NSW Boaties Gearing Up For Interstate Raid

After NSW finished on equal points with Western Australia last season the stage is set for a fierce contest when the 2017 Interstate Surfboat Challenge gets underway at Shellharbour tomorrow.

Friday’s competition promises to be highly entertaining with the NSW crews desperate to regain the trophy in their own right.

Three of the crews – Palm Beach Open Women and Reserve Men, and North Cronulla U19s are backing up for a second consecutive season, while the qualifying series throughout the summer has proved that the squad is certainly in form.

The Bulli Open Men’s crew have been rewarded with selection after another dominant campaign while North Cronulla are set to capitalise on their recent run of great results by fielding three crews.

Conditions are expected to be favourable for the crews with consistent sets of around two to three foot waves forecast, while it is again expected to be another hot day on the water.

NSW Sports Development Officer Tim Piper is expecting a strong performance from the blues.

“All the crews selected have shown great promise over the summer season as they accrued points during the various competitions.

“The athletes are under no illusions about the challenge that awaits, but I am sure that they will be out there ready to give their best and hopefully bring home the trophy for NSW,” Mr Piper said.

All the action it can be streamed via the ASRL Website from 3:45pm AEDT

The 2017 Interstate Surfboat Challenge will take place at Shellharbour Beach on Friday 17 February. Action gets underway from 4pm.

NSW Surfboat Interstate Team

Open Men – Bulli Gelcon

Dean Roberts
Ben Lowe
Heath Mercer
Fraser Worthington
Shane Geloven

Open Women – Palm Beach Patriots

Verity Boulton
Lucy Polkinghorne
Elyse Reynolds
Alexandra Tyrrell
Peter Spence

Reserve Men – Palm Beach Projects

Phillip Blacklaw
Jack Hook
Scott Keenan
Antony Serventi
Peter Spence

Reserve Women - Wollongong Wildfire

Karri Ryan
Rani Hulme
Vida Oakes
Emma Prowse
Brett Dingwall

Under 23 Men – North Cronulla Purds

James Budd
Zac Hughes
Mitch Bouzounis
Jack Mentha
Adam Purdie

Under 23 Women – Newport Pistol Shrimp

Katherine Hulton
Celestine May
Piret May
Zoe King
Michael King

Under 19 Men – North Cronulla Purds

Christian Ruhen
Blake Eason
Karl Cleary
Darcy Smith
Adam Purdie

Under 19 Women – North Cronulla Funky

Alysha Lerond
Hayley Urquhart
Siobhan Davidson
Karli Hyer-Warton
Mark McDonald

Team Manager: - Greg Heard (Queenscliff SLSC)
Deputy Team Manager: - Lachlan Payne (Gerringong SLSC)
SLSNSW Sports Development Officer - Tim Piper

Photograph - The official team shot for the 2017 NSW Surfboat Interstate Team

Thu 16 Feb 2017