Coast teams shine

SOUTH Coast surf clubs have had an almighty showing at the 2014 Stramit Country Championships in Mollymook with five surf clubs from the region finishing in the top 20 overall pointscore.

Warilla-Barrack Point (2nd), Shellharbour (4th), host club Mollymook (9th), Nowra-Culburra (13th) and Gerringong (20th) took full advantage of the first major carnival to be held in the region for nine years.

The Carberry brothers collected 13 gold medals for Warilla Barrack Point SLSC.

Younger brother Jack won eight gold medals in open Single Ski Relay, opens Taplin, opens mixed Surf Teams, under-19s Board Relay, under-19 Board Rescue, under-19s Ironman, under-19s Taplin and under-19s mixed surf teams.

Ben Carberry, who was also strong, won the open Ironman, open Double Ski, open Surf Race, Taplin and Mixed Surf Teams. He praised the first major carnival to be held on the South Coast since 2005.

"I think the club's done a fantastic job and it's great to see so many south coast athletes turning up and embracing their competitive sides this year. Everyone's taking advantage of the location, which is great to see," Carberry said.

Host club Mollymook made the top 10 and fielded the second biggest team in the championships (after Shellharbour) with more than 100 athletes.

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