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The Sydney Water Surf Club Premiership is jointly hosted by Surf Life Saving South Coast and Surf Life Saving Illawarra. This exciting new series will be conducted over 4 premiership rounds this season, and will involve all age groups from Under 8's to Masters competitors.

Competitors and Clubs will be eligible to win over $25,000 in cash and prizes across 41 competition categories.

Round 1 - Sydney Water Surf Club Series - North Wollongong

It was a highly successful day despite the setbacks of rain and major problems with stingers. Entrants totalled 900 at North Wollongong for Round 1. Major problems early with a large number of nippers being stung causing a two hour delay in water events and their eventual transfer to Fairy Meadow Beach. Warilla blew the opposition away, particularly in the junior water events, ending the day with victory in 25 events. Bulli and Wollongong City provide major competition to Warilla, consistenly placing highly in most events.


Individual highlights included:

Warilla's Brittany Sharkey winning 4 events; along with clubmates Lauren Smith and Josef Tomljenovic each winning 3 events.
Wollongong City's Matt Heisley and Dean Buttell also picked up 3 victories each in their particular water events.
The battle for open honors was really the battle of Bulli; with Bulli quartet Wes Berg, Downie Langthorne, Andrew Wood and Greg Miller fighting out the finish in the open mens ironmen, board, ski and surf races.
Berg and Langthorne having the edge on the day picking 2 wins a piece, with Berg successful in the blue ribbon open ironman.


 

Round 2 - Thirroul Beach 7th December, 2002

A large swell and sunny conditions set the scene for a great days action in the 2nd round of the Sydney Water Surf Club Premiership at Thirroul.
Warilla after a huge win in Round 1 were looking to take a stranglehold on the championship with another dominating performance. They got off to a great start dominating the mornings nipper events, just as they did in Round 1. However the powerful Bulli senior squad came to Thirroul ready to take on Warilla, and almost pulled off a stunning upset. In the end Warilla held off Bulli's strong challenge to win the day with a 508 pts to 492 point victory.
Once again the Wollongong City team was consistent all day and finished 3rd on the day and remain third overall in the series. Host club Thirroul, made the most of their knowledge of local conditions to be the big improver, finishing 4th after an 8th place in the 1st round. The battle for honours in the open mens category saw a change in the series leadership, with Downie Langthorne of Bulli moving ahead of teammate Wes Berg in the chase for the $2000 1st prize. Both men had 1 win each, Berg in the ironman and Langthorne in the Ski race but Langthorne's consistency saw him move into the series lead by 2 points. The consistent Andrew Wood from Bulli remains well in the chase only a further 8 points back.In the Under 19's City's Matt Heisley and Warilla's Brittany Sharkey held on to their series lead with consistent days. Heisley was dominant again with 4 victories on the day, winning the ironman ,board, ski and surf races. Sharkey was able to consistentley score points despite the return of Australian rep Kristie Olgilvie. In the under 16's, Warilla's David Smith and Thirrouls Josh Minogue are locked in the tightest battle of the series with Smith holding a slender 1 point lead. On the beach the open womens field is providing a great battle and is shaping up as a virtual state final in each round. South Coast stars Melissa Hoar and Ashley Cheney are locked in battle in every event and are being closely pressured by up and coming star Melissa Howard from Mollymook. In the junior events Coalcliff's Samantha Hammond, Warilla's Lauren Smith and City's Dean Buttel all still remain undefeated despite strong challenges from the big Sydney clubs such as Cronulla and Wanda who are participating in the series.

Round 3- Gerringong Beach 4th January, 2003



Round 4 - Warrilla Beach 1st February, 2003

Final Club Pointscore

Club
Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Total
Warilla
524
508.5
554
385
1971.5
Bulli
381
492.5
335
393
1601.5
Wollongong City
311
320
287
303
1221
Helensburgh Stanwell Pk
233
259.5
196
228
916.5
Cronulla
175
238
269
218
900
Thirroul
166
266.5
164
166
762.5
North Wollongong
174
137
258
185
754
Shellharbour
118
105
275
215
713
Mollymook
173
163
176
132
644
Nowra-Culburra
161
135
115
146
557
Towradgi
131
151
110
153
545
Coalcliff
127
138
47
59
317
Wanda
79
105
91
69
344
Kiama
97
49
101
86
333
Kiama Downs
97
49
101
76
328
Gerringong
47
52
88
40
227
Austinmer
56
37
58
37
188
Narooma
33
45
51
38
167
Bellambi
36
69
13
40
158
Eloura
0
22
65
57
144
Port Kembla
36
24
34
25
119
Fairy Meadow
3
26
33
54
116
Killcare
0
25
17
17
59
Corrimal
0
19
7
22
48
Scarborough-Wombarra
7
21
8
6
42
Pacific Palms
0
0
10
29
39
Sandon Point
15
11
5
0
31
Terrigal
0
0
28
0
28
Queenscliff
0
17
0
0
17
Copacabana
0
0
0
16
16
Shoalhaven Heads
0
0
3
0
3

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