Brendan Lee, of Goonellabah, playing in the Ballina New Year Open tennis tournament yesterday.
Brendan Lee, of Goonellabah, playing in the Ballina New Year Open tennis tournament yesterday. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Ballina's busy week of sport

IT'S been a busy start to the year for sport at Ballina and it's about to geta whole lot busier.

The Under-13 cricket carnival was completed yesterday with Newcastle beating Central Coast in the final at Fripp Oval.

The annual event, like the Under-12 carnival in Lismore, brings hundreds of players and their parents into the towns.

At the Ballina Bowling Club, the Summerland Singles started yesterday in great weather following on from the Summerland Pairs last week.

Sectional play continues today with the finals tomorrow.

Local favourite Neil Burgess is through to the quarter-finals along with former world No 1 Kelvin Kerkow.

Just over the fence, the Ballina New Year Open tennis tournament is also under way and, like the bowls, the finals are set down for tomorrow.

Brendan Moore, who won in Lismore this week, will be tough to beat again.

And if that's not enough, the Ballina Jockey Club will go racing on Tuesday for the first time since its popular Boxing Day meeting.

Another crowd boosted by coastal holidaymakers can be expected.



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