SPLASH AND DASH: The Woolgoolga boat takes a wave at the Hawks Nest carnival.
SPLASH AND DASH: The Woolgoolga boat takes a wave at the Hawks Nest carnival. Contributed

Northern boat crews valiant in wake of the Macleay leaders

THE NORTH Coast Surf Boat round at Hawks Nest-Tea Gardens leaves Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga crews chasing their Macleay Valley rivals for overall supremacy.

Kempsey-Crescent Head remain points leader but Coffs Harbour Dirty Rats and Woolgoolga Barracudas remain locked on 45 points in the battle for the blue ribbon open men's crown.

"Our men performed strongly by taking first and second place," Coffs boat captain Paul Kelly said.

"The line-up of Dean Crockett, Mick Ainsworth, Tom Adams, Sonny Kennedy and Stuart McVicar now share overall first with Woolgoolga, and Coffs Insurgents are now up to fourth place.

""The Hawks Nest carnival was open to crews outside the series with Newcastle and Central Coast clubs involved.

"They added to the strength of the competition."

Woolgoolga boat captain Trevor Clark said his club also had a great two days, particularly when matching skills with crews from the Hunter.

"The round robin series saw us win masters women and run third in opens, 160-masters men and reserves," he said.

"It was a great effort from the open women to finish seventh with only 10 rowers attending, forcing them to double up in many events.

"There were many tired people on the bus heading home.

"The girls got right into the Christmas spirit, competing with reindeer ears and hats.

"Also the host club put on a great party on Saturday and that may have slowed us down and hampered results a little.

The next series carnival will be at Bonny Hills on January 9.



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