More success for Yamba?s golden boy

By MAX GODBEE

YAMBA lifesaver Jacob Lollback, who just over a week ago was named the 2005 The Daily Examiner Sports Star of the Year, won gold at the NSW championships at the weekend.

Lollback also produced two silver medal performances at the state surf titles held in a light surf at Cronulla over the weekend.

He won the Under-17 surf board championship and followed with the closest of seconds in the open surfboard.

Yesterday Lollback was defending the Under-17 ironman championship, which he had won last year, finishing an excellent second to Luke Cole, who was competing on his home beach.

Lollback was favoured to win the board race in this age division and led for most of the way in the light surf until caught close to the shore by 10 other competitors coming though on a wave.

The result depended on a run up the beach to the finish flag and Lollback doesn't lose such sprints.

Despite giving away six years in age to noted paddler and national ironman champion Nathan Smith in the open surfboard final, Lollback fully tested the many times Australian representative.

He matched it with Smith most of the way, but the Cronulla lifesaver hit the beach slightly ahead, was off his board quickly and held out Lollback by a metre in the run to the flags.

Lollback and Martin Dougherty successfully worked their way went through the early rounds and quarter finals of the open board rescue, but missed a place in the top seven in semi-finals and were eliminated.

Yamba competitors also captured a gold and a bronze in Thursday's State masters competition in bigger surf at Cronulla.

Jim and Neil Schafer teamed with Jim Dougherty to win the combined 150 years surf teams championship in the testing conditions.

The two Schafers then combined to collect the bronze medals for third in the Over-50 years board rescue final.



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