BONNELLS Bay judoist Angelina Yokoyama has again shown skills beyond her years to win four silver medals at the inaugural Southern Cross International Open Championships in Geelong.
The 14-year-old finished second in the 48-kilogram sections of the under-17, under-20, senior women and Olympic festival selection events.
Yokoyama, who is part of the Tuggerah Kido Mingara Judo Academy, had just returned from a three-month training stint overseas.
She spent two months in Japan and one with the Philippines women's national team.
The results last month against older opponents come after she won bronze in the under-17 division at the Australian titles in June.
Her next assignment will be the Sydney International in two weeks.
Her older brother, Liam Yokoyama, will be competing for national senior ranking points in the men's 60kg division at the age of 16.
Newcastle's Daniel Villani, 10, will compete in the junior boys' division.
■ Newcastle Tigers junior hockey club will have the biggest night in their history when they field a team in every girls' grand final and in the A-grade boys' division on Friday.
Tigers secretary Rod Schimann said it was the first time they had qualified for both A-grade deciders or all girls' divisions and came after a tough period for the club.
"There's been a lot of hard work by a lot of people," Schimann said.
"Two years ago we were umming and ahhing about whether to putting an A-grade boys' side in, but we've turned things around."
The boys' A-grade side play Souths Redbacks at 8.30pm at Newcastle International Hockey Centre.
In the girls, Tigers take on Souths in A grade at 8.30pm, Grammar in B grade at 7.30pm, Souths in C grade from 6.30pm and Regals in D grade at 5.30pm.
Souths and Norths dominate the boys' deciders, facing off in B grade from 7.30pm and D grade at 5.30pm. Norths play Wests in C grade from 6.30pm.
■ Newcastle District Cricket Association has selected its under-17 representative squad for this season.
The 16-man squad will start training at No.1 Sportsground on Thursday, September 20.
The squad is: Ben Balcomb (Hamilton-Wickham), Tyson Beatty, Liam Case, Morgan Clune (Newcastle City), Haynes Crossley (Waratah-Mayfield), Sam Davies (Wests), Lachlan Edwards, Jackson Redman (Stockton-Raymond Terrace), Mark Finlayson (Belmont), Josh Forsyth, Courtney Moulton (Merewether), Angus Kirk (University), Bayley McGill (Cardiff-Boolaroo), Josh Pettigrew (Wallsend), Liam Taylor (Toronto Workers), Isaac Wallace (Charlestown).
■ Eastlakes Trampoline Sports trampolinist Jessica Pickering will make her international debut in October after gaining selection in the Australian team for the Indo Pacific Championships.
A multiple NSW representative, Pickering finished seventh in the level 6 women's division at the national club championships in Brisbane on August 4 to 5.
She qualified to compete in the under-13 women's individual and synchronised trampoline events.
Australia will compete against the likes of Japan, Canada and Russia at the Indo Pacific Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Sport Centre from October 13 to 21.