NSW Country Crowned Trans-Tasman Winners

Three days of dominance has resulted in NSW Country defending the Trans-Tasman series they won in 2013. It’s also the first time that they have won the title in Australia, and is made extra special by the fact that the series was hosted in a country region.

NSW Country surged to the overall lead on day-one after taking out 12 of the events contested, which propelled them to a lead they would never relinquish.

After the first round at Shellharbour on Saturday 10 January, NSW Country had accumulated 45 points, Central Coast 38, and, Northern Region 25.

Round 2 took place in challenging conditions at Kiama Downs on Monday 12 January where Central Coast kept themselves in contention for the overall title, they moved to four points in the overall standings.

It was however, to be Country’s day as they secured another overall win to race to six points in the standings.

There was no rest for the athletes as they fronted up for the third and final round at Warilla Barrack Point on Tuesday.

There was some excellent competition, but NSW Country proved too strong to catch. NSW Country coach Alan Beveridge was delighted with his team’s performance over the series.

“It was an extremely close competition with some great performances from the athletes from all teams,” Mr Bevridge said.

“There was some challenging surf conditions throughout the series, especially at Kiama Downs. However our athletes showed the true spirit of surf lifesaving and really attacked them.” Mr Bevridge has been involved in NSW Country’s three previous wins in New Zealand, but said to win the team’s first title on home soil was very special.

“To win on home soil really seals it, and I’m delighted for our team who get the chance to experience it. As I’m president of Warilla Barrack Point SLSC, to win it on my home beach really is the icing on the cake.”

NSW Sports Manager Shane Knight said it was a typically close competition.

“Congratulations to NSW Country for their performances over the Tri-Series. It was a very high level competition with plenty of entertaining races,” Mr Knight said.

“We would like to thank the South Coast branch for hosting the series, and the Northern Region and Central Coast team for travelling and providing excellent competition.”

Members of the Northern Region team will now head to New Zealand to continue their preparation for their domestic titles, while Central Coast athletes will head into a training period as their attention turns to the NSW State Titles which will be held in March. Many of the NSW Country athletes will be in action at the Country Championships which begin on Friday in Mollymook, and their performances over the Trans-Tasman Tri Series suggest that they’re primed for something special.

Final Standings:
NSW Country 8 points
Central Coast 7 points
SLS Northern Region (NZ) 3 points

For full results, and other information about the series please check out our event page.

Tue 13 Jan 2015