Teams race for glory on day six of The Aussies
Open competition continued Thursday with medals awarded in the men’s and women’s surf team events as well as the men’s and women’s board relay.
Currumbin SLSC trio Corey Fletcher, Jackson Maynard and Hayden White held off Gold Coast rivals Northcliffe to win the open men’s board relay in a thrilling finish.
White got Currumbin off to a solid in the first leg as he went head to head with Luke Cuff (Northcliffe) and Rhys Burrows (Alexandra Headland) before handing over to Maynard, who got on the tail of Caine Eckstein held good position for Fletcher.
“I love going third, I crack under pressure if I have to go first,” Fletcher said.
“I was hurting going down that (last wave), I was trying not to look back and there was nothing coming. It picked up at the right moment for me and I was the only one on it,” he said.
In the U19 male board relay, Elouera were unstoppable after the team of Jake Evans, Mackenzie Hannington and Christopher King dominated.
The open female board relay was won by Northcliffe and the team of Danielle McKenzie, Georgia Miller and Hannah Sculley.
In the surf team events, Northcliffe dominated three of the four events winning
the U19 male, open female and open male categories.
New South Wales clubs spoiled Northcliffe’s perfect day when Newport ran home winners in the U19 Female category.
The team – consisting of Emily Doyle, Jami Prowse, Lexi Harrison and Madison Louw, were inspired by the results of their club’s junior competitors.
“We wanted to come here and do the best for our club,” Emily Doyle said.
“After how well the youth did on the weekend, we had nine new Aussie champions, we just wanted to come here and follow their momentum.
“We managed to do that today with some tricky conditions so we’re so stoked,” she said.
Doyle said it felt good to get the win over second placed Manly.
“We did come second to them at state so our goal at Aussies was to do one better and to get the win is amazing,” she said.
In the open’s event, a last-minute substitution gave the Northcliffe women the edge.
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Laura Taylor was a last minute substitution and joined Courtney Hancock, Maddi Dunn and Georgia Miller at the line.
“We got Laura literally a minute before the race started,” Courtney Hancock explained.
“This is a special event for Northcliffe, it was really tricky with all the waves coming in. We didn’t know where we were going to end up right up until the end,” she said.
The girls are looking forward to the rest of competition.
“All our girls are going so well, everyone’s so fit and we’ve worked so hard.”
The men’s Ironman quarter finals were also held Thursday with the big names progressing to the semi finals including Shannon and Caine Eckstein along with defending champion Kendrick Louis as well as Ali Day, Mat Poole, TJ Hendy and Matt Bevilacqua.
The women’s event was held over until Friday following this afternoon’s partial relocation announcement.