Branch Championships: Beach

Success at Branch level is good for the resume and most importantly the confidence heading into the major carnivals.


In the spirit of this and of Groundhog Day Jess ‘Black Caviar’ Thornton once again did her thing effortlessly in the Opens and U17 sprint – what else can we say about her? Eliza Cotis ran best out of the U15 brigade to make another final – obviously the recent altitude training/carbo loading in Austria and Italy was an immeasurable benefit.


The boys were all thereabouts in the finals with Luke Irvine, Jack Harrison, Tim Watts and Hugh Millar coming 1234 in a huge field of 4 in the 19s sprint/synchronised diving final; James ‘Lanky’ Moran was 5th in the Opens, while Jake ‘Rin Tin Tin Irvine and Will Harrison were the best performers in their respective age groups each coming 4th.


In the flags we saw Jack Harrison return to his old flashesque nippers form to very impressively take out both the Opens & 19s divisions; the ultra consistent and built Hugh ‘12 pack’ France got bronze in the 15s and Tim Brabrook just missed out on a necklace with a solid 4th in the 17s - backing up his good Coogee carnival form.


In the girls' events, our sole flags entrant was Harriet ‘Hanks’ Lowe in the U15s who was staked the whole way through by the eventual winners in an absorbing battle and just missed a medal coming 4th. Hopefully we will have an AVO in place prior to state to protect her from these shire predators.


In the relays the U15 and U17 boys won impressing their valentines and the 19s ran super to get beat by a bee’s you-know-what running up in the Open Division. The U15 girls recovered well from a dropped baton to finish 3rd. These things happen in rugby league 9’s a wise man once told me so it case of forgetting about it and moving on.


In the 2km there was some confusion in terms of how many laps people were required to run for some reason, but Rona MacNiven put that to the side to run a slashing 2nd and Liz Cummings also stormed home to run last after a big night at Minnows 50th cocktail party.

Apparently Tom Scullion ran too but I was blissfully unaware he was even entered.


The Highlight of the Day/Week

The courageous return of Jake ‘Hooch’ Irvine after being savagely attacked by the boaties guard-dogs in the surf club gym on Wednesday night while doing weights and then Warwick’s pink Chihuahua at ES Marks on Thursday.

With gaping canine teeth wounds and a body racked with tetanus Jake showed the same degree of mongrel to perform at his best and medal. Woof Woof!


~ Mark Harrison (Beach Captain)

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