Competition update Jan 2013

Coogee’s competition team has been hard at work during December and January. Our boat crews have competed at several specialist boat events and the entire club attended both the North Cronulla carnival (22 December) and Wanda last weekend.
It is usual to start these reports with the stellar performances of various athletes but I'd like to point out some excellent efforts from some of our lesser known athletes.
Stating with Clayton Cantarella who has been performing well and making it through to finals and semi-finals. Jamie Bargenda has also picked up second place in the U17 board race at North Cronulla and made the final at Wanda with additional efforts in the finals of the Ironman races. One of our younger beach sprinters, Tom Fagan, has really been hitting his straps and managed to firm his position in our Under 17 beach relay team by making his way into the finals of the sprints. This is an excellent result from a first year u17 runner.
Jack Harrison has never raced better than he has the past few weeks. Jack won the U17 sprint at North Cronulla and finished 2nd in the u19 race. And he backed up for all three relays.
Our Reserve men’s crew (the Prawns – Phil Evans, Cameron Upton, Jason Papadatos, Mick Leary and Sweep Mat Leary) came awfully close to winning their race at Wanda but had to settle for second place only over the last 10 meters of the race. A fine effort indeed.
We ran a first ever U15 girls beach relay at North Cronulla (Alice Morgan, Georgia Morgan, Gabriel Fagan, Jess Thornton). These first three runners need only keep in touch for Jessica to bring it home and that is exactly what they did. We also ran two under 15 boys relays (Tas Short, Lachie Small, Ben Kite and Will Harrison) and our other team comprising our Under 14's (Will Todd, Billy Ryan, Jack Kofod and Hugh France). They have yet to put the relay together properly on the beach but we have managed to get 3 or 4 of these lads into the sprint finals.
Wanda saw newcomer Jake Irvine in 3rd place in his first ever surf race but getting whacked by a wave from behind to finish in 8th place (Hips! Give this one some tips….he is good!) Not to worry. Jake just walked up the beach to the beach sprint area and took out the U15 beach sprint. Got some talents this boy! Tasman Short was second and Ben Kite ran terrifically to pick up third. 1, 2, 3 for our U15 boys. That’s a trifecta. What is it when we win two events in a row because, and of course, our Jessica Thornton took out the U15 girls sprint in fine form.
Before I go all “thorntonesque” a quick mention of another newcomer in Tom Scullion who ran his first 2K beach race and came back with a second place in the U15 race. Also well done Tas Short with your first win in the U15 beach flags. A special mention also to Hugh France, Will Harrison and Alice Morgan for making finals in the U15 sprints at Nth Cronulla. Not bad for 13 year olds. And Joey Todd for his second in the Open event.
But now to the stars and first up a big performance by Ben Thornton in the under 19 surf race. This was the money event at Wanda so Ben competed up an age group but still hammered everyone. What an amazing athlete this lad is. If lifesavers are meant to be the “hero’s of the surf”, this young man certainly fits the mould with ability and temperament. Not many athletes can be both so excellent and so unassuming in being so. So that is two carnivals done and two firsts for Ben so far this season after he also won the U17 surf race at North Cronulla.
Jessica has also emulated this by winning two out of two beach sprints so far this season. No way Jess will be outdone by big brother Ben!
We had one R&R team compete at Wanda. Our Under 17 girl’s team. Not satisfied with wining the U17 event they also took 1st first place in the Open. Great work ladies (and Hips).
Nor have our masters athletes been idle.....After some late scratching’s due to injuries, illness and the ‘dog ate my homework’, the Coogee Marlins fielded two teams for the 16th Annual Cronulla Twilight carnival last Friday night (11th January). It was balmy night and the choppy surf had a regular big set coming in. Andy B slipped straight into competitor mode and lead a comprehensive warm up for the team and to suss out the competition. It appeared a couple of our fellow club members were not in the two blues!
This team-based carnival requires either an over 50 or a female in each team. Twenty four teams were divided into two pools to contest a team surf race, board relay, ski race, taplin, board rescue, beach relay and flags. Points were accumulated for all placing’s in each race. It is a fun and relaxed carnival but still loads of competitive spirit and quality performances
Team Bargenda included: Andy Bargenda, Nicola Logan, Phil Pettit and Anthony Shubitz. They performed strongly across all the events.
Team Gordon included: Andy Gordon, Helen Begg, Sharon Deans, Alison Roberts and Conor Croke. Andy was a powerhouse across all the water events. The rest of the ‘beach team’ pushed out of their comfort zone in swim, board and taplin events.
Plays of the Day
  1. Nicola and Andy B in the Board Rescue. Three teams were all on the same wave coming into the shore but the other two teams lost a member off the back of the board at the last minute giving ‘Team Coogee’ the edge in getting themselves and the board across the line.
  2. Conor Croke 2km beach running specialist dug deep on the board leg of the taplin relay to overtake a number of more fancied competitiors. Take note Andy – may have a new member for Board Training!
  3. Alison Roberts spectulator diving action in the womens flags. Not good enough to hold out Sharon who took out the silver medal in the event. Andy taking out the over 50 flags from Phil Dutton from South Maroubra
Although we didn’t take home any of the top prizes on the night, we performed very well in the lucky door prize, taking home 2 awards.
Special thanks to cheer squad extraordinaire and support team Abigail, Mel, Rob and all the kids.
We are hoping for a big show from Coogee Surf Club members for our annual carnival which is coming up on 2 February. Anyone interested in competing in Masters events should contact Helen Begg on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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