Podium finishes for the Mohekans
IT was a good weekend’s surf rowing for the Currumbin Mohekans, with podium finishes in both round three of the Queensland Cup on Saturday and the final round of the Queensland Navy Series on Sunday.
With Kurrawa crews dominating across both the open men’s and women’s division in every competition so far this season, many assumed home-break advantage would be too much for other crews to handle.
For much of the weekend they would have been correct, with Kurrawa’s female crews securing a remarkable clean sweep of their division on both days – even finishing in the same order on each occasion; KOs, Krankitiz then Cruisers.
However the Kurrawa men faced a much-greater challenge from the ever-improving Currumbin crews.
On Saturday a gutsy performance from the Mohekans late in the race was enough to snag second spot behind Mojos and prevent the powerhouses from securing yet another one-two finish in the men’s division, with Drifters settling for third.
Then on Sunday, the disqualification of the Mojos left just two Kurrawa crews in contention and opened the doors for the Mohekans to claim the win.
However the depth of talent in the Kurrawa club shone through, and their under-23 crew, the Hustlers, raced home for an important win against the older crews, with Mooloolaba’s Golfers coming home second and the Mohekans holding off the Drifters for third.
It was the Hustlers’ second win of the weekend, having taken out their respective division on Saturday (there is no under-23 division in the QNS), where Currumbin’s young guns finished sixth.
The Currumbin club enjoyed further successes, with their under-19 men’s crews continuing to impress and push the inter-club competition.
The Highlanders and Spartans finished fourth and fifth respectively on Saturday, and went one better on Sunday when the Spartans got up for third ahead of the Highlanders in fourth.
On both occasions it was, Peregian Beach and Alexander Headland who finished one two, with Alex claiming the spoils on Saturday and Peregian Sunday.
Other Currumbin crews to impress included: the women’s under-23 crew, Cha Chas, who finished second in their final; reserve grade crews, Huskels and Fista Rips who claimed fifth and sixth spots respectively; and master’s crews, Shafters and Crusaders, who finished third and fourth respectively in the master’s under 200 division.