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Weekend Sports Wrap, Sunday Feb 18 2018

Surfing, A-League, Olympics preview.

Weekend Sports Wrap, Sunday Feb 18 2018 Surfing Australia

Surfing

North Shelley made it to the Final of the 2018 Australian Boardriders Battle in Newcastle yesterday.

Local surfing stalwarts Connor O’Leary, Saxon Lumsden and Shane Holmes helped steer the local side into the decider over the two-day competition. They ultimately finished fourth behind Culburra, Merewether and North Narrabeen.

While fellow Coast board riders club Avoca finished eighth.

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Olympics

Another Coastie begins his campaign for a medal at the South Korea Winter Olympics this week.

Berkeley Vale’s Lachlan Reidy will take his place in Australia’s 4-man bobsleigh team from midday Wednesday, to begin three days of official training heats.

The competition proper kicks off on Saturday, with the Gold medal event on Sunday, the final day of the Pyeongchang games.

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Bio from the Aussie Olympic Website:

“The 30-year-old first tried his hand at the sport in the North American summer of 2015 on the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympic track which hosts tourists rides for groups that wish to take on the track in essentially what is a bobsled on wheels. Reidy said he then became friends with former Australian pilot and 2014 Sochi winter Olympian Heath Spence, who took him on the joy ride and Reidy never looked back.

“(He) then preceded to train until the winter season arrived and where he had his first real bobsleigh ride being on the Calgary track in 2015. Reidy went on to make his international debut in the 2man North American Cup in Park City, USA in November 2015.

“In the 2017/2018 season, Reidy helped the Aussie crew to some top results in the 2017/2018 season leading into the Olympics, including an 8th place in the 4man North America Cup in Calgary, Canada.”

 

Football

Goal difference is all that’s keeping the Mariners off the bottom of the ladder after the weekend’s A-League action.

We drew 2-all with Adelaide on Saturday night, just after bottom side Wellington beat Perth 2-1 for their fourth win of the season. 

It means we now have the fewest wins of any side (three) after 20 rounds.

Our boys have the chance to put some distance between themselves and the Phoenix this Friday, when we host them at Central Coast Stadium to kick off round 21.

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AFL

Central Coast Aussie Rules Footballer Daniel Lloyd has joined 11 of his GWS teammates in taking part in the latest version of the native code - AFLX.

The new format of the game was played on a rectangular field, with seven players a side and with goals from long range worth 10 points.

The Giants struggled during Saturday’s round-robin competition of six matches between six AFL clubs at Allianz stadium, losing both their games to Richmond and eventual winners, Brisbane.

Lloyd was one of the better performers for his side, kicking two goals in the opening game against Richmond. Coincidentally, it’s also his 26th birthday today.

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