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300 metres of white water met the Australian Surf Boat Team last Saturday for the Trans-Tasman Test at the usually calm Waihi Beach on the North Island of New Zealand.

With the unpredictable nature of the surf, New Zealand open crews represented by Titahi Bay SLSC trailed Australian crews of Avoca Beach and BMD Northcliffe to the cans only to capitalise on some mistakes to take an early 2-0 lead.

New Zealand’s advantage would be short lived however, with both Richard Brierty (Avoca Beach) and Damien Clayphan (BMD Northcliffe) adjusting their crews to the conditions and completing a clean sweep over the next two races leading to a 4-2 victory overall for Australia in the open category.

Avoca Beach have now successfully led their country in two of the last three Trans-Tasman Tests resulting in overall victory.

Australian team manager Greg Heard added “All these crews put in so much work behind the scenes. Their results today are reward for all the early morning training sessions in the boat. We knew the Oar Blacks would give us a really good fight and Titahi Bay should be an extremely proud club with how their crews rowed.”

North Cronulla U23 crews, both swept by Mark McDonald, certainly showed they belonged on the international stage, with some gutsy performances from the U23 Women toward the end of the day following several injuries after rolling their boat in race two. McDonald’s U23 men continued their strong season and look to be ones to watch for Open representation in the future, following impressive form on the international stage for the second consecutive year. The U23’s retained the overall trophy with a 4-2 overall victory like their Open counterparts.

The Australian Surf Boat Team retained the Trans-Tasman Cup for the seventh consecutive year at an Open level, and remain undefeated in the U23 age group following its formal pointscore inception last year.

The Australian crews will have a quick turnaround with the ASRL Open set to begin with Interstate racing on Friday 15 February and Open & U23 racing to begin on Saturday 16 February. The Trans-Tasman Test will return to Australia in February 2020 and will again be included as part of the ASRL Open.

Australian Surf Boat Team 2019

First Name Last NameSLS Club
RachelClayphanBMD Northcliffe
JenniferDavisBMD Northcliffe
ShannonGrimseyBMD Northcliffe
PenelopeHamiltonBMD Northcliffe
DamienClayphanBMD Northcliffe
DukeBriertyAvoca Beach
BradMitchellAvoca Beach
JohnPatersonAvoca Beach
DanielTamblynAvoca Beach
RichardBriertyAvoca Beach

Team Management:

  • Team Manager – Greg Heard

Australian U23 Pathway Surf Boat Team 2019

First Name Last NameSLS Club
AlyshaLerondNorth Cronulla
MaggieMahoneyNorth Cronulla
MadelineMcDonaldNorth Cronulla
HayleyUrquhartNorth Cronulla
JacksonFordNorth Cronulla
MattHammondNorth Cronulla
TomMaileyNorth Cronulla
MatthewWorkmanNorth Cronulla
MarkMcDonaldNorth Cronulla

Team Management:

  • Team Manager – Ian Martin