behind the wheel with her times improving throughout the day.
Ford Lasers dominated the khanacross results taking the top four places, with John Kenna again winning on a time of 593 seconds, Dave Coulson with 627 seconds finished second narrowly beating off a late challenge from his son Matt on 628 seconds to beat him by just one second, and finishing a second farther back and first in the ladies’ class was Krista O’Dell on 629 seconds.
Matt’s third place outright was an impressive result considering he is still a junior and that he beat many older and more experienced drivers. Second Junior home was Hayley Kenna while Dal’n Smith rounded out the top three.
Following his win, John has now increased his lead in the club championship. He now sits on 59 points, six points clear of Krista O’Dell on 53 while John Farmer sits five points further back.
The association will be hosting the third round of the NQ Khanacross series on August 11 and 12. Drivers from Cairns, Townsville and the Whitsundays will be competing along with local drivers.
Carving it up: Ford Lasers dominated the khanacross including
Aiming up: John Steward