O'Shea fires up
JACOB O’Shea, of the Bundaberg club, rounded off a near-perfect preparation for this weekend’s Wide Bay Capricorn Branch Junior Championships by dominating the Four-Point Carnival at Elliott Heads on Sunday.
The powerful all-rounder mastered the tough conditions and matched his feat at last year’s branch titles, winning the same four individual events, the beach flags and sprint, and surf and board races – this time in the under-13 male division.
But after finishing third behind clubmates Joshua Finnis and Lachlan Wood in the other solo event at the 2010 branch titles, he again missed a clean sweep when he was beaten on Sunday by Finnis, whom he had beaten into second in the surf race and fourth in the board.
O’Shea was also a major part of four branch teams titles 12 months ago, and he is set for another highly successful meeting when juniors from throughout the branch battle it out for honours at Emu Park, as long as the carnival is not jeopardised by the predicted arrival of Cyclone Yasi in the area later this week.
Another Bundaberg club young gun, Amy Lester, was the best of the locals in the U-14 female division, taking out the sprint and board double, while Sam Vohland triumphed for Moore Park in the U-14 male board.
Locals made a clean sweep of the U-11 male category, with Bundaberg’s Ben Wright chalking up the surf, board and ironman treble, and Martin Powell, of Moore Park, grabbing the flags and sprint.
Others to clinch doubles included Bundaberg’s Rheagan Myers (U-12) and Ella Cummings (U-11), and Moore Park’s Jake Tolvanen (U-12), Chloe Harris (U-12) and Sandi Davis (U-11).