Tight At The Top After Masters Day 2
Queenscliff holds a narrow 11 point lead in the overall club point-score just ahead of Bondi Surf Bathers and North Bondi after the second day of competition at the 2015 Surf Life Saving Masters Championships at Ocean Beach-Umina.
With points from the Masters Boat events still on offer with the events scheduled to be held on Friday, the trophy for the champion club is still very much up in the air.
As attention switched to team events for the second day of competition, individual rivalries were cast aside as old club battles came to the fore.
Bondi Surf Bathers dominated the 110 Years Female Events claiming gold and silver in the Surf Teams Race, Board Relay, and Taplin Events as well as gold in the Single Ski Relay.
It was the Central Coast Show in the Male 45-49 Board Rescue with Terrigal’s Paul Lemmon and James Purcell teaming up to beat Avoca’s David Broadbent and David O’Grady, with Steve Allen and Peter Laing (North Entrance) finishing in third place.
Byron Bay’s Jo Kay and Helen Murray took out the highly competitive 45-49 Female Board Rescue ahead of Laura Thurtell and Bonnie Danuser (Forster) and Umina’s Kerry Armstrong-Smith and Vanessa Henderson.
In the 130 years team events Shellharbour downed Queenscliff in the Female Surf Teams Race, while Forster also downed the Sydney Northern Beaches club in a titanic battle in the Taplin Relay.
The Wanda team of Scott Allen, Christopher Iredale and Michael Mead Scott defeated Terrigal and Coogee in the men’s 150 Years Taplin Relay, while Caves Beach (Murray Davis, Bryan Searle and Mark Watson) held off the team from Urunga in the Board Relay Race.
Hosts Umina enjoyed success in the 150 Female Surf Teams as Kerry Armstrong-Smith, Wendy Cook and Fiona Lloyd held off Coogee and Bondi Surf Bathers. Palm Beach had a strong showing in this age category as they won both the Taplin Relay and Single Ski Race.
“It’s been a fantastic few days of competition played out in the right spirit, and with the boats still to come I’m sure it’s going to be an exciting finish to determine the champion club,” Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Manager Shane Knight said.
“We’ve been very fortunate with the weather and seen some wonderful performances across the disciplines.”
The 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships are proudly supported by ClubsNSW. Action begins in the Open Events on Friday 13 March and will continue to Sunday 15 March.
Masters Progressive Point-Score Day 2:
Queenscliff SLSC 261
Bondi Surf Bathers LSC 250
North Bondi SLSC 213
Coogee SLSC (NSW) 205
Avoca Beach SLSC 170
Umina SLSC Inc 140
North Entrance SLSC 135
Manly LSC 133
Palm Beach SLSC (NSW) 129
Redhead SLSC 121
Thu 12 Mar 2015