NSW On The Hunt To Regain Interstate Title
State pride is on the line when the annual Interstate Championships kick-off at Newport Beach tomorrow. NSW have selected a team blended with youth and experience and are hungry to emulate the success of past state teams.
The competition has been compressed into a one-day format with the pool rescue being dropped from the schedule for 2015 as well as a number of structural changes such as the introduction of a power-play to make the event more unpredictable.
Kendrick Louis of Newport has spent the bulk of the season competing in the Nutri-Grain Ironman Series, but is excited about the chance to pull on the sky-blue uniform as they seek interstate glory.
He will be out to use his home-grown knowledge to his advantage as he competes in familiar territory.
“Whether it’s your first or your tenth state team, you’ve been picked to do a job and you are there because you deserve to be there. It’s really positive most of us know each other and have met previously so this team feels like a family,” Louis said.
“The mood around the camp has been great. Everyone has done their own training and now we are just concentrating on polishing up our skills and getting everyone to know and understand their blue blood.”
“Whenever you go into camp with a New South Wales team everyone feels like they belong.” The 24-year-old said that it was the group’s collective ambition to regain the trophy that was lost to fierce rivals Queensland in 2014, but was philosophical about the unpredictability of surf sports.
“Anything can happen which is the exciting thing about our sport it could even come down to something like nature and the way a wave breaks.
“If every team member puts in and is proud of their own performance that’s all you can ever ask for, and if at the end of the day that helps us lift the trophy that would be great but if not we are still a team.”
Head coach Jeff Mowbray equalled his charges’ sentiments and is anticipating a very entertaining and close competition saying that the standard of competition at Interstate is amongst the highest in the world.
“We’ve got a mixture of people in this team with some newbies as well as some athletes with a lot of experience. Some of the older athletes have been competing on the state team since before the younger ones were even born,” Mowbray said.
“The message since we’ve been in camp has been we’re all competing as one team as it’s a huge honour to be selected for the NSW team.
“Someone like Lachlan Tame is extremely excited to be here – he’s achieved so much on the ski but this is the first time he’s made the state team.”
“With the rule changes this year everyone’s got to be more of an all-round competitor, you can’t just be good at one discipline or the other. We’ve picked a very balanced team,” he said.
The 2015 Interstate Championships get underway at Newport Beach on Friday 23 January.
Katie Williams (C) - Collaroy
Nathan Smith (C) - Manly
Georgia Miller (VC) - Newport
Josh Brown (VC) - Byron Bay
Naomi Flood - Manly
Hannah Minogue - Newport
Taylar Puskaric - Manly
Allira Richardson - Cooks Hill (SOO)
Kristyl Smith - Cronulla (SOO)
Jay Furniss - Manly
Kendrick Louis - Newport
Jake Lynch - Newport
Jack Moyes - Terrigal
Lachlan Tame - Avoca Beach
Sophie McGovern - North Curl Curl Lizzie Welborn - North Bondi
Luke Chaffer - Cudgen Headland
Brad Woodward - Shelley Beach
Ela Heiniger - Byron Bay
Kaitlyn Matuschka - Avoca Beach
Lara Moses - Newport
Riley Fitzsimmons - Avoca Beach
Daniel McKellar - Helensburgh Stanwell Park
Jayke Rees - Newport
Head coach - Jeff Mowbray
Assistant coach - Scott McCartney
Team manager - Stephen Marley
Physio - Troy Eadie
Chaperone - Tracey McKinnery
Thu 22 Jan 2015