Port jnrs make it a dou­ble

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

PORT Dou­glas Ten­nis Club ju­niors last week­end suc­cess­fully de­fended the ti­tle they won last year at Rred­lynch.

With 17 match wins over 10, Port Dou­glas won the “Reef to Rain­for­est Shield” for the sec­ond time in a row

Twenty ju­niors com­peted in dou­bles and sin­gles against each other. Red­lynch had a slow start and the first three games were all won by Port.

It might have been the long and early travel or getting used to dif­fer­ent court sur­faces.

But Red­lynch came back in the sec­ond round, win­ning two matches. Their con­fi­dence was boosted with the pos­si­bil­ity they might have a win in Port.

How­ever, Ai­den Sex­ton, Cas­sia Jansen and Anna Hard­ing se­cured the lead with an un­beaten record.

Jai Sta­ple­ton showed espe­cially in the early phase of the tour­na­ment how much he has grown over the last year with great ten­nis.

Cara Fre­goni had a tough start, but re­gained con­fi­dence and grew more and more in the tour­na­ment.

Her net play was be­came her best as­set.

Red­lynch team cap­tain and vice-pres­i­dent Ja­son Christo­pher com­pli­mented the Port Dou­glas club, say­ing it had been a per­fect day with many ju­niors shin­ing.

Ev­ery Ju­nior re­ceived a voucher for a free meal and free ten­pin bowl­ing.

Ju­lia Ja­cobs was awarded the “Most Sup­port­ive Player”. April Weyling be­came “Best Sports­man­ship Player”.

And Cara Fre­goni got the “Most award.

Cap­tain and coach Herold Prins said: “A win is al­ways good for boost­ing the con­fi­dence of the play­ers, but the friendly at­mos­phere for all the ju­niors was key of the day”.

“All that mat­ters at this young age for both teams is we keep it fun. Fun is the glue. Im­proved Player”

“We want them to achieve the best they pos­si­bly can, and reach their po­ten­tial, but at this age, they have still a few years on the court in front of them be­fore things get su­per se­ri­ous.

“So yes, at this stage, you don’t need to worry about re­sults yet. Re­sults won’t guar­an­tee they stay in the game. Fun will.”

Port Dou­glas ju­niors. BE­LOW: Alan Lane and Herold Prins with the Reef to Rain­for­est Ju­nior Ten­nis Shield won by Port Dou­glas

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