Tory?s leading role

A SMALL but strong contingent of players travelled to Ballina to compete in the North Coast Ballina Junior Tournament.

Congratulations to Tory Simmons, who took out the Division 8 final to record his first tournament success.

No hoodoos in the semi-final saw Tory through to his first final against Kalab Watts of Ballina.

Both players produced some remarkable shots with Tory taking a 2-0 lead only to loose the third set then show his all-round improvement in the fourth set to record a well deserved victory 15/12 15/9 13/15 15/8.

In Division 2, Coffs Harbour had three representatives, with Andrew Mulhall, Tamika Saxby and Myles Bennell.

Tamika produced the early upset with an outstanding match against Holly Butcher of Grafton and State under-15 no.2 for a hard-fought straight sets win 15/11 15/11 15/9.

Andrew and Tamika remained undefeated with Myles conceding one match at completion of play on Saturday.

Sunday rounds resulted in Tamika and Myles through to the semi-finals with Andrew missing the cut by the narrowest of margins after a countback.

The task before Myles and Tamika required a big effort against fellow North Coast Development Squad members Ashton Anderson and Luke Skinner.

Myles produced his best form in the semi and was a little unlucky at 12/13 in the fifth set, receiving a very dubious call which unsettled his rhythm, going down in a very close encounter to Anderson.

Tamika likewise worked hard in a tense battle, narrowly going down 13/15 in the fourth set for a 1/3 loss to the eventual winner, Luke Skinner of Grafton.

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