New courts for tourny

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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

Olivia Dol­lard

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