Beach tennis tournament coming to the GC this weekend!

Queensland’s first-ever beach tennis tournament will take part on the sands of Surfers Paradise this weekend!

More than 80 participants have registered to compete in the Beach Tennis Gold Coast Open 2021 from 25 – 27 June, which is being hosted by the Beach Tennis Gold Coast Association.

In a first for the sport in Australia, a cash prize of $2,000 is also on offer at the 3-day tournament.

Founder and Coach of BTGC, Alex Pereira, is thrilled that he and his team have the opportunity to bring the sport he loves to the golden sands of Gold Coast.

“It’s a sport everyone can play and we’re excited to bring back inter-state and local tourism to our city,” he said.

Over the last year, Mr Pereira has watched his social beach tennis matches with 3-4 people turn into an inclusive community with over 50 people attending events on and off the beach.

“We have continued to grow as an organisation throughout this pandemic, as we continue to promote the sport we are passionate about and the values that come along with it.”

PHOTO: Supplied.

According to Mr Pereira, this growth has also been made possible with the organisation able to raise critical funding through the collection and recycling of used drink containers eligible through Containers for Change scheme.

“At TOMRA recycling centre, we have seen Alex and his team return thousands of bottles and cans by coordinating the collection from their buildings. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Beach Tennis Gold Coast and encourage them to continue to recycle not only to keep our environment and beaches clean, but to allow them to raise enough funds to continue to grow the sport,” said Jay Armstrong, TOMRA Varsity Lakes depot supervisor.

Registrations are open for the Beach Tennis Gold Coast Open 2021 until Tuesday 22 June. For more information, and to register, visit: beachtennisgoldcoast.com/tournament/

State of Origin QLD Maroons Jersey

BREAKING: Qld unveils squad for State of Origin Game II

Teenage sensation Reece Walsh will become the youngest Origin debutant since Ben Ikin in 1995, with the young gun named as Queensland’s fullback for Game Two.

Maroons coach Paul Green confirmed the 18-year-old had nabbed himself a spot in the side while unveiling the full team list on Monday.

Cowboys prop Francis Molo is also set to make his Queensland debut after getting the call-up for the first time.

While St George Illawarra Dragons pair Andrew McCullough and Ben Hunt are also back in maroon for Sunday’s Suncorp Stadium clash, along with Canberra prop Josh Papalii.

Storm star Harry Grant has been ruled out with a hamstring injury he suffered in the weekend’s clash, while Titans’ AJ Brimson is still recovering from his knee injury, making him unavailable.

The Maroons will enter camp on the Gold Coast today as they prepare for Sunday night’s showdown.

Full Queensland Origin Squad for Game Two:

1. Reece Walsh – New Zealand Warriors
2. Valentine Holmes – North Queensland Cowboys
3. Kurt Capewell – Penrith Panthers
4. Dane Gagai – South Sydney Rabbitohs
5. Kyle Feldt – North Queensland Cowboys
6. Cameron Munster – Melbourne Storm
7. Daly Cherry-Evans – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
8. Christian Welch – Melbourne Storm
9. Andrew McCullough – St George Illawarra Dragons
10. Josh Papalii – Canberra Raiders
11. Jai Arrow – South Sydney Rabbitohs
12. Felise Kaufusi – Melbourne Storm
13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui – Gold Coast Titans
14. Ben Hunt – St George Illawarra Dragons
15. Moeaki Fotuaika – Gold Coast Titans
16. David Fifita – Gold Coast Titans
17. Francis Molo – North Queensland Cowboys
18. Coen Hess – North Queensland Cowboys
19. Ronaldo Mulitalo – Cronulla Sutherland Sharks

Justin Holbrook

Holbrook slams side’s “horrible” performance after Manly thumping

Gold Coast Titans coach Justin Holbrook has described his side’s annihilation at the hands of the Manly Sea Eagles as one of the worst performances he’s ever seen.

The Titans came out firing in the first half to go into the sheds with a 24-8 point lead, but the second forty was a different story altogether.

Manly ran in nine tries in the second half to storm home with an astonishing 56-24 point win at Cbus Super Stadium.

Speaking following the game, a disappointed coach Justin Holbrook struggled to hold back his emotions.

“It’s the lowest I’ve felt watching that second half unfold,” he said.

“It was horrible… For 40 minutes we didn’t get it back. First half we were on top early then the momentum went their way, and then we fought it back and put ourselves in a great position.

“Then right from the start of the second half, they got on top and we couldn’t do a thing to stop it. Completely out of sorts.”

Holbrook said he felt like the side had let the entire club and its fans down, with more than 14,000 people turning out to watch the Sunday afternoon home game.

“I don’t think they gave up, they just didn’t know what they were doing and it showed defensively,” he told reporters.

“They were cutting us open everywhere, all over the field. All of a sudden we went from defending as a team in the first half to defending by ourselves poorly in the second and it showed.

“We let ourselves down and everyone involved in our club… It is unacceptable and we’ve got to look at ourselves.”

TOKYO BOUND! Full list of Aussie swimmers heading to Olympics

The Australian team for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics has been revealed, with 35 swimmers making the side.

It comes after the Australian Olympic Swimming Trials wrapped up in Adelaide overnight following a blistering week of racing, which saw a number of World and Commonwealth records broken.

Among those packing their bags for Tokyo are Emily Seebohm and Cate Campbell, who join swimming legend Leisel Jones as the only Aussie swimmers to ever make four Olympic Games.

A massive 21 debutants have also been named in the side.

“Tonight’s selection caps a special week in the pool, with exceptional achievements from our athletes,” Australian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman said

“Swimming has such an incredible Olympic history for our country and this Team is ready to build on that legacy with their own inspiring performances in Tokyo.

“Congratulations to all of the athletes, the coaches, support staff, friends and family who have been there every step of the way to help them realise their Olympic dream.”

Mr Chesterman praised Cate Campbell and Emily Seebohm for their Olympic milestone.

“Achieving a feat of four Olympic Games, only reached by one Australian swimmer in history, is testament to their persistence, character and talent and I am thrilled to have such fantastic ambassadors on the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo,” he said.

Matt Wilson was also nominated to the Team under Swimming Australia’s selection policy under “extenuating circumstances”, following the death of his grandmother.

While the Tokyo Olympics dream for pop star Cody Simpson came to an end after he finished 8th in the final of the 100m butterfly.

Despite missing out on a spot in the team, the 24-year-old said he’s already achieved his goal for this year.

“What an experience racing at my first Australian Olympic Trials. To make a final was our goal this year and with less than a year of training we did just that,” Simpson wrote on Instagram.

“I’ve come so much further than I expected to this year and to be racing the best in the country already is a privilege.

“Thanks to @hawkebr and my training partner Matt Targett for pushing me everyday back in the USA throughout COVID and to my new coach Michael Bohl for the wisdom and swift preparation!

“I’m so psyched to get back to training. See you in 3 years.”

The Swimming will take place from 24 July to 1 August at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC SWIMMING TEAM

WOMEN:

Bronte Campbell

Cate Campbell

Ariarne Titmus

Tamsin Cook

Jessica Hansen

Madeleine Gough

Meg Harris

Abbey Harkin

Chelsea Hodges

Emma McKeon

Kaylee McKeown

Jenna Strauch

Brianna Throssell

Kiah Melverton

Emily Seebohm

Madi Wilson

Mollie O’Callaghan

Leah Neale

MEN:

Kyle Chalmers

Elijah Winnington

Jack McLoughlin

Mitch Larkin

Tristan Hollard

Zac Stubblety-Cook

Matt Temple

Brendon Smith

David Morgan

Se-Bom Lee

Cam McEvoy

Zac Incerti

Tommy Neill

Alexander Graham

Mack Horton

Matt Wilson

Isaac Cooper

Titans star David Fifita fined over Gold Coast trespassing incident

Gold Coast Titans star David Fifita has been sanctioned by the NRL over a bizarre trespassing incident on the Gold Coast last year.

The 21-year-old has been fined $20,000 for breaching the NRL’s Alcohol Code of Conduct and bringing the game into disrepute.

Fifita was arrested in December after turning up to a Clear Island Waters home where he had reportedly been invited by a woman.

But he entered the wrong room and the residents called Police.

Fifita was questioned but released without charge.

It was later revealed the club made a $10,000 payment to the residents for a security system, prompting the NRL to reopen its investigation.

In a statement, the NRL found that while it was accepted that Fifita was invited to the home, “his conduct in immediately entering on his own showed poor judgment and fell significantly short of his obligations as an NRL player”.

Half of Fifita’s fine will be suspended while he has also been ordered to undergo counselling, education and training.

He will also have to foot the bill for the security system.

The club has been cautioned over its role in the payment but will not face any salary cap implications.