History On The Line For Locals At NSW IRB Championships

Defending state champions, Caves Beach SLSC, will have extra motivation to win this weekend’s 2013 NSW IRB Championships at Fingal Beach with the club looking to make IRB racing history.

If they win this year’s event they will be the first club to ever win ten State Championships in the history of IRB Racing in NSW.

The club has a formidable record at state level, winning every NSW Championships held since 2001 except for 2011 when they finished 2nd to South Maroubra SLSC.

Caves Beach Team Coach, Scott Bryant, says the team are focused on having a strong showing in Fingal.

“The team definitely has got a bit of extra motivation to get that record this year. We've had a big turnover of members so we've got a fairly young team but we’re sitting in second in the Premiership Series (after two rounds) and in pretty good form.”

Surf Life Saving NSW Surf Sports manager, Dan Pearce, says that Caves Beach SLSC has historically been a competitive club.

“They've always been strong contenders at all IRB competition for the last 10 years. The club has a very disciplined training and competition regime – but at the same time they look like the team that is having the most fun while on the beach. They have achieved gold medals at all levels of competition whether it be State, Australian or World Championships. Not many IRB racing clubs can boast this sort of success.”

Their biggest threats will come from the current leaders in the Premiership Series, Kiama Downs, as well as perennial title contenders and the only team to beat Caves since 2001 in the State Championships, South Maroubra SLSC.

The only other team from the Hunter Branch, Catherine Hill Bay SLSC, is also in strong form in the Premiership Series.

Fingal Beach SLSC with the support of Port Stephens Council and Lakeside Marine will host more than 250 competitors, from about 25 clubs throughout NSW this weekend (8-9 June).

Thu 6 Jun 2013