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Hoss lands a beauty Locals outperform at Surfmasters Titles
Female participation officer Holly Ayton gives the MBVFC girls a training talk at training last week. Photo supplied
Geoff (Hoss) McGrath brought home over $3,000 in prizes over the June long weekend. Photo supplied
Cabarita Beach once again welcomed avid fishing enthusiasts from across the country for the 31st annual Lions Tweed Coast Marine Greenback Charity Fishing Competition held over the June long weekend. After two days of fishing enthusiastic and exhausted entrants returned with tailor, mulloway, bream, black bream, swallowtail, tarwhine, flathead, and whiting. Up for grabs were 47 prize categories as well as 25 lucky draws. The prize pool was worth more than $30,000. Out of 566 registered anglers Byron Bay’s Geoff (Hoss) McGrath reeled in the biggest fish, winning first prize for his 3.58kg tailor. Geoff took home $1,500 in cash and $1,500 fishing and camping goods donat-
ed by Tweed Coast Marine, Alvey Reels, Anaconda West Burleigh, Wazza’s Bait & Tackle (Pottsville) and Stone & Wood. Mathew Louis won second prize for his greenback catch, weighing in at 2.76kg and Geoff Johannes came third with a 2.44kg tailor. Harrison Taggart, a previous junior winner, was this year’s Alvey Reels Men’s first division winner and also picked up the Arab Memorial Trophy for the heaviest bag overall.
Whopper Jackie Garbutt pulled in a mulloway weighing in at a whopping 17.94kg and collected the Anaconda West Burleigh Ladies first Division and the heaviest anaconda West Burleigh mulloway.
Neil ‘Freddo’ Cameron 2018 O-60 NSW champion. Photo Ethan Smith/SNSW Crystal Cylinders
Byron Bay’s Neil ‘Freddo’ Cameron and Lennox Head surfers Sandro Neto, Michael Crisp and Max Perrot competed at the 2018 HIF NSW Surfmasters Titles held at Boomerang Beach on the mid-north coast. The swell magnet at North Boomerang provided good waves over the four days of competition. The event attracts the best 35-years-and-over shortboard surfers from all over NSW and acts as a qualifier for the NSW team to compete at the Australian Titles. Cameron added yet another NSW title to his portfolio, taking out the Over-60 Men and booking his spot in the NSW team. Cameron played to his
strengths, catching an array of punchy lefthand peaks, allowing him to perform a chain of powerful carves and snaps and as a result, post an impressive 15.83 two-wave heat total. Crisp finished runner-up in the Over-35 single-fin division and had a quarter final finish in the Over-35 division. Perrot finished with a third place in the Over-35 single-fin division, a semifinal finish in the Over-55 division and a quarterfinal finish in the Over-50s. Neto finished with a semifinal finish in the Over-35 and a quarterfinal finish in the Over-45 division. Neto’s efforts earned him a spot in the NSW team for the 2018 Australian Surfmasters Titles to be held in August on the Tweed Coast.
Geckos hold nerve to sink Byron in Shand Cup Young tennis players Brian Mollet
The elite sporting world is largely run for the benefit of rapacious corporate entities and populated by punks and posers, but way back at grassroots level the Nick Shand Memorial cricket still extols the virtues that made the game great in the first place. The perfect winter weather saw Lomath Oval shining like a diamond stud in a bat’s ear as incumbent champs the Byron Full-Tossers emerged from their holiday lets and beachside condos to tussle with the Geckos, the team that represents no specific locality, but wave their willow for the glory of rapacious corporate entity The Echo. James called correctly at the toss and chose to bat. Rossco (34) jumped out of the box like a greyhound after a live bait, and although James fell to Mahesh trying to emulate his scoring feats, sol-
id hitting from Drew (37no) ensured the Geckos a firm footing. Byron’s James Watson (2/9) and skipper Adam (2/11) reeled in the middle order, managing to peg the Geckos back to a fair-to-middling total of 138. This did not look like it was going to be enough as the Byron top order of James, Adam (34) and Jamie all fired off quick runs. A run out to skipper James and a mesmerising spell of looping leggies from Trent (3/6) proved the difference as the Geckos enthusiasm in the field brought home the win by 23 runs. Top votes in the Middle Pub player of the season went to Adam and Trent. Next week the Main Arm Maulers take on the Suffolk Swingers. New players welcome; see Shand Series Cricket on Facebook.
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All-girl Miniroos get extra skills training at MNVFC
This football season marks the first ever that girls-only MiniRoos leagues (4–11-yearolds) have been made available by Football Far North Coast for the area and Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC are delighted to have three participating teams. ‘It’s a clear indication of the rising popularity of football for girls and is definitely something to celebrate,’ club secretary Shane Creek said. ‘The establishment of girls’ leagues in this earlyage group will also increase playing opportunities in future junior grades, something that has been difficult in our region owing to low participation numbers’.
As part of the development of Miniroos Holly Ayton, the local female football participation officer, joined in to help coach Mullum’s allgirl MiniRoos teams at their training session at Pine Avenue. The girls had heaps of fun and the coaches learnt some great new drills. Holly then spent a few days visiting other clubs, running coaching courses and attending all-girl MiniRoos games. MBVFC has doubled its female players in the last three seasons and they now represent almost a third of the total club membership! See: www.mbvfc.com.au
Byron beat Bangalow in football derby
compete in North Coast Open
Harper Hain was outstanding in the Rams’ impenetrable defence against Bangalow. Photo Dogwhistle Vlad Knaus
Northern Rivers Tennis Academy on tour. Photo supplied
Eleven teenagers from the Northern Rivers Tennis Academy travelled to Grafton to compete in the North Coast Open over the June long weekend. ‘Although no-one came home an outright winner, there were plenty of matches won and lost over the four days of competition, and everyone had a lot of fun,’ coach Steve Gort said. Boy and girl duos made it through to the doubles semi-
finals and singles players got through to the quarterfinals as well. The Mullumbimby-based squad is also joining forces with young players from Alstonville and Ballina to play in a State of Origin style tournament against the KDV Academy, based in Carrara on the Gold Coast. The event scheduled for this weekend will see roughly 40 players from each side of the border hit the courts.
The Apex Byron Bay Rams collected good wins beating the Bluedogs reserve grade 3–0, and 4–o in the premier division on the weekend. The top game was closely fought and locked at 0–0 for much of the opening session. With only minutes remaining in the first half Jonathan Pierce made no mistake with a penalty kick and the Rams went to the break with a 1–0 advantage The second half saw Bangalow attacking from the whistle but sound defence from James Tomlinson and Simon McCarthy kept the
Bluedogs at bay. As the second half battle wore on, the Rams began to take the upper hand. Jono Pierce finally broke through the Bangalow defence to make it 2–0. Soon after, Pierce again lobbed a ball over the Bangalow goalkeeper to complete his hattrick and give the Rams a 3–0 lead. With seconds remaining, Matteo Ribechini iced the cake, making it 4–0. After a few tough weeks, it was a welcome return to form for the Rams. This week the Rams play Lennox Head Sharks at the Rec Grounds from 12.30pm.
The Byron Shire Echo June 27, 2018 47
Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.