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Father-son combination secure national title

Winners are grinners: Women’s Peninsula Surfriders Hannah Trigger (left), Vee Bieber, Charlee West, Nina Sinclair and Claudia Daymond take out the Sailor Jerry Surftag. Picture: Supplied

Peninsula surfers ride wave to nationals THE WOMEN’S Peninsula Surfriders are set for the national championships next month after taking out the Victorian and South Australian Sailor Jerry Surftag Qualifier at Rye Back Beach on Saturday 17 March. The Women’s Peninsula team (29.69) consisting of Hannah Trigger, Vee Bieber, Claudia Daymond, Nina Sinclair and Charlee West charged the chunky conditions to finish nearly 20-points clear of Torquay (10.33). Peninsula surfrider Charlee West was stoked with the victory and now has her sights set on the national championships at the Gold Coast on Friday 27 April. “It’s so special to be a part of this team representing the club and to win the first ever Women’s Surftag in Victoria is really cool,” West said. Former Winter Olympic snowboarder Hannah

Trigger posted the highest score in the final with a run of 10.50 and will head up north with the Women’s group alongside the Peninsula Surfriders men’s division who grabbed second at the Qualifiers. The men’s division pushed Torquay all the way to the last wave with club president and fifth surfer Lachy McDonald scoring 18.17 in the final stages of the decider to finish 6 points behind to claim second spot. McDonald said it’s great to have a large squad heading up towards the Gold Coast. “Winning the Women’s division and coming second in the Men’s is a great effort from our club,” McDonald said. “We were one good wave short of the win today in the Men’s and look forward to testing ourselves against the country’s best.” Ben Triandafillou

THE father-son combination of Jamie and Sam Hodic, from Crib Point, has created history on Sunday 18 March as they guided the Melbourne Glacier’s Ice Hockey team to their first national title. Jamie, who took up coaching for the first time this season, and his son Sam, who captained the under-21’s side, created a memorable comeback, from last to first, to claim gold in the grand-final at the O’Brien Group Arena in Melbourne. Having finished at the bottom of ladder for the 2017/18 season, the Glaciers scored a wildcard entry into the finals series having been the hosts for the national finals and received automatic entry. The Glaciers had won four matches, including two shootouts, from their 16 games throughout the season and headed into the finals as an “outsider”. While the side had to turn around their form from their season, Sam was still pretty confident the side could be competitive against the states. “We were lucky to have been in the finals to be honest,” Sam said. “We had a bad season because we never really had a full squad and some people were complaining about us even being in the finals.” “Some of our team were out for suspensions, other people were injured and some other players had full-time work commitments during the season so we never really had it all together. “The semis were the first time we had our full squad. I had a feeling that any team can win on any given day but it was whether we could put it all together.” The Glaciers started strong and won their first three matches in the finals series before securing two more victories in the Semi-Finals on the Saturday, defeating Brisbane Blitz and the Perth Sharks in shootouts. Sam said the semi-finals could have gone any way as the shoot-outs are seen as basically a “lottery pick”. “No one ever has a clear idea on who the winner will be in a shootout,” he said. “Before the shootout, you go through five minutes of overtime and most games finish there but

Golden Glaciers: Melbourne Glaciers Ice Hockey players Corey Stringer (left), Sam Hodic and Gavin Birchler enjoy the club’s first national trophy. Picture: Supplied

we had to go through and play shootouts in both of our semis. “It was obviously pretty lucky to win them both but I was pretty confident as we have the best goalie and at least six good shooters so we had a pretty strong chance.” The Glaciers went through to defeat the favourites, Adelaide Adrenaline, in the grand final on the Sunday and claim Melbourne Glaciers first ever trophy. Glaciers coach Jamie Hodic said it was pretty amazing for Melbourne after finishing last in the season to walk away with the national title. “I’ve competed more as a player than a coach so I just wanted to get them together and told them ‘in the end it’s our home and we shouldn’t let them push us around’,” he said. “If we had lost just one match we would have been kicked out but when it came to the crunch we didn’t lose a game. “We couldn’t afford to have any penalties against us and they really stood up and were just really disciplined. “They played well beyond their years.” Ben Triandafillou

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