Urquhart?s struggle to get on her feet

THE Australian women team's preparation for the world junior championships are limping along, following injuries to the number one and two players.

The event will be in Belgium starting on July 21 and our two strongest players are just off crutches.

Yamba's Donna Urquhart badly sprained her ankle two weeks ago at training and is in a race to be ready for the event, which is going to be the highlight of her first year at the AIS.

It is only a week since her teammate and fellow AIS athlete Peta Hughes did exactly the same thing.

Both girls were due to travel with the Australian team to New Zealand for a trans-Tasman series but are unable to take their places.

Donna and Peta currently share a flat in Brisbane, and barely mobile, there must be some amusing moments.

The treatment both are receiving is intensive to get them ready for the world titles, and let's hope they can both get fit and take their place. The latest report has both of them feeling confident of being fit.

nGRAFTON boys' and girls' high school teams play their next round of the State-wide knockout competition this week.

The Grafton girls' team will play Southern Cross Ballina tomorrow.

Southern Cross made it to the finals last year. This match will be tough with Ballina having good players at one, two and three and coming off a victory against the Maclean girls' team.

The Grafton boys' team will play Ballina High in their next match with the day yet to be finalised.

nTHE Combined High Schools' squash championships will be held next week at Big River Squash and Fitness with teams visiting from throughout the State.

With so many players visiting there is a great need for billets, with around 60 required.

If you are able to host billets from Monday to Thursday nights, commencing on June 27, please contact either myself at the centre or Ron Butcher at Grafton High, or Jo Foley from South High.

We need to accommodate all these visitors to town.

Two Clarence Valley players are part of the North Coast team with Kyle Lalwer and Holly Butcher gaining selection.

The championships have a teams and an individual competition.

North Coast are big chances in both the girls' and boys' teams.

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