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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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

Dave Coul­son

Photo by ALI­SON GE­ORGE

Aim­ing up: John Stew­ard

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