Manly Lead on Open Day 1

Manly’s dominance in the water delivered the strong Sydney northern beaches club the lead over fierce rivals Newport after the opening day of the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships at Ocean-Beach Umina played out.

Gusty onshore sou’east breezes brought cool 20kt winds and showers across the open ocean to the water competition areas and those on the beach spectating plus shivering athletes huddled under tents waiting for their next event to marshall.

Towards the latter part of the afternoon the breeze and swell backed right off for the last of the water events, making conditions more comfortable for runners in the final event of the day, the 2km beach run.

With twilight looming competitors on the sand were keen to show their wares in the endurance event.

Sydney club Wanda enjoyed the most success, clean-sweepingthe U15 Female Race thanks to top performances by runners Lara Saunders, Chloe Gentle and Elly O’Donaghue. Other club mates who enjoyed success were Emily Rohr (U19s) and Emma Brown who won silver in the U17s behind Queenscliff’s Elly Anne Slennett.

In the U19 Male Race, Bungan’s Jack Brown and Michael Nicholas claimed the gold and bronze medal respectively with Manly’s Angus Pryde finishing with the silver.

Lachlan Heuston (Redhead) finished ahead of Christopher Breen (Cronulla) and Tom Lewis (Wauchope- Bonny Hills) in a highly competitive U15 Race.

A number of water finals were contested on the opening day of competition.

Emily Rosskelly (Warilla Barrack Point) took out the U17 Female tube ahead of Rachel Wood (Umina) and Jacqueline Schafer (Queenscliff), while it was 1-2 double for Newport in the U19 Male Surf Race as Jayke Rees edged out Ollie Signorini and Elouera’s Lachlan Galea. In a tough fought U15 Male Tube, Ryan Carroll (Tacking Point) claimed the gold ahead of Nick Hards (North Cronulla) and Manly’s Tom Doyle.

It was a successful day for Central Coast clubs, hosts Umina finishing fourth in the overall point-score. Avoca’s Keely Booth won gold in the U15 Female Tube Race, while club mates Nicholas Duell-Ferguson and Beau Jeffries took out the U17 Male Board Rescue. Umina’s U19 Rescue Tube Rescue Team also enjoyed the spoils of success on day one of competition.

Some of the bigger names in the sport kicked off their three-day program in the Open Surf Belt event. Ironman Kendrick Louis (Newport) won the Open Male title ahead of Terrigal’s Tim Schofield, while in the women’s contest Jessica Collins (Redhead) finished ahead of Newport’s Georgia Miller.

The 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships proudly supported by ClubsNSW continues tomorrow Saturday 14 March.

Progressive Point Score Day One:

Manly LSC 138
Newport SLSC 102
Wanda SLSC 79
Umina SLSC 62
Queenscliff SLSC 55
Freshwater SLSC 49
Cronulla SLSC 42
North Cronulla SLSC 40
Redhead SLSC 37
Elouera SLSC 28

Fri 13 Mar 2015