State Open Championships 2014

~ Warwick Everingham

 

The State Open Championships is finally done. Sunday I figured I’d been there enough times to not use satnav. Got lost the last kilometre. Now only the Masters to go and we should do well at that one. Best of luck to our masters competitors for next weekend.

The big result last weekend was our U15 Cameron Relay teams silver medal. Not to upstage our amazing Jessica Thornton, but seriously it has been a decade or four since we won a medal such as the U15 lads picked up on Saturday.

In fact Saturday was a day I had often dreamed of in the beach sprint arena. (Except I dream it happening at the Australian Titles). Hope I didn’t bore people stupid with my Facebook postings “there’s that beach sprint guy pumping his own wagon again!” But it had to be put up there simply because it was remarkable. Every time I turned my head another two blue cap was crossing the line for a gold medal.

Our U15 R&R girls (Kim Dobra, Ruby Cuthbert, Tia Haes, Estelle Davies, Jess Griffith & Georgia Murphy) picked up a bronze medal, Ben Thornton finished 4th in the U19 surf race and we also had other  finalists in the water, Ben (ironman) Tom Foley (U15 board), Philip Trupke (U15 surf race) and Line Lauredson (24+ surf race).

Our boaties, A crew (Jason Papadatos, Mitch Hogan, Michael Terry, Lee Hume) and Reserves (Cameron Uptom, Phil Evans, Steven Boyde, Rupert Kaldor), failed to proceed through the semi-finals on the mill pond which was Umina on Sunday. The U23s (Cameron Rawson, Mitch Hardy, Jack Ayoub, Daniel Rafty) had an even tougher time of it on Friday. Our boaties are always competitive and so they are this season. We wait to see the best from them hopefully at the nationals in a few weeks’ time.

 

Craft and Water

It takes a lot to get the Competition Director away from the beach arena but we heard the announcer calling Coogee second in the Cameron and the beach sprinters standing next to me demanded I go to the board area to check the result and tell ‘em well done.

On the way there I ran into them and they were grinning from ear to ear so the fabulous result was true. Isaac Tooher , Phillip Trupke , Tom Foley and Sam Cantarella had won silver in the U15 Cameron Relay.

I took a quick picture which you see here. Ben was the paddler, Phillip the swimmer and Isaac and Sam the runners. I have no idea when we last got such a medal and have not seen such excitement about a result for a long time. But I am looking forward to taking a similar picture in five or six years’ time when they pick up a medal in the open taplin.

Isaac Tooher, Phillip Trupke, Ben Foley, Sam cantarella

 

Beach Events

~ Mark Harrison

Well what can I say? What an outstanding performance from the ENTIRE BEACH TEAM today – everyone ran out of their skin and did their absolute best.

We had three individual golds (the amazing Black Caviar Jessica Thornton x 2 and unexpectedly Will Harrison), a silver (Hugh Millar) and bronze (Jack Harrison) and then three relay golds (19s, 17s and 15 males – The Bradburys) and a hugely popular bronze (15 girls).

Our other U17s team ran a creditable 5th and the Opens Men's a cracking 4th in a red hot final – which we were equally delighted with. Also on Friday night Rona won bronze in the Open Women’s 2km run. If you see her plough endlessly around ES Marks every week you know how deserving this is.

Congratulations to all our runners and especially to Warwick – the spiritual driving force of it all. It was absolutely raining results in the finals and was the most incredible experience for our team and supporters to experience as we just kept cashing in. Also congratulations to our U15s Cameron relay silver medallists and the R&R team who won Bronze.

There is so much content/story angles that could go into this report that I am engaging a team of freelance writers from work to help do it justice. It will take a while to put a bigger edition together. Be patient. Like waiting nearly four hours today for finals -  It will be worth it!

Jessica Thornton being interviewed by Fox Sports

 

Jack Harrison, Hugh Millar, Ben McDonald, Jake Irvine (U19 beach relay)

 

Tom Fagan, Sean O’Byrne, Ben McDonald, Jake Irvine (U17 beach relay)

 

Joey Todd (coach) Hugh France, Will Harrison, Billy Ryan, Will Todd (u15 beach relay)

 

Rank

Club

Points

1

Newport

312.5

2

Manly

307

3

Wanda

191

4

Nth Cronulla

176.5

5

Eloura

145

6

Cronulla

125

6

Swansea Belmont

125

7

Helensburgh Stanwell Park

120

8

Avoca

111

9

Queenscliff

105

9

Freshwater

105

10

Collaroy

104

10

North Bondi

104

11

Coogee

103

12

Terrigal

89

13

Umina

88

14

Redhead

80

15

Byron Bay

75

16

Warilla Barrack Pt

69

17

Dee Why

46

18

North Steyne

42

19

Bulli

38

20

Cudgen Headland

32.5

 

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