09 Jul 2012

330 players attend the Queensland Senior State Championships

News Article

2012 Tennis Seniors Queensland Championships

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA: Players from all States, as well as 34 from New Zealand and 2 from Malaysia turned up for the Queensland Senior State titles held from the 29th June to 2nd July.

The weather delayed the start for over 2 hours on Friday morning, but then went on to confirm that Queensland is indeed “Beautiful one day, perfect the next”

Most matches were played at Gold Coast Seniors Club and the adjacent Miami Grass complex, but courts were also used at Emerald Lakes, Burleigh Heads, Queens Park, Tweed Heads and the highway Miami courts.

Referee Moya McGirr did a great job as always and barring the rain delay, all matches, including 186 singles and 606 round-robin doubles matches, proceeded without incident. Players were most cooperative (thank you to those concerned) and agreed to play some singles matches under lights to make up time.

The tournament is an ITF Grade 2 event, for the singles only with the doubles available to non ipin players as this was not part of the sanctioned event.

It was interesting to see internationally renowned tournament manager Steve Longworth playing instead of officiating – this was Steve’s first tournament for many years and he performed above expectations (maybe even his own!) in singles and the 60s men’s doubles.

At the closing prize giving, Tennis Seniors Australia President Reg Trevaskis made mention of the fine work done by Tournament Director Gail Bates who has now been running events for over 40 years. She was ably assisted by Nev and Coral Vickers. Reg also extended sincere thanks to Mike Golds and Rob Newton and their helpers at Gold Coast Seniors Club. He also made special mention of the contingent of players from the New Zealand Maori Tennis Association, attending for their 10th year now. As is tradition at the conclusion of this tournament, they closed the prize giving with a beautiful rendition of traditional Maori songs, and of course performed the “Haka” in impressive style.