Port jnrs make it a double
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