Byron Breakers secure second Interclub title
It was a wet & wild affair at the TNSW Club Championships, unfortunately conditions the North Coast are all too familiar with this season.
The Byron Breakers dug deep however and came out on top at Club Champs (29), extending their lead to 13.5-points – a deficit that was going to be tough to cover even if the final round were to go ahead at Kingscliff Triathlon.
When advised of their victory, their second in the four year history of the Forager North Coast Interclub League, president Deb Fuller was ecstatic.
“Oh wow…that is such great news” Deb replied. “We are very lucky to have such a tight knit group who care about each other and work towards a common goal. Even the members effected by the floods turned up to races with their livelihoods in disarray. That is such dedication and critical to the club spirit we’ve built’.
The Byron Tri Club is about more then just a group of individuals who swim, bike and run together. In the recent floods, a member of the club had their business go underwater. So the club rallied around and took shifts, assisting with the clean up of both the premises and the stock as the flood water receded. This is the type of community spirit that holds this small but superb club from the North Coast of NSW together. It’s one of the main reasons why they are having such success. In ominous signs for the other clubs in the North Coast, Deb confirmed the club are taking a few weeks off and hitting training hard during the winter to ensure athletes are stronger, faster and ready to go in season 2022/2023 where defending their title is their main goal.
Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour continued their rivalry, heading home from Forster with 27 points each. Clarence Valley’s Jason Culton collected a vital 4 points when he took out his age-group, seeing CV wrap their ICL04 campaign up in second place – 13.5-points behind Champions, Byron.
Hat Head finished third on the ladder at Club Champs with 19 points and replicate that on the North Coast’s final standings – rounding out the podium finishers, ahead of Coffs who end the season in 4th,.
The new kids, Grafton have well and truly entered the TNSW community with a bang – taking 18 points at their Club Champs debut to finish fourth in Forster and give the rest of the competition something to think about in seasons to come. The Bull Sharks finish their first ICL off in 5th place.
Ballina and Tweed Valley conclude their season at the back of the pack but have all the room to improve as we move towards Season 2022/23 and ICL05.