Surf life saving titles pose big test for Bulli

SURF LIFESAVING 

Home beach advantage could be decisive for Bulli in tomorrow's Illawarra Branch Surf Life Saving Championships.

More than 500 representatives from all 17 Illawarra clubs will contest water, beach, craft and boat events at the annual carnival, which gets under way just before 8am

Competition will be held in under 17, under 19 and open divisions.

Bulli traditionally assemble a strong team for the branch titles and this year is no different.

"Our club is very proud to host the Senior Branch Championships in our 100th-year celebrations," Bulli club president Keith Caldwell said.

"Our members really did an outstanding job last weekend hosting the carnival for the junior kids and this weekend should be much the same.

"A lot of members have put their hands up to assist, plus we will have close to 100 of our competitors lining up at the first major championship carnival for the season. Our surf sports athletes will be looking for some good results to head into State [championships] and Aussies [championships]."

While Bulli is expected to dominate water events tomorrow, Helensburgh-Stanwell Park are the clear favourites in the beach competition.

Surf boat racing will also be interesting, with Australian Cup champions Bulli vying for bragging rights with arch rivals Austinmer, which represented the nation in last week's series against New Zealand.

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