Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club makes big statement at Sydney carnivals

IN FORM: Warrnambool’s Emma Ragg strikes out strongly in the under 15 girls board.
Nanjing Night Net

WARRNAMBOOL Surf Life Saving Club is ramping up preparations for the national surf life-saving championships after a bumper weekend in New South Wales yielded strong results.

Matt Hardiman again had a strong weekend, finishing third in the under 19 board at Manly and forming part of the silver medal-winning under 19 board relay team with Paddy Carr and Paddy O’Brien.

The relay team again finished second at Freshwater Beach on Sunday, as did the 17 and under board team ofO’Brien, Brayden Casamento and Harry McNamara.

Emma Ragg made a stirring comeback in the under 15 board on Sunday after a rough day at Manly, finish third.

“In the final, Emma used her initiative and went out next to the rocks running behind the field of 16 other paddlers to get a better run out to the buoys,” Warrnambool SLSC coach Stepher Kerr said.

UP WITH THE BEST: Warrnambool SLSC’s under 19 board relay team (left to right) Paddy O’Brien, Matt Hardiman and Paddy Carr.

“The move was risky, (but)ultimately it paid off, finishing in thirdposition in a sprint up the beach for positions one through to four.”

Kerr said the club was “really rapt” with the results and the number of finals the group made.

The club will compete atOcean Grove this Saturday for another Round of the Victorian Surf League Series.

Manly

STRONG PERFORMER: Paddy O’Brien paddles back into the beach.

Under 19 board – Matt Hardiman third

Under 19 board relay – secondto Redhead SLSC (Matt Hardiman, Paddy Carr and Paddy O’Brien)

Under 17 board – Brayden Casamento and Paddy O’Brien made the final

Under 17 board relay – sixth (Paddy O’Brien, Brayden Casamento and Harry McNamara)

Open female board – Jane McMeel made the final

Open male board – Steve Kerr made the final

Freshwater

Under 15 female board – Emma Ragg third

Under 15 male board – Conor Cook made the final

Under 19 female board – Shayla Casamento made the final

Under 19 male board – Paddy Carr fourth and Matt Hardiman made the final

Under 19 board relay – second to Coffs Harbour SLSC (Matt Hardiman, Paddy Carr and Paddy O’Brien)

Under 17 board – Brayden Casamento and Paddy O’Brien made the final

Under 17 board relay – second(Paddy O’Brien, Brayden Casamento and Harry McNamara)

Open board relay – fourth(Matt Hardiman, Steve Kerr & Paddy Carr)

Open female board – Jane McMeel made the final

Open male board – Paddy O’Brien (15 years old) made the final

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