The Sawtell crew give it everything they have in the reserve surf boat event at the NSW Country Surf Life Saving championships
The Sawtell crew give it everything they have in the reserve surf boat event at the NSW Country Surf Life Saving championships

Intensive training the catalyst



ANY rower worth his salt will tell you that you can try as hard as you like when you've got an oar in your hands but if you're not rowing properly you're not going to win a thing.

Some intensive training on technique at Evans Head/Casino has been the catalyst for the club winning one of the closest open finals in years.

"We've got a sculling coach John Powers and he's been putting a fair bit of time into the reserves, opens and womens who got two golds and a silver and it's pretty much down to the technique he's been showing us," club veteran Mick Robson said.

"All of a sudden one competition we just started to row better as a crew.

"There were probably a couple of blokes who didn't quite have it, they got it, and then all of a sudden the crew went better."

The crews of Tacking Point, Moruya, Wauchope/Bonny Hills and the eventual victors were all locked in a tense four way race to the line during the final.

Moruya looked like ly winners before hitting the judges tower in a desperate bid for glory which took away their chances and a final piece of wash was enough for the northern most crew to collect the coveted prize.

"There's a lot of good teams here so we weren't overly confident, we'd been rowing well in the lead up and it just went our way," Robson added.

"That's boat rowing you know, some days it's yours and some days it's not."



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