BMD Northcliffe grabs spoils

IN round three of the aussieBum Queensland Cup for surfboats, BMD Northcliffe grabbed first place ahead of the Rainbow Bay Mojos in the open division at Perigian Beach on Saturday.

One metre surf and light winds 0provided a valuable warm-up ahead of next month’s Australian championships at Kurrawa with the weather causing a number of problems, including multiple crews breaking oars and some competitors suffering minor injuries.

Sweep Drew Griffith said although BMD Northcliffe had a bad start, they were able to pull through to make the final with an impressive display of surf skill.

“We were a bit rusty early on but managed to make the final, we didn’t get a particularly good start but we handled the conditions well,” Griffith said.

“We pride ourselves on our surf skills and we really rowed well in the final.

“After all, that’s the only race you really want to win.”

The Currumbin Huskels came in third behind the Mojos.

The Rainbow KO’s placed second in the women’s division ahead of their former team mates the Kurrawa Krankitz in third place while the Currumbin Valkaries managed to glide in fourth.

Queensland state and Australian open under-19 champions the Currumbin Highlanders failed to qualify for the finals, allowing the Alexander Headlands crew to score a win.

Boat numbers were down in the under-23 division with several crews away in New Zealand.

This allowed the under-23s to compete in the open division where the Northcliffe Wizards took the honours ahead of the Kurrawa Kavas.

Maroochydore Force, previously unbeaten in Queensland, had a disappointing round, coming in second behind Northcliffe Phoenix.

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