Margaret River Senior High School surfers triumph in Australian Junior Surf Titles

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Seth van Haeften.
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Margaret River Senior High School claimed two school shield divisions at the weekend finals of the Australian Junior Surf Titles.

But the region’s individual surfers lost out to a number of other WA and interstate rivals in their heats.

WA’s Coral Durrant and Jamie Thomson from NSW came out on top in the blue-ribbon under-18 division finals contest organisers said saw “epic conditions”.

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Yallingup’s Emma Cattlin gave Durrant a difficult time during the competition to come in second.

The under-16 girls’ final was a Victorian affair with Ellie Harrison beating Jazz Wylie by half a point.

The under-16 boys title saw NSW’s Lennix Smith defeat Queenslander Ty Richardson in a final featuring no local surfers.

Queensland’s Jahly Stokes claimed the under-14 girls title and Dane Henry from NSW won the boys’ competition.

Emma Cattlin.
Camera IconEmma Cattlin.

MRSHS’s boys’ squad came through with flying colours in the under-19 Shield final with a final score of 18.4, defeating schools from Victoria, NSW and Queensland.

The under-19 MRSHS girls came third in their final, which went to Victorian school St Ignatius College.

Jahnu Packer.
Camera IconJahnu Packer.

Pride was restored by the MRSHS under-16 side which triumphed against interstate schools by a clear margin of 15.75 points, with Miami SHS second on 11.5.

The under-16 MRSHS side came third in their final.

The 2019 Australian Junior Surfing Titles were hosted in Margaret River for the first time since 2008 from November 30 until Saturday.

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