Bell aims for sweeping wins in Queensland Cup series
BRENDON Bell is taking command.
Emu Park surfboat enthusiast Bell was ready to take to the waters of Coolum today for the opening round of the Queensland Cup series.
Leading 17 other Emu Park Surf Life Saving Club competitors at the event as coach and sweep of three surfboats, Bell had a lot on his plate but was ready for the challenge.
"I'm going to be the coach and sweep three of our four boats, the masters, women's and reserves," Bell said.
"This is the first carnival for the girls and the reserves teams, but the masters team should have the best chance in their division.
"They were in the final of the Australian Championships last year which is a pretty good achievement."
Bell anticipated clubs from the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast would put up a tough fight across the weekend but said the Emu Park crews were primed and prepared.
"I'm expecting about 45 crews all up across all of the divisions," he said.
"We are the most northern club that will be attending and Tannum Sands have about seven crews but the southern competitors from the Gold and Sunshine coasts are going to be the toughest.
"There is a fairly big swell down there at the moment. It's at about 2.5 metres, which will be interesting.
"We usually miss out on the big swells but we had some practice last week with the king tide down at Farnborough, but anything can happen."
Bell said Emu Park would contest two rounds of the five-round Queensland Cup series, with another planned for early March in Mooloolaba.
The club was also preparing for the Queensland Surfboat Championships from March 7-9.
Yeppoon Surf Life Saving Club had entered a team in this weekend's Queensland Cup event but had to withdraw due to a rower injuring their back.