THE sixth and final round of the 2017/18 Ocean 6 Series will be held at North Cronulla this weekend, with both the Ironman and Ironwoman titles are still up for grabs.
Kiama product Ali Day, who now trains with the Surfers Paradise SLSC, as well as Matt Bevilacqua (Kurrawa) and James Lacy (Mermaid Beach) can all potentially secure the Ironman title this weekend, with a strong performance in the surf.
Day is the outright leader in the Ironman Series going into this weekend’s final event, with a 14-point lead over Bevilacqua and a 40-point lead over Lacy.
But there are 100 points up for grabs for the winner this weekend, scaling down to 53 points for a 10th place finish.
If Day finishes higher than Bevilacqua or Lacy, he’ll win the title – it’s as simple as that.
But if he doesn’t, he’s going to have to make sure he doesn’t finish too many places behind them, especially Bevilacqua.
Bevilacqua has been in great form, winning round five of the series in tough conditions at Surfers Paradise three weeks ago.
He was also victorious at round three at Wollongong in December.
Day won round two at Coolum in November, while Lacy has two second-place finishes in this year’s series.
Day has won the Ironman Series before, but that was back in 2014/15 – he’s also finished runner-up twice.
Both Bevilacqua and Lacy have never featured on the overall series podium.
Defending champion Matt Poole is coming fourth in the series overall, while nine-time winner Shannon Eckstein is sixth.
TJ Hendy, the 21-year-old son of legendary 1990’s ironman Trevor Hendy, is in the fifth spot.
In the Ironwomen Series, defending champion Harriet Brown (Northcliffe) and Brielle Cooper (Kurrawa) will battle it out for the overall title – while Nowra-Culburra’s Kirsty Higgison is hoping to build on her strong fifth place finish in round five.