HIGH FIVE: Pick of January’s great sporting moments
CUDGEN won consecutive one-day finals in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket after beating Marist Brothers at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.
The club is aiming for a clean sweep next month when the two-day finals are held.
Special mention has to go to Casino Cavaliers captain Sam Irvine who scored his fourth century in five innings against Ballina Bears.
BRISBANE jockey Tegan Harrison won the $30,000 Iris Nielsen Handicap (1400m) on Hula Girl at the Ballina Jockey Club.
Harrison, who started at Ballina before moving to the Gold Coast, first won the Iris Nielsen race on Epic Terra in 2013.
She was one of only two female jockeys this year, in the race which used to be restricted to female riders only until 2014.
The annual race honours former Northern Rivers jockey Iris Nielsen who died after a race fall at Lismore in 1988.
MOORE MEETS IDOL
IT WAS a big month for Lismore tennis player Brendan Moore who won the Ballina New Year Open for a record third time.
It only got better from there when he won the Queensland Money race tournament and was asked to train with tennis legend Roger Federer who was competing nearby in the Brisbane International.
Moore spent three days with the player he idolised growing up and also met tournament winner Milos Raonic.
CONFIDENCE BOOST FOR LAWRENCE
FORMER Northern Rivers canoeist Ros Lawrence upstaged three-time world champion Jessica Fox to win the women’s K1 title at the national canoe and kayak slalom championships in Tasmania.
Lawrence, who is originally from Old Bonalbo, dominated the final finishing 2.34s ahead of the London Olympics silver medallist.
She is aiming for a K1 berth at the Rio Olympics with selection trials starting at the Australian Open in Penrith tomorrow.
The Australian Open is the first of two selection events, with the three-day Oceania Championships to follow on February 19.
BRODIE FINISHES ON A HIGH
FORMER Far North Coast surf lifesaver Brodie Moir finished the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironwoman series in third place after the final two rounds in Cronulla.
It was a big season for Moir with the field increasing to 18 competitors across six rounds.
Moir has been a regular in the series for a number of years and hinted post-race that this season might have been her last.