Women keep Swansea-Belmont team on track at Hunter Branch surf lifesaving titles

THE Hunter Branch surf lifesaving titles were run at Caves Beach over the weekend, with Swansea-Belmont on track to defend their crown of overall point-score winners after Saturday's senior competition.

Their leading position was largely thanks to their strong contingent of women competitors, with Hannah Trypas taking out the open ironwoman and swim, while clubmate Renee Gregory won the board.

Redhead's Cassandra Barnett won the women's ski race, while her male teammates were dominant from the outset, finishing first and third in the blue ribbon taplin relay race with Swansea-Belmont in second.

Redhead celebrated a trifecta of wins in the individual events, with Ethan Whiteman winning the swim race, Peter Scott the ski race and current Australian board champion Stewart McLachlan taking out the board race.

Troy Ham was able to peg one back for Swansea-Belmont by taking out the ironman and was also able to lead the Blacksmiths club to victory in the ski relay, edging out Redhead in a sprint finish while Stockton rounded out the top three.

CORRECTION: Last week's column said Dixon Park were the only Hunter crew on the podium at the Navy Australian Surf Rowers League Open, but Redhead's 160-years female crew also took their place on the podium by finishing second in their category.

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