Sydney Clubs Lead The Way At Age Champs

It was an impressive weekend for metropolitan clubs at the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships, as both Sydney and rivals Sydney Northern Beaches clubs dominated both beach and water events.

For the past five years, Manly have dominated the club point-score in the Age Championship, and with a sixth straight win firmly in their sights, they got off to the best possible start after Georgia Morgan and Ashleigh Windsham went one-two in the U9 Female Flags.

South Maroubra’s Malikye Kessie powered home to win the U10 Male flags defending the title that he won last season, while club mate Tom Farr-Jones also impressed as he claimed the U9 Beach Sprint/Flag double. In what became “the battle of Sutherland Shire”, Lucy Flanagan (North Cronulla) defeated her friend Tilly Handforth (Wanda) in the U11 Female Flags. Older brother Connor Flanagan also enjoyed success

Cronulla’s Chloe Mannix-Power dominated the U14 Beach Sprint with a powerful performance, Day 2 was a good day for Manly in the water with twins Mitchell and Jake Morris taking out the top two places in the U10 Surf Race. Jake’s good run of form continued when he backed up this win to take home gold in the Board Race.

Sydney and Sydney Northern Beaches clubs had a dominant championship in the water events. Tiger Walker (Bronte) had a very strong championships winning gold in the U12 Female Surf and Board races, but was unable to complete the individual water trifecta when she took the silver behind Bella Williams (Cooks Hill) in the Ironwoman.

The U12s Male Ironman was a tightly fought race with Tyler Krenkels (Manly) edging out Riley Dixon (Wanda) who also won silver in the Surf Race.

The U14 Female board race was an incredibly close affair as a line-up of seven athletes managed to catch a wave right into shore. It came down to the sprint finish with Manly’s Emily Doyle finishing just ahead of Hughes (Byron Bay) and Nicola Owen (Merewether).

The race continued Doyle’s hot run of form at these championships with the talented athlete also taking out the Ironwoman, and Surf Race events, and picking up a bronze alongside her teammates in the Surf Teams event for good measure.

North Cronulla’s Leo Nosatti timed his run to perfection in the U14 Male Ironman catching a wave to shore that gave him a victory of around 10 metres.

“Congratulations to Manly who defended their Champion Club trophy with a series of strong showings this weekend. I would like to thank Ocean Beach-Umina for their flexibility and passion as hosts of the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships,” Surf Life Saving NSW Sport Manager Shane Knight said following the conclusion of the carnival.

“Both clubs certainly embody the spirit of getting things done despite the numerous challenges thrown their way.”

Mr Knight also praised the efforts of the nippers across the Age Championships, noting the highly competitive spirit on display.

“We’ve certainly seen some amazing performances on the beach and in the water over the three days of competition, and what is also really encouraging is how competitive the U14 events in particular were.

“These athletes will hopefully use their experiences here at State when they make the transition into senior events next season.”

Final Point-Score:

Manly LSC 300
Wanda SLSC 191
Avoca Beach SLSC 122
Bronte SLSC 111
South Maroubra SLSC 110
Elouera SLSC 109
North Cronulla SLSC 106
Cooks Hill SLSC 91
Swansea-Belmont SLSC 77
Collaroy SLSC 73

Photograph: Manly's Emily Doyle was in red-hot form in the U14 Division at the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships at Ocean Beach-Umina.

Credit: Stephen Chu

Fri 20 Mar 2015