Enthusiastic Yamba nippers know the drill
By MAX GODBEE
YAMBA surf club junior members turned in their best march past performance for years, winning the drill event at the home beach carnival on Sunday.
In past years Yamba's senior lifesavers in an era from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s proved virtually unbeatable in march past at Far North Coast branch and NSW country level as well as performing well in NSW and national carnivals.
Three members of those former teams, Geoff Sanders, Andrew Tarrant and Steve Herbert, drilled the junior squad hard on the Sunday before the carnival and Chris Douglas gave the team plenty of spirit-rousing talk and advice before the event on Sunday. The 12 members of the team took both sessions to heart and produced the goods.
Their winning margin was close but enough to beat Cabarita, with Byron Bay third. Others to pick up points for their club in the colourful parade were Cudgen fourth, Brunswick fifth and Lennox Head sixth.
The program featured one of the biggest junior club carnivals ever in the Far North Coast branch, in ideal conditions and watched by a big crowd. The number of events held overall reached several hundred, leading to a massive 78 finals.
Yamba had its share of representatives but honours of the day clearly belonged to the branch and NSW country champion club Cudgen scoring a total 523 points, 110 points ahead of second-placed Lennox Head on 413 with Byron Bay third on 181.
Yamba filled many minor placings including a third in the open sprint relay and fourth in the all-age relay which took a runner for each of the age groups, eight to 14 years, but managed only a handful of firsts to back up the march past success.
Samuel Young performed strongly in beach events, winning the Under-13 years flags event with his clubmate Shane Dennis second.
Young made the final of the beach sprint to take a close-up fourth spot. Cassie Dennis finished second in the girls Under-11 years swim and was third in the board race.