Injured leader of Falcons has earned respect of all
Apr
18
2015
GREAT effort by the Sunshine Coast Falcons last weekend in their courageous away win over Tweed.

Without skipper Tom Murphy, who seriously injured his shoulder in the early stages of the second half, the Coast side hung on to win 28-24 under immense pressure from the Seagulls.

 

The tackle Murphy made that injured his shoulder led to a spilled ball and subsequent try by the Falcons to put them in the lead for the first time in the game.

They hung on grimly in respect for a skipper who has lead from the front every time he puts on a black and gold jersey.

I am sure the young bloke is devastated that the season is over for him, but he has proved to everyone at the club that he is a special player with a motor bigger than most, and a big future in the game.

 I AM on the beautiful Gold Coast at the moment for the Australian lifesaving championships at North Kirra Beach.

What a fantastic spectacle it is with thousands of competitors from across Australia and even a few from over the ditch.

The pointy end of the show is today and tomorrow, and the Sunshine Coast should be prominent with the Mooloolaba powerhouse expected to be right up there in all the blue ribbon events.

It has been a great week, starting last weekend, with the Maroochydore club dominating the youth championships, and some fantastic efforts from the Sunshine Coast clubs in general.

The Alex club was pretty chuffed when Brad Doughan and Kate Thornton won the open champion lifesaver events on Monday and then backed up on Tuesday with their Alex teammates to win the open patrol comp and defeat Northcliffe in that event for the first time in 11 years.

In surfboard riding, Alex's Sam Williams won gold in the under-17s and looked like a champion of the future.

Two of his clubmates, champions of the past Shane Bevan and Spencer Hargraves, finished one and two in the open men's - a first for the club in its 90-year history.

There were also some great performances by the very young with Sammy Lee getting a bronze in the 14s and Kye Etchells silver in the 15s, and the very old, with Richard McHugh's gold in the masters.

Richie, or Barney as he is known, as in Rubble, was caught off-guard by his win as he had packed up and started to head home after the final a little despondent.

The judges disagreed with him, however, and Barney performed a massive u-turn to pick up the medal.

Coolum SLSC's Jaleesa Vincent won both the under-17 and open women's surfboard events.

She, like Sam Williams, appears to have a big future. It would be remiss of me not to mention Coolum's old man of the sea, Bruce Dunn, who had a great win in the masters.

 

Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily

http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/injured-leader-of-falcons-has-earned-respect-of-al/2611050/

 

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