IRB Season Heats Up

An exciting finish to the 2017 IRB Premiership Series looms after another strong weekend of rubber ducky racing at Ocean Beach SLSC on the state’s Central Coast.

Multiple clubs across each division pressed their claims for overall honours ahead of the final round in a fortnight’s time.

In recent times Kiama Downs have been frequent visitors to the top of the IRB racing podium, and they once again showed their class claiming top points in the penultimate weekend of competition finishing ahead of Caves Beach and Terrigal.

The South Coast club lead 12 event categories including the four Open Female race and three events each in the Open Male and Over 35 Mixed divisions.

Woonona and North Cronulla are tied in first place in the Open Male Rescue, while Catherine Hill Bay are sitting at the top with Kiama Downs in the Open Female Tube event.

Caves Beach held strong over the two days of racing to secure top position in three U23 Mixed events while also extending their lead in the Over 45s and Over 35 Mixed Tube races.

The big movers were Terrigal who moved up to third place in the overall standings after an exceptional round of racing resulted in an appearance in multiple finals and top spot in Over 45s Mixed Mass Race. Fellow Central Coast rivals North Avoca also enjoyed success in the Over 45s division, cruising to victory in the Teams event.

From the experienced campaigners to the youngest there was certainly plenty of action in the Ocean Beach swell. In the rookie division, Avalon Beach is currently in first position in the Mass while also sharing the lead in Rescue events with Woonona.

Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Events Coordinator Luke Stigter says the quality of racing continues to set an exceptional standard.

“Throughout the weekend the racing was very close in all finals, and it was great to see over 320 surf lifesavers putting their club caps on which is the most amount of competitors we have seen all season,” Luke Stigter said.

“We’re all looking forward to the final round of the Premiership where the winning club takes home an IRB motor.

“I would like to thank Ocean Beach SLSC who were amazing hosts and the dedicated officials who always make a great carnival.”

Due to the strong conditions at Ocean Beach on Saturday the postponed races from Round 2 of the Premiership originally slated for the opening day of the competition were unable to be held. A final decision on the future status of these races has yet to be made.

The fourth and final round of the 2017 IRB Premiership Series will be at Cape Hawke SLSC on 17-18 June and will be followed by the State Championships which will held at South West Rocks SLSC on the first weekend of July.

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Photo: Terrigal SLSC racing at Round 3 of the IRB Premiership. Credit Alan Freeman.

Mon 5 Jun 2017