Ace display from O'Gorman at North Coast Open
TENNIS: A dominant display across the long weekend's North Coast Open Championships actions has seen Gunnedah Tennis Club's Gabby O'Gorman take out the women's Silver AMT title.
It was a special moment for the 17-year-old who replicated her mother Patricia's efforts from 1974 when she won the same tournament.
O'Gorman was unstoppable in pool action not dropping single game on her way to a final showdown with Grafton prospect Taylah Beckman.
It was a competitive final match up with Beckman taking the early advantage, but it was not long before O'Gorman kicked it up a gear to take the first set 6-3.
Beckman attempted a fight back in the second set but O'Gorman continued to apply the pressure to take the set 6-4 and clinch her maiden North Coast Open Tennis Championship trophy.
For O'Gorman, who spent majority of last season on the sidelines through injury, the win was a welcome return to her best form.
"I feel great, I haven't played that well in a long time," she said. "I had every intention to try and win this tournament, with the number one seed (Lisa Mays) pulling out the opportunity was there.
"I went out there with a game plan and it sort of all just happened. Those seven games were the only ones I dropped all tournament."
And it was not until after she lifted the trophy that O'Gorman realised her family connection with the Grafton-based tournament.
"I had inspiration from my coach to win, but mum never even told me about it," she said. "I have been coming here every long weekend since I can remember, so this is one I have wanted to win.
"There are some incredible names up there on the honours board, and now I am up there with them."
For Grafton star Beckman the loss in the final was a bitter pill to swallow but she said she was happy with her performance in the tournament.
"I have been back for about a month now, so I have had a bit of a break but I have been hitting a bit," she said.
"So to make the final that is great.
"It is disappointing, but honestly I was pretty happy with how I played. I was hitting the ball well out there but Gabby just played too good in the final."