St Clair wins South Island IRB Champs

Monday, 9 March 2015

St Clair successfully took the title of Top IRB Club in the South Island away from St Kilda over the weekend at the BP Surf Rescue South Island Championships.

The Dunedin club finished on 119 points ahead of St Kilda's 84. Christchurch's North Beach finished in third on 62 points.

St Clair managed to take a clean sweep in the Women's events, winning the Single Rescue, Assembly Rescue, Tube Rescue and Mass Rescue. They also won the Senior Mass Rescue, Under 21 Single Rescue, Under 21 Tube Rescue and Under 21 Mass Rescue events.

St Kilda teams took out first and second in three of the four Senior events; the Single Rescue, Assembly Rescue and Tube Rescue.

Over in the Premier division, Sumner Surf Life Saving Club won the Single, Assembly and Mass Rescue events with Brighton taking out the Tube Rescue.

Event manager Scotty Roberts says it was a great day of racing, despite some wild weather. The event was due to be held at Warrington Beach but the decision was made on Friday evening to move the event to Waikouaiti where the conditions were better.

"Despite that, all the competitors put on a great show of fast and exhilarating racing, he says.

"I'm looking forward to seeing many of our South Island clubs in action again at the BP Surf Rescue New Zealand Championships in Warrington from March 27-29," he says.

Overall points after 16 events:

1. St Clair SLSC 119
2. St. Kilda SLSC 84
3. North Beach SLSC 62
4. Brighton SLSC 31
5. Sumner SLSC 30
6. Spencer Park SLSC 17
7. Warrington SLSC 12

For the full results, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Honeybone, Media & Communications Specialist, SLSNZ
Phone 09 303 9335 or 0276 488 823