UP-AND-COMER: Lana Rogers in action in round 1 of the Nutri Grain Ironwoman Series at Alexandra Headland.
UP-AND-COMER: Lana Rogers in action in round 1 of the Nutri Grain Ironwoman Series at Alexandra Headland. Warren Lynam

Noosa prospect into ironwoman final at Fingal Bay

SURF LIFESAVING: Noosa Heads revelation Lana Rogers is one step closer to securing a berth in the televised Nutri-Grain Finals Series in February after a solid showing in round three of the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series at Fingal Bay on Saturday.

The 20-year-old finished third in her heat, behind Lizzie Welborn and Courtney Hancock and will contest the round's decider on Sunday, when valuable rankings points are on offer.

Rogers went into the New South Wales event leading the qualifying standings, after shock displays at Alexandra Headland and at Newport.

So a good result on Sunday should essentially assure her a spot in the Finals Seeies at Surfers Paradise next year.

Meanwhile, Alexandra Headland's Cam Cole, a former Australian ironman champion, edged into Sunday's men's final at Fingal Bay after finishing 12th in the repechage round on Saturday.

Among the most impressive performers in men's heats were James Lacy, Hayden White, Shannon Eckstein and Matt Poole.

The dominant competitors in women's heats were Harriet Brown, Rebecca Creedy and Welborn.

Alex Nolan also made the final. She came through the ranks at Sunshine Beach and Noosa Heads but moved south for university a couple of years ago and now competes for Northcliffe.

The Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series is run within the Summer of Surf series, which includes a variety of individual and team events.


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