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Juniors excel in Perth.
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November in Perth saw another smashing round of the Cycling Australia National Junior Track Series, with more than one hundred riders participating in the 2-day event at the SpeedDome. One of the key areas of difference between the first round in Sydney and the second in Perth was the improvement of the riders racing skills.
The series leaders, in their respective age groups, were always going to perform well in Perth, however many lower ranked riders lifted to the occasion and stole the show. Jessica Saunders (Northern Inland) continues to dominate the JW15 division, but her major rival Natasha Mullany (Illawarra Academy) wasn't too far behind her. Saunders leads the JW15 division on 82 points, from Mullany on 55 points and Charlotte Thompson (Regional Victoria) on 16 points.
Mitchell Wright (Illawarra Academy) is one of the outstanding improvers in the JM15 division. Wright has jumped up the NJTS Rankings to third position on 29 points, with solid showings in all the finals. Riley Hart (Brunswick Orange) still leads the division on 60 points, ahead of Kai Chapman (Hunter Region) on 30 points.
In the JW17 division, the battle between Bridget Mullany (Illawarra Academy) and Danielle McKinnirey (Sturt Holdfast Marion CC) continued in fantastic spirit from round 1, with these women neck and neck all weekend. Courtney Field (Carnegie Caulfield CC) raced with class and is now in grasp of taking the lead in this division, however fourth ranked Kiara Dundas (North Queensland) weaved some magic in Perth. She rode like a seasoned performer to be one of the highlights in the JW17 division along with Niken Jefferies (Northern District CC), who made her first appearance in the NJTS. Mullany will go into round 3 in Launceston holding a slender two point lead over McKinniery, who is on 50 points, with Field rounding out the top three NJTS JW17 rankings on 47 points.
Despite being involved in a crash, Matthew Jackson (HCS Perth) dusted himself off after a fall in the points race to again control the JM17 division on 54 points. Continually improving is Cameron Scott (Illawarra Academy) who again, stepped up his performances and sits in second position on the NJTS rankings behind Jackson with 36 points. Chris Bryan (NSW North Coast) and Jeone Park (Central Mix) were also solid contributors along with James Robinson (Launceston City CC) who are on 25, 22 and 16 points respectively.
Overall in the Club/Combine rankings, Illawarra Academy have an early, comfortable lead on 183 points, Brunswick Orange are on 104 points and Northern Inland round out third position on 101 points.
Round three of the NJTS will be held in Launceston on the 7th and 8th of December 2012.