STATE CHAMPS: Competitors line up for the under-12 board heats.
STATE CHAMPS: Competitors line up for the under-12 board heats. Alistair Brightman

Show of strength by Coast clubs at youth championships

THERE was pretty much a major kerfuffle this week over the Queensland youth surf lifesaving championship overall point score which was rectified by SLSQ after a couple of errors were sorted.

It wasn't ideal but sometimes things happen. But in my view while all this was going on what I think was really missed was the fact how well Sunshine Coast clubs went in the championships. Alex, Maroochydore, Sunshine Beach, Kawana and Noosa all figured prominently over the three days which proves the strength of clubs on the Coast and the quality of the coaches and age managers.

The coaches, Jack Hansen (Alex), Nathan Greig (Maroochydore), Clint Robinson and Kerri Thomas (Sunshine Beach), Heath Collie (Kawana) and Darren Mercer (Noosa) are all quality coaches that local clubs and the sport are lucky to have. In my opinion the performance of Kawana was particularly impressive considering the size of the club compared to the bigger outfits. What a great effort.

THE Sunshine Coast Falcons had their season launch on Wednesday at the Brightwater Hotel, compered by WIN Television's Josh 'I'm releasing my own brand hair gel' Minogue and by all reports it was a great night.

I was nursing a torn Achilles at home with a tall-ie. Ever observant Josh picked up the Galcons recruiting secret whilst interviewing Dane Hogan, Guy Hamilton and Alex Bishop, all red heads. Apparently, CEO Chris Flannery realised the club could be in for a discrimination case as next cab off the rank was Lachlan Timm who also is a ranga, so he subbed in Jye Ballinger (border-line strawberry blond) and the only other safe bet Martin Cordwell.

By all accounts it was a good night, probably because I wasn't there and they also tell me the CEO was at his usual caring self and was the last to leave making sure a couple of our very special sponsors never got lonely.

NAMBOUR RSL and the Nambour Crushers are combining to host some sports lunches, the first being on March 24 featuring footy legend Trevor 'The Axe' Gillmeister, former Bronco flyer Jharal Yow Yeh and Falcons head coach Craig Ingebrigtsen and compered by 'Mr Footy' Tony Durkin.

Should be a great afternoon and according to club president Brad Beetson they have a number of them coming up including Australian coach Mal Meninga later in the year. Ring the RSL for tickets (54412366) and just for the record when it gets to question time someone ask Gilly to tell the ATM story when he was at the Roosters, it's a beauty.

ON March 4 at the Alex Surf Club there is a fund-raiser for Sunshine Coast Pink Sea Serpents with an Italian Night, totally themed, also featuring the beautiful and talented Michelle Brown, to raise money for the girls to get to Florence, Italy next year for the World Dragon Boat Festival.

The Dragon Boat movement is a great supporter of Pink Ribbon and those effected by cancer. I love their war cry 'Fight like a girl, fire up like a dragon and paddle like there is no tomorrow'. If you can help, ring the club to purchase a ticket (54436677).