Span­ton breaks through

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

LAST week­end the Port Dou­glas Ten­nis Club fin­ished an­other Ju­nior Devel­op­ment Se­ries tour­na­ment, this time in In­n­is­fail.

Two ju­niors col­lected tro­phies, which was very pleas­ing for the club.

But the big story was Rory Span­ton. He won the Un­der 11 boys sin­gles, his first big win in 18 months of play­ing tour­na­ments.

“It is a won­der­ful les­son in per­se­ver­ance,” said PDTC coach Alan Lane.

“Each week he would lose in the later rounds of the tour­na­ment, but turn up the next week at lessons and try to pracIn tice what he learnt from his losses.”

He grad­u­ally made enough progress for it to “burst through” last week­end.

the match de­cid­ing win­ner and run­ner up he played Billy Haoda (who had beaten Rory ev­ery time in pre­vi­ous matches), the score be­ing 3-4, 4-2, 4-3 (5-4 tiebreaker) with the last tiebreaker go­ing to 4 points all and match point for both of them.

In the JDS for­mat when the score gets to 4 all in the tie breaker the next point is sud­den death. “Rory was able to keep his nerve and clinch that point – and the match,” said Lane.

Anna Hard­ing was run­ner up in the Un­der 11 girls. She has achieved this in pre­vi­ous tour­na­ments.

Alan Lane and Rory Span­ton

Annemarie and Peter Clark

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