West Kirby Warriors storm to victory with near perfect score.
The first West Zone inter T15 club event took place in near perfect conditions at Manley Mere. Team Astbury (2007 National Champions) arrived determined to recover from last year’s 4 nil defeat by 2008 National Champions West Kirby Warriors but it wasn’t to be.
The 3.5 fleet were first out of the blocks and the yellow shirts of the Warriors soon showed their dominance, securing 1st (Isaac Bradley-Baker), 2nd (Will Mooney) and 4th (Samson King) places with Zed Spencer-Milnes from Manley Mere Katz coming in at 3rd place.
Team Astbury fought back in the 4.5 fleet with James Bloor taking first place but Rupert Trambusti from the Warriors kept up the pressure by taking second. In the 5.5 fleet the tables were turned with Sam Coldham (West Kirby Warriors) taking 1st place despite not having been out on the water since the National Championship in October last year.
A first place by Oliver Bradley-Baker (West Kirby Warriors) and second by team- mate Joash Knight in the 6.8 fleet secured a convincing victory with a near perfect score for the Warriors.
Warriors’ coach Simon Moore couldn’t believe the result given the difficulties the club has faced this year with West Kirby Marine Lake out of action and the club having been turned down for a number of grants and now struggling for funds. The enthusiasm of the younger windsurfers in the 3.5 fleet and the continued support of their parents despite the difficulties was particularly welcomed.
Whilst Warriors must now have their sights on securing a place in the National Championships for a second year running light wind specialists Team Astbury will be looking to fight back and hoping for calmer conditions at the next event at Glossop on 27th June.