Junior players head to Yamba for squash titles
By JURIS GRANEY
YAMBA is preparing for an onslaught of tiny racquet-wielding squash players.
But with more than 80 players coming to the region to compete in the third round of the North Coast Junior Squash tournament next weekend, shop owners should be laying out the red carpet.
Along with the players, a large entourage of supporters and families will descend on the Lower Clarence for two nights bringing with them fist-fulls much needed tourist dollars.
Yamba Squash and Cycle Centre owner Steve Pilley said the annual event always proved to be a boon for the local economy.
"These families come here and usually stay two nights," he said.
"With that they go out to dinner, go to the clubs and it is just good clean living people enjoying the region."
Players from as far south as Kempsey north to Ballina and west to Lismore are expected to call Yamba home for two nights.
The annual competition has been rotated between four core squash centres ? Ballina, Yamba, Maclean and Grafton ? since 1993.