Sprint finishes carry lifesaver to victory
By MAX GODBEE
Yamba Surf Life Saving Club
CHAMPION Yamba lifesaver Jacob Lollback showed he is the master of sprint finishes winning four out of four finals that way in Inter-club and Inter-State competition at Port Macquarie at the weekend.
On Saturday, competing for Yamba, he won on the under 17 years ironman and surfboard a double in the East Coast Surf Life Saving Championships.
Lollback was then selected to represent NSW on Sunday in both events against Queensland in the inaugural Warriors on Water State of Origin and he repeated the Saturday effort.
In all four races the Jim Doughertycoached Lollback led the field around the buoys and back to the break only to be picked up by one or more competitors coming through on waves.
Each time he outsprinted his rivals to claim victory.
His first event on Saturday was the Un- der-17 board final.
In a sprint finish he beat Terrigal's Ben Miller to the line and it was the same result in the ironman race.
In Under-17 ironman competition there is no ski leg, leaving the board, swim and run legs for competitors.
In Sundays inter-State ironman Lollback held a 20m lead around the buoys in the board leg and maintained the advantage as competitors neared the beach when Luke Cole of Cronulla came up on a wave to join him in front.
Lollback was too strong however in the run to the line with Cole filling second spot and another NSW competitor, Michael Fox third.
The final event for Lollback was the surfboard championship and the Yamba lifesaver again showed the way in the early stages well clear at the buoys and into the break.
This time it was Dean Buttell of Wollongong who, with the aid of a wave, drew level but as before Lollback sprinted home to strongly for win number four.