CHAMPS AGAIN: The Sunshine Coast team won its ninth title.
CHAMPS AGAIN: The Sunshine Coast team won its ninth title. Contributed

Coast juniors win surf event for ninth year in a row

SURF LIFESAVING: The Sunshine Coast kept its remarkable run intact at the Interbranch Championship, winning the title for the ninth year in a row on Saturday.

Competing against rival teams Point Danger, South Coast and Queensland Country in pool and beach events, the Sunshine Coast's rising stars of the surf showed their superior skills.

"It was another decisive result,” team manager Craig Law said. "Nine in a row is pretty nice.”

The carnival, for competitors aged 17 and under, was held at Palm Beach, Tweed Heads and Coolangatta.

Law said the Sunshine Coast's young competitors were so competitive because of their versatility.

"The key ingredient to it is that we encourage our kids to be involved in pool rescue and surf carnivals. By doing both disciplines, it sets them up really well,” he said.

"And what really impressed me was that we had nine of our 14 clubs (based on the Sunshine Coast) represented in the branch so there was a good spread of people contributing to our team.”

Law expected a number of his team members to be selected in the Queensland Cyclones team, which will compete in the Interstate Challenge on the Sunshine Coast next year.

There will be a reintroduced under-15 section for that carnival, alongside established under-19 and open divisions.

Among the Sunshine Coast's star performers during the past couple of days was 13 girls division competitor Abbie Tolano, who won the iron event.

Lani Pallister was very strong in the 15 girls section. In fact, the Sunshine Coast dominated the 15 girls division. Ruby Nolan and Jenaya Massie were also impressive.

In the 17 girls, Tiarnee Massie was a force and Riley Dixon competed with earnest.

There was a northerly wind and a sweep which ensured conditions were somewhat tricky.

He said the Queensland Country crew struggled somewhat but Law said: "no matter what conditions are put in front of us, our kids are pretty solid. It's a pretty impressive bunch.”

South Coast was second, a couple of hundred points adrift.

"It's often been said...the Gold Coast (teams) might (need to) merge if they really want to have a crack against the Sunshine Coast team,” Law said.

But he didn't expect South Coast and Point Danger to ever join because of their rivalry, which he compared to rugby league's St George and Cronulla.


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