Central Coast Make Top Three At Interbranch

Central Coast Surf Life Saving Branch’s strongest 40 athletes headed to Cape Hawke on the Lower North Coast last weekend to push their claim as the best team outside of Sydney.

The 2015 Interbranch Championships saw them do just that, finishing third behind back-to-back winners Sydney Northern Beaches and Sydney. This was the sixth consecutive year Central Coast have placed third, 66 points behind Sydney Branch.

Owen and Finn Flaherty from Avoca Beach SLSC were outstanding for the branch, both finishing in the top three on multiple occasions. Owen placed second in both Under 13 Flags and Sprint while Finn in the Under 15’s came first in the swim, second in the ironman and third in the board.

Central Coast continued their amazing results with Blain Nelson from Shelly Beach SLSC taking out the Under 14 Sprint and Umina’s Bradman Best blitzing the field in the Under 15 Sprint.

Team Manager, Damien Benson, believes the team’s great results can be put down to the busy schedule of events so far this season.

“The branch has had a lot of carnivals, so the kids have been working really hard in preparation for this event,” Damien Benson said.

In the water, Umina’s Lachlan Braddish in the Under 14 events was first past the post in the swim and ironman, while Jemma Smith dominated the U17 field winning the ski and placing second in both the board and ironwoman.

It was a similar story for the Open athletes, Rachelle King from Terrigal won the swim and the Open male athletes were in front from start to finish in the Rescue Tube Rescue.

“Everyone’s done really well this weekend, we’ve been right up there in the point score and we’re very happy finishing third,” Rachelle Kind said.

Along with the great results for the Central Coast Branch, a number of youth and open athletes were selected in the NSW Surf Interstate Team who will be competing in Torquay, Victoria on Friday 8 January 2016.

Rachelle King, Umina pair Jemma Smith and Rachel Wood, Bradley Woodward (Shelly Beach) and veteran Tim Schofield from Terrigal are the Central Coast representatives for NSW.

“It’s always a tough one being picked for the Interstate team because you never know what type of athletes the selectors are looking for – either a specialist or an all-round competitor,” Tim Schofield said.

“I’m just over the moon to be picked for NSW and can’t wait to get into camp and compete down in Torquay.”

2015 Interbranch Championships Final Pointscore

Sydney Northern Beaches – 1242
Sydney - 1172
Central Coast – 1106
Hunter – 1014
Far North Coast – 884
Illawarra – 809
North Coast – 626
South Coast – 595
Mid North Coast – 526
Far South Coast – 438
Lower North Coast - 191

Download the full list of results here

Photo: Rachelle King competing at the 2015 Interbranch Championships

Wed 16 Dec 2015