The Ma Bendall-Phyllis O’Donnell Memorial Tag Team Shield-Interclub Challenge was held on the June Long weekend in dreamy conditions. This memorial shield was created to honour the contribution to Australian women’s surfing by these two pioneering women surfers. It is an event that celebrates women’s surfing and promotes comradery. The first interclub event held to compete for the shield was held in 1986 on the Sunshine Coast. It was not until 1996 that the contest was held again, and from that year until 2007 it was contested by Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Lennox All Girls Surfriders. Due to the demise of the women’s clubs on the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, the shield was not officially contested again until 2013 when Mid Coast Girls Surfriders and Tweed Coast Surfer Girls Clubs travelled to Lennox Head to compete, with the event being contested via the current Tag Team format. This year the Mid North Coast girls made the drive up with two teams to compete. The weekend began with an awesome movie night at the local rugby club, to raise funds for our local Westpac helicopter crew, it was pretty special watching women’s surf movies with a bunch girls, big thanks to all those that attended the event. We awoke to absolutely perfect conditions on competition day, winds were offshore, sun was shining and waves were 3 ft with the odd bigger set coming in. Congratulations must go out to all of our girls, and the girls from the Mid North Coast Club! There was some amazing surfing from both teams and the most incredible sportsmanship. Special mention to Tamika Hudson for the highest scoring wave of the day, a 9.2. bomb from the outer bank! And to our junior girls Josie Morison and Layla Ross who paddled our with the biggest grins and did our teams proud. Also to the amazing Poppy Hand, who surfed every round as our junior open surfer. A big thanks to Mel Mott organising this year’s event and thanks also to the head judge Jenny Steen for making the trip down from the gold coast, it was great to catch up again. Thanks also to all those involved in making the day run smoothly and to the parents and supporters that came down and watched the event and to all those that helped with the set up and pack down. I am pleased to report that all the All Girls Surfriders club has managed to maintain its winning streak for another year and the shield is on display at Club Lennox. We look forward to doing it all again next year!!
Thanks again to all those who made the weekend a great event – especially Mel – and the girls who gave up their time to volunteer as officials – Kerry, Georgia, Maz, Jane and Melissa.
The Saturday night was a cracker with us raising a couple of hundred dollars for the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter while watching movies about girls surfing in a room full of girls – does life get any better? Special thanks to Rae, Debbie Gordon, Mali and Kellie for their ultra-efforts helping the presidents clean up after – the facebook videos speak for themselves!