Grafton jockey Matthew Paget rides a winner at the Boxing Day TAB meeting at Ballina last year
Grafton jockey Matthew Paget rides a winner at the Boxing Day TAB meeting at Ballina last year Marc Stapelberg

Summer sport calendar heats up

SPORTS editor Mitchell Craig names some of the big local sporting events coming up in the next fortnight:

Big Ballina race day

Ballina Jockey Club will host one of its biggest meetings of the year on Boxing Day.

Numbers have been down at the TAB meeting in recent years, but the club is hopeful of pulling in a big crowd on Monday.

Punters also have the chance to attend at TAB meeting with seven races at Murwillumbah the following day.

Bowls bonanza

Former world No 1 Kelvin Kerkow and Canadian international Ryan Bester head the list of entries in the Summerland Series at the Cherry Street Ballina Bowling Club.

It all starts on Tuesday when 32 teams contest the pairs before five days of singles competition starts January 2.

See inside for more on the Summerland Series with Jim Brigginshaw's weekly bowls column.

Tournament time

About 250 tennis players are expected to take part in the Ballina New Year Open tournament starting January 3.

There will be an extra day of competition this year with matches played at Alstonville and Ballina.

The tournament now runs as a silver Australian Money Tournament and Junior Bronze tour.

Bumper night

The speedway season heats up with the first round of the Mr Modified Series on Monday night.

Gates open at 3pm and there will be other divisions on the night.

The second round of the series and five other events will also be held at the Lismore Showground in January.



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