Queenscliff On Top After Day One Of Surf Masters
Sydney Clubs are on top after day one of the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships with Queenscliff clearly out the front on 217 points with Coogee (165) in second, closely followed by Bondi (163) in the club point-score.
With many competitors opting to contest multiple events there was hardly time to take a breath during a busy day of competition at Ocean Beach-Umina on the NSW Central Coast.
Nowra-Culburra’s Chad Poland had a blistering start to the championships in the Male 30-34 age group winning gold in the 2km run, Surf and Ironman races.
Terrigal’s Paul Lemmon continued his solid run of form to nab two gold medals in the 45-49 Surf and Board races. Avoca’s David Broadbent kept the pressure on his local rival in both races to finish with a silver and bronze medal.
Elsewhere in the water Mona Vale’s Paula Tocquer recorded a win in the 40-44 Female Ski as did Queenscliff’s Robyn Henderson who downed club mate Maree White and Kim Winter (Forster) in the 50-54 event.
North Bondi's Scott Thomson dominated his age group in the water, claiming three golds and a silver. Thomson took out the 50-54 Surf Race, Ironman and Board Race and finished second behind Peter Laing from North Entrance in the Single Ski.
Trevor Gee (Avoca Beach) held off Cronulla’s Tristan Howison and Mollymook’s Tony Ireland to win a tight 35-39 Surf Race, with Manly’s Mel Perry surging to a win in the woman’s race of the same age-group.
In the Ironman Fairy Meadow’s Jeff Banks held off Danny White (Queenscliff) and Umina’s Bill Cook to win the 65-69 Event, and Ross Blatchford (Redhead) finished strongest over Terrigal’s Lionel Fargher and Elouera’s Malcolm Boon to claim the 70 Years and over title. Avalon Beach’s Chris McGuckin stormed home to take out the 60-64yr Ironman and came second in the Board race.
A healthy tailwind in the ClubsNSW arena proved to be a great advantage for the Beach competitors who all scorched the sand in a highly entertaining morning of racing.
One of the most hotly contested Beach Sprint races was the Male 60-64 Race where Newport competitors Ted Smithies and Martin Lynch battled all the way to line to win the gold and silver medals.
Michael Gedz (Queenscliff) took out the 45-49 Beach Sprint ahead of club mate Brian Dolly and John McCartney (North Entrance), while Ross Langbein (Collaroy) won the 30-34 Beach Sprint over Stephen Hatch (Newport) and Cronulla’s Anthony Lyon. It was an impressive finish to the day for Collaroy’s Ross Langbein, also dominating the Beach Flags taking out the gold ahead of Michael Waghorn from Caves Beach.
The Beach Flag events were highly competitive as the athletes took “no prisoners” approach to the competition as they put their bodies on the line. Marilyn Clarence (Swansea-Belmont) took gold over Helen Porter (Queenscliff) and Collaroy’s Kerry Armstrong in the 60-64 event, while Louise Smallwood (Collaroy) took out the Women’s 65+ Flag event.
The 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships will conclude on Thursday 12 March at Ocean Beach-Umina.
Progressive Points Score - Day 1
Queenscliff SLSC 217
Coogee SLSC (NSW) 165
Bondi Surf Bathers LSC 163
North Bondi SLSC 157
Avoca Beach SLSC 132
North Entrance SLSC 106
Umina SLSC Inc 105
Manly LSC 95
Redhead SLSC 91
Toowoon Bay SLSC 90
Wed 11 Mar 2015