MAL’s win GOLD

The Kempsey Crescent Head MAL’s took home gold from this year’s Clubs NSW State Life Saving Championships held at Umina/ Ocean Beach. They went into the third and final round of the competition on equal points with Batemans Bay, last year’s defending champions. The ladies rounded the turning cans in second place needing a wave to bring them back on terms with Batemans Bay. The wave gods duly delivered them a wave of the day and it was then down to the skills of the sweep of the crew Craig Schweikert to hold the boat straight and all the way to the finish line. This is Kempsey Crescent Heads first ever State boat title. Congratulations to Janelle Conomos, Bec Mitchell, Bella Reid, Taryn De Luca and Craig Schweikert. The KEC’s 180 years plus male crew were in great form going into the titles with 22 straight wins and after a first and second in the round robin competition they were confident of a good result. Their fourth result after drawing lane seven was outstanding. The Clydesdales 220 Plus males were unlucky not to make the final with two third places seeing them miss the final on a count back. The conditions for competition on Saturday were like rowing on a lake. Both reserve division crews The Pendones and the Crumbed Cutlets were eliminated after the fourth round. The opens women crews “ The Better Halves” were eliminated after the third round. The “Chooks” went one more round and went out after four rounds. The under 23 years of age ladies and under nineteen years of age boys crews both made it through to the Sunday finals. Conditions were flat with a little wind chop developing during the day. The twenty three ladies went out in the quarter final. The under 19’s were right on the pace and made it through to the major semi final. All four boats crossed the finish line on the same wave with the boys judged to have finished fourth.
A great effort by all crews, getting ready for a few of the North Coast Boat Series rounds then off to the big one at Aussies in late April.