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Results keep coming Junior Beez d0minate Geckos claim fourth for local junior surfers North Coast Shield win in Shand cricket Brian Mollet

Dembe Ryan in action at Maroubra where he finished second. Photo Ethan Smith (Surfing NSW) Crystal Cylinders

Lennox Head’s Nyxie Ryan has continued her run of victories becoming the U/16 NSW Junior Girls champion. Our local junior and grommet surfers have been busy in Coffs Harbour at the NSW Junior Titles that also incorporated the NSW School Surfing Titles. Ryan executed a handful of critical turns to notch up a 14.67 two-wave heat total and claim the victory ahead of Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon) by fewer than two points. Ryan also competed

in the School Surfing Titles and came runner-up in the U/16 All Stars and fourth in the U/19 All-Stars final. Jai Glinderman from Lennox Head was a semifinalist in the U/16 Boys NSW Junior Titles. The NSW Grommet titles were held at Maroubra in small waves and catered for U/14 and U/12 girls and boys. Lennox Head’s Dembe Ryan had an excellent result and finished runner-up in the U/14 Boys division. Juniper Harper from Lennox Head was a semifinalist in the U/12 girls.

All Girls Surfriders enjoy winter classic

The Beez U/12 girls took on their first representative competition on the weekend in Lismore. Photo supplied Jenny Ogle

Last Sunday was round one of the North Coast Shield junior competition, at Lismore, where U/12s and U/14s Beez teams played against Lismore, Grafton, Ballina and Yamba. The U/14 girls, U/12 boys and U/14 boys all came home with three out of three wins for the day, throwing out a big challenge to their opponents in the coming rounds. All the Beez players stepped up to play next-level basketball, with some tough choices and challenges overcome with great coaching and player ability The Beez newly formed U/ 12 girls team were playing in their first representative com-

petition but didn’t get a win on Sunday. We’re sure their skills will soon catch up to their eager enthusiasm to play. Last Saturday the Byron Beez ran an U/12s skills day at the Cavanbah Centre with over 30 children attending eager to learn some of the finer points and skills of the game. Big thanks to coaches Alvin Caoyonan, Matt Barlow and Nash Campbell.

Three on three The Beez will be hosting a Junior 3on3 competition for U/12s to U/18s boys, girls and mixed teams on Sunday August 12. Register your team via the Byron Beez website: www.byronbasketball.com.

Tired of watching backsides bob up and down on French backroads? Seen more endless hit-ups than a junkie’s sleeveline? Maybe you should be watching the Nick Shand Memorial cricket series, the sporting event with more punch than the Aussie basketball team. Lomath Oval was as frostburned as Alfred’s calf muscles but glowed like a Cartier catalogue for Sunday’s stoush between corporate playboys the Geckos and the boardrashed batters of the Suffolk Park Swingers. James of the Geckos won the toss and chose to bat. Beno (3/20) took the new nut and caused early havoc with his looping mystery balls. It was not that the Gecko’s top order had no answer to his offerings, but more like there were five competing answers to every question he asked the batsmen. The innings then recovered as dramatically as it collapsed as Drew (31), James (41) and ‘master splinter’ Trent (34no) put on more runs than the bitcoin market. The score went from 2/1 to 3/138 in a couple of eyeblinks

Another big hit from Owen. Photo Ross Kendall

and only a late glut of wickets to Hughsey (4/8) pevented the Swingers being mowed down like the peloton pounding into a wayward spectator. The final total was 179 and the task got harder for Suffo when Drew (2/8) and Rossco took early scalps (1/12). Owen the barbarian (46no) swung the bat like a broadsword, retiring quicker than a politician with dual citizenship and then Beno and Wortho set themselves for a charge at the big total. Trent’s fizzing leggies (2/8) and Brian’s wonder wobblers were enough to close out the win for the undefeated Geckos, who cannot be caught at the top of the Shand table. Top votes in the Middle Pub player of the series went to Owen and Trent.

Rural Rams scream back to form with classic an eight-goal romp at home draws 125 Dogwhistle

All Girls junior beginner surfers (L to R): Pyper Glenn, Ally Brisbane, Layla Ross, Alani Adamson, Keke Brain, Taylah McIntosh. Photo Natalie Grono

The All Girls Surfriders held their annual Hardcore Winter Classic last Sunday at Flat Rock. ‘The one-metre waves and challenging sweep were met with rigorous paddling and bold surfing,’ club member Natalie Grono said. ‘As the day progressed the swell and sweep dropped off and many girls scored long fun rides. Well done to all surfers who showed up and surfed in the middle of winter,’ she said. The Winter Classic is a prize round with the top four finishers all getting some goodies.

Results Junior beginner: Ally Brisbane, Keke Brain, Pyper Glenn and Taylah McIntosh. Junior intermediate: Juniper Harper, Mia Shearer, Poppy Hand and Mahia Adams. Senior beginner: Belinda Wells, Tracey Morison, Deanne Ward and Perrine Widlak. Senior intermediate: Sylvie Hoarau, Prue Smallhorn, Milica Music and Nardeen Fry. Opens: Jane Collins, Lilli Cox, Danah Besson, and Ebony Santamaria.

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Greg Robinson and Sharon Thompson picked up the honours on Saturday when more than 120 golfers took part in the Mullumbimby Rural Co–op/Whites Rural Classic golf day at the Mullumbimby course. The annual event was originally set down for April but was rained off because of heavy rainfall on the day. But all came good for the rescheduled event. ‘The weather on the weekend was as good as it was bad in April,’ Neil Farquhar, board member of the Co-op said. ‘Because of the rescheduling there were a few less sponsors on board, but the course was in great condition and plenty of people came along for the golf,’ he said. Greg was the best male player with his score of 42, while Sharon was the best female on course with 41 points. B Bartlet was the best non-golfer on the day.

After grinding out a somewhat uninspiring 1–1 draw in the make-up match against Lennox Head on Tuesday night, The Apex Byron Bay Rams regained their form against Casino Cobras on Saturday afternoon at the Rec Grounds. The Reserves set the pace with a solid 3–1 win over their Casino counterparts, holding onto second spot on the table, one point behind Rovers. Despite a promising start, with an early goal from Herick Schuenemann, the Premier Rams struggled in front of goal for much of the first half and a quick counter attack saw Casino equalise twenty minutes in. The Rams finally regained the lead just before halftime when Thiago Priori finished a scrappy goalmouth skirmish with a flying scissor kick. The second half produced a much more convincing performance with some smooth

Matt Pike put in a solid performance and started the Rams second-half scoring spree. Photo Dogwhistle

transitions and combinations yielding six more goals to the Rams. Five minutes into the second session, a cross from Ethan Archer found Matt Pike in front of the goal to make it 3–1. Another five minutes later, first division sub Caio came off the bench to cleanly tap in Byron’s fourth goal. Ben Ahern slipped number five through the defence and inside the post at the 20-minute mark and, just a minute later, Thiago Priori took his second

with a 25-metre screamer to take the score to 6–1. Thiago was brought down in the box in the closing stages of the match and the resulting penalty was clinically despatched by Jono Pierce. A moment later, another set piece had the ball rattling around the box before Jono Pierce again found the net to take the final score to 8–1. The Rams sit at third place on the ladder, one point behind this Saturday’s visitor, South Lismore, with a game in hand.

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.08 – August 1, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.08 – August 1, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.