Coogee Carnival Wrap-up

~ Warwick Everingham

The Coogee carnival on Saturday looked and felt the best it has for some years. After years of blazing heat and others when it teemed with rain, the view to Coogee as I walked down Arden Street looked great. A superbly laid out Coogee carnival. Well done Ben Barry and team.

There are some major highlights to be mentioned here. Namely our Champion Lifesavers, our masters, our junior board paddlers and a number of wins in Open events (which are truly hard to come by). And…Oh yeah! A march past team strutting their stuff for Coogee!

As well as the traditional carnival itself, Saturday was also the Branch Titles for both Life Saving & Masters events. And in these titles, Coogee belted the opposition.

Masters' results have been difficult to collate but the combined factors of being at our own beach plus a strong club focus on masters' events meant we were everywhere with many wins and placings throughout the day.

As for Lifesaving events, well Coogee steamrolled this surf sports discipline. Coogee is a juggernaut! Get on board or get crushed. We didn’t win every event but we came very close to doing so including several gold, silver & bronze whitewashes.

 

Our Senior & Bluey’s LIFESAVING BRANCH CHAMPS

Open Female

Amy Teale - Gold

Sam Murray - Bronze Medal
 

Open

Gold - Paul Jefferson

Silver - Anthony Schubitz

Bronze - Mihalis Papadopolous


U19s Male
Julien Vincent Silver Medal

U17s Male
Joshua Ricamara - Gold
Max Kutena - Silver
Nathan Guiffre Bronze - (with an injured leg from the Board race)

U17s Female
Tara Hayes Gold -
Tatiana Castro-Cerneaz Silver
Emma Grand Bronze

U15s Female
Emily Cowan Bronze
Izzy Hardwick - Silver
Lily Kutena - Gold

 

Patrol Competition

Coogee won this event and we look forward to them now competing at State and Nationals. The Patrol Comp team is Amy Teale, Rob Illidge, Paul Jefferson, Mihalis Papadopoulos, Michael Ormsby, George Von Jonquieres, Reserve/patient/CL competitor - Anthony Shubitz

 

MASTERS BRANCH CHAMPIONSHIPS

There were medals galore on the beach with a lot of club members dipping their toes in competition for the first time. No guarantee all the results are mentioned in this report but in lieu of keeping tabs on everything we can at least mention what we do know for sure.

2km event

Elizabeth Cummings, Mary Spain and Heather Hawkins all first event ever.  Rebecca Waugh finished close to a youngster who I reckon got sent for drug testing after the race.  There was a large contingent from the Coogers Ladies' Running group to cheer on the girls which was great to see. They all had a run over the shorter distance (and Heather in flags) and came away with some medals.

2km men also very strong with Rob (the money man) Gibilleni placing in his age, Conor Croke (first in age) and Paul Buggy all performing well on a tough course.

Rebecca Waugh stand out on the sand - first in the 2km and in the 40+ sprint.

The running track was like a masterpiece - best running track ever!!!!!! Medals all over the place for Coogee on the sprint track - the officials were joking at marshalling that it was the Coogee Club Champs!!  Nicola and Rona also placed in the medals for their sprint and Rona picked up third in both the 30-35 flags. Opens Coogee team of Rona, Nicola, Rebecca and Heather DQ'd to lose their first spot in the masters relay. The other team moved into the silver medal spot. (Allison, Mary, Helen and Elizabeth). We also won the Men’s 200+ years beach relay.

Allison Roberts fresh off the plane from Canada in -25 degree winter to score a silver in the 30-35 ski (no older competitors so she competed against a younster!), first in the taplin (with Phil and Sarah), third in the individual sprint and second in the relay as well as undertake official duties!!!

Kylie Mison

1st Surf race

40-49

 

2nd Board race

40-49

Nicola Logan

1st Sprint

35-39

 

1st Surf Race

35-39

 

1st Tube Race

35-39

Tanya Lynch

2nd Surf Race

40-44

 

1st Tube Race

40-44

Chris Gately

1st Surf Race

50+

Andrew Bargenda

1st Board Race

50 -59

 

2nd Ironman

50-59

 

3rd Ski Race

50-59

 

5th Surf Race

50-59

Sarah Bellenger

1st Board Race

40-49

Phil Petit

1st Board Race

50 -59

 

1st Surf race

50-59

 

1st Tube race

50-59

Rachel Garcia

3rd Board Race

40-49

Blair Chapman

4th Board Race

30-34

 

2nd Flags

30-34

Todd Mison

1st Tube Race

50-59

 

3rd Surf Race

50-59

 Danger

2nd Beach Relay

140+

 

(including wheel chairs)

 

John McDonald

1st Beach Relay

200+

Gerry Karras

1st Beach Relay

200+

Michael Cummins

1st Beach Relay

200+

Uknowm Oldguy

1st Beach Relay

200+

Bec Waugh

1st Open 2k Beach Run

40+

 

1st  Beach Sprint

40-49

Helen Deas

2nd Sprint

40+

Helen Roberts

3rd Sprint

40+

Alison Roberts

Womens Beach Relay

140+

Helen Deas

Womens Beach Relay

140+

Mary

Womens Beach Relay

140+

Elizabeth Cummings

Womens Beach Relay

140+

Sarah Bellenger

1st Female Taplin

130+

Phil Petit

1st Female Taplin

130+

Alison Roberts

1st Female Taplin

130+

Todd Mison

3rd Male Surf Teams

130+

Steve Callaghan

3rd Male Surf Teams

130+

Blair Chapman

3rd Male Surf Teams

130+

 

In the Water

Our Under 17 board paddlers produced their first win of the season at our own carnival on Saturday. This has not happened for a long, long time. Well done Clayton Cantarella, Will Mison and Jack Cuthbert. A really hard event to win and we are very proud of you.

Clayton and Jack also had their first hit out in the U17 double ski event. They looked like they had a ball.

 

Elsewhere in the water, Ben Thornton won the Open Surf Race and Iron man. Again, it has been a very long time since we saw such a result in the water.

 

March Past

Sorry to be putting these guys so far down in the report. With the amazing results from lifesaving and masters what can I do?

A flurry of email, Facebook messages, SMS and maybe just a few oil fashioned phone calls finally paid off and we saw another generation of Coogee marchies going round the beach area on Saturday. I hope this lot lasts. I do know it is difficult to get even three or four people to train for team events let alone twelve. Any way guys, we were all so proud to see you resurrect the banner and cossies (and the frog) on the weekend. We hope you enjoy and continue on from here.

 

R&R

Several R&R teams competed on the weekend. We had three Under 12 teams who finished 1st second and 3rd

·       Eliza Twomey, Sammy Gately – 1st

·       Grace McDonald, Chloe Walker – 2nd

·       Bianca Wallace, Mia Neagle – 3rd

Our U15 5 person girls’ team were equal points with winner but 2nd after count back.

 

BEACH - Coogee Open Carnival

~ Mark Harrison

 It’s always great to co

mpete at home in any sport, but to do so in an event which has a 104-year history is unique. Therefore we had a huge turnout of two blue competitors including a large mixture of the usual suspects; some that have been MIA for a while; a sprinkling of Under 14 Minnows having a enthusiastic crack at a senior carnival; elderly citizen masters types who were ondeck for their branch championships and our 2km runners. The clipboard was in overdrive!

This was matched by a large crowd of supporters and friends who took advantage of the promenade as an ideal vantage point to watch the action. They weren’t disappointed as we can see by the results below.

The girls had a clean sweep in the sprints – Jessica ‘Black Caviar’ Thornton did her thing effortlessly in the Opens and 17s again, while Nubia Mendes streeted the 15s without going into oxygen debt this week. The boys weren't as mercenary in sharing the spoils with our guests, but Will Harrison followed up a great Manly carnival with a good win in the 15s, Tom Fagan just went under in the 17s while Luke Irvine went best in the Opens.

In the flags we saw three wins – Jack Harrison (Opens), Jake Irvine (17s) and the comeback girl Harriet Lowe (15s) who has been lost longer than Tom Hanks was in the movie Castaway!

In the relays the Coogee A & B teams in all age groups didn't have a split hair between them and won every race.

Overall It was great day at the office and we have really good momentum going into the bigger carnivals that lie directly ahead. On behalf of the beach team sincere thanks to those that organised the carnival and also to those in our group who assisted with pack up of the track area and drinking all the beer at the after party! Salute!

Harriet Lowe (U15 Flags winner) & Jess Thornton (The best beach sprinter in Australia)

 

Will Harrison (U15 sprint winner)

 

Jack Harrison (open Flags winner) with Joey Todd

 

Jake Irvine and Tim Brabrook in U17 Flags 1st and 2nd

 

We had two U15 girls relay teams. Alice Morgan and Nubia Mendes (winner of U15 girls sprint)


Eliza Cotis in U15 relay

 

Gaby Fagan and Olivia Karras in U15 relay

 

John McDonald 200 years relay

 

Gerry Karras 200 years relay

 

Warwick Everingham 200 years relay

 

The Highlight of the Day

In the spirit of do as I do and not only as I say it is impossible to go past the successful comeback to the dais of our fearless leader Warwick Everingham in the 2000+ years age masters relay. He was joined in this famous victory by iconic beach team parents John ‘Jmac’ McDonald, Gerry “The Bolt” Karras and last minute addition Michael ‘MC’ Cummins. Sadly the beach captain broke down at track work on Thursday morning injuring a fetlock and was ruled out by the vet. I’m not sure he will ever get over the disappointment!!

 

BEACH SPRINT FINALS

Male

Opens: Luke Irvine 4th

Under 17: Tom Fagan 2nd, Jake Irvine 4th & Ben McDonald 6th

Under 15: Will Harrison 1st, Will Todd 6th

 

Female

Opens & 17s: Jessica Thornton 1st in both age groups......... again

Under 15: Nubia Mendes 1st, Alice Morgan 2nd, Gabby Fagan 4th & Eliza Cotis 7th

 

Beach Relays

Open A: 1st Luke Irvine, Jack Harrison, Jake Irvine & Hugh Millar

Open B: 2nd James Moran, Tim Watts, Michael Denny-Smith & Ben McDonald

Under 17 Boys A: 1st. Jake Irvine, Ben McDonald, Sean O’Byrne & Jackson Deans-Harvey

Under 17 Boys B: 2nd. Will Harrison, Luke Bond, Ben Kite & Tim Brabrook.

Under 15 Boys A: 1st Will Harrison, Will Todd, Sam Cantarella & Hugh France

Under 15 Boys B: Harrison Smith, Kel Gollan, Issac Tooher & Lukas Posumah

Under 15 Girls B: 1st. Nubia Mendes, Olivia Karras, Harriet Lowe & Heidi Cummings

Under 15 Girls A: 2nd. Gabby Fagan, Eliza Cotis, Erika Gross & Alice Morgan.

 

BEACH FLAGS

Male

Opens: Jack Harrison 1st, Luke Irvine 5th

Under 17: Jake Irvine 1st & Tim Brabrook 2nd

Under 15: Hugh France 2nd & Will Harrison 3rd

 

Female

Under 15: Harriet Lowe 1st & Nubia Mendes 5th

 

2km Run

Rebecca Waugh a smashing 2nd, Rona MacNiven 5th.

 

 

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