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Ram juniors win three titles
Ben collects longboard hat-trick
Byron Bay FC capped off a successful debut year for its high-performance program by winning three division-one grandfinals last weekend. All four teams operating under the program qualified for their grandfinal with the U/12s, U/14s and U/15s all claiming the league and grandfinal double, meaning the program has claimed six trophies this year. The U/12s got the ball rolling on Friday night with a 2–1 win over local rivals Bangalow. It was a solid team effort with Valentino Lanzeni the star, with the 10-year-old scoring both goals and winning man of the match. Saturday saw the U/15s
Lennox Head’s Ben Dickens has achieved an amazing hat trick in the O/40s men’s at the Australian Longboard Titles held on the Tweed Coast by winning three years in a row. He was also runner-up in the O/40s logger division at the Australian Logger Titles, held alongside the Longboard Titles. Dickens is on an amazing roll over the past three years as he has only been beaten once in the two divisions at the titles with his double victories in 2017 and in 2018.
The Byron Bay Rams and Alstonville Villa division one U/13 grandfinalists. Photo supplied continue Byron’s good form, defeating last season’s winners Eureka 3–2. Jack Crabtree scored one goal and won the man of the match award. The U/14s wrapped up the successful weekend on Sunday, defeating Lennox Head 3–2 with Jack Wilson awarded man of the match. It was almost four
grandfinal wins as the U/13s were leading Alstonville 2–0 with 15 minutes to go before conceding late goals and losing 4–2. There is the potential to add to the trophy cabinet as the 12s and 14s are travelling to Coffs Harbour next month to compete in the Northern NSW Champion of Champions tournament.
Smith wins too Henley Smith of Suffolk Park has won the U/10 girls division of the Woolworths
Ben Dickens was chaired up the beach after his victory Photo Surfing Australia/Nikon Australia / Ethan Smith Surfer Groms Comps Series event held at Cronulla. Smith posted a very healthy 14.33 total out of 20 in the final to gain one of the best results of her
competitive career. The event for U/8 to U/14 is regarded as one of the major stepping stones in the development of young Australian surfers.
Brunswick Bulldogs ĲşſĕƆƱşŔĕŕƆƐşſŔĶŕƐşĪşşƐćëōōīſëŕĎǕŕëō U/13 girls win AFL īſëŕĎǕŕëō Marc Patten
In an absolute boil-over the Shores United Firebirds have made the FFNC division two grandfinal in their first year as a team The side travelled to Lismore on Friday night to face the highly rated Lismore Rovers. The Shores Firebirds won 2–0 and booked their spot in the grandfinal at Oakes Oval, Lismore, in two weeks time. But on Friday night there was also bad news for the men’s first division Brownsnakes, who lost a heartbreaker to arch-rivals Mullumbimby. Shores were
The flag-winning U/13 girls with their cuddly mascot and coach Gareth Sampson. Photo Jeff Dawson Ross Kendall The Brunswick Valley Bulldogs U/13 girls won their grandfinal against the Tweed Coast Tigers last Sunday playing at home. The Brunswick Valley Bulldogs JAFC were asked to host the Junior AFL grandfinals on Sunday, which meant teams, coaches, and families came from all over the Northern Rivers to visit Brunswick for the day. The Brunswick Public School choir headed by lead vocalist Scout Bee-Jones sang the national anthem for the girls’ grandfinal. The Brunswick Valley U/13
girls beat the Tweed Tigers 5.6.36–2.1.13 Kaliyah Browning from the Brunswick JAFC was named Best on Ground. This was the first year with a girls’ competition for the Junior AFL on the Northern Rivers. Last year it was mixed teams of boys and girls. In their first year in the competition they managed to beat every team, and toppled the minor premiers in the grand final.
U/12 boys In the U/12 boys’ grandfinal the Ballina Bombers beat the Byron Bay Magpies 1.4.10–5.6.36.
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level 1–1 after normal time and although the Brownsnakes had the better of extra time, scores remained even. The match went to the lottery of a penalty shootout, where Mullum prevailed 5–4. A great season for the Brownsnakes, finishing second in first division. In happier news the Shores United U/12 minor premiers faced Ballina in the second division grandfinal on Saturday morning. In a heated match that raged back and forth, the Shores boys showed why they were second division champions.
Shores United U/12 second divison lost one game on their way to winning the grandfinal trophy. Photo supplied In the end Shores were too much for a brave Ballina, winning the grandfinal 2–1, after losing just one game all season.
All eyes are now on the Shores United women who have the chance to create history at Oakes Oval when they take on Ballina.
Sailors enjoy success at Triples champions crowned Hamilton Island regatta at Brunswick Heads Triples champs (L–R): Julie Quigley, Jenny Meinel (C) and Jenny Lofts. Photo supplied The crew of Coopers celebrate with some in-kind support from their sponsor. Photo supplied Mullumbimby chemist Craig Watson and his crew sailing Coopers, a Jeanneau 53, won a race on handicap in their division and backed this up with three line-honours thirds at Hamilton Island Race Week. Among the crew are locals Martin Hartmann and
Tony Willis. Hamilton Race Week comprises six yacht races around various islands in the Whitsundays and this year included 237 boats competing across different divisions It was Craig’s 22nd race week and follows success in the Brisbane to Gladstone.
With the blustery wind quickly drying out the moderately fast green the conditions were not the easiest for the final of the Brunswick Heads Women’s Bowls Triples Championship held last Tuesday. Sharon Allen, Fay Parkes, and Marcia Crichton looked to have a strong start but a five-point loss on the seventh end proved hard to
recover from. The team of Julie Quigley, Jenny Meinel, and Jenny Lofts took advantage and managed to claw ahead and hold onto their lead for the remainder of the match to win 23–19. The win follows Meinel and Lofts women’s pairs win earlier in the year and is a great result for Quigley – one of the club’s newer bowlers.
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