Tennis juniors enjoy Masters action

GLADSTONE Juniors enjoyed a great weekend of tennis at the Rockhampton Head Juniors Masters Circuit Tournament last weekend.

Some of the younger players were very successful, with Chris Bauer finishing second in the 11/u boys singles going down to Emerald's John Peacey.

Ben Aldridge, although not at his best in the 13/u boys singles and finishing 16th, hit top form in the doubles to win the event with Jake Brown (Rockhampton).

Joseph and Henry Sorrenson who are very new to tournament tennis showed they are players of the future with good results in the 10/u boys section, finishing third and fourth respectively in the singles and runners-up in the doubles event.

Although now going to school in Rockhampton, the Golinelli boys Michael and William had some good results. Michael finished second in the 17/u boys singles and Will received the runners-up trophy in the 15/u boys doubles.

Some of the other players who gained some valuable experience were Noah Marsh 11th , Graham Hick 23rd (17/u), William Golinelli 6th, Mitchell Caught 17th, Charles Ko 22nd, Chris Warwick 24th, Alana Keys 6th, Erika Davis 7th, Christina Horschner 8th, Ryan Mitchell 8th, Jared Caught 11th, Ben Aldridge 16th, Jack Ford 17th, Bobby Lucas 35th, Charmaine Mason 9th, Dayle Mitchell 13th, Mary Klein 14th (13/u).

The Gladstone Junior Tennis Association held its annual general meeting last Friday and a new committee was elected.

President Ken Hick was re-appointed for 2005 and a new secre- tary Gillian Cathcart and new treasurer Robert McBean took the reins for the new season.

Vicky McBean fills the other executive position of vice-president and the committee consists of Ann Leinster, Yvonne Fallon, Pat Hick, Bev Smith, Dave Smith and Jan Street.

The Friday afternoon junior fixtures have been increasingly popular with over 100 players now signing on in either fixtures or the Ace Tennis beginners program. New players are still very welcome.

Saturday afternoon social tennis is growing into a great tennis experience with the veterans 35 and over group joining in with the younger players to create some great tennis every week.

Any players wishing to join this group can come along at 3pm any Saturday for a few sets of good tennis.

A BYO barbecue will follow the tennis and with everyone bringing along food it has turned into a great smorgasboard. Meanwhile a successful Port Curtis Primary School trials campaign was held at the Gladstone & District Tennis Association Courts on Wednesday.

Twenty six boys and 15 girls battled it out for eight spots on the Port Curtis team to represent the region in the Central Queensland Trials.

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