Good prep for Minnie Water crew

MINNIE Water-Wooli’s under-23 women’s surfboat crew last weekend completed the best possible preparation for the 2011 Allphones NSW Surf Life Saving Championships.

Competing at Mooloolaba in round 4 of the aussieBum Queensland Cup Surfboat Series, the Minnie Water crew used the flat seas, heavy rain and strong off-shore winds to its advantage. Rach Gallagher, Chantelle Reay, Briony Edgar and Bree Steele combined to claim fourth behind the undefeated Alexandra Headlands, with crews from Southport and Picnic Bay (both QLD) filling the minor placings.

Minnie Water president Tony Benfield was pleased ahead of the tough competition waiting at Kingscliff.

“The girls went to the carnival to get some strong competition prior to competing in the NSW Championships,” Benfield said.

“They rowed in all four races and were pleased with their performance.”

Minnie Water members will be joined by 22 from the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club.

There are three Yamba boats crews: masters men in the over 160 years, masters women in the over 140 years and a junior boys crew. The masters men are: Brendan O’Mahony, Andrew Cumberland, Chris Bonner, Wayne Ringland, Rod McSkimming (sweep). The masters women are: Mel O’Mahony, Carla Spooner, Leah Essex, Jo King, Rod McSkimming (sweep). While the junior boys are: Zac Robinson, Josh Ryan, Matteo Cervella, Nick Agostino, Ray Wiblen (sweep). There are five Yamba crews, including the second-placed open women’s “boilers” and the masters men crews, at the 10th and final round of the Far North Coast Boat series at Coffs Harbour on March 26.

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