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HOST club Woolgoolga tried valiantly but was eliminated early from competition at the New South Wales IRB championships held at the weekend.

Event director Chris Parker said lack of experience played a part in the crew’s demise.

“This was their first time back in the sport and while they won one of their events, it was always going to be difficult against more seasoned crews,” he said.

Top-ranked club Thirroul were relegated to third place behind overall champions Caves Beach, with Kiama Downs splitting the pair.

And while rough seas sprang up along some parts of the coast, Woolgoolga Main Beach’s protected areas held no fears for crews.

“The biggest problem was the sand bank which put waves up over the two-foot level,” Parker added.

“However, it brought out the best in them, with those able to boast a little extra athleticism handling conditions the best.”



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