ALL ABOARD: Tannum Sands Gorlocks are hopeful of winning a Queensland Title, but will have to compete with another strong Tannum Sands crews.
ALL ABOARD: Tannum Sands Gorlocks are hopeful of winning a Queensland Title, but will have to compete with another strong Tannum Sands crews. Luka Kauzlaric

Rival Tannum crews hopeful of one-two finish at state titles

TANNUM Sands' Gorlocks surf boat crew has not missed a beat despite being forced to find a new sweep this season after graduating from the under-19 age division.

With former mentor Phil Massingham already engaged with another U23 crew, the Gorlocks have welcomed Tony Davis into their boat.

The change means that the Gorlocks are now competing with Massingham and his Luggers crew and the two teams have developed a fierce rivalry.

That rivalry will be on show when the two crews represent Tannum Sands at the State Titles in eight days time.

While hoping for a one-two finish for Tannum Sands, Davis said there was no room for doubt about top spot.

"What we want as a club is to finish one and two, we would like them to come second to us, but we wish the other crew on," Davis said.

The crews will continue their preparations for the State Titles with round four of the Queensland Cup at Mooloolaba this weekend.

Determined to leave no stone unturned in their bid for state success, the Tannum Sands crews will step up their rowing program.

Davis said while it was too late to gain any fitness benefits, the event would offer a great opportunity to gain a psychological advantage.

"It is all sharpening up now," he said.

"This weekend both U23 men's are racing A Grade as well so it is a training hit-out.

"We will see where we are at."

Davis tipped the two Tannum Sands crews and Kurrawa Storm as the teams most likely to figure in the final at the State Titles but he is confident the Gorlocks have the edge.

"At the moment there is not a crew in the nation we have not beaten," he said.

Gorlocks Crew:

  • Ryan Keating
  • Will Badyk
  • Jackson Reading
  • Matt King
  • Sweep: Tony Davis