PD shines at Masters
RUNNING parallel to our own Carnivale festivities was The Great Barrier Reef Master’s Games in Cairns.
These featured all varieties of sports in North Queensland and tennis was prominent.
The GBR Tennis Games were at the Cairns International Tennis Centre over the weekend of May 27-28 and attracted a large number of entries from North Queensland in bracketed age groups and included visitors from as far away as New Zealand.
Port Douglas Tennis Club was well represented by several entrants and almost all players were well-rewarded by winning several medals.
Neal Brooks was the star performer in winning the gold medal in the Men’s Singles in his age group of 35-39years.
Herold Prins won the silver medal in the 50-59 year age group. In the Men’s Doubles Herold also won another silver medal.
The ladies also proved their skills: Melinda Andreassen and Joan Berzinski won the silver medal in the Ladies’ Doubles while June Hall and Jhil Taylor won silver in two age divisions in Ladies doubles.
As if these wins weren’t enough, more medals flowed in the Mixed Doubles with silver medals going to again to Melinda Andreassen and Anuar Rahman, another silver to Jhil Taylor and Gary Sulter and bronze medals to June Hall and Herold Prins and also to Joan Berzinski and Neal Brooks.
This represents a total of 16 medals on the weekend for these teams, 12 of whom are members of the Port Douglas Tennis Club – a tremendous effort in a Club of relatively small membership compared with bigger clubs to our south.
Congratulations to everyone – it’s a great compliment to Port Douglas people and an inspiration to lesser players.
Herold Prins, June Hall, Melinda Andreassen, Joan Berzinski and Neal Brooks