Fiveways report

CURLY CLIMBS THE FIVE WAYS LADDER

In 2010 Curl Curl Curl came last in the Five Ways that was held at Manly – This acted as turning point for the Club who then employed every effort to remedy some of the shortcomings   that were limiting our performances. Training schools run by guru Grant Thomas, a strong membership base and a more aggressive competitive attitude all combined to give us a new direction that was a recipe for this year’s success. Two years later we have beaten some of the best on the Northern Beaches and look forward to the further challenge of holding our position as number two and aim to take it up to this year’s champions, Manly, next year.

The conditions were testing but we were all grateful that there was some contestable swell after the almost two weeks of flat conditions that Sydney had been experiencing right up to the day of the Five Ways. There were two peaks for most of the day and the rip in the middle saw a lot of moving water that tested the water skill of all competitors. A chilly South Wester that turned to the South East later in the morning kept us huddled up in plenty of clothing to combat the cold.

There were some outstanding performances particularly that of Jason Livingston who showed that he can mix it with best – His two best wave ,that included two massive reentries and some deft walking, were arguably the best of the day. Excellent performance! Again the consistent power surfing of Australian Finalist Sean Dry grabbed him a first place and the smooth, calculated long rides of Alex Hay – Mckenzie  also saw him rewarded with scores that landed him in the top spot.

Nonetheless it was a Team effort and the cluster of second and third places was responsible for the final result that the Team achieved. Darren Dalgety maneuvered his log into second place in the testing conditions and Team Captain Tom Leach performed smoothly to also grab a second. Mike Ripley showed his usual canny wave selection to keep Curly up in the top ranks as the Competition got down to the last heats. Great work also by Simon Cox, Troy Moorehouse, Steve Blackmore, Phil Cullum, Rob Couriel and Graeme White all of whom all posted thirds and kept us in the race.

It was gratifying to be approached by members of other Clubs who congratulated us on our performance and gave encouragement in the quest to get even one step higher next year. The Curl Curl Curl Club hosts the Five Ways in 2013 and we are looking forward to some home advantage to give us a lift.

Many thanks to the Longreef  Club whose organization was first class and had an approach that created a friendly and interactive atmosphere worthy of the annual clash of the Northern Beaches Long Board Fraternity.

We look forward to a year of improved surfing from our Cub members and now have to rise to the challenge of holding down the creditable result of 2012. Congratulations to all involved!

Phil Nicol – President
HEAT – CURLY SURFER – PLACE

1  MURRAY BLEACH – 4
2  SIMON COX – 3
3  TROY MOOTEHOUSE – 3
4  DARREN DALGETY – 2
5  NEIL FREDERICKSON – 4
6  ALEX HAY-MCKENZIE – 1
7  SEAN DRY – 1
8  TOM LEACH – 2
9  JASON LIVINGSTON – 1
10  CHRIS AUSTIN – 5
11  MIKE RIPLEY – 2
12  STEVE BLACKMORE – 3
13  PHIL CULLUM – 3
14  ROB CORIEL – 3
15  GREAME WHITE – 3

OVERALL CLUB PLACINGS

1ST  MANLY – 34
2ND CURL CURL – 40
3RD PALM BEACH – 41
4TH REEF RIDERS – 48
5TH FRESHWATER 62

REMEMBER THAT WE ARE GOING TO HOLD OUR ANNUAL AGM AFTER THE SEPTEMBER COMP WHICH WILL BE HELD ON THE 30TH OF SEPTEMBER. WE WILL THEN MOVE ON TO HARBORD BOWLING CLUB FOR A SOCIAL AND WATCH THE NRL GRAND FINAL.

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