Tennis teams play inaugural hot shots challenge
SIX local school teams participated in the Inaugural Brisbane International red ball tennis gala day at Port Douglas and Tennis Club.
The Brisbane International Red Ball schools Challenge is a mixed team competition for Queensland Primary Schools which uses ANZ Tennis Hot Shots modified equipment and court dimensions.
Miallo State School (3 teams), Mossman State School, Wonga Beach State School, and Port Douglas State School provided teams for the competition, with Miallo Acers winning the day and Mossman the runners-up.
These teams will be heading off to the Cairns international Tennis Centre to play the Finals tomorrow (Friday, October 13).
They now have the opportunity to compete in the red ball ‘Up to year 4’ state final held at the Brisbane International tournament in early January.
Tennis Queensland School Development Coordinator Jenni Hackl said, “The program is designed to encourage players of all ages and abilities to play the game, develop sportsmanship and important qualities such as resilience and persistence.”
“There are 40 gala days being run throughout Queensland, and the winner from each event is being invited to play at the Brisbane International.”
“We are really excited to bring this event to Port Douglas for the first time and we hope next year’s event is bigger and better!”
Coach Herold Prins, host of the Douglas Shire Gala Day, said, “this competition is great for the Douglas Shire because it’s going to bring schools and kids closer together. It’s a new era in the game, where we can have all school age students being given the opportunity to learn, play and enjoy hot shots tennis.”