11 Mar Black & Blue get set to defend Kirra title
This weekend the Merewether Surboard Club will head to Queensland to defend their Kirra Teams Challenge title.
Last year in some big conditions the Newcastle team took out the 30th Kirra title with an excellent all-round team performance.
This year they will be hoping to replicate that effort and go back-to-back for the first time since 1986-87.
Team captain Jesse Adam is confident Merewether can bring it home again this year.
‘We have fielded our best team yet for Kirra Teams.’ he said.
‘We’ve given ourselves our best shot ever and the team is pumped to try and take the trophy home again.
‘This year we will have our biggest support crew on hand to date so it’s going to be a fun weekend.
Last year it was the young guns who dominated the event and once again the club will be relying on their youngsters to deliver the goods.
One of those young guns, Jackson Baker, can’t wait to get into it again on Friday morning.
‘Winning the Kirra Teams Challenge last year was a massive accomplishment for the club and we will definitely have a target on our backs this year.’ the 18-year-old said.
‘But we great team this year which will handle the pressure really well and hopefully we do what we have to to get the job done and win.’
The Challenge consists of 40 teams competing in eight rounds of 10 heats.
The very best surfboard clubs from around the country will be competing, including Pointy Lookout, Coffs Harbour, Elouera, North Shore, Burleigh, Avoca, Kingcliff, Snapper Rocks, North Narrabeen, Culburra, LeBa and North Shelley.
Each heat has four competitors and teams are given points for finishing first to fourth.
Last year Merewether registered six wins and two seconds to take out the title.
This year their sqaud consists of junior surfers Jackson Baker and Luke Hamilton along with open surfers Jesse Adam (c), Travis Lynch, Jake Sylvester, Jackson Brent, Luke Egan, Michael Spencer, Marc Adam and Ryan Callinan.
They will surf two junior surfers and six open surfers with the final team make-up to be decided on Friday.
* Check our Facebook page for pictures and updates on the team’s progress.