Canoe Point grabs outrigger honours
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE DRINKS were overflowing yesterday after Canoe Point took out round one of the 2005 Northern Zone AOCRA Grand Prix regatta at Tannum Beach.
It was the first time Canoe Point has won a round in the outrigger series and came on the back of some wonderful individual and team per-formances.
The standout performers were the Masters Men 0C6 crew of Darren Humberstone, Adam Stafford, Chris Grant, Derek Smith, Bill Jarvis and Garry Bradshaw who scored a strong winning double.
They cruised to victory in the marathon defeating Sunset Bay and backed that up with a win in the three kilometre sprint.
The Masters men also showed plenty in the Open Men's sprint finishing second behind the powerful Melanuka crew from Mackay.
Canoe Point's second Open crew came third in the sprint and fifth in the marathon in an excellent effort.
The girls did not miss out on the action either with a fifth place double in the sprint and marathon events.
In the solo OC1 competition, Garry Bradshaw continued his great weekend with a win in the six kilometre Senior Masters Men marathon. Humberstone was another in great touch and he also enjoyed a good victory in the unrestricted Masters Men marathon.
Youngster Mitchell Olds made an impressive debut in the under-14 OC1 marathon event, while the under-12s scored a nice one-two finish in the OC6 marathon.
All these results tallied up well to give Canoe Point a historic 10-point win and collect their first club championship event at Northern Zone level.
They accounted for Melanuka with Sunset Bay in third spot. Yeppoon's Capricorn Coast club hosts the next round of the series on March 19.