Olivia and Sam serve up gold

LOCALS Olivia Tjandramulia and Sam Medlin led the Central Queensland pack last weekend and served up a gold performance that claimed them their Age Championship Cup.

The Queensland Junior Masters Tennis finals was held in Gladstone where 120 young competitors played for the Age Champion and the Regional Cup.

Tjandramulia took out the under-13 championship in front of Natalie Rogers from North Queensland who came in at second place.

Tjandramulia has already served up an impressive year after she claimed the under-12 Queensland title last month and the under-12 national doubles in Perth.

And she shows no signs of weakening her track record.

Central Queensland's Sam Medlin also was a hit on the weekend and will leave junior tennis this year on a high note.

Medlin claimed the under-17 boys championship after he defeated North Queensland's David Single.

But the single titles weren't the only heated competitions on the weekend.

Each match contributed to the overall Regional Ken Hick/Murray Whitbread Trophy.

The competition had eight Queensland teams fight out for the trophy and regional pride was strong in the two-day event.

But after day one it was a three-way battle for the lead between Gold Coast, North Queensland and Central Queensland.

However, the scores didn't stay close for long.

Early into day two Gold Coast took charge and left little hope for other competitors.

Gold Coast snatch up three championships and four runner-up titles that undoubtedly secured their Ken Hick/Murray Whitbread Trophy.

Central Queensland picked up second place, followed by North Queensland in third, Sunshine Coast in fourth, Wild Card team in fifth, Brisbane in sixth, South Region in seventh and North West in eighth.

Rockhampton's Nikita Williams and Libby Tweed played their final tournament in junior tennis and will now go onto opens.

The girls came in at fifth and sixth behind Gold Coast champion Jessica Beitey and runner-up Kirstie Symon who also represented the Gold Coast team.

Organiser of the event, Ken Hick, said he was proud of the results from the Central Queensland team.

“It shows a lot of strength to come in at second I think it was just sensational.”

He said that although some competitors may have finished in the bottom half they still played as much tennis as the champions.

“It is really good to bring the regions together because they all have such strong team spirit.”

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