Currumbin Barbarians confident
AFTER an admirable second round of the Queensland Navy Series (QNS) a fortnight ago, the Currumbin Barbarians Surfrowers will look to further build momentum on their home break tomorrow.
At the same time, the national surfboat champions will be out to stop the Kurrawa tsunami that has left opposition boat crews reeling in their wake thus far in the 2009 Queensland Surfrowers League.
Having closed out the 2008/09 season on top, the Barbarians were prevented from contesting the opening round of the series, but came out firing in the wake of controversy to be the first team this year to rattle the cages of the Kurrawara crews.
Currumbin led right from the start in the men’s open final, but were unable to shake the rustiness and tame the shore break, and with 150 metres remaining were passed by all three of the Kurrawa boats.
A one, two, three for the Broadbeach-based outfit, to complement their one-two finish at Bribie Island in round one, and further assert their dominance this season.
However Currumbin officials are optimistic that the six teams representing them – across open men’s, women’s and under-19s – in round three will step up on their home break.
“I expect a few of our crews to be in the mix this weekend,” a spokesperson said. “We are more than capable of top-three finishes, particularly in the mens and under-19s.”
Pat McGuire’s under-19 Highlanders have been the club’s stand-out performers across the opening week’s of the season, recording several top-three finishes and taking out round one of the QNS.
“The team has been training hard and their fitness is paying off,” a spokesperson said. The club also expressed pride in thelone crew competing in the women’s opendivision.
However where the club was less-inclined to comment was on the issue surrounding the suspension of Barbarian crew member and Australian champions, Peter Atkins, who has been banned for two years by the Australian Surfrowers League after testing positive for a banned substance.
Led by sweep Lyle Clark however, the Barbarians seek to clear the muddied water surrounding their home surf.
“They’ll be fired up and they’ll hold their heads up high,” a spokesperson said.
The boats hit the water from 9am (DST) with the final expected to begin at 11am.