Tim Martin from Sawtell keeps a close eye on his rival in the under eight beach sprints.
Tim Martin from Sawtell keeps a close eye on his rival in the under eight beach sprints.

Boat tactics pay off

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

SOMETIMES you've just got to do whatever it takes to get victory no matter how unconventional it might seem.

These are words that must have been ringing through the ears of Moruya sweep Rob Pollock as the finish line approached during the womens final of the surfboat competition.

With only yards to go in a tight race between Moruya and Evans Head/Casino, neither crew could find a wave to give them the final push over the line.

That's when Pollock took matters into his own hands.

The sweep jumped out of the boat and pushed it over the line to marginally edge out their rivals by less than half a boat length.

"That's part of the tactics to just lighten the load at the back and the wave comes up underneath it and just pushes it forward a little bit," Pollock said.

"We were lucky that it was shallow enough for me to run but normally you can't run and the boat just goes forward but we do practice that in tight finishes."

It's a long way to travel from the South Coast town of Moruya up to Woolgoolga but the effort was certainly worth it as the club hauled in three of the six surf boat gold medals on offer.

Along with the women, the under 19 and under 21 teams also recorded strong victories to create a successful day for the club.

"After the George Bass which is a great training run for us, these girls are now really primed and ready for state and Aussies and they've just come off a huge event and freshened up for this and we're all running really well," an overjoyed Pollock said in pride.

"Our under 19's have been undefeated all year and they're our major crew but these girls are improving all the time."



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