written by Kim Schramm. Photos by Toni van der Kreek.

Day 2 saw the top 8 seeds competing in most age groups. In other words it was quarter final day for most draws! The Under 11 events and the U 21 Mixed are Round Robin events so they are viewed differently.

The Boys U13 reached the semi final stage yesterday after 2 rounds were played on the first day of competition. All top 4 seeds progressed with play to resume tomorrow. Mackay’s BJ MacDonald is the #1 seed.


Ella Burge

In the Girls U13 #1 seed Ella Burge and #2 seed Ashlyn Barclay were sizzling winning their respective matches in 14 and 16 minutes respectfully. Burge will now take on Brisbane’s Madison Lyon, who had an impressive 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 win against Cairns’s Kiara Stubley (5) in 21 minutes

Barclay will take on Southern’s Shona Coxsedge, who received a walkover from Emerald’s Kurstyn Mather, who like her sister was suffering from a severe stomach bug.

Ethan Stephenson

Ethan Stephenson

In the Boys U15 event #1 seed Ethan Stephenson was too clinical for Ingham’s Jordan DiBella (8) winning comfortably in three. His opponent in tomorrow’s semi will be Lachlan Michel, who ground out a tough win against Warwick’s Sebastian Johnson (5) 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7.

Number three seed Declan Cashman from Brisbane was in trouble against Mackay’s BJ MacDonald (6) down 0-2 before MacDonald ran into a brick wall … literally! Cashman took the match 3-2 after MacDonald suffered minor concussion.

Mackay’s Wes Dyer (2) was too good for Josh Penfold (7) in the other quarter final winning 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 in a snappy 25 minutes to set up a semi final clash with Cashman.

It was a big day for the U15 Girls. They played two matches today with their second round matches played in the morning and their quarter finals played in the afternoon.

Mackay’s Chloe Thompson (9) had a notable win over Ingham’s Kaci Newman (8) 11-9, 12-10, 12-10 in Round 2 but was no match for #1 seed Mackenzie Sleep (Redcliffe PCYC) in the afternoon.

Jayna Gill

Jayna Gill

Sleep now takes on club mate Katie Davies in the semi after Davies recorded a strong 3-0 win against #4 seed Ashlyn Barclay.
The other semi will see Brisbane’s Jayna Gill (3) take on the home town favourite Hayley Hankinson (2) who won both her matches in style.

Sean Motti’s run in the Boys U17 came to an abrupt end when he faced up to #1 seed Nicholas Calvert. Calvert is preparing for the World Championships so he is the type of form that translates into an 11-5, 11-4, 11-9 win in 31 minutes.

The current Australian Champion is a red hot favourite to win the U17 title. He now faces Gladstone’s David Turner (4) in the semi final.

The #2 seed Joel Arscott from Rockhampton will take on Brisbane’s Ethan Stephenson in the other semi. Arscott destroyed Mackay’s Wes Dyer in 21 minutes whilst Stephenson (6) caused a mini upset ousting Ingham’s Brody DiBella (3) 15-13, 13-11, 11-2 in 33 minutes.
Brisbane girls dominated the Girls U17 quarter finals. Taylor Jones (1) is shooting for two titles at this year’s championship and stands a very good chance of accomplishing that feat.

Jones was too good for Rockhampton’s Teagan Scobie (8) winning in straight. She now plays Mackenzie Sleep (4) who got past a tenacious Kirby Gill (5) 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 12-10 in 34 minutes.

The other semi will see surprise packet Karissa Barclay (6) beat #3 seed Skye Turner 11-9, 11-9, 11-8 in 33 minutes to set up a semi clash with Zoe Lockton (7) who benefitted from the sudden retirement of #2 seed Courtney Mather.

The top 4 seeds in the Boys U19 are all safely through to the semi finals after winning their quarter final matches in straight.
#1 seed Alex Eustace simply had too many answers for everything Rockhampton’s Riley Steffen threw at him. Eustace will now face young gun Nicholas Calvert (4) in the semi. Backing up from his U17 match in the morning Calvert needed 45 minutes to beat Warwick’s Caleb Johnson (5) 3-0.

Brisbane’s Jon “Buzz” van der Kreek (3) made short work of his match up against Corey Sergeant (6) winning in 21 minutes. His opponent in tomorrow’s semi final will be Southern’s Lachlan Coxsedge (2) who took 41 minutes to beat Brisbane’s Connor McNeil (7).
Three Brisbane girls are into the semi finals of the Girls U19 after the #2 seed Courtney Mather (Emerald) had to withdraw with severe stomach pains.

Taylor Jones

Taylor Jones

#1 seed Taylor Jones from the Stafford Club in Brisbane is now a firm favourite to win the title and was too strong for yesterday’s local heroine Summer Palmer beating the Mackay teenager 11-2, 11-1, 11-3 in 28 minutes. She now tackles #4 seed Kirby Gill (Brisbane) for a place in the final..

Southern’s Skye Turner (3) was too good for Mackay’s Jessica Green (6) winning 12-10, 12-10, 11-5 in 36 minutes and will now take on Brisbane’s Zoe Lockton (7) who got a walkover courtesy of Mather.

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