Best in nation to do it tough here

THE best iron men and women in Australia will be at Main Beach Yamba this Saturday October 8 for the 2nd Annual Jacob Lollback Memorial Board Race Day.

Jacob joined the Yamba club as 7 year old nipper in 1995 and rose through the ranks to become a 3 times Australian champion board paddler.

He was tragically drowned in a diving accident off the central Queensland coast in September 2009.

Last year's inaugural winner Wes Berg of Burleigh Heads club will defend his title in the open mens 4km board race with strong challenges from Yamba's champion iron man Hugh Dougherty, who was 3rd last year, and 5 times Kellogs Nutri Grain Iron Man champion Zane Holmes from Northcliff.

Other contenders will be veteran board paddler Phil Clayton from Kurrawa, James Stewart from North Burleigh and a strong contingent of Mooloolaba paddlers including Kendrick Louis who won the recent Iron Man Series Trial race at Noosa.

A highlight of the day will be glamour iron woman Courtney Hancock in the open womens 4km board race.

Courtney, who grew up at Sawtell and now competes for Northcliff club has dominated 2011 iron woman racing by winning the big 3 - the Kellogs Series, the Australian Title, and the Coolangatta Gold.

However Courtney will face a strong challenge from last years winner Jordan Mercer and Yamba's own iron woman star Alyce Bennett.

Racing commences at 11am on Saturday with the Under 15 male board race. The main event, the open male 4km. board race is due to start at 12 noon. Entries close at 5pm Tuesday 4th October with late entries taken up till 10.30am on race day.

A large number of club members will be needed to assist with work parties for catering, recording, marshalling, IRBs and water safety. If you are available to assist please contact race day organiser Jim Dougherty on 0428 664 701.

The club greatly appreciates the support of the Westlawn Tigers Soccer Club who will be manning the BBQ at the surf club in memory of Jacob who was also a long serving player with that club coming right through the ranks from Under 6's to seniors.

Also big thanks to our major surfcraft sponsors Kracka, Dolphin and Xcel who have each donated a racing board valued at $1600 to be awarded as lucky draws on the day.

Thanks also to all our other sponsors including major cash donors TYR, Pacific Hotel, Pickering Priestley Solicitors, Ken Casson Mazda, Belinda's Store, Clocktower Hotel, Luke Johnston Plumbing and Clarence Valley Council.

We are extremely grateful to these and our other generous donors for their support of the day.

There were 27 starters for the Carl Schaeffer memorial handicap surf swim at Main Beach on Sunday who tackled a long swim though a shore break and a relatively flat swell to the turning cans.

Sean Leonard (off 50 seconds) won the run up the beach to beat Kim Morgans (70 seconds) who was first out of the water but could only manage a fast walk with a visitor in a wet suit finishing 3rd but not eligible for points.

Nipper activities, which will include proficiency tests and sign-ons, start on Sunday October 9 at 9am and their season ends on Sunday March 11, 2012.

Yamba SLSC under 6 and under 7 nippers will wear green skull caps to identify the non-swimmers and which are available for $10 at the club.

The nippers are looking for age managers for the under 7, 10 and 11 groups and those interested should contact Kim McFarlane on 0400 369 796.

Kim should is also the contact for volunteers, particularly nipper parents, interested in helping in the water safety area with courses for the essential bronze medallion conducted throughout the year.

Other coming are the 2nd annual Jacob Lollback memorial board race day on Saturday October 8, the 2nd patrol proficiency test on November 13, the annual ocean swims on January 2 and the Far North Coast branch nipper titles on February 4 and 5 and senior titles on February 19 both at Main Beach Yamba.

The Yamba boat rowers have 4 crews in training and are fundraising to send a team of 8 rowers and 2 sweeps to Turkey to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli and compete in a marathon row of 100 international boat crews.

The Yamba SLSC nippers 2011-12 sponsors are All Terrain Access Scaffold & Edge Protection, Jim' Mowing, LJ Hooker Yamba, Lower Clarence Funerals, Maclean Motors, Tony McFarlane Builders, Yamba Florist, Yamba Physiotherapy, Raine & Horne Yamba, Maclean Variety Meats and Melay Tiles.

The main club 2011-12 sponsors are Clarence Valley Council, Elders Real Estate Yamba, Yamba Golf & Country Club, Yamba Bowling Club, Grafton District Services Club, Yamba Shores Tavern, Westlawn Finance, Nortec, Coastal Views, Daily Examiner, Clarence Valley Review, Yellowtail Wines and Coopers Brewery.

Registration for all membership categories, including nippers, can be made online via the web site, at Elders Real Estate, Coldstream St during working hours or with Morgan at the club house on Monday 8am to 11am and Thursday 8am to 2.30pm.

The Yamba SLSC website - - has all the current club information.

The weekly Golf Club raffles with 33 terrific meat trays from Yamba Fair Butchery this Saturday October 8 will be run by Chris Bonner, Greg Levey, Bill Onslow and Wayne Ringland with ticket sales from 5.30pm and the draw from 6.30pm.


Patrols for the coming long weekend are:

Saturday October 8 9am-12.30pm - Patrol 11: James Ryan (c), Harrison Spicer (vc), Cameron Spicer, Kade Ryan, James Butcher, Sam McLennan, Cody Cameron.

Saturday October 8 12.30pm-4pm - Patrol 1: Joel Wiseman (c), Jarrod Perl (vc), Nathan Loton, Josh Ryan, Nick Agostino, James Oldacre, Matteo Cervella, Reilly Pickering, Sean Leonard, Nick Plummer.

Sunday October 9 9am-12.30pm - Patrol 2: Mitch Imeson (c), Abrien Dougherty (vc), Daniel Lollback, Andrew Lollback, Josh Lollback, Cody Hartmann, Keiran Stewart.

Sunday October 9 12.30pm-4pm Patrol 3: Phil Kelly (c), Nicholas Tarrant (vc), Alex Robison, Zac Robison, Daniel Connors, Kris Ryan-Clout, Mitchell Bain, Dylan Brown, Rory Brown.

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