Kiama Downs Ahead In NSW IRB Premiership

Defending Premiership Champions, Kiama Downs SLSC, continued their dominance in 2014 with a comfortable win in round 1 of the 2014 NSW Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Premiership Series.

The south coast team were unstoppable winning 11 divisions in a huge weekend of racing at Collaroy Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Kiama Down's Team Manager, Steven Guy, credited the rise of the next generation of IRB drivers at the club.

"Over the weekend, the young guys really stepped up to the mark with the U23's gaining 1st in the Tube, Teams & Rescue events and 2nd + 3rd in the Mass Rescue.

"The stand out U23 crew was Blair Joynson (drive) and Brad Honey (crew), who were also instrumental in getting a 1st place in the open male tube but while we got the results on the weekend, racing was very close, and there were a lot of events that we just won by a hair. We will have to be on our A Game to maintain our lead at Batemans Bay," said Mr Guy.

Sunny skies, light winds and small waves with a tricky shore-break presented fun conditions for the 24 surf clubs involved in the Premiership.

2013 NSW Champions Caves Beach SLSC finished second squeaking ahead of North Cronulla SLSC and South Maroubra SLSC who tied for third. Queenscliff SLSC rounded out the top 5.

SLSNSW Surf Sports Manager, Shane Knight, said that the standard has already been set by Kiama Downs this season.

“The quality and speed of racing continues to grow each year with some extremely tight finishes across the weekend. The defending champs, Kiama Downs, have really set the pace and it’s now up to the other clubs to answer back in Round 2 setting up a fascinating Premiership this year,” he said.

This year there are six new clubs competing for the Premiership including Newcastle, Wollongong City, Cooks Hill, Newport, Collaroy and Port Macquarie.

Full results of Round 1 can be found here.

Round 2 of the 2014 NSW IRB Premiership Series will be held on the 24-25 May at Batemans Bay.

Photo by Roar Digital Services.

Mon 12 May 2014