Hunter start at Maitland Tri as Tomaree seek to repeat
Four events will decide where the Triathlon NSW Forager Greater Hunter Triathlon League title will reside at the end of this season.
It was the Tomaree Tridents who took the honours last season, after the Maitland Magic took the crown the season before.
For 2022/2023 it all gets rolling in early October at the Maitland Triathlon with Performance Points up for grabs in the Long Course and Sprint distances. Round 2 in the infamous Sparke Helmore in Newcastle City Centre on November 20th. Round 3 and the penultimate round will be the Island Triathlon Festival in early February with the final round coming in Forster at the Triathlon NSW Club Championships, with the traditional double points up for grabs.
A fast start is paramount for any Club with serious title aspirations. A fast start brings momentum and that is what can bring a title. It won’t be won in Maitland, but it can certainly be lost.
The one change to the structure this season is the departure of the Scone Stormers who have crossed over to the New England Triathlon League. This leaves us with seven starters but with only one title on the line, it is going to be a titanic tussle to see who comes out on top.
Tomaree Tridents President Terry Withers says the reigning champs are ready for the challenge of going back-to-back, even with the target on their back.
“Last season was certainly one of Tomaree’s best on record. I was super impressed with the performances of our members across the Interclub series and especially at Club Champs. Taking out the title for the Greater Hunter division was a great achievement for our small club and showed that consistent participation and some special individual performances across age groups can be the recipe for how smaller clubs can secure a series victory”.
“Winning the 21/22 season Interclub will no doubt put a target on our back which will make defending the title in 22/23 a big ask, but the Tomaree Tridents will make a good go of it. Expect to see plenty of purple and green at upcoming events”.
The Tridents and Magic have it in their locker as shown by the title winning seasons, and will start as joint favourites, but the Central Coast Maddoggers are never far away – neither are the Newcastle Nitros.
The Forster Breakers, Port Macquarie Pelicans and Singleton Swoopers aren’t likely to find themselves in a title challenge based off previous seasons, but they can’t be completely written off. A more likely scenario for these three Clubs is a podium place push as all three are more than capable.
We’re set for a great season on the Hunter, with four fantastic events to separate seven outstanding Clubs.