Move proves a winner

St Kilda open women's mass rescue team Natalie Ashton (left) and Sarah Thomas charge through the...
St Kilda open women's mass rescue team Natalie Ashton (left) and Sarah Thomas charge through the surf at Waikouaiti Beach at the IRB national championships on Saturday. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
The boats were flying and the sea was ideal as Waikouaiti Beach played host to the national IRB championships over the weekend.

Waikouaiti Beach has been the back-up over the years for the championships when conditions were not good enough at Warrington. But it became so normal to compete further north that surf life-saving officials decided to formally move the championships to Waikouaiti.

More than 300 competitors lined up at the event which was fiercely contested.

The overall winner was the Sunset Beach club from Port Waikato. It scored 108 points and the St Kilda club was second with 94 points. East End, of New Plymouth was third on 93 points and St Clair was fourth on 67 points. Brighton finished sixth with 29 points and Warrington was ninth.

The Brighton under-20 mass rescue team of Ali Adams, Amelia Lane, Ellen Redfearn, Maxwell Beach and Phoebe Aburn won its grade and Adams, Walsh and Aburn won the under-20 women's single rescue. The trio also won the assembly rescue.

The St Kilda team of Danyon Noakes, Matt Lloyd, Meg Sayers, Megan Taylor and Molly McDowall won the under-19 mass rescue while Noakes, Lloyd and McDowall also won the men's under-19 single rescue.

St Kilda won the open men's mass rescue with the team of Jody Mowat, Justin Reid, Megan Taylor, Natalie Reid and Nicolas Harwood combining well.

Sisters Carla and Steph Laughton combined with Flynn Steel to win the open women's tube rescue for the St Clair club.

Southern clubs also picked up plenty of placings which boosted their points tallies.


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