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Woolgoolga surf club win at finals

Coffs Harbour’s Open Girls crew clear a big set during the finals of the Hoey Moey North Coast surf boat series at Park Beach on Saturday.
Coffs Harbour’s Open Girls crew clear a big set during the finals of the Hoey Moey North Coast surf boat series at Park Beach on Saturday. Trevor Veale

WOOLGOOLGA Surf Life Saving Club captured the overall championship at the Hoey Moey North Coast surf boat series grand finals at Park Beach on Saturday.

Woolgoolga headed into the final round with an unbeatable lead in the overall standings but their only divisional win came in the under-19s.

Series spokesman Brook Down said the price of victory came high with one of Woopi's accident-prone surf boats involved in another collision.

“Racing became fairly close and there were a couple of good stacks and in one of them Woopi was T-boned by Red Rock,” he said.

“Fortunately no one was injured but the boat copped a good scrape.

“It was a good little surf with plenty of thrills and while the boats look like they can take the punishment, it's easy for the crews to get knocked around and lose some skin.”

Red Rock Ragers took out the open men's event while Macksville-Scotts Head claimed an important double in reserve and open women.

Minnie Water-Wooli also claimed a pair of wins, taking out the under-23 fillies and under-200 masters, while Coffs Harbour grabbed top spot in under-23 men.

The long road trip was worth it for the Forster Hindis when they upset Woolgoolga Long Strokers in the over-200 masters.

“Presentations were held at the Park Beach Hoey Moey and I hope everybody else had as good a night as I did,” Down said.

“The Hoey is ecstatic with their first year as premiership sponsor and have agreed to come on board in 2011-12.

“It's been a great season for all the clubs and crews and being such a good, clean sport, it's been well received by the community.”