Thank you to all our Coaches, Officials, Water Safety people, Age managers, Team managers and organisers who made our 2016/2017 NSW Country Championship victory possible at South West Rocks and to all the families who traveled and supported Cudgen Team as well!
To Team Cudgen - Congratulations to all of you, what a fabulous result (highest ever pointscore I believe) for all your hard work and dedication to training - well done team!
Here is an excerpt from the medial release from SLS NSW website
Top 10 Pointscore:
1 Cudgen Headland SLSC 1105
2 Sawtell SLSC Inc 541
3 Byron Bay SLSC 473
4 Port Macquarie SLSC 352
5 Lennox Head - Alstonville SLSC 301
6 Warilla Barrack Point SLSC 259
7 Coffs Harbour SLSC 202
8 Tacking Point SLSC 183
9 Cabarita Beach SLSC 175
10 Wauchope Bonny Hills SLSC 174
Cudgen Headland Whitewash at Country Champs
The Far North Coast juggernaut from Cudgen Headland SLSC has obliterated the competition at the 2017 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships at South West Rocks this weekend.
After losing to Byron Bay SLSC last year by just seven points, Cudgen competitors have had the title in their sights for the last 12 months and ended up with more than double the points of nearest rival Sawtell SLSC.
In taking the Champions Shield, Cudgen has also ended the six–year winning streak of the fiercely competitive Byron Bay club, which ended up in third place overall.
While sheer numbers helped the Cudgen crew to victory, some outstanding performances from key competitors saw the Cudgen stakes rise rapidly over the weekend.
But it was in the teams events where the club demonstrated almost total domination over its rivals.
Cudgen secured a trifecta in the beach relays winning the Under 17, Under 19 and Open event in both male and female divisions. Wins in the premier team event, the Taplin Relay were also recorded in Open Male and Female, and U17 and U19 Male. The U15 Male and Female Cameron Relays also fell to Cudgen.
Stella performances were seen by Anthea Warne who won the U17 Board, Surf and Ironwoman, then backed-up to win the Open Surf Race as well. Luke Chaffer claimed the U19 Board, Ski and Ironman along with the Open Ski and Ironman. And it was a Cudgen-only presentation for the Open Board Race with Scott McCartney, Rory Matthews and Luke Chaffer all on the podium.
In her first year of racing in the opens, Hayley Smith dominated in the U15s winning Beach Flags, Board, Ironwoman and Rescue Tube Races.
Cudgen Headland’s Director of Surf Sports Matthew Bell says the club has been right behind the team in preparing for this event.
“The whole club has put in a lot of work since the last Championships and have been determined to get the victory and to do it so convincingly this time round, it’s a credit to the team and the rest of the club.
“We had around 70 nippers here this weekend and our more experienced athletes like Scott McCartney and Nadi Canning are big mentors for the kids and push the whole team to give their best,” said Matt Bell.