DRAGON BOATS: Heidi Lamont, Lesley Grimminck, Sharyn Smith, Heath Greville, Melody Watson, Jodee Deatta, Sheila Ryan, Shirley Duval, Doreen Brame, Pam Meredith and Jaz Jones are looking forward to this weekend's dragon boat racing in Hervey Bay. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
DRAGON BOATS: Heidi Lamont, Lesley Grimminck, Sharyn Smith, Heath Greville, Melody Watson, Jodee Deatta, Sheila Ryan, Shirley Duval, Doreen Brame, Pam Meredith and Jaz Jones are looking forward to this weekend's dragon boat racing in Hervey Bay. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Bundy Dragons hope to finally turn the tide in their favour

THE Bundy Dragons will be breathing fire on the waters of Hervey Bay tomorrow when they line up in the last round of the Wide Bay Regatta series with a strong chance of winning the title.

For years the Bundy Dragons have been swamped by boats from Hervey Bay, Seventeen Seventy and Cooloola, but under coach Sharyn Smith they have been a force in 2014.

Trailing the crew from Seventeen Seventy by one point going into the weekend, each heat - and hopefully the final - will be a defining moment in the club's history.

The crews with the two fastest times from the heats will contest the major final and if Bundaberg is tied with Seventeen Seventy there will be a winner-takes-all race to finish the day.

Bundy Dragons' Doreen Brame said there were plenty of nerves before the final round of the series and she hoped past feelings at the club would disappear.

"We got used to the wooden spoon. We thought it was our place in the world," Brame said.

"There are plenty of butterflies in the belly but we're pretty pumped.

"We owe this to our amazing coach, Sharyn Smith, who always looks for new methods to train us."

Smith has been sharpening her paddlers for this event and working on tactics that might give them the edge. Adding to that will be what two important crew members bring.

Sweep Cheryl Hensler and drummer Ray Jones will be the only two in the boat who will know where the Bundy Dragons are in relation to the competition, and when they sense the need for motivation Brame said they would come into their own.

Amid the roar of the water rushing past the hull and the crashing of paddles through the water, Jones's drum and Hensler's calls will hopefully propel the Bundy Dragons to victory.



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