Lollback looks to continue dominance
By TONY WHITE
YAMBA Surf Life Saving Club's star competitor Jacob Lollback will be out to maintain a dominant role when he contests the Country Surf Life Saving Championships beginning at Woolgoolga today.
The 16-year-old has remained undefeated in Under-17 board races this season and placed highly in Under-17 iron man events.
Lollback will also compete against older competitors in the open ironman and board events today and tomorrow.
It will be a hit and run visit for Lollback who is scheduled to go into camp on Saturday evening with the NSW team in Sydney for an interstate series later this month.
His rivalry with another outstanding junior, former Red Rock SLSC, now Cudgen member Scott McCartney, also a State team member in the open ironman and board events, should be one of the highlights of the massive carnival which ends on Sunday.
Plenty of interest will also surround the Minnie Water boat crew who are considered strong medal contenders.
The Country Championships in- volves clubs from six of the state's
11 branches and some 1500 competitors. It is one of the few events on the calendar encompassing juniors, opens and masters on the same program.
In 2005, south coast club Warilla-Barrack Point convincingly won the overall point score title and along with Byron Bay and Cudgen are expectted to figure prominently for 2006 honours.
The youngest and eldest competitors both come from South West Rocks SLSC, 7-year-old KurtSmith and 68-year-old Gary Gillies.