Grommets reach semi-finals in Tasmania
NUMBER one event seed, Heath Joske from Nambucca Heads has been bundled out of the blue-ribbon boys under-18 division of the Quiksilver Australian Grommet titles being held at remote Roaring Beach in Tasmania.
In excellent 1.5-2.0m offshore waves, Joske was among a number of top seeds to fall including Queensland 's Lincoln Taylor (Nth Stradbroke) and WA's Dave Delroy-Carr (Margaret River).
Joske was eliminated behind standout Queensland contender Nick Vasicek of Coolangatta and Victoria 's top-seeded surfer Carl Wright.
West Australian Dave Delroy-Carr was a shock elimination yesterday from the under-18 boys individual repercharge.
The 17 year-old natural footer, who finished third in the world at the recent Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships in California, found himself within the crossfires of an explosive exchange between NSW's Maddison Williams (Coffs Harbour) and South Australia's Teale Vanner (Kangaroo Island).
Vanner and Williams went on a point scoring rampage in three man heat considered the clash of the event. Former touring professional and commentator Matt Hoy claimed it was among the best performances seen at national level, Vanner progressing on 18.20 points ahead of Williams on 17.90 and Delroy-Carr on 13.07.NSW's team of under-18 girls has fared well, with all five representatives advancing directly to the quarter finals following strong showings in round one.
2004 under-16 champion Kirra Townsend (Sawtell), Natalie Briggs (Suffolk Park), Jess Grimwood (Bateau Bay) and Jess Hickson (Boomerang) employed a common tactic to overcome their opposition, sitting deep in the hook of Roaring Beach and picking off long walling rights in between the large sets that threatened to close out the beach.
Number one under-18 girls event seed Angela Keighran (Mullaway) also advanced, but had to settle for second behind rampaging West Australian Jaala Baldock (Trigg).