Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club finishes with semifinal berth at Collaroy Beach in ASRL State Titles | Port Macquarie News


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They again pushed the best surf boat crews in all of New South Wales to the limit, but the Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club finished narrowly. Their men’s Under 23 crew made it through to a semi-final at Collaroy Beach last weekend and although Steve Monaghan was swept up in the boat he was far from satisfied. “We are definitely not happy and we have to work on things,” he said. “We thought that the day we definitely go to a final, we will stick with them in the final because there was a nice calm, fluidity and power in the boat. But unfortunately that was not the case. The Kockatoos found themselves with a boat full of water in the semi-finals, which left too much ground on their fanciest opponents Coogee, Bulli and South Curl Curl. Subsequently, they were unable to reach the top three required to qualify for the final. “The way the boys were rowing, I thought we could get on the podium…that’s how confident I was and it’s in good company,” Monaghan said. “This Under-23 division is super strong at the moment, but they’re on everyone’s pace. We limped to fourth place.” They had some luck along the way with the different fairways facing varying surf conditions. “There was a bit of luck coming off the beach and sometimes lane one had the waves, but sometimes lane six had the waves, so it was a little lucky but my guys were flying,” Monaghan said. . “Even though they were a few boat lengths behind, they were catching them and hitting the line first or second in every race.” Wauchope-Bonny Hills are on the road again next week when they travel to Queensland for the Australian titles. “We’ll have to dodge floods and cyclones, so fingers crossed we’ll be fine,” Monaghan said. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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