Double BMD Northcliffe Victory in Round 5
Courtney Hancock claimed her first win of the season, dominating Round 5 of the Telstra Ironwoman Series by winning both Ironwoman races to gain the lowest score possible to claim the win. It was a good day all round for the BMD Northcliffe girls with Harriet Brown finishing 4th & Bonnie Hancock in 5th.Courtney now only trails series leader, Naomi Flood by 8 points, still having a good chance at the series title. Harriet & Bonnie are now comfortably in the top 10 overall which should mean automatic qualification for next season.
In the Men's race, Shannon Eckstein made a great comeback to claim his 3rd victory of the season. Shannon lost his ski in the first race while in the lead and ended up in 7th. He then went on to dominate, winning the final 2 races. Shannon now leads the series comfortably by 56 points in to the final round. He only needs to finish in the top 9 at Noosa next weekend to claim his 7th Ironman Series title. Given that he hasn't finished off the podium all season and surf is unlikely at Noosa, its looking good. Mitch Miller finished in 10th on the weekend and currently sits in 10th overall in the series. Cory Hill finished 14th in his 2nd race back after injury and Jake Nicholson fished in 16th.
The 6th and final round heads to Noosa this Sunday. Watch the television coverage on channel 10 from 2pm - 5pm.
The Professor on Top after 3 Rounds
Shannon "The Professor" Eckstein is back to his best, leading the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series. Shannon had a victory in Round 1 in Perth, a 3rd in Newcastle and then claimed victory again on the weekend at Portsea in the Triple Sprint Format. Shannon shared the leaders jersey with Matt Poole after Round 2 but now sits on top, 32 points in front of Ali Day. Mitch Miller, has remained consistent throughout the first 3 rounds despite slicing his toe on the starting ramp at Newcastle. Mitch currently sits safely in the top 10 in 7th place. Rookie, Jake Nicholson sits in 16th place and Cory Hill is yet to get on the board due to injury ruling him out of the first 3 rounds.
In the Telstra Ironwoman Series, Courtney Hancock remains consistent with a 2nd in round 1, 4th in round 2 and another 2nd place in Portsea. She currently sits in 3rd place on the progressive pointscore. Harriet Brown is sitting in 6th place overall after her 4th placing at Portsea bumped her up a few positions. Bonnie Hancock is currently in 12th after competing on an injured foot at Portsea.
The Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series and Telstra Ironwoman Series heads to Queensland for the final 3 rounds on consecutive weekends commencing Saturday 9 February at Surfers Paradise.
For information go to http://surfironmanseries.com/
2012 World Champions!!!
After 6 days of grueling competition, BMD Northcliffe have come out on top of the World at Rescue 2012 in Adelaide. It was only on the final day of competition that BMD Northcliffe claimed the lead for the first time after Italian club Rane Rosse Aqvasport and German Club DLRG Halle-Saalekreis dominated in the pool events. BMD Northcliffe were in 4th after the pool events with Kristyl Smith claiming silver in the Open Female 200m Obs, Andy McMillan Bronze in the Open Male. Our 4 x 50m Obs teams both medaled with our girls taking silver and our boys bronze. Some valuable points were also earned by both individuals and teams making A & B Finals. In the Youth Competition, Eliza Smith claimed a gold and a world record in the U20 200m Obs.
Day 1 of the Ocean Competition saw BMD Northcliffe drawing back the massive lead that the two European clubs had amassed with Dev Lahey and Shannon Eckstein taking gold & silver in the Open Male Surf Race and Kristyl Smith & Courtney Hancock claiming gold & bronze. In the Youth Competition, Eliza Smith continued her winning form claiming gold in the U20 Female Surf Race while her boyfriend Daniel Booth claimed silver in the Male Surf Race.
On day 2 of Ocean Competition both our Open Male & Female Rescue Tube Rescue teams claimed silver narrowly missing gold. Cory Hill claimed silver in a hot field of ski paddlers. Shannon Eckstein cruised to victory in the Open Male Board Race while Kristyl Smith claimed another gold in the Open Female Board being joined on the diace this time by Harriet Brown in 3rd place. Special mention to our beach relay teams who headed to Glenelg for the twilight beach events after a full day of competition at Christies Beach. Ours boys finished 5th and our girls 9th - a valuable 21 points!
On the final day, BMD Northcliffe had clawed their way back to just a 119 point deficit with Board Rescue, Ironperson and Taplin finals remaining. Max Beattie & Mitch Miller powered home to claim victory in the Open Male Board Rescue while our female teams went 1, 2 with the Hancock sisters claiming gold and Kristyl & Harriet claiming silver. Shannon claimed his 4th World Ironman crown with Mitch Miller taking silver and Courtney Hancock finished with bronze in the Ironwoman. In the Male Taplin Relay BMD Northcliffe claimed silver in a 3 way sprint finish and our girls also claimed silver. Our depth was on display in the Taplins with our B Teams in both the male and female finishing in 4th. In Youth competition Jake Nicholson & Eliza Smith claimed bronze in their U20 Ironperson events and our boys fished 3rd in the Taplin Relay.
Overall, it was BMD Northcliffe in 1st on 775, 93 points ahead of Rane Rosse Aqvasport in 2nd and DLRG Halle-Saalekreis holding on for 3rd. In the Ocean Pointscore the margin was far greater with BMD Northcliffe 338 points ahead of Mooloolaba with Kurrawa in 3rd. Special mention to our U20s who finished 3rd Overall and 3rd in the Ocean Competition with only 6 competitors!
For a full list of BMD Northcliffe Results Click Here.
Male: Shannon Eckstein, Mitch Miller, Cory Hill, Tate Smith, Dev Lahey, Andy McMillan, Max Beattie, Kevin Morrison, Trent Grimsey, Stefaan Demopoulos
Female: Kristyl Smith, Courtney Hancock, Bonnie Hancock, Harriet Brown, Casey Leo-Litzow, Miranda Bell, Christina Ruiz, Maddison Boon, Jess McDonnell, Ash Adams
BMD Northcliffe Kiwi's Triumph Over Aussies
The New Zealand Black Fins have delivered a massive upset to defeat the Australian Team by 80 points at the World Surf Life Saving Championships in Adelaide. The Kiwi's had a convincing lead after the pool events but continued their good form in the ocean, easily holding off the Aussies for the first time in 14 years. The New Zealand Team included BMD Northcliffe members Kevin Morrison, Max Beattie & Andy McMillan who all contributed greatly to the teams success.
Australian Team Captain, Shannon Eckstein, did his best to peg bag the points in the ocean with dominant performances to win the Ironman, Ski Race, Board Race & Surf Race. Others to taste individual success were Miranda Bell claiming the Open Female Surf Race and Kristyl Smith the Open Female Board Race.
The Australian U20 Team, coached by BMD Northcliffe Head Coach Barry Newman, turned the tables on New Zealand claiming victory over the Kiwi's in the Youth Competition by 70 points. Standout BMD Northcliffe performers were BMD Northcliffe's Stefaan Demopoulos (AUS) who claimed 5 gold and a silver and Cory Taylor (NZ) who claimed 5 gold, a silver and a bronze.
A small contingent of BMD Northcliffe Masters made the trip to Adelaide to compete in the World Masters Championships. Standout performers were Stephen Fry with 6 Gold and a silver and Anna Ballara with 3 gold, 4 silver and a bronze.
For a full list of BMD Northcliffe's International Teams and Masters Competition Results, Click here.
Interclub competition begins tomorrow with 3 days in the pool followed by 3 days in the surf. BMD Northcliffe's open team will go in as favourites to retain the World Interclub Crown. Stay tuned for more results.