Manly On Top After Day 2 Of Age Champs

Boosted by a series of strong performances in the water, Manly have surged to the top of the Champion Club Point-Score after the second day of the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships at Ocean Beach-Umina.

The powerhouse Sydney Northern Beaches club didn’t have results all their own way, with a number of other club’s athletes producing some fine performances.

Some of Wanda’s youngest competitors had a big day in the surf, winning won both U9 surf races through Fletcher Warn and Leah Pilkington.

It was a good day for Manly in the water with twins Mitchell and Jake Morris taking out the top two places in the U10 Surf Race. Jake’s good run of form continued when he backed up this win to take home gold in the Board Race.

Connor Maggs and Duncan Cowan (both Manly) won gold and silver respectively in the U9 Male Board, with Maggs also earning silver in the swim.

With the Governor of NSW, His Excellency The Honourable General David Hurley and his wife as interested spectators, Saturday’s Twilight Beach Sprint finals in the ClubsNSW Arena were a runaway success.

South Maroubra’s Tom Farr-Jones claimed the U9 Sprint/Beach Flag double across two days when he streaked home to take gold on the sand. Owen Flaherty (Avoca Beach) also achieved the feat in the U12s.

Nowra-Culburra’s Holly Abbey (U12s) defended the title she won in 2014 with an impressive sprint, while Cronulla’s Chloe Mannix-Power also turned in a fantastic performance when she took gold in the U14s Beach Sprint.

Although she didn’t make a final, U13s competitor Jasmine Locke (Bulli) enjoyed her time competing in the water events on Day 2 of the Age Championships.

“Despite getting smashed out there in the waves, I’ve really enjoyed my time at State Champs. “This is the third time I’ve been to State, and it’s such a great event to be part of where you get to compete against people who have become friends from other clubs.

“Both my parents race so we spend a lot of time at the beach. My goal next year is to keep improving at State, and have a go at the Longboard,” she said.

There was a loud cheer very late in the day when hosts Umina won gold in the U14 Male Beach Relay.

One man casting a keen-eye on conditions on Saturday was Nutri-Grain Ironman competitor Kendrick Louis. The Newport athlete was on hand to complete an autograph session with the next generation of surf sport stars.

“It’s always fun to have the kids around because a while back I was doing this and seeing the excitement on their faces is a great way for me to give back to the sport,” Louis said.

“You can’t really predict Mother Nature and whatever it throws at you, you have to go with it. These kids are still smiling, running around eating snow cones and hanging under the Engine tent loving the event.”

Progressive Club Point-Score

  • Manly LSC 140
  • Elouera SLSC 84
  • Avoca Beach SLSC 62
  • South Maroubra SLSC 54
  • Wanda SLSC 50
  • North Cronulla SLSC 38
  • Bronte SLSC 34
  • Collaroy SLSC 31
  • Coogee SLSC 29
  • Cooks Hill SLSC 27

Picture: Action from Day 2 of the 2015 Surf Life Saving NSW Age Championships
Credit: Suzanne Macphillamy / Surf Life Saving NSW

Sat 7 Mar 2015