Currumbin’s Highlanders won at the Australian Open.
Currumbin’s Highlanders won at the Australian Open. Simona Satra

Barbarians in the race for Qld cup

CURRUMBIN’S Barbarians surf boat crew will aim to take its form from last weekend’s Australian Open into round two of the aussieBum Queensland Cup at Peregian Beach today.

A number of Queensland’s boat crews travelled to Wollongong for the open, which was a wake-up call ahead of the March National Championships, as NSW teams dominated the event.

Currumbin’s open men’s crew, the Barbarians team, was the best performing Queensland crew at the Australian Open being the only Queensland A-grade crew to make the final.

The Barbarians know they will need to keep improving to keep the other leading Queensland clubs at bay this weekend.

The Currumbin club’s under-19 boaties, the Highlanders, showed they were finally coming into form after taking the under-19 title at Wollongong and the women’s crew, the Valkaries, have also started to post some good results.

For Rainbow Bay’s Marty Fletcher and his A-grade Mojo crew it was a less than memorable trip south as they struggled to consistently display the winning form we have only had glimpses of so far this season.

The KO’s now also representing Rainbow Bay in the women’s division have had time to settle into the southern Gold Coast Club and have put together some solid results lately.

After Queensland’s summer of misery disrupted the middle of this year’s surf rowing season, organisers are confident surf and weather conditions will be favourable for round two of the aussieBum Queensland Cup at Peregian Beach this weekend.

With just under a metre of surf, and a settled weather forecast, it should be perfect conditions for Queensland’s surf rowers to get their season back on track.

There is no love lost between Rainbow Bay and the Kurrawa Collectors after the defection of the Mojo’s to Rainbow Bay.

Damien Clayphan and his Collectors will be keen to finish in front of Marty Fletcher’s Mojos at Peregian Beach, which will probably mean a podium finish to achieve this.

Clayphan’s women’s crew the Krankitz are also keen to beat Rainbow’s KO’s.

Racing begins at 9am (DST), with finals held in the mid-afternoon conditions permitting.



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