New Zealand's representative surf boat teams face their annual
battle with the Aussies this coming weekend for the Trans-Tasman
Incorporated into a full weekend of Surf Boat action as part of
the Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) Open, the New Zealand
teams known as the Oar Blacks, will race at Sydney's Elouera Beach
The test is a three race challenge for Open Men and Open Women's
national teams made up of two long course events and one short
The Open Men's team from Red Beach is made up of Jed Wright,
Chris Carew, Hayden Smith, Shamus O'Halloran. Craig Dillon will
replace Shane O'Halloran as sweep who has had to withdraw due to
The Open Women's team from Muriwai includes Nicole Owen, Kathryn
Wright, Jaime Gunderson, Alison Craigie and Ricky Butt as
The Oar Blacks will be accompanied by two New Zealand
Development crews who will race against the Open crews in the three
race series, along with the Australian's development crews.
The women's crew from Orewa includes Alexandra Murden, Tyler
McDowall, Kayla Fuemana, Sylvie Mitchell and Stuart Handford
(Sweep) with the men's crew from Titahi Bay including Fraser
McLaren, Darryn Stapleton, Adam Stella, Jonathan Henry and Wil
The Trans-Tasman Challenge is hosted by Australia and New
Zealand on alternating years. Last year, hosts Kiwis were defeated
by the Aussies at Waihi Beach.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand Sport Manager Mike Lord says the
Trans-Tasman Challenge is something our surf boat crews look
forward to each year.
"We always enjoy the friendly rivalry between the Aussies who
repeatedly put up some tough competition. We know it won't be easy
racing, especially racing away from home, but we have four strong
crews who I know will give it their all and make us proud this
weekend," he says.
The test against Australia will be live streamed on the Team Navy ASRL Facebook page on Saturday 17
February from 9am NSW time. (11am NZ time).
Australia - South Curl Curl verses New Zealand
Australia - Elouera verses New Zealand
Under 23 Men (Development Team)
Australia - North Cronulla verses New Zealand
Under 23 Women (Development Team)
Australia - Avalon Beach verses New Zealand
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