IRB Premiership Series Set For Big Finale

As the final round of the NSW Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Premiership Series heads to Cape Hawke SLSC this weekend the overall title is set for its closest finish in recent years with just two points separating first and second in the standings.

One Mile Beach will rock to the hum of motors and the thrill of the competition as they play host to over 280 surf lifesavers from 26 clubs across NSW.

All clubs will be chasing Kiama Downs who are currently leading the Overall Premiership Pointscore ahead of perennial rivals Caves Beach and Terrigal.

Kiama Downs are reigning champions and are gunning for their sixth straight Premiership title to take home to the South Coast, an impressive feat in an era where the skills of the competitors are ever improving.

Forster SLSC will be flying the flag for the Lower North Coast Branch (currently sitting in 10th spot overall) and after making a splash last start at Ocean Beach will be hoping to take full advantage of their local knowledge.

Cape Hawke SLSC President Gary Curtis is looking forward to welcoming the best NSW IRB competitors and hopes this could encourage his fellow club members to race in the future.

“The beach is looking good; we think the surf conditions will be favourable so we expect a full weekend of racing,” Gary Hawke said.

“Cape Hawke is a club that has had a pretty strong IRB team in the past but unfortunately not so much in recent times. I believe it’s great to have major events every few years to keep the interest of surf lifesaving around the community.

“Another reason for the club hosting a round of the IRB Premiership is to hopefully start the conversation of having our own IRB team competing.”

Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Events Coordinator Luke Stigter is looking forward to a great weekend of racing at the series ending event.

“The quality of racing has been at its highest this season and we expect it continue this weekend. With the winners of the Premiership pointscore taking home an IRB motor, there’s a lot of pressure on teams for every race,” Luke Stigter said.

“It’s great for the sport for a non-competing club to host and feel a part of the event, and we hope in the near future clubs like Cape Hawke will form a team and enjoy competing in the fantastic sport that is IRB racing.”

Racing for the final Premiership Round is set to start at 8am on Saturday and will be the last opportunity to tune up ahead of the NSW State Championships which will be held at South West Rocks on the first weekend of July.

Clubs competing in Round 4 of the NSW IRB Premiership:

Avalon Beach SLSC, Catherine Hill Bay SLSC, Caves Beach SLSC, Coogee SLSC, Cooks Hill SLSC, Forster SLSC, Kiama Downs SLSC, Manly LSC, Newcastle SLSC, Newport SLSC, Nobbys SLSC, North Avoca SLSC, North Cronulla SLSC, North Narrabeen SLSC, Ocean Beach SLSC, Queenscliff SLSC, South Maroubra SLSC, Stockton SLSC, Terrigal SLSC, Thirroul SLSC, Woonona SLSC and Macmasters/Umina/Wamberal/Soldiers Beach SLSCs (Central Coast Composite Team).

Photo: Kiama Downs SLSC racing at Rd 3 of the NSW IRB Premiership.

Tue 13 Jun 2017