Ten­nis teams play in­au­gu­ral hot shots chal­lenge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.”

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