Local girls head to head

MULLAWAY'S Angela Keighran and Sawtell's Kirra Townsend both secured places in the final of the under-18 girls division at the Quiksilver Australian grommet surfing titles in Tasmania.

Townsend pulled a rabbit out of her hat in the last 30 seconds of her semi-final on Thursday to secure her place in the final behind team mate Angela Keighran (Mulloway).

Townsend is no stranger to big finishes.

She won last year's under-16 girls title at Phillip Island and put it all on the line with a last minute ride to leapfrog Queensland's Amy Hart (Currumbin), jumping from third to second on the final siren.

Less than one point separated the pair on the final tally, with Keighran a comfortable winner and Victoria's Sian Lewis (Balnarring) eliminated along with Hart in fourth.

"I was just stressed thinking, 'Oh, no!'," Townsend said.

"Then a wave came and it was a good one so I was lucky.

"I was watching Angela, she was in good rythym, but I was having trouble finding any good ones until right at the end. I feel awesome, it's great."

NSW best chances for a national title may lie in this division with Jess Grimwood (Bateau Bay) also progressing behind lone interstate contender Melissa Burt of Phillip Island, Victoria in semi two.

Meanwhile the final of the under-16 boys will see two of the events most diminutive and compact stylists, NSW's Garrett Parkes (Byron Bay) and Davey Cathels (Narrabeen) gunning for glory against the extra height and power of celebrated South Coast juniors Owen Wright (Culburra) and Sam Wrench (Ulludulla).

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