Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Hard Work Earns State Selections

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Hard Work Earns State Selections

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CONGRATULATIONS to Ryan Marshall and Jacob Ford on their selection in the NSW state team to contest the Australian Age Championships in Canberra in September.

The boys competed in the state championships last weekend at Thornleigh where over a hundred competitors from four states took part.

Both Marshall and Ford recorded impressive results in their respective age groups to earn a spot in the NSW Blue Tongues team.

This is not Marshall's first appearance in state colours; he represented NSW in 2011. His all round game is rapidly improving and he was put to the test during the Under-15 event at Thornleigh where he came away with three impressive wins and one loss to finish in third place.

Marshall had enjoyed a successful build-up to the state championships with good performances in state ranking events keeping him at the fore and under the watchful eye of state selectors.

His performances at state ranking events have seen him ride the wave of success, claiming two firsts, two seconds and a ninth at the Australian Junior Open.

His third placing at the state championships earned him a spot in the Blue Tongues team.

Jacob Ford competed in the Under-13 boys championship, which was contested by several national ranked and interstate players, making the competition exceptionally strong.

Ford, however, was not overawed by the occasion and saved his best performance for the last match where he renewed his rivalry with Toby Moore, of Tasmania, who defeated Jacob at the Australian Junior Open earlier in the year.

Jacob showed more determination this time round and, with a near flawless display and minimal error rate, he closed out the match in a tough three games to record a 11-8 11-6 12-10 victory.

Jacob is quickly gaining his travelling legs having just returned from the Victorian state junior titles where he finished second to add to his list of achievements this year, with two firsts, three seconds and a sixth at the Australian Junior Open. …

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