Oar-some: Boat crews from Woolgoolga SLSC were again in the thick of weekend action at South West Rocks.
Oar-some: Boat crews from Woolgoolga SLSC were again in the thick of weekend action at South West Rocks. File

Woolgoolga crews make splash

WOOLGOOLGA Surf Life Saving Club surfboat rowers had their customary winning weekend at the Stramit NSWSLS Country Titles at South West Rocks.

Correspondent Trevor Clark said the 180+ master's crew (of which he is a proud member) led the way for the club with a gold medal.

Young sweep Neil Baker roared encouragement to Clark and fellow rowers Craig Schwiekert, Wayne Bailey and Dennis Crossley on their way to capturing more bling for the trophy cabinet.

“It was a great effort from all our teams right across the board in very heavy, difficult conditions,” Clark said.

“Mother Nature showed she was in charge and the seas were huge most of the time.”

The open boat crew (sweep Wayne Bailey and rowers Ben Burrows, Brian Sedivy, Neil Baker and Jessie Durning) won silver.

There was more success in the open women's event with sweep Craig Schwiekert and rowers Berni Richardson, Eve Devrie, Heather Baker and Sonia Durning combining to cliam bronze.

The club also scored bronze in the 120+ masters with sweep Craig Schwiekert guiding rowers Mick Lane, John Portsmouth, Ian Thorncroft and Adam Rese to a podium finish.

“Our under-19s came fourth in their final and the reserves rowed well to just miss their final,” Clark said.

“We're now looking forward to next weekend when we have the opens and under-19 crews travelling to Sydney for the interstate Manly Centenary carnival.

“They will face the best crews in Australia and that should prepare us for a ‘home game' when the North Coast surf boat series carnival comes to Woopi on January 29.”

The Country titles will be completed today.



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