Grace Parsons (above left) top scored for Lismore on the first day of the LJ Hooker Under-13 carnival at Ballina, while
Grace Parsons (above left) top scored for Lismore on the first day of the LJ Hooker Under-13 carnival at Ballina, while Mitchell Craig

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Double celebration

NEW South Wales junior representative Jono Davis and Broadbeach bowler Dee Robertson won the Summerland Singles gold and silver division at the Cherry Street Ballina Bowling Club.

The 15-year-old Davis became the youngest bowler to win in the gold division while Robertson was all class in the silver section final.

Special mention to Queensland state representative Sean Ingham who played in the Singles final for a second straight year after winning the Pairs with Jayden Christie the previous week.

Grace Parsons.
Grace Parsons. Mitchell Craig

Amazing Grace

LISMORE cricketer Grace Parson a the standout player in her team at the LJ Hooker Under-13 carnival at Ballina.

There was only a handful of girls competing at the carnival but Grace managed to score the most runs for Lismore in three of their five matches.

She opened the batting against a strong Newcastle team and also bowled plenty of overs at the five-day competition.

Oliver Casey.
Oliver Casey. Mitchell Craig

Round the Twist

TOP seed Oliver Casey took out the Ballina New Year Open tennis tournament after a hard-fought final against Suffolk Park teenager Louis Clark.

Casey had to come-from-behind to win 4-6 6-2 6-1 while it was an all Gold Coast final when Ella Huresfovic beat Tiana Windbuchler 6-4 6-3 in the open women's final.

Tom Cooper.
Tom Cooper. JULIAN SMITH

Super Cooper

FORMER Lismore cricketer Tom Cooper produced his best batting performance of the Twenty20 season with an unbeaten 53 in the Big Bash League.

The hard-hitting innings for the Melbourne Renegades included seven fours and two sixes with the runs coming off just 24 balls.

It was also a milestone month with Cooper playing his 100th game of domestic Twenty20 cricket after making his debut with South Australia in 2008.

Elsewhere, former Bangalow cricketer Angela Reakes was part of the winning Sydney Sixers team who won the Women's Big Bash final against the Perth Scorchers.

Lennox Head surfer Nyxie Ryan.
Lennox Head surfer Nyxie Ryan. Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

Clean sweep

Lennox Head surfer Nyxie Ryan won her age division in the national finals of the Rip Curl Grom Search at Narrabeen.

The win completed a clean sweep after she won the 14 and under division qualifying round on the Sunshine Coast.

Far North Coast surfer Jai Glinderman won the national final of the 12 and under boys division.

Elsewhere, Lennox Head's Mikey McDonagh won the first Subway Surf Series event of the season at Bells Beach, Victoria.



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