Bondi Increase Lead On Masters Day 2
Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club have extended their lead at the top of the club point score ahead of Sydney rivals North Bondi and Queenscliff during an exciting day of teams competition on the second day of the NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships at Ocean Beach – Umina.
The onset of early morning fog on Thursday caused a temporary halt to proceedings, but the short delay didn’t last long and the Masters competitors soon hit the water with a vengeance. Byron Bay SLSC had a day to remember as they forced their way into a coveted top 10 spot on the back of a number of strong results.
The team of Joanne Kay, Karen Irwin, and Helen Murray combined to win gold in the 130 Years Female Taplin, while Kay and Murray teamed up with Gai Coleman to win the 130 Board Relay before the trio continued their golden run in the 150 Years Ski Relay.
Wanda enjoyed success in a fiercely contested Men’s 110 Years Taplin. The team of Scott Allen, Joel Bolewski, and Cameron Pyett did just enough to hold off a fast-finishing Bondi and Avoca Beach with Kurt Hanson (Freshwater) almost dragging his team into medal contention with a sensational last leg to finish fourth.
“It was a fantastic race and we certainly enjoyed getting one over the A team, but in all seriousness they’re a fantastic group of guys and it’s great for the club that we’re able to get a number of teams in each of these events,” said Pyett.
“We’ve been training really hard and all the work paid off.”
After winning a tough heat against their Hunter rivals Stockton and Fingal Beach SLSC, the Redhead team of Mark Ayre, Shane Abrahamson, and Ray Terril went on to comprehensively win the final of the 130 Years Male Board Relay.
“It was a team effort that was set up by our first ride by Mark and then Shane was able to hold on and build on it further. I enjoyed that little wave at the end as they always help,” said Terril after the race.
Bondi’s Dori Miller has enjoyed a golden weekend further enhancing her reputation as one of the top Masters competitors in NSW. During the competition she won gold medals in the 45-49 Swim, Rescue Tube, and the 110 Years Swim Team Race, 110 Years Female Taplin, and a bronze in the 110 Years Female Board Relay.
Another Bondi team (among many) who had plenty of reasons to smile was the women’s 30-34 Board Rescue team with Andrea Miller and Emily Gillies pairing up to win gold.
“It’s been a fantastic carnival – we’ve loved every minute of it and it’s so good to get a wave. The conditions were actually a little choppy out there today, but every beach is different,” said Gillies.
“We kept looking for a wave right at the end but we couldn’t get one, fortunately we had a big enough lead it didn’t matter but we were hoping that no one was going to come from behind. We’ve been together for 4 years and really enjoy racing together. It definitely helps if you understand your partner,” Miller added.
Although they hold a near unassailable lead, Bondi’s coronation as the state’s premier masters club will have to wait one more day with the surf boat competition to be held tomorrow, and then they will be able to celebrate their first ever Masters title.
The 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships are proudly supported by ClubsNSW and will continue tomorrow Friday 11 March through to Sunday 13 March with the Open Competition.
- Bondi Surf Bathers LSC 297
- North Bondi SLSC 244
- Queenscliff SLSC 221
- Coogee SLSC (NSW) 163
- Wanda SLSC 150
- Manly LSC 138
- Palm Beach SLSC (NSW) 125
- Byron Bay SLSC 125
- North Entrance SLSC 124
- Umina SLSC 123
Photograph -The 55-59 Ironmen are all smiles after their race on Day 2 of the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships
Thu 10 Mar 2016