Temperatures soared as New South Wales won the 2018 Interstate Championships
The racing was as heated as the temperature at the 2018 Interstate Championships today where the star studded New South Wales (NSW) team secured the title.
With just nine points on second place it was a fight to the finish for the winning team who finished on 280, followed closely by Queensland Cyclones with 271. West Australia wrapped up the third place with a total point score of 192.
It may very well have been the strategic power play used in the men’s youth and open flag’s that paid dividends for NSW, with wins from Jake Lynch and Sam Zustovich earning a solid 26 points for the team.
“We stacked the beach time this year and call it a power play, but it did mean we had to make our water people step up” said NSW Coach Jim Walker.
“All the young kids coming into the team, Nicola Owen, Naomi Scott, Lizzie Welborn, Jemma Smith, Hayden White, Mitchell Trim, they all had to step up and they did.”
Walker beamed with pride at what he called a truly united team effort by every member of the 24-strong team.
“We didn’t have an individual performance, we didn’t have an individual person we had a team performance. That’s what got us home.”
“As you’ve seen, when you race Queensland, dead flat, not a wave, a few points in it you’ve got to take a gamble. Last year we tried hard and we had a few things not go out way during surf carnivals, and this year we nailed it. We asked everyone to perform and they did, can’t ask for more than that!”
Queensland fought a gallant second, taking the final two Taplin races of the day with an impressive ski leg by Jet Kenny and stand out races across Surf and Ski. Lani Pallister and Lana Rogers shone across the day, with several winning races further cementing their reputations as two names to watch in Queensland surf sports.
In team categories the youth scores finished with New South Wales (133), Queensland (120) and WA (87), while Queensland trumped in the Opens with 151 followed by NSW (147) and WA (105). Newcomers New South Wales Country took forth in the open, tallying 88 points with a strong performance across the board.
The NSW team wore pink ribbons, dedicating their win to Assistant Manager Leanne Johnson who pulled out with a week to go after a shock breast cancer diagnosis.
Racing another competitor is do-or-die, but at full stop at 3.30 today Leanne Johnson is fighting a bigger fight than us so if 24 NSW athletes can help her get through her bigger challenge than our ski race or Ironman challenge, we’ll we hope we can do that for her”.
Seven state teams of 24 athletes represented New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmanian and newcomers New South Wales Country (12) in competition today at Moana South Australia.
TEAM POINT SCORES:
First place – New South Wales 280 points
Second Place – Queensland 271 points
Third Place – West Australia 192 points
Fourth Place – South Australia 154 points
Fifth Place – Victoria 139 points
Sixth Place – Tasmania 69 points
Non-placing – New South Wales Country 88 points
New South Wales 133
West Australia 87
South Australia 67
New South Wales 147
West Australia 105
New South Wales Country 88
South Australia 87