Kiama Downs remain on top in NSW IRB premiership series

Riding high: The Kiama Downs inflatable rescue crew head to shore in the final round last weekend. They won their sixth straight premiership title. Picture: Alan Freeman
Riding high: The Kiama Downs inflatable rescue crew head to shore in the final round last weekend. They won their sixth straight premiership title. Picture: Alan Freeman

WHILE Queensland’s State of Origin empire is on the verge of collapse, Kiama Downs domination continues in the NSW Inflatable Rescue Boat Premiership.

The South Coast powerhouse made it six in a row last weekend, blitzing the field in 11 events overall, including the open male, female and mixed over 35 divisions.

Lake Macquarie’s Caves Beach is in second place, with Queenscliff third, the same order as last season.

The final round of the series at Cape Hawke SLSC on the state’s Lower North Coast dawned with favourable conditions.

The event was also a chance to fine tune preparations for next month’s NSW Championships at South West Rocks.

Kiama Downs captain Nathan Foster praised the balance of the team in defending the crown.

“It’s very nice to win this season especially as we didn’t know how we would go with not having an over 45s mixed team,” he said.

“Our IRB team is made up of a good balance and with the premiership pointscore, you don’t need a big team, you just need good crews and we’re lucky we have that.

“We hope our form can continue into next month’s state and Australian IRB Championships.”

Surf Life Saving NSW sports manager Rob Pidgeon says the series was a huge success.

“Congratulations to Kiama Downs for winning the premiership, it’s an amazing effort by the club,” he said.

“It’s also positive to see the quality of racing from all clubs improve this season and we’re very much looking forward to the state championships.”