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Brownes Chill School Surfing Titles wrap up in West Oz

Margaret River Senior High School Team © Surfing WA / Woolacott


Brownes Chill WA School Surfing Titles 2011

Surfing Western Australia
Trigg Beach Western Australia
27 - 29 August 2011

Margaret River Senior High School Show Their Class with a Sixth Straight Schools Title

Surfersvillage Global Surf News
, 29 August, 2011 : - - Last Friday saw the Brownes Chill WA School Surfing Titles State Final completed in clean and highly contestable conditions at Trigg Beach, with Margaret River Senior High School claiming their sixth straight Champion School Title with a dominant performance across  the eight divisions being contested. With sunny skies and clean 2 feet waves (1.0 meter) on offer, Trigg Beach transformed into a battlefield as 25 metropolitan and regional high schools from as far north as Geraldton and as far south as Esperance and everywhere in between converged for their chance to represent their state in the upcoming Australian Junior Titles, scheduled for Coffs Harbour, NSW in December.

The anticipation had been building in school grounds across WA over the past week as regional and metro schools readied themselves for a action packed day of competition surfing. The State Final was the conclusion to a two week long search for WA's best school surfing talent, with metro and regional qualifying events running to see which schools would make it through to Friday's final. The Chill WA School Surfing Titles is WA's biggest participation based event of the year and again huge numbers of teams signed up to compete in an event which encourages and promotes surfing and bodyboarding in the modern school curriculum.

As surfing and bodyboarding continues to grow in popularity, more and more primary and high schools are incorporating the sport into their outdoor and physical education programs. In turn, the standard of competition at the WA School Titles has increased as more and more students are ditching the traditional school sports of football and netball and have been picking up surfboards and bodyboards and taking part in a truly unique inter school sporting event.

Surfing Western Australia Event Manager Justin Majeks said that the event has been a great opportunity for schools and students to compete in a fun, safe and enjoyable environment. “To see so many kids from right across WA come together at once, representing their school was truly awesome . Its clear the kids enjoy having a day off from the typical school subjects and for some of the regional schools to make it to Perth was really encouraging.” He said.

In recent history the schools that have dominated the competition have been Carine Senior High, Mandurah Catholic College, Newman College, Prendiville and of course Margaret River Senior High School who have set the standard for most to follow. It was once again the class outfit from Margaret River who looked to be the team to beat with a bumper number of state junior surfing champions in their ranks. Reigning champions for the past five years, Margaret River were out to create history with a sixth consecutive Champion School Title in 2011. They set about this in style winning the two blue surfing divisions, the junior and senior boys.

Standout surfers for the event were Margaret River’s senior boys winners Josh Burke and Harry Wise, as well as the junior pairing of Jacob Willcox and Shaun Manners, who provided the daily highlights with some simply electric surfing at Trigg. Manners and Willcox's who are both State Junior Title holders, displayed futuristic moves and smooth flowing styles which was the difference as Margaret River went on to defeat Hugo Shervington and Jermery Andrews of Scotch College who finished in a gallant second place.

“Im just really happy to have the chance to surf at the National Titles, the waves were fun today which made a big difference. I'd like to thank the school and teachers for bringing us up here.” Said a stoked Shaun Manners after the final.

Josh Burke and Harry Wise were pushed hard by Mitchell Bailiee and Sam Baker from Geraldton Grammar School in the senior boys surfing final, but in the end a heat high score of 7.5 (from a possible 10) to Josh Burke was the difference, bringing his teams total just above that of Geraldton Grammars. The result was good enough to see both Burke and Wise qualify through to the ASSA School Titles at Australian Junior Titles.

It was another South-West school that went on to win both of the girls surfing divisions, with Mackillop Catholic College in Busselton showing their cross town rivals that they were a force to be reckoned with, as Eliza Greene and Marie Bradley provided a perfectly balanced team in the Junior Girls surfing division. The girls from Mackillop were too good for the Comet Bay College team of who finished second. Also representing Mackillop Catholic College, Ella Bradley and Holly Thomas took out the Senior Girls surfing division against John XXIII College's Sarah Donovan and Paris Stawell.

In the bodyboarding divisions Prendiville College's Lewy Finnegan and Cam Hutchins out gunned Margaret River Senior High Schools brothers James and Tom Purvis winning a closely fought affair in the Senior Boys Bodyboard Final. While for the Senior Girls Mandurah Senior College defeated Prendiville College.

In the Junior Boys Bodybard Final Carine Senior High School team members Lee Wilson and Jayden Tomlinson defeated Christchurch's Beau Christian and Dave Barclay. Margaret River Senior High's Grace Goodwin and Kate Williams defeated Prendiville College in the Junior Girls Bodyboard Final.

For those kids who didn’t make it into the WA State Junior Team after Friday’s event, there was the All-Stars individual event held on Saturday, which gave surfers the  final chance to qualifying for the chance to surf at the National Titles in Coffs Harbour. Saturday provided similar conditions as Friday, but it was a case of now or never, with the top two surfers of each division in the All Stars event qualifying for the WA State Junior Surfing Team.

Standout surfers for this event who will be heading to Coffs Harbour with Friday’s Schools winners include: Nick Muntz (Carine SHS), Nalu Keala (Carine SHS) in the senior boys surfing, Skip Van Peer (Mandurah Senior College) and Janice Walker (Prendiville College) in the senior girls surfing. While in the junior divisions, Jake Edwards (Christchurch Grammar) and Hugo Shervington (Scotch College) qualified in the junior boys surfing division. Luciana Burke (MRSHS) and Marie Bradley (MCC) rounded out the 2011 WA Junior Surfing Team with a first and second place finish respectively in the junior girls surfing division.

The Chill WA School Surfing Titles saw over 40 metropolitan and regional high schools entering over 200 teams and more than 400 students pull on coloured rash vests in an event which has seen the sport of surfing and physical activity promoted to new and existing schools right across WA.

School Titles Final Results:
Champion School:        Margaret River Senior High
Runner Up School:       Prendiville College & Mackillop Catholic Collegen (Tied)
Third Place School:      Carine Senior High School
Senior Boys Surf
Champion School:        Margaret River Senior High (Josh Burke & Harry Wise)
Runner Up School:       Geraldton Grammar School (Mitch Bailiee & Sam Baker)
Senior Girls Surf
Champion School :       Mackillop Catholic College (Ella Bradley & Holly Thomas)
Runner Up School:       John XXIII College (Sarah Donovan & Paris Stawell)
Junior Boys Surf
Champion School:        Margaret River Senior High (Jacob Wilcox & Shaun Manners)
Runner Up School:       Scotch College (Hugo Shervington & Jeremy Andrews)
Junior Girls Surf
Champion School:        Mackillop Catholic College (Eliza Greene & Marie Bradley)
Runner Up School:       Comet Bay College (Aleigha-Shae Norton & Elle Mortens)
Senior Boys Bodyboard
Champion School:        Prendiville College (Lewy Finnegan & Cam Hutchins)
Runner Up School:       Margaret River Senior High (James and Tom Purvis)
Senior Girls Bodyboard
Champion School:       Mandurah Senior College (Skip Van Peer & Taylor Reid)
Runner Up School:      Prendiville College
Junior Boys Bodyboard
Champion School:        Carine Senior High (Lee Wilson & Jayden Tomlinson
Runner Up School:       Christchurch Grammar School (Beau Christian & Dave Barclay)

Junior Girls Bodyboard
Champion School:        Margaret River Senior High (Grace Goodwin & Kate Williams)
Runner Up School:       Prendiville College (Tarnica Golisano & Jane Shaw)

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