Kiama Downs Wins Third Straight IRB Premiership

Kiama Downs SLSC has cemented its dynasty by taking out the 2014 NSW IRB Premiership Series for the third year in a row at Woonona over the weekend.

Kiama Downs led the Premiership from start to finish this year, winning all four individual rounds for a dominant performance that will unlikely be matched for quite some time.

Catherine Hill Bay finished second on a count-back beating out Caves Beach who finished third. South Maroubra (4th) and Queenscliff (5th) rounded out the top five.

Kiama Downs SLSC Team Manager, Steven Guy, says the team were absolutely thrilled to win the Premiership again.

“The team is definitely pumped up after the Premiership win, and there were a lot of smiling faces after the presentation at Woonona. As a small club with limited resources, we really appreciate the new motor awarded to us for winning the premiership series, and we will certainly put it to good use.

“While I can understand why some people would not be attracted to IRB Racing - with the early starts, late finishes, sometimes freezing conditions and a lot of wear and tear on the body - there is a certain type of person who can become addicted to the thrills and spills and camaraderie that the sport can inspire.

“Luckily for us Kiama Downs seems to be able to attract and maintain this type of person through good training, development and a focus on fun,” said Mr Guy.

It didn't all go smoothly for the Premiership Champions with several of their boats experiencing engine troubles on the day.

“We ran into some troubles and I would like to thank the clubs (there were several) who assisted us over the weekend. We had a bad run of gear failures during the finals on Saturday, and clubs offered gear without being asked and with no hesitation.

“I think this epitomizes the comradarie in the IRB fraternity and without this kind of exemplary sportsmanship shown by other clubs, we would not have won round 4,” said Mr Guy.

SLSNSW Surf Sports Manager, Shane Knight, congratulated all the athletes and thanked this years host surf clubs.

“That was another fantastic weekend of racing to wrap up a sensational season for the IRB Premiership Series. Each year we seem to be getting a higher calibre of racing from an ever expanding roster of surf clubs which is exciting for the sport in NSW.

“I would just like to thank the host surf clubs Collaroy, Batemans Bay, Terrigal and Woonona and their respective councils for helping put on a fantastic Premiership Series. Now all eyes look towards the State Championships in South West Rocks where the state champions will be crowned,” said Mr Knight.

The NSW IRB State Championships will be held from the 27-29 June at South West Rocks on the state’s Mid North Coast.

To view the 2014 Premiership Series final standings please click here.

Photo: Rachel Fenwick Images.

Wed 18 Jun 2014