Sydney Wins Interbranch Champs and NSW Team Announced

Sydney Branch are the 2013 Interbranch Champions. The team are once again the strongest in NSW after nudging out last year’s champions Sydney Northern Beaches and the Central Coast team at Soldiers Beach this 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!”

The 30 athletes selected for the NSW State Team were also announced this weekend, featuring several high-performing Sydney athletes including Jess Suriano (North Bondi), Taylar Puskaric (Wanda), Jay Furniss (Wanda), Elly Graf (Elouera), Andrew Bowden (Bronte) and ironman Dane Farrell (Elouera).

Central Coast team mates Rachelle King and Tim Schofield were both named Captains of the NSW squad.

NSW Surf Sports Director Michael Bate had nothing but praise for this year’s captains.

“Tim and Rachelle exemplify all the attributes and qualities that NSW looks for. Their dedication to their sport and club and the way that they have excelled on the national and international level is just extraordinary.”

The Far North Coast team was the top performing country branch in the competition.

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

Due to technical issues, full results will be available on the event page from Monday.

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

Sun 15 Dec 2013