Dorrington leads charge
By GEOFF ROUNDS
COOLANGATTA surfer Brett Dorrington will be looking to avenge last year's performance and lead the Queensland charge when state battle lines are drawn at the Oakley State Challenge 2007 on Sydney's northern beaches this weekend. In its second year, the innovative tournament pits NSW and Qld against each other in a "State of Origin" style showdown on Saturday and Sunday. The NSW team proved too strong in '06 defeating Queensland at Avalon Beach, with the lead changing several times throughout the two day event but it was NSW sealing the victory in the final minutes. Blues team coach Richie Lovett believes that his team packs the artillery to secure back-to-back titles this weekend. "I've watched all my team members grow into incredible surfers over the past few years, so I'm sure we can send the maroons packing again this year," Lovett said. "On paper, the Maroons look the goods but I'm sure that team tactics will play a major part in deciding the eventual champion. I've got a lot of faith in my boys, so let the games begin."
With pride on the line, Maroons team coach and former world no Gary Elkington has called upon the surfing talents of Australia's no ranked Pro Junior surfer Mitchell Coleborn (Maroochydore) along with his all-star squad of Julian Wilson (Coolum), Blake Wilson (Maroochydore), Dorrington and Brendan Leckie (Palm Beach) into the second-annual challenge. "We're really eager to snare the crown from the blues," Dorrington said. "The boys have been training hard and are confident that we can turn things around in '07." Sydney's Dee Why Beach will provide the idyllic setting with competitors duelling it out across two rounds of singles, doubles, tandem and expression period formats. The total team scores from the two days of action will be added to determine the winner.