Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club competes at senior boat titles

ELLIOT PROUD: Matthew Read, Tom Ramke, Cooper and Riley Oborn, Troy Irvin and Chris Tapscott get around their boat at the titles after winning gold for the PESLSC.
ELLIOT PROUD: Matthew Read, Tom Ramke, Cooper and Riley Oborn, Troy Irvin and Chris Tapscott get around their boat at the titles after winning gold for the PESLSC.

Senior State Titles ‘Version 2’ took place at Christie’s Beach in windy, hot and flat conditions.

The Titles were abandoned the previous week due to extreme weather where the wind and surf caused mayhem for everyone trying to compete.

This time around the conditions made rowing hard and honest with no help from the surf, but it was fantastic the state titles could be held.

Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club was represented by two crews with the great result of both finishing with gold medals.

With Troy Irvin being out injured since his representation in the state team at Elouera in early February, his crews continued with the under 19 men’s crew having Chris Tapscott taking the helm as sweep. 

The season ended on a high note with rowers Riley Oborn, Cooper Oborn, Matthew Read and Tom Ramke winning every race.

The ‘Four Strokes’ crew rowing reserve mens were taken over by Bryn Bridges, also being swept to victory with a strong lead all day for rowers Tom Bilney, Garth Reynolds, Alistair Searle and Harry Heading.

It was a great club effort with both crews working hard all season.

An added bonus were two of the club’s surfboat legends such as Chris Tapscott and Bryn Bridges came out of retirement to fill in as sweeps on the day and help the two teams row to victory.

An added bonus were two of the club’s surfboat legends such as Chris Tapscott and Bryn Bridges came out of retirement to fill in as sweeps on the day and help the two teams row to victory

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Their experience under pressure certainly helped the rowers to reign victorious.

Matt Smith stepped in for an injured Glenelg sweep and represented Port Elliot as a composite crew bringing home club points.

Matt finished with two silvers with the Glenelg Open Men and under 23 women.

Dave Read also filling in for Seacliff mens reserve crew as a composite brought home points with a bronze.

Due to the change in date, three of the Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club crews were unavailable.

The club also has a team of young people, parents, and support crew on their way to Scarborough Beach in Western Australia to compete in the Australian Titles.

They will be competing in a variety of beach and water events and R and R alongside Australia’s best. 

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