Big field of fish­ers come to the res­cue

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

A com­pe­ti­tion aimed at at­tract­ing more mem­bers to the Port Wal­cott Vol­un­teer Marine Ser­vice has ended up “big­ger than Ben Hur” with 138 com­peti­tors, re­sult­ing in 45 new so­cial and ac­tive mem­bers join­ing its ranks.

The Port Wal­cott Fish­ing Ex­trav­a­ganza was held at the start of Au­gust and was di­vided into two sec­tions, with team Search and De­stroy tak­ing out cham­pion boat in the open wa­ter sec­tion.

Chris Todd, Sherene Cow­ell and Jason Love­day won cham­pion male, fe­male and ju­nior re­spec­tively.

Other class winners in the open wa­ter in­cluded Nick Green, Hay­ley Carr, Craig Ni­cholas, Travis Line, Ryan Loudon, Mitch Brown, Chris Todd, Jason Love­day, Allison Wil­liams, Roxy Humphries, Justin Bre­mer, and Nathan Loudon

In the beach and creek sec­tion, Cod Squad won cham­pion boat.

Adam Delint, Bec Crno­jlovic and Es­ther Wil­let-Green won the male, fe­male and ju­nior cat­e­gories.

Other beach and creek cat­e­gory winners in­cluded Adam Delint, Dave Stevens, Bailey Ri­d­ley, Es­ther Wil­let Green, Dave Stevens and Brad Van­maris.

Wil­liam Darby was awarded the Halco prize pack for get­ting slapped in the face by a Span­ish flag. One mem­ber of Team Tiger Sharks was awarded a 4WD pack­age do­nated by Suc­cess Fab­ri­ca­tions for hav­ing eight crab nets on board and not putting them in the wa­ter.

Team Snap It Up were also awarded a 4WD pack­age for hav­ing boat trou­bles early and re­turn­ing to the ramp an­nounc­ing they had “bagged out” and were go­ing home for a sleep.

Event or­gan­iser An­drew Cow­ell said fish­ing was slow early on but those who stuck it out came home with the goods.

“Spe­cial men­tion to Larry Daven­port who came from Ade­laide and spent tire­less hours be­hind the scenes pre­par­ing and cook­ing so that ev­ery­one could en­joy a ham­burger and roast gravy roll for din­ner,” Mr Cow­ell said.

“A spe­cial thank you to all of our mem­bers who helped out in many ways.”

Mr Cow­ell said Port Wal­cott Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue wel­comed any mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who wished to get in­volved to at­tend its sun­down­ers on the first Fri­day of each month.

Pic­ture: An­drew Cow­ell

Team Slob­mundi, Matt Free and Todd and Mitch Bairstow, show their true colours.

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