Sydney Team Returns To The Top At Interbranch

After losing the title in 2012, Sydney Branch are once again the Interbranch Champions topping their main rivals Sydney Northern Beaches over the weekend at Soldiers Beach on the Central Coast.

The team overcame difficult wind affected conditions in the water on Saturday and continued their consistency over Sunday to hold onto their lead for the full weekend.

Sydney Team Manager Mike Vitnell was extremely satisfied to get the title back from Sydney Northern Beaches.

“I’m really proud of our team’s efforts this weekend. We really put the confidence into our guys and drilled into our athletes that they’ve done the training and they just needed to back themselves and that’s exactly what they did.

“We had four disqualifications last year so that was yard stick this year and we finished one better so the whole team’s so pumped!”

Sydney athletes were rewarded for their strong performances with the 30 athletes selected for the NSW State Team featuring a strong contingent of several high-performing Sydney stars including Jess Suriano (North Bondi), Taylar Puskaric (Wanda), Jay Furniss (Wanda) and Elly Graf (Elouera).

Ominously for their Interbranch rivals, the future looks bright for Sydney with strong performances by younger athletes such as Jake Evans (Elouera), Leo Nosatti (North Cronulla) and Lizzie Wellborn (North Bondi).

In a momentous effort, Leo won the Board, Swim and Ironman events for his age group and was a part of the winning Sydney All Age Junior Beach Relay Team.

“The Interbranch Championships are such a good contest because it really is the best against the best and I love that the team all sticks together and motivates one another for a big race,” said Leo.

Interbranch Overall Pointscore:

1.) Sydney 1337.5
2.) Sydney Northern Beaches 1315.5
3.) Central Coast 1244
4.) Hunter 1193.5
5.) Far North Coast 1052
6.) Illawarra 938
7.) South Coast 737
8.) North Coast 670.5
9.) Mid North Coast 437.5
10.) Lower North Coast 326
11.) Far South Coast 262.5

Full results available on the Interbranch Event Page.

For the full NSW State team list go to: NSW State Team.

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Mon 16 Dec 2013