Young Starrs shine brightly
A GROUP of young Hervey Bay tennis players proved to be a smash hit in Gladstone.
Eighteen members of the AllStarr Academy contested the Gladstone Junior Masters and they produced plenty of ace results.
Grace Nocher and Jeremy Hinton led the way.
Both won the singles titles in their respective age groups.
Nocher triumphed in the 11-years girls division while Hinton won the first title of his career in the 10-years boys division, but he wasn’t finished yet.
He teamed-up with Sam Rocket to win the 10-years boys doubles crown.
Two other players, Kim Thaggard and Riley Havela, also gave winning a title their best shot and they just missed out.
Thaggard lost in the singles final for the 10-years girls while she and Havela finished runners-up in the doubles.
Havela also finished third in the singles while another of the Hervey Bay contingent, John Flett, also produced an impressive performance, reaching the 17-years boys semi-finals.
Coach Steve Starr said he was proud of all his players.
“To travel that far and play so well was a fantastic effort by all of them,” Starr said.
“It was also great to see so many parents come along and give their support and not only for their children either.
“It’s so refreshing to see them (parents) genuinely interested in the development of our young ‘stars’ and who are prepared to put in the time travelling and volunteering their time.
“Things have never looked better for the game here.”
Starr also said a number of the players had posted personal bests during the tournament and he singled out one for some special praise.
“Kym Sims (8) was playing in only his third ever tournament and he played really well considering he’s only had six months of coaching,” Starr said.