Victorian Junior Titles
Presented by Be the Influence
Jan Juc, Victoria Australia
22 - 23 March 2014
Joel Wookey, Courtney Dunlop take out Victorian State Titles at Jan Juc
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 March, 2014 - Jan Juc, Victoria - Joel Wookey (St. Andrews Beach) and Courtney Dunlop (Phillip Island) have been crowned Under 18 Victorian Junior Champions at Jan Juc today after a big weekend of surfing at the consistent beach break.
With the title wide open coming into the final round, both Wookey and Dunlop needed a strong result to secure the title with Taj McEntee (Inverloch) and Jemima Hutchins (Barwon Heads) also in contention. McEntee placed 4th in the Semi Finals along side Wookey, who placed one spot ahead of him in 3rd giving him the title. Only 40 points separated the two with Wookey on 3220 and McEntee on 3180.
Australian team member, Joe Van Dijk (Phillip Island), was the in-form surfer of the event taking out the West Coast round. Van Dijk is in preparation for the ISA World Junior Surfing Titles in 2 weeks time. “The conditions improved a fair bit over night so there was a couple of fun ones out there” said Van Dijk. “The worlds are going to be great fun. It will be a whole new experience for me and it should be fun going over there with Cody (Robinson)”
Placing in second was Micky Robinson (Jan Juc) with Lewy Wright (Jan Juc) and Lewy Oates (Jan Juc) placing in third and fourth.
Grace Day © Liam Robertson
In the Under 18 Girls, Jemima Hutchins was knocked out in the semi finals leaving Courtney Dunlop a clear path to the title in the Final. 540 points separated the two overall, with Dunlop on 4000 points and Hutchins on 3460. In an extremely wave starved final, Dunlop found the waves she needed including an 8.17 to seal the win to cap off a big weekend for the Phillip Island junior.
“I’m so stoked to win at Jan Juc after winning at home. The waves were pretty tough yesterday, but today was a lot more fun” said Dunlop “I’m excited to get to go over to Margaret River and compete, hopefully we get some good waves. ”’
Placing in second was Rikki Bell-Warren (Bells Beach) with Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc) in third. The Under 16 Boys saw Billy Harrison (Barwon Heads) take out the West Coast round in convincing fashion. After a summer spent competing in Pro Junior events and several weeks in Hawaii, Harrison has come back improved and is surfing well above his years.
Henry Hutchins (Barwon Heads) placed in 2nd narrowly ahead of local Josh Cammarere (Jan Juc) in 3rd. Noah Stocca (Moggs Creek) walked away with the highest wave score of the event, a 9.33, however could not find the waves needed in the final and placed in fourth.
Taking out the state title was Tully Wylie (Jan Juc) with Henry Hutchins placing in second. The Under 16 Girls saw India Robinson (Jan Juc) take out the west coast round over Grace Day (Jan Juc). However the Day had already claimed the state title leaving Robinson to take 2nd place overall.
Isabell Cook (Torquay), Sophie Fletcher (Phillip Island) and Bonnie Mullins (Jan Juc) placed in third, fourth and fifth respectively. Xavier Huxtable again proved his ability beyond his years with a convincing win in the Under 14 Boys over Codie Jeffery (Phillip Island). Huxtable also claimed the Victorian Title with Jeffery placing in second.
James Hughes (Jan Juc) and Ethan Huxtable (Jan Juc) placed in third and fourth. Jessie Van Niekerk (Jan Juc) took out the Under 14 Girls division on Saturday in challenging conditions over Bella Wilson (Jan Juc). Sage Goldsbury (Phillip Island) and Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads) placed in third and fourth.
Piper Harrison (Mt Eliza) had already claimed the Victorian Title after winning the opening two events of the series.
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