Anthony Thomas, formerly from Ballina, on his way to winning the open men?s Kingsford-Smith Squash Classic at Ballina.
Anthony Thomas, formerly from Ballina, on his way to winning the open men?s Kingsford-Smith Squash Classic at Ballina.

Anthony?s victorious homecoming

By STEVE SPINKS

FORMER Ballina boy Anthony Thomas returned to his home town last weekend and won the Kingsford Smith Squash Classic at the Ballina Squash Centre.

Thomas, now living at Thornleigh in Sydney, defeated Mullumbimby's Cory Strickland in the final 3-1 on Sunday.

"Cory busted his knuckles playing football and he hasn't played for a number of weeks," squash centre owner Wullie Cree said.

"I think in the end Anthony's fitness won out."

Thomas trains with NSW Squash Academy coach Dean Landy in Thornleigh with a number of up-and-coming players including former Evans Head schoolboy, Ryan Cuskelly, who recently made the Australian Schools' team, which played in Indonesia.

Ballina's Luke Granger defeated Martin Walsh 3-0 to take the men's A-grade category, while Damien Hall of Acacia Ridge won the Bgrade final 3-0 over Ballina's Jason Disson.

Kempsey player Michael Maxfield defeated Ballina's Bob Fowler 3-0 in C-grade, while Grafton's Scott Wall beat Ballina's Felix McKinnon 3-0 in D-grade.

Fourteen-year-old Gatton schoolgirl Rheane Neibling won a thrilling A-grade ladies final 3-2 over Acacia Ridge's Carol Hitchcock.

Grafton's Alecia Cristen defeated Yamba's Sue Pilley 3-1 in B-grade, while in an all Ballina C-grade final Rose Offley knocked over Lee Davis 3-2.

Tracy Gray from Maclean won the D-grade final over Ballina's Nevenko Sak- ac 3-0.



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