Manly Carnival 2013

Coogee attended Manly carnival on Saturday 19th January 2013. For those who are unfamiliar with the surf sports season, Manly is far and away the biggest carnival of all and comparable to the State Titles. If you can win at Manly, you can win State.

I will start with one of the most pleasing aspects of the day which was when our boat captain, having suffered a scratching by one of the Under 23 boat crew asked if a runner could fill in. Justin Richardson stepped up to the wicket and spent the afternoon in a pink rashie and rowing in a four race round robin. Thanks for the effort Justin though looking at one of Danny Gibbs pictures it looks like may have had a bit of a tough time of it.


In the water, Ben Thornton made it three out of three with a win in the Under 17 surf race. Like a number of people who attended the “Big Day Out” the day and night before, Ben had made only a few hours’ sleep but still picked up 5th in the iron man and 7th in the ski race. Newcomer Jake Irvine finished third in his surf race heat, but having been sprinting all morning could not back up for the final.

Up in the boat area, one of our reserve crews (the Lobsters) made it through to quarter finals. The Prawns did not attend Manly but instead went to Karinda Leary’s wedding. Congrats.

Big Day Out struck again in the boat area with a scratching in our junior crew (hence Justin’s efforts) and this crew rowed U23 along with our other real U23 crew. Neither proceeded past the round robin.

So far as I can ascertain we ha donly a U14 R&R team competing in the U15 event. I have no other information at the moment from that arena.

Back on the beach, the competition was quite tough in all the sprints and Flags and the Open relay. Jessica Thornton won, again, her Under 15 beach sprint. Jake Irvine finished 5th in the U15 and Jack Harrison (another big day out boy) was 4th in the U17 sprint and backed up for a couple of relays as well. Another newbie to the beach area, Emma Grand made the final in the u17 sprint as did our Beach Captain,  James Moran in the Open. In the beach flags, the other half of the Grand sisters, Steph, made the final of the Under 15 women’s and Tasman Short again showed good form to take third place in the Under 15 men.

We had a good day with beach relays. Even though they dropped the baton at the first change and in a very strong field, our Open tem finished 4th. Both Under 17 teams, men’s and women’s, picked up 2nd. And our Under 15 girls team also ran well for second spot. Result of the day goes to the under 15 lads. We are running two teams in this age group one of which was mostly under 14s (Will Todd, Hugh France and Will Harrison with Under 15 Luke Bond who is Under 15). This tam finished in third place. The other team, Tas Short, Lachie Small, Ben Kite andJake Irvine easily won the relay race and along with Luke Bond will be battling it out for medals at the State and National titles later this season.

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