Preparing for the NSW country age titles

PLAYERS are preparing for the NSW Country Age Championships to be held at Wyong next week.

The country titles will have players from all regions of NSW and a contingent from Qld, so competition should be very strong.

The event is the next ranking tournament and players will be keen to impress before the State titles in July.

Coffs Harbour will have a number of juniors contesting the under-11, -13 and -17 age groups with Adrian Kelly (under 17s) and Jesse Harrison (under 13s) looking to continue their recent good form for the championships.

Brad Harrison and Ryan Marshall will be competing in the under-11 age division and eager to show their skills. Both players are well ranked within their age group and are excited about their prospects.

Grafton Open

LAST weekend players from Lismore, Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Yamba and Sydney took part in the Grafton Open.

Coffs Harbour representatives Paul Herring and John Rovere put in some huge efforts and unfortunately had to meet in the rounds of Saturday.

The efforts produced by the players took some of the shine and edge from their performances on Sunday with Paul the winner in five sets advancing to the men's final.

Despite his best efforts, Paul could not match the craft of Lismore's Hayden Hamshaw going down in straight sets to be runner up but was very pleased with his overall performances during the weekend.

The women's division was won by promising junior Moana Gray of Grafton who defeated Julie Hood of Ballina in four sets.

Competitions

Next week, Tuesday players will complete the deferred round of March 31 which was cancelled due to the floods experienced in the Coffs region.

This will be the last round before the semi-finals and players with any outstanding games need to complete them this week.

Line positions are up for grabs with Line 1 Andrew Hunt 40, Tamika Saxby 31, Andrew Oakman 29 and Justin Male 25 the leaders.

Line 2: John Rovere suffered his first defeat of the competition and may have been still getting over the Grafton Open but nothing can be taken from the solid efforts produced by Col Spring who won in straight sets. John Rovere 44, John Clerke 31, Paul Herring 24 and Duncan Marchant 21 with a match in hand are the leaders.

Line 3: Ross Gentle 34, Rhys Edwards 33 and Lindsay McConachy 33 with match in hand are the favourites to secure a semi-final spot.

Line 4: Darren Bottero 40 and Greg Baird 38 are showing a clear pair of heels to Eric Swanepoel, Rhonda McGregor and Lyn Warren.

Line 5: Shaun Lawer has emerged as the leader on 32 points from Shane Hessenberger 26.



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