Tannum crews to tackle state?s best
TANNUM Sands Surf Life Saving Club crews will be out in force and looking for big performances at the Surf Boat Interbranch championships at Coolum Beach today.
All Tannum crews, barring the masters who do not have a category, will represent Queensland Country at the championships, making up roughly a quarter of the region's team.
The club's top reserve grade crew, featuring Paul Kelly, Regen Dunn, Murray Stacey, Brett Rowe and sweep Tony Davis, will make the step up to A grade competition as one of Queensland Country's best-credentialled outfits.
Lining up in reserve grade are Doug Grimwood (sweep), Angelo Paolatto, Adam Treanor, Tim Madden and club veteran Ken Pollock who will step in for the unavailable Vance Krahenbring.
Pollock filled in admirably for the other reserve grade outfit at the Interstate Surfcraft Carnival at Coffs Harbour last November.
Much focus will also be centred on the women's crew of Angela Mills, Mel Frost, Leisa Lowe and Helen Sherwood, with Davis steering, who will contest their first carnival together.
Davis said he expected the girls, who are all first division players with the Yaralla Dynamics Netball Club, to be nervous but would not be overburdening them with expectations. "We're not in it to win but to do our skills and try not to make any mistakes,' Davis said.
'They're learning quite well ... (however) they're still learning how to use power but still control what they're doing.'
Much of the attention will again be on the Tannum Turbos under-21 outfit of Matt Bellert, Shannon Chynoweth, Jason Bedford and Joel Sherwood, again swept by Davis, who are pushing for Queensland selection.
Davis is disturbed by reports that state selectors have already plumped for the crew's main rivals, Maroochydore, to start at the Interstate Championships at Bilgola and Newport, NSW, on February 10.
Davis said his crew were determined to force selectors' hands by defeating their arch-rivals for a third successive time.
The Turbos can also bolster their cause by performing well at this weekend's second round of the Queensland Cup series, also at Coolum Beach.
All Tannum crews will back up for the weekend event with the masters lineup of Grimwood (sweep), Pollock, Leon Withoos, Troy Lehmann and Rob de Vries also in action.