NSW Pipped At The Post At Interstate

There would be no fairy-tale finish for the NSW Interstate Surf Team who despite a strong performance finished second overall at the 2016 Interstate Championships held at Torquay Beach, Victoria last Friday.

In a dramatic day of competition, our Northern rivals managed to hold on by just two points to take the Interstate trophy back to Queensland. There is a burning hunger in the team to ensure that the space in the trophy cabinet won’t remain empty for long with plans to reclaim the title in 2017 already being set in motion.

The Opens team claimed first place in their Points Score Championship with a score of 150 compared to Queensland’s 139. In the end it all came down to the Youth division where the Queenslanders finished on 152 to our 139 points to claim the overall title.

Tracey Mckinniery, NSW assistant team manager, said losing by such a narrow margin was hard to take given how hard the athletes worked.

“The team were obviously disappointed to lose by just 2 points to Queensland to come so close to a win the team reflected on many opportunities and results that just didn't go our way on the day,” she said.

“As a strong team they were united in their performance and the fact they gave their all in their representation of NSW.”

With the inclusion of many fresh faces in the NSW team this year, Opens captains Hannah Minogue and Tim Schofield as well as Youth captains Ela Heiniger and Daniel Collins performed their duties to help settle any nerves.

“In 2016 it was exciting to welcome many first time NSW Interstate Team representatives to the team,” Tracey said.

“The ‘newbies’ had experience in many other representative teams and as such they combined well to do NSW proud on the day.”

Despite some key performances from Mitchell Trim, Blake Drysdale, Jemma Smith and Hannah Minogue, and the effective use of our power plays, the conditions were a decisive factor in the overall result.

“There was a chilly wind present all day but good water temperature and surf conditions made for great action in the water with many race results being determined by the ‘luck of the surf’,” Tracey said.

With the announcement that the Interstate Championships will be held on the Sunshine Coast, the opportunity beckons for NSW to reclaim the trophy on enemy soil.

“Hopefully the experience of these championships will place NSW in a strong position moving forward to regain the trophy in 2017 from the Queenslanders,” Tracey concluded.

Mon 11 Jan 2016