A hangover from Schoolies celebrations was blamed for Currumbin Highlanders' poor showing in Saturday's Queensland Navy Series round on their home beach.
A hangover from Schoolies celebrations was blamed for Currumbin Highlanders' poor showing in Saturday's Queensland Navy Series round on their home beach. Craig Sadler

Currumbin's Schoolies hangover

IN THEIR own words, the Currumbin Highlanders surfrowers were “a little off the pace” in Saturday’s round of the Queensland Navy Series on Saturday, but the young guns dug deep to ensure they maintained the series lead.

With a Schoolies hangover still lingering in the system, the coveted under-19 crew uncharacteristically struggled on their home break.

In a one-metre swell with a vicious 20-knot northerly blasting the shores, it was the crews from Peregean Beach and Alexander Headlands who set the pace throughout the event.

The Sunshine Coasters made the most of their longevity as a crew and were comprehensive victors in each of their four starts, with only Alex (second) and Currumbin (third) mounting any sort of competition.

“We were a little off the pace, and as such Alex and Peregean were pretty dominant,” Currumbin sweep Pat McGuire said.

“We had their measure the last two times we faced off, but I had a mediocre day as sweep and fell out of the boat, which cost the boys.

“You could tell our guys were still recovering from Schoolies a little, but we’ve spoken and there will be a concerted effort made from now until the Aussies in March.

“We began a solid week’s training yesterday which will continue all week as we get ready to attack Alex up there in their territory (Maroochydore) next weekend.

“They’ve been together for a while now, and from our point of view they can’t get any better, whereas this is our first year together and we know we can improve a lot.

“Overall we know we’re on pace and still retain the overall series lead, but Alex are certainly breathing down our necks now.”

While the Currumbin under-19s spearhead their title hunt, the open men’s crew has been somewhat less-impressive.

Plagued by the suspension of national champion Peter Atkins, the Barbarians, failed to make the open men’s final, which was once again dominated by Kurrawa Mojos.

In the women’s division, Kurrawa occupied positions one to four, as their superiority on this season’s competition continues to escalate.

The Currumbin women finished fifth.



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