2013 State Titles at Umina and Ocean Beach.

After last week's State titles at Umina and Ocean Beach we can say Coogee is 16th best competitive club in NSW. That’s out of 65 clubs attending. Our masters are 5th or 8th, depending what result sheet I read. And our juniors, the Minnows, are 17th out of 68 and they'd have been maybe top 10 if we had been able to run the beach relays.

We have to say our masters competitors stormed the beach with results. Coogee Masters have been increasing in size and competitiveness last year and this. We look forward to what they will do at the national titles five weeks from now. Should make a special mention of Phil Pettit who ended up with 6 masters medals: Gold in 150+ Swim Teams, Silver for Board, Silver 130+ Board Relay, Bronze for Tube, Bronze for Surf Race and Bronze for 130+ Taplin Relay.

In the open titles our patrol team (Stu Filman, Andrew Gordon, Rob Illidge, Paul Jefferson, Anthony Schubitz and Amy Teale), proved themselves best in State, and that bronzed Aussie lifesaver, Amy Teale, produced a gold medal effort in the Open Female Champion Lifesaver. Paul Jefferson also did well with a second place in the Open Male. We like to think we are a terrific lifesaving club and these results go a long way toward proving this is true. We should also mention our juniors who went up to give Champion Lifesaver a go. These guys showed great potential and with some training should do well next year. James Hayes was 10th in the U17 Champion Lifesaver and Tara Hayes was 8th in the U17 girls. Lachlan Callaghan also went up but due to the event not being completed on the day he could not finish it. We will form an U17 patrol comp team next year, and I reckon they'll go well.

Another great result was Jessica Thornton winning her U15 sprint by 3 metres. This was a storming run and really devastated the opposition.

One young lad that came out of the background to perform well was Tom Scullion who picked up silver in the U15 2k beach race. Will Mison also ran this race for fourth place.

For the first time ever we had a girls U15 beach relay team (Eliza Cotis, Olivia Karras, Alice Morgan and Jessica Thornton). Cronulla have won this relay event since U8s and their 14s won the Aussies last year.  They normally win by 20-30m.  Coogee came within 1-2m of winning.  The girls only had 1 training session the Thursday before and three of these girls are U14, meaning this was their first ever 90m beach sprint.  Bring on Aussies!

Another big effort we had a U17 board relay team in the final which is a first for us for a decade or so and they finished 12th. Well done Jamie Bargenda, Clay Cantarella and Ben Thornton. Clay is first year U17 so the efforts of this team were exceptional.

In U17s, Benjamin Thornton came 3rd in the Surf swim, 5th in Ironman, 6th in Tube race, 12th in Board relay (with Clayton & Jamie), 10th in Ski semi-final, 10th in Board semi-final came. Jamie Bargenda made the semi finals of the Ironman and Quarter Finals in the board.

If ever you wanted an example of how training makes a difference you need look no further than our U17 male beach relay team. These lads are all first year U17s. Last season in the U15s at state titles, the best we could say about this team was at least they are enjoying themselves. No one turns out for training as well as these lads; Tom Fagan, Ben McDonald and Sean O’Byrne were joined partway through the season by Jackson Deans-Harvey. They ran out of their skins to pick up a silver medal. And to prove that hard work is worth it, Tom Fagan made the semi-finals in the individual sprint. Tom is our best improved athlete this season and has totally amazed us all with his results all season.

Our U19 beach relay team (Hugh Millar, Joey Todd, Jack Harrison and Jack Clarson) finished second. Considering our ladies' 170 years relay also picked up silver we need to wonder if we are doing this all really well or perhaps not so?? The task in hand for all our beach teams is what to change to make these second places gold at the nationals.

In The R&R area we didn't have any open teams start. We had Coogee Red U17 team that finished 4th in both the U17 event and also the U19 event. This team placed 3rd in last year's U17 event at Aussies. The rest of the teams were starting at their first State titles. Coogee Green finished 5th in the U17 event and has made a massive improvement this season. Unfortunately, the girls are not going to Aussies.

The U14 5-person team competed in the U14 event and U15 event placing 4th and 8th. Again, this was their first State competition. The U14 event was held over from the Nippers State titles the weekend prior due to the foul weather.

In the U10 to U13 2-person R&R Eliza Twomey and Sami Gately placed 3rd out of 22 teams. They were originally told they had not qualified for the final but upon closer inspection of the semi-final result cards this proved to be incorrect. So with only a couple of minutes’ notice they marched onto the final and won their medal. Again, this was their first State titles.

The Prawns (Mat Leary, Jason Papadatos, Cameron Upton, Phil Evans, Michael Leary) finished 5th in the Reserve grade final. Great effort when it took 8 rows to get in to the final (around a very long course).

Mat Leary’s colts (The Blues) (Jack Ayoub, Mitch Hardy, Daniel Rafty, Cam Rawson) got to the semi-finals which was also a great effort considering they are first year Colts.

This same Colts crew rowed in the A-men’s division and they missed out by 1 point on advancing through to the 4th round. They knocked out a fare few A crews on the day.



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