Barbarians set for battle in surf
REIGNING Australian surf boat champions the Currumbin Barbarians will be looking to start afresh after a troubled start to the 2009/10 season when they return to the water this morning for round three of the Queensland Cup at Kurrawa.
With just a solitary win under their belts this season, sweep Lyle Clarke will expect his Baa Baas to show a lot more consistency in their efforts from here on in.
However they are in for a tough time against this season’s standouts, the all-conquering Kurrawa crews Mojos and Drifters, and the fast-improving Northcliffe and Southport crews.
Northern neighbours Kurrawa have all their crews back at work and training hard.
With both Marty Fletcher’s Mojo crew and Damien Clayphan’s Drifters regulars on the winner’s dais this season, both sweeps will be out to start the new year right.
Grant Cooper’s Mooloolaba Makos will be leading the charge of the Sunshine Coast boats knowing that they have the speed to match it with the Gold Coast crews, and looking to add to their round one victory.
Yet they must be wary of fellow Sunshine Coasters Metropolitan Caloundra who have also tasted victory this season with a win at Bundaberg back in November.
With one-metre surf expected over the weekend, crews from Northcliffe, Southport and Noosa know that if they can have mistake-free racing they have a chance of featuring in the final results as well.
A full program of rowing includes reserve grade, masters, under-19, under-23 men, under-23 women, open men and open women divisions.
The action gets under way from 8am.
Tomorrow it’s the final round of the Queensland Navy Series, again at Kurrawa, and this time Queensland’s top crews will be striving to gain a place in the interstate final of the Navy Series at Wollongong next month.
While it appears Kurrawa has cemented the top three spots in the open men’s, there is an almighty battle for the remaining three spots with crews from Kawana Waters, Northcliffe, Southport and Currumbin looking to fill the remaining three spots.
In the open women’s, again the Kurrawa boats have filled the top positions but crews from Southport, Kawana Waters, Metropolitan Caloundra, Currumbin and North Burleigh will battle it out for the extra places.