Catch us if you can
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE Hancock sisters again have the opportunity this weekend to bring home some surf lifesaving medals.
In South Australia for this year's SLSA Interstate Carnival, Courtney and Bonnie Hancock are hoping that Middleton Beach near Victor Harbour can become a field of dreams as they chase glory for themselves and the state.
Before departing on Thursday morning, both sisters said that the focus during the last few weeks of hard training for the event has been based simply around beating Queensland.
"That's the main thing I think, NSW versus Queensland," 16-year-old Bonnie said.
"There are a few other states like Western Australia that aren't far behind but that's the main rivalry."
Just like state of origin football, both explained that the more intense part of the interstate rivalry comes from up north.
"With us and NSW it's more of a friendly rivalry," 18-year-old Courtney added.
"With Queensland they really want to beat us. We're all a good team and we're really close team so hopefully that will give us an advantage."
Last year the Hancock's combined to take a national gold medal in the board rescue but alas this year, the sisters won't be teamed up together to try and win it again.
"It's unfortunate but you have to do board rescue with the partner that you've been picked with," a slightly disappointed Courtney said.
"So I'll be doing the board rescue with an under 19 girl and Bonnie will be doing it with an under 17 girl."
As the only siblings to be selected in the NSW team, both girls admit that representing their state together and going to most events as a team means something special to them.
"It's fantastic, I'm really excited to be going on the trip with Bonnie because we train together and we're good friends," Courtney said.
"It's always good with Courtney because she can give me tips before races and look after me on camp. It's pretty fun," Bonnie added for her side of the story.
If previous form is any guide, anywhere these two travel together, medals usually come home.