Magnificent surfing seven for Lollback

THE Yamba Surf Life Saving Club seems to bring forward a multiple winner at each season's club championships and this year that honour went to the youthful Jacob Lollback with seven first placings.

The championships were held yesterday at the popular beach with just a light surf running.

Lollback, 17, contested nine events for his seven wins, five of them scored in the open division and included in his hit list was the feature double of open surf and ironman.

The open surf carries the George Mills Shield as permanent trophy and in similar vein the SJ Eades Shield is awarded with the open ironman crown.

George Mills was a member of the Yamba club when he won the Australian open surf championship in big seas at Bondi in 1935 and SJ Eades was a dedicated office bearer and worker over many years for the Yamba club and surf life saving in general.

Lollback who won the recent NSW Under-17 ironman championship, led the field yesterday in the first leg, the board section, lost it narrowly in the surf ski leg and then quickly took the lead in the swim and was not again headed.

He led the big field throughout the open surf race to win from Joe Fahey who just edged out NSW Under-19 ironwoman champion, Alyce Bennett, for second in the run to the line.

Other open wins for Lollback came in the surfboard and rescue tube finals and all up he captured a surf race treble adding the Under-17 and Under-19 championships to the open win.

Lollback did not fare as well as usual in the beach events finishing fifth in each of open sprint and open flags.

Alyce Bennett, 19, although the number of her events was limited yesterday, once more showed her class, adding to her open ironman second and open surf race third with five wins in events for females. Each time Under-17 competitor Kira Halvorson was her main rival.

The pair finished first and second respectively in the open women's surf, Under-19 surf open and Under-19 board titles and in the open women's rescue tube.

Another to fare well was Brody Rheinberger in the Under-15 male events with four impressive wins, victories in the surf race, ironman, board and rescue tube.

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