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Gold and silver at championships Nyxie Ryan dominates at cap great year for local netballers Lennox Head Oz Grom open The Brunswick Byron Netball Association has scored two excellent results at the state age championships held in Sydney over the weekend of July 6–8. During the championships the BBNA U/13s were undefeated and crowned division 4 winners. ‘This was their first year in the state-age championships and the first for their coach Rachel Griffiths. We are extremely proud of their efforts,’ BBNA vice-president Janine Burger said. The team was: Eva Brooke, Lucy Colli, Smara Grainey, Bella Griffiths, Olivia Langtry, Evie Porter, Velia Russo, Abigail Spice and Noni Wright The U/14s also had a great tournament achieving second place in division 4. ‘Joanne Wallwork and Jordan Evans have been fantastic coaching these girls over the
The BBNA U/14s were runners-up at the 2018 state age championships. Photo supplied
last two years. They will now move up to division three for the U/15s next year,’ Janine said. The team was: Aniela Carpenter, Layla Goundrie, Maggie Hall, Lola Hutchinson, Olivia Page, Grace Pateman, Matilda Peacock, Paige Wilkie and Bethany Woods. The U/15s were the third BBNA team sent to Sydney
for the carnival and achieved fifth place in their championship run. Earlier in the season the BBNA U/17s won the state championships going through undefeated. ‘It has been a very successful year for the Brunswick Byron Association. We are also very proud of these girls,’ she said.
Top four rugby teams look set for finals With just four weeks of the regular Far North Coast rugby season to play the topfour have been cementing their superiority with a string of big wins over the lowerranked clubs. Ballina RUFC sit on top of the table (with 60 competition points) and have only suffered one loss across the season to Byron Bay, three weeks ago. Overall they have a powerful for and against of 718 to 196. Last weekend they beat Casuarina Beach 76–24 and the week before dominated Lismore RUFC 78–14. Byron Bay Rugby is the only team to beat Ballina this season and they are sitting in fourth spot on the ladder with 40 competition points. ‘Morale in the team is definitely up and we have always had the belief we could beat the top sides,’ captain Jack Cooke said.
A Lennox Head Trojan hits the Casino line. Photo supplied
‘Everything seemed to click on the day, the passes went to hand and we made the right decisions. It was great to have a win in front of a big home crowd,’ he said. Byron Bay is looking good to reach the finals but wants to go all the way, hopefully along with their reserve grade Sandcrabs, who are sitting in third place on their ladder. ‘We are not getting carried away,’ Jack said. Wollongbar–Alstonville are again having a good sea-
son and sit second on the ladder with 56 points and just two losses for the year. They are also too strong for the lower sides, beating Lismore 71–0 and Banglaow 73–30 over the last weeks. Lennox Head (48 points) is third on the ladder. They have put three wins together including a 100–0 victory over Southern Cross Uni. Bangalow sits in fifth place with 30 points and has to play Byron and Wollongbar over the next four weeks.
Charity Day at Byron Rugby Club This Saturday Byron Bay Rugby Club fans have their last chance to see their team play at home in the regular season when they host Lismore City for their Charity Day. This year’s organisation is AIME-Mentoring, whose aim is to help 15,000 Indigenous kids reach university by 2020. Byron Bay’s playing
jersey for the day represents Indigenous culture with the art designed by an AIME participant. The jerseys tell the story of the local whale migration and will be auctioned after the games. All the action across two grades of rugby from 1pm Saturday July 28 at the Byron Recreation Ground.
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Jack, Joel and Jordan model the Byron Bay jerseys you can own. Photo supplied
Local Lennox Head girls Nyxie Ryan and Ocea Curtis made the most of their opportunities to win the two newly introduced female divisions at the 7th annual Skullcandy Oz Grom Open last week. Fifteen-year-old Nyxie Ryan claimed her maiden JQS victory and picked up $2,500 after winning the inaugural women’s pro junior division up against much older and more-experienced surfers on her home break at Lennox Head. Surfing well beyond her years, Ryan nailed an array of different turns to post an excellent 8.23 wave score as well as a 7.1 to amass a 15.33 two-wave heat total. Ryan’s win gave her a significant jump into the top ten of the 2018 rankings. ‘This is one of the best results I’ve had,’ said Ryan. ‘My goal was to just make the final, so to go one step further and win feels amazing. Having the support of Le-Ba Boardriders members here made the win so much more special. I’ve only done a few pro juniors this year and I’m heading down to Cronulla for the final event of the year, so it would be nice to get another decent result down there.’ Ryan also backed up with
Nyxie Ryan hits another power turn at Lennox Head. Photo Ethan Smith/SNSW
a strong second-place finish in the U/16 girls division. In the inaugural U/12 girls division nine-year-old Ocea Curtis came out of the gates blazing with her first wave the highest scoring ride of the final, a combination of topturn carves that surprised spectators with the power and speed of the execution. Curtis took the lead with this wave that became the benchmark the other surfers never overcame. Soon after she backed it up with another strong ride to lead from start to finish. Countless local supporters chaired her up the beach after the victory and in a post-heat
interview she said, ‘I didn’t think I was going to win,’ while beaming a big smile.
Boys Byron Bay’s Duke Wrencher and Touma Cameron came third and fourth respectively in the U/14 boys division with some excellent performances over the six-day event. Joel Paxton (Byron Bay) made the semifinals in the pro-junior division and Juniper Harper (Lennox Head) made the semifinal in the U/12 girls. Kyuss King (Byron Bay) and Mikey McDonagh (Lennox Head) made the quarterfinal in the pro junior.
Wallaroo gives rugby juniors training run in Bangalow Up to 70 junior rugby union players enjoyed a schoolholiday development day last week featuring Wallaroo Emily Robinson hosted by the Bangalow Rugby Club and Rugby NSW. The young rugby players were aged from six to 16 and came from across the northern rivers, Mathew Simpson Bangalow Junior Rugby Club president said. The Northern Rivers Camp Waratah was not just about age-appropriate skills development, but also fostered rugby’s emphasis on respect and inclusion. ‘Respect, pride, accountability and inclusion are all key parts of the Waratah curriculum,’ Mathew said. It also gave the young players good access to an elite player through a questionand-answer session.
Emily Robinson signs a junior’s boot. Photo supplied
Emily plays for the Women’s Waratahs and played for Australia in the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup. The Bangalow club hosted the day as a key way to improve rugby and make it a more enjoyable game for youngsters to play, and easier for them to become part of a wider community. ‘If children are going to get
the most out of a sport and enjoy it more, then the administration, from the state to zone to team level has to be right, and aligned,’ Mathew said. ‘This is one of things we were trying to do. ‘At Bangalow we want to improve the game for everyone, and not sit on the sidelines complaining,’ Mathew said.
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Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.