Ac­tion heats up out on courts

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

TEN­NIS: Thurs­day night so­cial ten­nis was a bot­tler this week, with two courts in ac­tion and some new faces as well as mem­bers re­turn­ing.

Those out play­ing on the night were lo­cals Anna and Tad Now­icki as well as new faces Liam Ger­va­soni and Mark Har­ald­sen to name a few.

The trend con­tin­ued on Fri­day morn­ing for fit, fun ten­nis. The ladies had a lively work­outSu­san But­ler and Liz Knight were two of the ladies out and about.

Satur­day morn­ing early bird ladies con­tin­ued the trend with a good turn out and fan­tas­tic ten­nis. Yoko Stim­son and Pam Pearce took it to Denise Forbes and Sam Hin­ton.

Satur­day af­ter­noon so­cial ten­nis saw a great game of ten­nis.

Early evening Tues­day so­cial ten­nis was played in atro­cious con­di­tions with misty mois­ture and an un­com­fort­able breeze. Amy Hunger­ford gave Max Porter a run for his money. Later in the eveningtwo deter­mined play­ers Norm Hold and Daniel Scott played a game of sin­gles.

Just Do It ju­nior so­cial ten­nis hit off this week on Satur­day morn­ing with good work from Jett, Kaine, DJ and Karl.

Coach­ing pupils of the week were sis­ters Clare and Si­mone.

The club also re­minds that mem­ber­ships are over­due. NET­BALL: The un­der-14s net­ball team Whit­sun­day Fury re­cently beat 600 other teams from around Queens­land in a so­cial me­dia com­pe­ti­tion to join the Qld Fire­birds at an ex­clu­sive coach­ing clinic.

Their win saw them travel to Bris­bane over the week­end and they will at­tend the QAS train­ing fa­cil­ity for an ex­clu­sive coach­ing clinic.

The team’s net­ball courts have been sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged from Cy­clone Deb­bie so the girls are train­ing on grass courts at a lo­cal school and are trav­el­ling 120km to com­pete in Mackay each Satur­day.

This struck a chord with com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­is­ers and they couldn’t look past the Fury for the win.

Fury coach Ma­mari Cor­ner said the team re­fused to let Deb­bie break their love of the game.

“Un­for­tu­nately, our net­ball courts are sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged from the re­cent cy­clone. The Whit­sun­day Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has had to make al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments for all net­ball train­ing and the ju­nior and se­nior com­pe­ti­tions,” she said.

“We can’t train at the courts right now so (we) are train­ing on grass courts at a lo­cal school to be pre­pared for our games where we travel to travel to Mackay each week­end.”

The Fury girls beat teams from around Qld to take out the grand prize af­ter Catherine Mau en­tered un­der her daugh­ter’s name with the hope of giv­ing the girls a chance to meet their idols.

“I thought why not, I’ll give this a shot. These girls de­serve some good news and I know how much they look up to a cham­pion team like the Fire­birds. For an avid net­ball fan, this is a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity and to ex­pe­ri­ence this as a team is amaz­ing,” she said.

The com­pe­ti­tion comes as part of the new spon­sor­ship be­tween Fire­birds and fi­siocrem. The prize pack in­cludes 16 gold tick­ets to the fi­nal Fire­birds home game on May 13.

The first ever 90-minute, ex­clu­sive train­ing clinic on June 27 will be held at the QAS Train­ing Fa­cil­ity.

Fi­siocrem chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Peter Smith said he came up with the com­pe­ti­tion to give young net­ballers the op­por­tu­nity to gain guid­ance from their he­roes.

“I couldn’t think of a more de­serv­ing team to take out the com­pe­ti­tion than the Whit­sun­day Fury, who have shown noth­ing but pas­sion and team spirit these last cou­ple of months.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SUC­CESS: The un­der-14s Whit­sun­day Fury at the Fire­birds game last week­end af­ter win­ning a state com­pe­ti­tion.

STARTIN’ YOUNG: The Mitchells – Aimee, Aure­lia and Julie Mitchell – at Tues­day Ladies Squash.

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