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Wilko on the edge after a difficult day in J-Bay Crystal Cylinders
Byron Bay’s Matt Wilkinson is in grave danger of missing out on a berth in next years championship tour after another poor result at the Corona Open J-Bay in South Africa. In his Round 1 heat he faced tricky but solid conditions with some heavy offshore winds ripping through the Jeffreys Bay line-up. The eventual event winner Filipe Toledo from Brazil scored a 9.17, the highest scoring wave of the day to overtake both Wilkinson, who placed second, and Brazilian Wiggolly Dantas. In Round 2 the stage was set with some two-metre sets pouring into the bay. Wilkinson started strongly with two solid scoring waves to take the lead but couldn’t better his scores after Brazilian Tomas Hermes dropped the best score of the heat and ultimately failed to overtake Hermes. The Byron local finished up in equal 25th place and has
now dropped down to 30th spot on the rankings, putting his chances of qualifying for the WSL in jeopardy.
Protest Meanwhile, a local group Surfers Against Sand Mine are meeting on the beach this Saturday 14th at 2pm north of the Lennox Hotel to show their opposition to the proposed new sand mine at Lennox Head. The sand mine is close to North Creek and the Newrybar Swamp drains and will be digging up acid sulfate soils. North Creek runs straight into the already degraded Richmond River and into the ocean. Opponents say it will affect the hydrology of the area by removing 3.6 million tonnes of sand from a low-lying wetland area that is very susceptible to flooding, with potential contamination from sulfuric acid. They are fighting against further degradation of our waterways and ocean.
Byron Bay’s Matt Wilkinson in action in the Corona Open J-Bay in South Africa. Photo Cestari/WSL
Groms The 2018 Skullcandy Oz Grom Open returns to Lennox Head bigger and better
than ever this week with six days of surfing action starting this Friday. The men’s Pro Junior is returning along with the wel-
come addition of a women’s Pro Junior event and a 12 and Under girls division, which is a great example of gender equity in the sport of surfing.
The event has divisions for girls and boys in 12s, 14s and 16s along with the women and men’s pro junior divisions.
Moonshiners annual charity day kicks off on Sat The third annual Moonshiners for Mental Health charity day is on this Saturday 14th July at Alby Lofts Oval, Brunswick Heads. The Mullumbimby Moonshiners Rugby Club will be hosting a day of Rugby, raffles, giveaways, activities for the kids and some great food and drinks with the hope of raising much-needed awareness of mental health issues. All funds raised will go directly to Beyondblue, an organisation that provides information and support to help everyone in Australia
achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live ‘This event has been a huge success over the last few years and we hope to continue to get the message out to the local community that there is help available to those dealing with anxiety and depression,’ said Teale Pyne, president of Mullumbimby Rugby Club. ‘Beyondblue is doing a great job of bringing support and information on mental health issues to the community and highlights that you
don’t have to feel alone; there are assistance and treatments available. ‘It’s important to remember that depression and anxiety are conditions, not weaknesses, and effective treatments are available.’ Local bragging rights are up for grabs with the Moonshiners taking on Byron Bay in reserve grade at 1.50pm followed by SCU v Byron Bay in first grade at 3.15pm. Mullum and Byron have had some epic encounters over the years and this match will not disappoint rugby fans.
Moonshiners limited edition charity jerseys to be auctioned off after the game this Saturday. Photo supplied
Marks takes out monthly medal
Hopes high for inaugural Ballina Triathalon
Teven Golf Club Men’s Section played an 18-hole Stroke competition for the Monthly Medal on Sat 7 July. Stephen Marks took out the medal with a net score of 52. The runner-up was Peter Blackwood with 54, followed by John Harbisher (56), John Mathias (57), David Richardson (58), and Steve Blackmore (58). In the putting John Mathias and Steve Blackmore tied with 27 putts each. The next comp is on July 14 at 6.30am. It will feature a nine-hole Stableford comp and the fifth round of the Pointscore Championship.
Ballina Shire is preparing to welcome triathletes from far and wide to the inaugural Ballina Triathlon – a two-day event on August 25 and 26 2018. NXsports are excited to organise a program that focuses on family and grassroots participation as well as top-class competition. Among the events is a 5km Fun Run, which is now open for entries. Organisers are working with the Ballina Lions Club to ensure that all proceeds from the Fun Run go to Heartfelt House, the Australian Children Cancer Re-
Winner of the Teven Golf Club Monthly Medal, Stephen Marks, with runner-up Peter Blackwood. Photo supplied
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search Foundation, and Biala School. Many organisations and charities have benefited from the Lions Clubs Fun Run/ Walk over the years, NX Sports’ race director Mike Crawley said. We are excited to work with a group of people who care about their local community and we are proud to contribute to these three local organisations and their great causes,’ Mr Crawley said. The weekend will kick off on August 25 with the Fun Run and a range of great activities for kids and families in Pop Denison Park.
The Kids’ Triathlon for ages 7–12 will then be held on the morning of August 26 on fully closed roads. This will be followed by a Tempta and Sprint Distance Triathlon. A number of athletes have pencilled in the Sprint Triathlon as the ideal warm-up to the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final on the Gold Coast in September. It has raised expectations of a top-class field in the event pitting the best local talent against interstate and international competitors. Entriest are now open. Visit www.ballinatri.com.au.
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Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.