Tannum Sands Gorlocks in action at Stockton Beach, NSW.
Tannum Sands Gorlocks in action at Stockton Beach, NSW. Contributed

Tannum boat crews to regroup for Australian Open

CONFIDENT in the ability of his Tannum Sands surf boat crews heading to New South Wales for a trifecta of events over the Australia Day long weekend, Phil Massingham has mixed feelings now the hectic schedule has come to an end.

A top Saturday for all six crews which made the trip to Manly, headlined by the one-two double of Tannum Sands Gorlocks and Luggers in the under-23 men's division, expectation and enthusiasm was high heading into the Triple Crown on Australia Day.

However, on Sunday the Tannum crews were just not switched on to the extent of their opponents, missing the final and finishing disappointed.

"We fell short in that one; neither crew had any luck," Massingham, one of the club sweeps, said.

"We (Tannum crews) just didn't have it this weekend."

Fighting with the top 24 crews in Australia, the Tannum Sands Open crews knew the top level was needed, and just could not muster the form which presented the opportunity.

Quickly refocusing for the next few events, the six Tannum Sands teams geared up for one final challenge before heading home, a more relaxed day on Monday's public holiday.

The next step for Tannum is a weekend off this Saturday and Sunday, followed by a big trip for the Australian Open next weekend.

With three of the six crews who will travel representing Queensland as well as the club, Massingham hopes to repeat last year's feat of a win and a podium at the Open.

"We want some podium finishes," he said.



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