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Clark shines in Ballina tennis comp Local players featured prominently in the annual Ballina Tennis Club AMT Open tournament played last week. Louis Clark from Byron Bay lost a hard-fought men’s singles final against the number-one seed and more highly ranked Oliver Casey from Melbourne 6–4, 2–6, 1–6. ‘He is 24 and bigger and stronger than me,’ Louis said. ‘I went out strongly and won the first set. It was probably my best set of tennis all week,’ he said. As the balls got wetter and heavier, Casey was able to swing ‘the momentum around, and he won the last two sets,’ Louis said. Four Ballina club members contested the men’s Bgrade doubles final with Jai Rowe and Dwayne Smith convincingly defeating Frank Schultheiss and Ian Clark 6–0, 6–3. Rob Kowalski went down in the B-grade singles to Leigh Shepherd of Murwillumbah 2–6, 1–6. In the younger grades, Oscar Parker from Suffolk
Suffolk Park’s Matthew Slee drew on his European racing experience and his time-trial skills to split the A grade field in half at last Sunday’s Criterium race in Byron’s Industrial Estate. Matthew eventually soloed away from the determined Andrew Crawley to a decisive victory. Nick Ruane said that he was pleased to see his presea-
The lure of the longboard
Men’s finalists Oliver Casey and Louis Clark. Photo supplied
Park beat Mullum’s Amadeus O’Connor 6–1, 6–4 in the 12 years and under boys consolation final, while Amadeus’ club mate Quincy Khan was runner-up in the 10 years and under boys. The ladies singles final was an all Queensland affair with number two seed Ella Husrefovic from Brisbane defeating the Gold Coast’s Tiana Windbuchler 6–4, 6–3. Tiana had upset the number-one seed Megan Smith from Brisbane in the semifinal. During the tournament close to 200 matches were
played at the main venue in Ballina, and at the two Alstonville venues over the first two days of the tournament. Louis Clark was playing in the Tweed tournament this week, where he is the number-one seed. By Tuesday he had played his way to the third round. Last year Louis won the Queensland State Under 18 Championships and plans to dedicate the next couple of years to pursuing a career in tennis. ‘If it doesn’t work out I can go to uni as a mature age student,’ he said.
Slee slays Byron’s A grade cycling Anthony Condon
son training regime rewarded by a successful move into B grade racing. Nick put in a withering attack in the final lap to lead out his team mate and birthday boy Nick Smith for the sprint victory. Finishing very closely behind was Ballina’s Damian Chapelle and late entrant Myocum’s Alan Hainsworth. Dazzling Daz Jarvis from Nashua was too quick in the final straight and took the
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C grade sprint in emphatic fashion. Darren was seen conferring with quick Nick about a transfer to B grade. Andrew ‘they make ’em tough in Federal’ Hoskins finished third despite crashing mid-race and hurting his shoulder. D Grade saw David Scully cross the line ahead of his nemesis, the Club’s ride captain, John Langler. Thanks to Industrial Estate residents for their support.
McGarry starts the year with win at Teven Jim McGarry beat John Selwood over 18 holes in the Teven Golf Club Men’s Division Stroke competition for the Monthly Medal last Saturday. McGarry’s 48 net was enough to keep Selwood (50 net) at bay. Ball run down: Frank Jamieson (Net 52), Steve Blackmore (Net 53), Robert Tillman (Net 55), Roger Myles (Net 56), David Fowler (Net 57), Terry Prendergast (Net 58). NTPs: 4th: Robert Tillman; 8th: Steve Blackmore – within a flag length; 14th: Bill Wayte. Putting: Rex Nixon and Geoff Colnan (27 putts each).
‘Noseriding junkie’ Roisin Carolan. Photo Luki O’Keefe Crystal Cylinders
Crystal Cylinders recently caught up with local surfer Roisin Carolan who is a fine exponent of what is termed the ‘new traditionalist’ movement in longboarding. Advocates seek the original vibe and roots of surfing culture. Carolan admits to being a ‘noseriding junkie’ and reckons surfing is one of the most beautiful things in the world. ‘I’m addicted to the feeling of it, being surrounded by the ocean and the lifestyle,’ she said. As a junior Carolan dabbled in competitive surfing with some excellent results. She was rated in the top three open professional longboarders in Australia for 2014 at only 19 years old. Her talent has been rewarded with sponsorship from McTavish Surfboards,
O’Neill and Mennie socks. Nowadays she mostly surfs for fun: ‘I don’t really like competitions that are too competitive. I like to go to comps where all my friends are at. Every year everyone goes to Noosa for the festival, or Malibu in California is always a fun one too’. ‘I’m just having fun. My surfing goals are to try to surf some different places around Australia and the world. I recently got to surf in Ireland, which was a dream of mine for a long time,’ she said. Who are her favourite surfers? ‘Kassia Meodor, Erin Ashley and Ray Gleave’. When it comes to picking a current favourite board it is a tough call. ‘At the moment I’m really enjoying the McTavish Noserider and the Involvement; they’re both 9’4”, but I’m also enjoying riding a
mid-length Rincon when it’s a little bigger. ‘I think there’s a real art to surfcraft and I’m really interested in all the processes and design of surfboards,’ she said. Travel is on the agenda too. ‘I just got back from a big trip in California, Mexico and a bit of Europe. It was really fun and I’m hoping to go back overseas next year’. Current state of longboarding? ‘Obviously logging is where longboarding is heading. Which is a great thing I believe. ‘Longboarding should be nice to watch, graceful and using the whole board, which is what logging is all about. I’m for sure not a fan of the WSL style judging of longboarding, it’s backwards, and reflected in what I think is a joke World Tour,’ she said.
Juniors get a taste of competitive sailing on the Tweed River Bill Fenton
A fleet of 20 boats with 40 crew competed in the first race of the year for the Tweed Valley Sailing Club last weekend, in a light and shifting easterly wind. Several new junior crew, recently graduated from the TVSC Learn to Sail course, joined the fleet for their first taste of racing. They will be skippering their own boats in the race next Sunday sailing Sabots and X3s. Dave Chester and Isaac Poulsen on Hobie 16 Sledder finished first, completing the 10km course on the Fingal reach in 1 hour and 20 minutes. Sledder’s skipper had just returned slightly bruised and battered after 13 races competing in the Hobie National Titles on Hervey Bay where
Bill Fenelon and Sienna Pullen win the NS14 Class Race on Tornado. Photo Adam Busbridge
he finished 28th out of 58. (Glenn Slight and Kynan Second in the multihull’s Luescher) and third-placed were Toby and Anna Poulsen, Zazen (Adam Hurt and Tom three minutes behind. Busbridge). First in the monohulls was Tornado got the points for NS14 Tornado (Bill Fenelon the NS14 Class Championand Sienna Pullen), only 12 ship this time but Glenn and minutes behind. Kynan are still sitting safely at Tornado led from the early the head of the table and, with stages and was never chal- only one race to go, Tornado lenged, finishing five min- will have to wait until next utes ahead of Radical Phase season to challenge them. Byron Shire Echo archives: www.echo.net.au/byron-echo