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The Rock-itt : February 2012
Report by The Zom Photos by Bill Sheridan Manly put on a fantastic prep for the upcoming championships with an early high tide both Saturday and Sunday causing crews to be right on their guard with the savage shorey. There was a massive turn out of boats from the eastern seaboard plus the Boys from Piha NZ. On Saturday morning there were three rounds of round robin racing. Open men and women plus 23 women before going into elimination and recharging for the afternoon sessions. I'm betting that some of the round robin knockers were happy they were in round robins when the surf played havoc with some of the hot shots and they survived to rally in the later rounds. Scattered showers were predicted, but what did we get? .....A bloody thunderstorm, with lightning everywhere and the carnival referee called off the jam till conditions cleared. The knock-out rounds put paid to crews like Currumbin Ba Bas, and Bungan, plus a lot of hot crews over all divisions. On Sunday there was a 2m swell predicted. Yep, they got that right. As the tide dropped the bank put up sets of walls which tested the sweeping skills and the 'know your crew' skills of everybody. The waves weren't in the 'Killer' category but they did put paid to a lot of campaigns for the weekend. 2m waves on a 0.5m deep bank meant no boat speed if you got checked, no boat speed meant BIG trouble in no man's land ....usually Goneski!! Attack of the Mexicans was lead by Lorne with 3 open crews, two making the Open final with the reformed (after 6 years) Growlers taking home a bronze. The event was the final round of the Navy NSWASRL premiership and announcement of the NSW team for the ASRL Open. Bilgola Gold returned to their winning way, taking out the open and the premiership, and a natural selection as state reps. South Curly Zavance did likewise in the women. Surprise selection in the reserve division was the Bilgola OLD Gold side of 160s veterans...Their motto 'Catch us if you think you can, reckon you're good enough, huh!!, Eat our wake (edete nostra vestigia)' Corimal Black will do us service in the U 19's. The Dee Why dingos also won the U23m and the premiership, and will represent the state. Eleoura Ghostriders U23 women will represent the state after also winning the Manly event and the premiership.