Williamstown Wins IRB Aussies in Wild and Woolly Weather 

Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club (S&LSC) took advantage of home-like conditions to take out the 2018 Open IRB National Championships at the weekend – creating history as Victoria’s second only National IRB title (last title 2010) winning by one mere point. 

Thirroul Beach on the NSW South Coast played host to the event and turned on unusually strong surf conditions, which saw a day of racing suspended. However, Victorian racers revelled in the tough conditions when racing resumed on Sunday.  

“Today’s conditions were challenging but for Victorians it was enjoyable, we like the cold,” said Williamstown S&LSC Team Manager Scott Ivey. “We are over the moon, words don’t describe. Our teams raced to their best and we are thrilled with the outcome.” 

Williamstown finished the competition on 17 points, one point clear of QLD’s Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) on 16 points, and 6 points ahead of third place takers Kiama Downs SLSC from NSW. 

Victorian teams did well across the baord, full results below, including South Melbourne LSC’s first in the Masters Male Mass Rescue and Barwon Heads/13th Beach SLSC’s first for their female team in Open Teams Rescue. 

Fellow Victorians Frankston Life Saving Club finished in equal-eighth place with two points, while Victoria finished in third place on aggregate points in the combined State standings.  

IRB pioneer and North Cronulla SLSC Life Member Harry Brown was farewelled during the competition, as his own North Cronulla IRB team laid a wreath in the surf off Thirroul beach.  

Heavily involved in the development of IRBs, and a tireless all-round contributor the Surf Life Saving Movement, Mr Brown OAM passed away in May this year. Friends and family attended the competition and farewelled Mr Brown OAM’s honour. 

Well done Vic!

Full Results here: 

Masters IRB Championships 

4  Masters IRB  10/Masters Female Mass Rescue  Elwood LSC Team A  Benjamin Herdman 
        Tahli Langborne 
        Rachael Rylance 
        Samara Wiseman 
1  Masters IRB  11/Masters Male Mass Rescue  South Melbourne LSC Team A  Steven Johnson  
        Gordon Porter  
        Nick Vouk  
        Matthew Wang 
2  Masters IRB  12/Masters Female Rescue  Elwood LSC Team A  Mille Daniels-Gardiner  
        Rachael Rylance 
        Samara Wiseman 
2  Masters IRB  14/Masters Female Rescue Tube  Elwood LSC Team A  Tom Lewis  
        Angela Montebello 
        Rachael Rylance 

Open IRB Championships 

1  Open IRB  5/Female Teams   Barwon Heads/13th Beach SLSC Team V  Stephanie Amy  
        Eloise Fleming 
        Conor McKinnon 
        Danielle Silvester 
6  Open IRB  5/Female Teams   Williamstown Swimming and LSC (Inc.) Team B  James Aquila 
        Christian Aquila  
        Greta Curran  
        Sarah Meehan 
        Antonia Rayner 
        Claire Walton 
7  Open IRB  5/Female Teams  Williamstown Swimming and LSC (Inc.) Team A  Daniel Aquila 
        Ella Cridland 
        Kate Czerny  
        Sophie Doro  
        Abby Esdale 
        Rachael Moloney 
3  Open IRB  6/Male Teams  Williamstown Swimming and LSC (Inc.) Team A  Christian Aquila  
        Erin Damen 
        Calum Dickson 
        Shaun Leith 
        Antonia Rayney 
        Alastair Thomas  
6  Open IRB  6/Male Teams  Barwon Heads/13th Beach SLSC Team C  Zoe Campbell 
        Sean Cummins 
        Darcy Cummins 
        Ella Eade 
        Marcus Merryfull 
        Ryan Wilson 
8  Open IRB  6/Male Teams  Wonthaggi LSC Team A  Scarlett Beaton 
        Joshua Chambers 
        Alexander Filippi  
        Alexander Goss 
        Denis McDonald 
        Rhett Scott 
        Celeste Taylor  
1  Open IRB  7/Female Rescue  Williamstown Swimming and LSC (Inc.) Team F  Kate Czerny  
        Abby Esdale 
        Rachael Moloney 
6  Open IRB  7/Female Rescue  Williamstown Swimming and LSC (Inc.) Team A  Greta Curran  
        Kyalla Happ 
        Sarah Meehan 
2  Open IRB  8/Male Rescue   Williamstown Swimming and LSC (Inc.) Team A  Erin Damen 
        Calum Dickson 
        Alastair Thomas  
5  Open IRB  8/Male Rescue  Frankston LSC Team A  Robert Basford  
        Marco Kelsall 
        Megan Tildesley 
        TJ Williams 


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