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Camaraderie helps crews close the gap to Sydney boats

Alex Head sweep Steve Davies.
Alex Head sweep Steve Davies.

SURF BOATS: Veteran Alexandra Headland sweep Steve Davies says Sunshine Coast crews are working together in a bid to bridge the gap between them and the powerhouse Sydney outfits.

Davies said the failure to do so would be like "two little kids fighting compared to the real contenders".

He made the comments despite the Mooloolaba men's A-grade crew winning the National Interstate Surf Boast Challenge at Stockton Beach, New South Wales, last Saturday.

Ahead of the third round of the Queensland Cup at Noosa tomorrow, Alexandra Headland PFD skipper Davies said it was high time Coast crews became consistently fast.

On the plus side, he said the evenness of the crews meant that they were pushing one another to achieve that goal, and there was a camaraderie that was helping fuel their progress.

"Because everyone is so close on the Sunshine Coast and down on the Gold Coast, we're sort of moving forward as a group," he said.

"We're all getting better the more we race against each other and know each other.

"We're all friends and get along well and tend to work together because we know that nobody here has the pace of the Sydney crews."

Alexandra Headland won the opening round of the Queensland Cup.

Round two was cancelled.

Davies expects Maroochydore to be the big improver this round, and Gold Coast crews Currumbin and Kurrawa to be hard to beat.

Given the forecast flat conditions, he said the racing should be very close.

Topics:  surf life saving



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