On a wave at Interbranch competition

WHITE WASH: Broulee junior lifesaver Callum Elliott catches a wave during the Interbranch championships at Cape Hawke on the weekend. He was on the Far South Coast team. Photo: Stephen Chu

WHITE WASH: Broulee junior lifesaver Callum Elliott catches a wave during the Interbranch championships at Cape Hawke on the weekend. He was on the Far South Coast team. Photo: Stephen Chu

There were plenty of thrills and spills for Far South Coast branch surf lifesavers, who competed at the Interbranch Championships at Cape Hawke over the weekend.

A team of under 12s to open-age competitors from Batemans Bay, Broulee, Narooma, Bermagui, Pambula and Tathra, along with drafted team mates from clubs such as Elouera and Newport, finished 10th on 438 points behind champions Sydney Northern Beaches on 1242 points.

The Far South Coast branch showed its no slouch on the sand as both senior and junior members made finals of flag and sprint races.

In the flag races Broulee’s Rhys Flood finished fifth in the under 12s boys, Hayley Stubbs of Narooma finished sixth in the under 12s girls, Batemans Bay’s Jayde O’Shannessy was fifth in the under 13s girls, Nimmity Ford of Tathra was fifth in under 15s, Broulee’s Aaron Flood was fourth in the under 17s and Pambula’s Grace Knox was fourth in the open women’s division. 

O’Shannessy and Knox claimed fifth and fourth in their respective age group’s sprint races, Batemans Bay junior Sam Reedy was sixth in the under 13s boys’ division, Tathra’s Xavier Smith was fourth in the under 15s male race and Narooma’s Joe Halsey was fifth across the finish line in the open men’s class.

Far South Coast was well supported by draftees Bronte Sloan, Jackson Borg, Hugh McAlpine and Tara Shortenbecker. Borg nabbed two third places in open men’s Ironman and board, while McAlpine and Shortenbecker claimed top-six finishes in surf and beach events respectively.

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