Lennox Head surf lifesaver Maalik Moston won the Under-12 surf race at the NSW Interbranch Championships.
Lennox Head surf lifesaver Maalik Moston won the Under-12 surf race at the NSW Interbranch Championships. Bronte Smith

FNC top of the Country class at Interbranch titles

FAR North Coast finished top of the Country pointscore and were only 37 points behind the large Central Coast team finishing fifth overall at the NSW Interbranch Championships.

A strong contingent from the FNC took part in the two-day carnival this year with Byron Bay, Cudgen and Lennox Head well represented at Stockton Beach near Newcastle.

"We're really stoked, getting closer to the city clubs and Central Coast, it's really lifting for the team,” FNC co-captain Luke Chaffer said.

"We're looking to come back bigger and better next year.”

Lennox Head bumped up it's numbers in the interbranch team this season with Jack Breen, Samantha Hughes, Lachlan Mahon, Nathan McKenzie, Maisie Miller, Maalike Moston and Oliver Sharpe competing.

Maalik came first in the Under-12 male surf race and second in the board while Cudgen competitor Lilly O'Sullivan won the Under-14 female ironwoman, surf race and board.

Anthea Warne won the youth female surf ski while a handful of FNC competitors won team events.

Byron Bay was represented by nippers Suki Alford and Lelani Carter while Will Jones was in under-17s competition along with Shaun Sewall who was in the opens.

Ballina had Mahli Borman fly the flag while Cudgen was the backbone of the team with 20 competitors.

Sydney Northern Beaches reclaimed the Interbranch title from rivals Sydney after a ding dong battle on the beach.

In the final wash-up there was less than 50 points between the front runners with the host branch Hunter coming third.

The Hunter team were flying high after the result, their best in 20 years.

Northern Beaches' strength shone through in the teams events on Sunday with comprehensive wins in the open male taplin, youth female taplin, Under-12 and Under-13 cameron relays, Under-13 mixed board relay, youth mixed ski relay, and the junior male board rescue relay.

The NSW Director of Surf Sport, Don van Keimpema, thanked the Stockton club and announced Black Head on the Lower North Coast as the hosts for next years event.

"We're hoping to build this event to be one of the premier events in the state,” van Keimpema said.

"The team environment we had this weekend was absolutely fantastic.”

He said the performances had impressed the state selectors and that the NSW Team will be announced in the coming days.



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