Cudgen nippers leading the way

CUDGEN nippers will be full of confidence heading into the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships at Kingscliff next month after taking out the Far North Coast junior branch championships at Evans Head at the weekend.

Cudgen finished well ahead of the 10 other branch clubs on 616 points, with powerhouse clubs Byron Bay and Lennox Head-Alstonville battling it out for second.

Lennox finished second on 445 points and Byron Bay third on 366.

Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club finished fourth on 168 points.

Byron Bay kick-started the two-day carnival by winning the all-age board relay and will represent the FNC branch at the NSW championships.

The team consisted of Haley Smith, Moby McMullen, Guy Falconer, Tom Rowley, Dean Templeman and Josh Brown.

Haley Smith won the flags, beach sprint and swim in the under-9 girls while Josh Brown won the ironman, swim and board in the under-14 boys. Dean Templeman took second placings in the ironman, swim and board in the under-13 boys.

Ballina also did well, with 50 nippers there. Nick Meaney won the under-14 boys sprint and Daniel Boardman took out the flags. Isabella Jones came second in the under-13 girls board and Saskia Dyer second in the under-11 sprint.

Ben Simmonds won the under-8 boys sprint and Jake Petty finished second in the under-11 flags. Ben Rupnik, Cooper Murphy, Georgia Wheatland and Tara Meaney came third in the all-age relay. State junior championships will be held over three days from March 11.



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