New courts for tourny
COURTS 2 and 3 at Port Douglas Tennis Club are finally finished. New drainage was established, new fences and of course new court surfaces. The surface type for courts 2 and 3 remains the same (Synthetic Grass). Court 1 was rebuilt with new drainage 18 months ago, so essentially the club has three brand new courts.
The story began two years ago when the club embarked on a massive club improvement project. The existing courts were over ten years old and with poor, incorrect drainage the court surfaces were eventually extensively damaged.
So grants were needed as well as a fundraising committee.
The first big grant came from the State Government, Sport and Rec, for rebuilding court 1. That project cost $93,000 with the Honourable MP Billy Gordon officially opening the court.
Then it was on to courts 2 and 3. This ended up being a combined project between grants and the club’s fundraising committee.
The Gambling Community Fund was obtained, Bendigo Bank contributed as well as Warren Entsch………plus the fundraising from the PDTC fundraising committee. It should be mentioned that the whole project could have fallen over if it were not for the large amount of cash funds injected into the club’s account by the fundraising committee ably led by Roberta Dana.
However the club was successful in their grant applications and the project cost of courts 2 and 3 totalled $120,000. The club now has a facility with top grade courts.
Moving on, last Sunday the club held their first tournament on the new courts.
It was a Junior Xmas Tournament, doubles only. Twentyone juniors participated with several of the club’s best juniors being in the event along with two juniors from Red- lynch Valley TC making the trip up to Port.
The players were lucky to have a cool breeze for most of the day.
Being doubles under the Round Robin format of constantly changing partners, everyone had a chance to win. The biggest unknown of course was who the computer would decide to be your next partner. A few juniors were seen on their knees praying to the computer.
Some of the matches were of the highest level of play and competition. Some other matches paired up a very strong player with a weaker player. This pairing ended up being the most demanding item on the day for the stronger player as not only did they need to play well themselves, they had to learn how to help their partner and how to get the best out of their partner. Not an easy thing to do. It became quite a good psychological lesson for everyone involved.
Lunch was supplied by the club, trophies were handed out to the winning players as well as every player receiving a medallion and a surprise gift.
Thanks go to the hard working group of volunteers from the club.
The day was special in that the players received many extras. The initial planning for this event was to make this a tournament with extras , an event which the players and parents would remember and enjoy.
Thanks must go to the support of the parents, especially those who were able to stay for the whole day.
There were so many exciting points played throughout the day, that the spectators were getting involved in each match.
The over all scores for the eleven highest scoring players were: First: Levi Trewick 41 points Then: Olivia Dollard and Mitchell Budge 38 pts, Anna Harding 34 pts, Anzac Gamble 33 pts, Connor McNeil 32 pts, Jason So and Emma Hudson 31 pts, Troy McNeil 30 pts, Cara Fegoni and Ryan Karamujic 27 pts.
Special awards were presented by Christie Bouwkamp for best attitude to Coco Fregoni and Harvey Penfold.
Most spectacular moments were: Jason So executing the Sky Hook; Emma Hudson cracking forehand winners down the side line; Anna Harding actually attacking the ball; Quentin Nutt pulling out shots from who knows where; Nash Thompson and his big lefty forehand; Rory Spanton eyeing off all the trophies; Joel Dana playing at net; and Bryan Herrington not knowing if he won or lost a match.
Straight line L to R juniors: Jason So, Connor McNeil, Mitchell Budge, Troy McNeil, Olivia Dollard, Anzac Gamble. Front, Anna Harding. Adults at rear: Alan Lane, Christie Bouwkamp and Herold Prins. Levi Trewick (Over all winner) absent
Levi Trewick and Nash Thompson