Papamoa complete IRB dominanceSunday, 8 December 2013
Papamoa romped to victory in the North Island IRB championships on their home beach over the weekend, farewelling three departing team members in style.
The Bay of Plenty surf lifesaving club finished with 117 points from the two-day carnival, well ahead of second-placed defending champions Sunset Beach, who finished on 56 points.
Completing a dream weekend was Papamoa's one-two finish in the event-ending open teams race, with twins Kirby and Chad Wheeler, Mitch Brady and Troy Walsh in the winning 'A' team.
Brady and the Wheeler twins are heading overseas next month and coach Justin Martin was delighted with their going-away present.
"I was pretty keen to farewell them on a good note and we've definitely done that," Martin said. "Winning the open teams race was just huge and getting second as well was the icing on the cake. It's a bit of balance getting everyone's individual goals achieved, while still achieving the team goals but we did pretty well this weekend."
The Wheelers took out the senior assembly rescue final and finished second in the single rescue, while Michael Hoebergen and Nick Coulter won the under-21 single rescue and Liam Smith and Tomee
Berthelsen the premier single rescue - otherwise the club's dominance owed much to consistency across the divisions.
Paekakariki's Tyler Mills and Dwight Garton were the pick of the premier crews, grabbing a gold and two silvers today, chased hard by Jared Coster and Sean Zieltjes (New Plymouth Old Boys.
Katherine Reardon and Maddie Boon continued their hot form in the women's ranks, with the Muriwai winning the mass rescue and the assembly rescue, pipped only by Raglan's Sarah Amoore and Caroline Cave in the single rescue.
Muriwai finished third overall in the club battle, just two points behind Sunset Beach.
Mass rescue: NPOB (Jared Coster/Sean Zieltjes/Maaike McKernan) 1, Paekakariki (Dwight Garton/Tyler Mills/Amy Spiekerman) 2, Muriwai (David Butt/Brent Matuschka) 3. Assembly rescue: Paekakariki (Dwight Garton/Tyler Mills/Amy Spiekerman) 1, Muriwai (David Butt/Brent Matuschka) 2, Papamoa B (Mitchel Brady/Troy Walsh/Hayley Elmsley 3. Single rescue: Papamoa A (Liam Smith/Thomas Berthelsen/Jamie Vulgar) 1, Paekakariki (Dwight Garton/Tyler Mills/Amy Spiekerman) 2, NPOB (Jared Coter/Sean Zieltjes/Maaike McKernan) 3.
Mass rescue: Muriwai (Madison Boon/Hannah Gibson/Katherine Reardon) 1, Waimarama (Jaime Cox/Nicola Elmsly) 2, Papamoa (Alexandra Jean Baskin/Meg Fisher/Hayley Elmsly/ Jazmin Menheere/Ginni Wilson) 3. Assembly rescue: Muriwai (Madison Boon/Hannah Gibson/Katherine Reardon) 1, Raglan (Sarah Amoore/Caroline Cave/Olivia Price) 2, Waimarama 3 (Jaime Cox/Nicola Elmsly) 3. Single rescue: Raglan (Sarah Amoore/Caroline Cave/Tyla Kettle) 1, Muriwai (Madison Boon/Hannah Gibson/Katherine Reardon) 2, Papamoa (Alexandra Jean Baskin/Meg Fisher/Jazmin Menheere) 3. Senior: Assembly rescue: Papamoa A (Chad Wheeler/Kirby Wheeler/Kahleia Josephson) 1, Waimarama 1 (Ben Cross/Rhys Harman/Leila Cross) 2, Sunset Beach (Samual Dwen/Shane Edwards/Bryce Nichol) 3. Single rescue: Waimarama 1 (Ben Cross/Rhys Harman/Leila Cross) 1, Papamoa (Chad Wheller/Kirby Wheeler/Kahleia Josephson) 2, East End (Kim Danz/Scott Nelson/Christopher Kelly) 3.
Assembly rescue: Sunset Beach (Lewis Powell/Bryce Nichol/Jacob Waldegrave) 1, Papamoa (Michael Hoebergen/Nicholas Coulter/Sam Johnston) 2, Westshore (Ryan Ennor/Taylor Dick) 3. Single rescue: Papamoa (Michael Hoebergen/Nicholas Coulter/Sam Johnston) 1, East End (Joe Bracegirdle/Liam Cole/Jessica Cox) 2, Opunake (Thomas Bell/Jordan Hooper/Jemma Pentelow) 3.
Papamoa A (Troy Walsh/Kirby Wheeler) 1, Papamoa C (Nicholas Coulter/Nathan Smith) 2, East End (Joe Braceirdle/Daniel Charteris/Jared Gray/Laim Cole/Jessica Cox) 3.
Papamoa 117, Sunset Beach 56, Muriwai 54, East End 47, Waimarama 34, Paekakariki 25, Westshore 22, NPOB 18, Raglan 16, Kariaotahi 13, Opunake 12, Foxton 10, Mairangi Bay 9, United North Piha 8, Pauanui 3.
Papamoa's Chad Wheeler picks up patient Kahleia Josephson during the senior assembly rescue at the North Island IRB championships. Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Services
The victorious Papamoa team at the end of the North Island IRB championships. Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Services