Hunter Branch Push For Podium

Hunter made their mark at the 2015 Interbranch Championships over the weekend at Cape Hawke on the Lower North Coast, with a host of athletes producing outstanding results.

While Sydney Northern Beaches claimed overall honours defending the title they regained last year ahead of Sydney and Central Coast, the Hunter team continue to narrow the gap over their metropolitan rivals.

This year’s Interbranch made it the 11th consecutive fourth place finish for the blue and whites but despite Hunter just missing out on the podium Team Manager, Tony Grieves, was very happy with the athletes' performances.

“The event has gone well, better than we expected. We have a couple of really good open competitors and our youngsters have been finishing well so we’re really happy,” Tony Grieves said.

“We had some hiccups in our preparations which I assume most teams have had – athletes pulling out with injuries and we’ve had some juggling to do but I think we’ve done well.”

In the Under 13’s, Cooks Hill’s Bella Williams and Saxon Coates dominated their opposition in the water securing first place in the Board Relay. In terms of their individual performances, Williams came first in the Surf Race and second in the Ironwoman, meanwhile, Coates was first past the post in the Board and finished second in the Surf Race and Ironman.

In the Under 12’s, Hunter came out on top in the Board Relay thanks to Hayley Walmsley and Joel O’Callaghan from Caves Beach and blitzed the field in the Cameron Relay.

The results continued for Hunter in the water, placing first in the Under 13 Female Board thanks to Swansea Belmont’s Elize Johnson and the Under 14 Board Relay. Open Competitors, Daniel Collins and Isak Costello shocked their opposition placing second in the Surf Race and Ironman respectively.

It was a great end to the Interbranch Championships for Under 19’s competitor Daniel Collins from Redhead who was selected as the Youth Male Captain of the NSW Surf Interstate Team.

"I'm stoked because I've never captained a team before so that's going to be exciting. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to represent my state and do the best that we can and give it to the Queenslanders," the Youth Team Captain said.

“Both our team and individual results over the two days of competition were awesome. Consistently is the biggest thing with a carnival like this with the short sharp racing and if you have an off race it really affects the point score.”

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

View the full list of results here

Photo: Under 13 competitor Bella Williams at the 2015 Interbranch Championships

Wed 16 Dec 2015