Luke Gerry hopes a home-court advantage will give him a competitive edge in the Bundaberg Open Age Championships.
Luke Gerry hopes a home-court advantage will give him a competitive edge in the Bundaberg Open Age Championships. Darryn Smith

Gerry set to take back title

BUNDABERG racket wizard Luke Gerry will take to the Drinan Park courts hungry for redemption today after a disappointing loss in the final of the Rockhampton State Age Championships.

Gerry, 17, will begin competition in the Bundaberg State Age Championships this morning eager to settle a score with rival and top seed Jake Brown who soured his northern effort yesterday with a 9-5 defeat in the final.

“I don’t want a repeat of Rockhampton that’s for sure,” Gerry said.

“I know I’ve got what it takes to win this one and I think bowing out yesterday has just made me want it more.”

With the championship trophy firmly in his sights, Gerry hopes to put on a wining performance for his family and friends.

“It would be pretty special to win a championship on the home court,” he said.

“I’m pretty familiar with the courts and hopefully there’ll be a few familiar faces in the crowd so I’ll be playing with confidence.”

Gerry will be one of 265 players to compete in the annual tournament, now in its 12th year.

The three-day competition will be spread across 32 different courts in Bundaberg and Childers.

Also flying the flag for Bundaberg will be promising up-and-comer Brendan Schultz.

Brendan, 10, will compete up two age groups in the under-12s competition after placing second in the Rockhampton State Age Championships under-10s tournament yesterday.

The championships start today at 7.30am and finish at 9.30pm.



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