Twins tipped in close call

TENNIS: With all but one major tournament yet to be completed this year, Bundaberg Junior Tennis Association (BJTA) will conduct the Ross Gray Holden Junior Closed Championships this weekend.

Boys and girls will participate in age groups from 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 and under age events and in grade singles and doubles.

After his recent success at the Queensland Junior Masters and Central Queensland (CQ) Junior Masters finals, where he scooped the pool in the 11 and under division, Brendon Schultz will try to win the 12 and under title.

He will have strong competition from Kyle Luthe, who gained the most points in the CQ circuit and finished fourth in the State Junior Masters finals, and Ky Brown, who had good results in the 13 and unders in the region.

The closest event could be the boys' 16 and unders with any number of players capable of taking the title. The Connolly twins, Braden and Matthew, seem to be the ones to beat but they will have stiff opposition from Doug Brown and Luke Spence who had consistent results in the CQ Junior Masters circuit with Adam Moyle and Michael Mackie, who have troubled most players on the local scene.

Georgia Hansen and Romney Setch loom as the pick of the girls' 16 and under and 14 and under respectively.

Play will start at Rotary Park Tennis Complex with the boys 16 and 12 and unders from 12 noon on Saturday and continue on Saturday with age events, then on Sunday from 8am with the grade events.

Any players wishing to compete should call Murray Whitbread on 0407 639824 or Kevin Banner on 4152 0753 or 0409520753.

Meanwhile, newcomers Rachel Findlay and Jayden Bond took out the honours at the last MLC Hot Shots Red and Orange Ball Challenge Day of the year at Rotary Park.

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