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Taranaki Daily News - - Community Sport - LIFE­SAV­ING: PAUL MEULI

Lo­cal surf clubs East End and New Ply­mouth Old Boys se­cured top ten places at the BP Surf Life­sav­ing IRB na­tional cham­pi­onships at Waihi Beach.

When the cham­pi­onships were called off early on the sec­ond day due to ad­verse surf con­di­tions, East End were con­firmed in third place with 30 points, while NPOB fin­ished sev­enth on 14 points. Fitzroy fin­ished in eleventh-equal place with four points while Opunake were un­placed.

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Sun­set Beach from Port Waikato fin­ished first with 60 points, fol­lowed by sec­ond place-get­ters St Clair (Dunedin) on 35 points.

The Top Un­der-22 Men’s Team tro­phy was a tie be­tween East End and New Ply­mouth Old Boys, while St Kilda (Dunedin) won the award for Top Un­der-19 Men’s Team.

For East End, their third plac­ing this year means the club has been in the top three for IRB rac­ing for ten con­sec­u­tive sea­sons.

The BP New Zealand IRB Cham­pi­onships mark the end of the 2017-2018 Surf Life Sav­ing New Zealand com­pe­ti­tion sea­son.

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