Point Leo Carnival Report
Feb 17, 2019
The last carnival before states was a clash with the Pier to Perignon so as expected, entry numbers were reduced. Portsea fielded a small team of ocean loving youth and a beachie. Ned, Harvey, Will, Tom and Xav ventured down to once again be confronted with perfect conditions for Barefoot Water Skiing.
The disappointment of no waves was soon forgotten with some hard fought out racing. Friend, foe and fellow Portsea member Luke Tucker (who competes for Black Rock), showed his strength with an almost faultless performance to win the Surf Sprint – his only mistake being that he was wearing the wrong colours!!
It was great to see our Portsea Youth Team depth, with 4 of the U14 boys making the Iron Final and three in the top ten. Harvey placed 3rd, Xavier 6th and Ned 10th.
In the Cameron Relay the boys decided they wanted to win their first pennant and it showed from the start with Harvey leading out the swim, followed by the determined running from Will to give Xav and Tom a lead which would turn into a very comfortable win.
The last youth event of the day and it was to be another 6 points for the team with a skilful win by Xavier and Harvey in the Board Rescue. Bring on Warrnambool!
Back on the Beach, Portsea had one competitor, U17 year old Oscar Hunter, who wanted to get up some more driving hours on the way to water safety duties at the P2P, by detouring via Point Leo. As they lined up for marshalling in the 2km beach run, Oscar and another of the other U17 boys from Seaspray decided to run in the Open 2km run as a warmup for their own U17 race. Little did they realise the battle ahead!! Oscar, with his secret weapon – shoes on the hard sand – led out, only to be overtaken by the Seaspray runner at the first turn. The pace was on and neither boy was ready for defeat. As they hit the 1.6km mark Oscar decided the race would be his, put his foot on the accelerator and the two boys power-sprinted for the finish, neck and neck, in an effort that would have gone close to a 400m track state final time. As they both collapsed on the finish line, choked with lactate, Oscar the pennant in hand, it was no surprise they both gave the U17 race a miss. All credit to the open men who gave them pats on the back for a great display of racing.
- Iron Final – Harvey 3rd, Xavier 6th, Ned 10th
- Board race Final – Xavier 10th, Harvey 11th, Ned 13th
- Cameron Relay – 1st
- Board Rescue Final – Harvey/Xavier 1st
- Open 2km beach run – Oscar Hunter 1st
Portsea total points 27