January – Gunnamatta – Cancelled - dangerous ocean conditions
February – Bayview – Cancelled - dangerous ocean conditions
March – Kurnell – Results
April – Little Manly – Results
May – Watsons Bay – Results
June – Gunnamatta – Cancelled - dangerous ocean conditions
July – No Competition
August – Bayview – Results
September – Long Reef – Results
October – Kurnell – Results
November – Port Kembla – Results
December – Gunnamatta – Results
1st - Matthew Poulton
2nd - Derrick Cruz
3rd - Evan Leeson
B Grade - Cohan Jones
C Grade - Phil Sheppard
D Grade - Patrick Koch
Grand Master - Patrick Mullins
Master - Gordon Black
Veteran - Rob Tierney
Senior - Matthew Poulton
Intermediate - Aaron Puckeridge
Junior - Joe Halkyard
Sub Junior - Jarod McKenzie
Congratulations to: Sans Souci Dolphins winning the year on equal points with North Shore Seahawks.
The conditions looked good as the sun came up over Botany Bay. It was 7am and there were the usual bike riders and dog walkers about while the ring and sign on sheets were organised in the park but no divers!
Sure enough from various directions the spearo boats came steaming in and by 7:30am nearly fifty divers in fifteen boats signed on and gathered for the safety talk and at 8am wandered off to the boats to gather about 500m away for the boat start flagged by Macca. Continue reading Alliman Shield 2015 – 11th October – Kurnell
Hello All Fellow Spearos,
The day dawned a beautiful pink promising clear skies and at Fishermen’s Beach the air was still and the sea a mirror. There was nobody around as I set the ring up but by 7:30am the place was buzzing with boats zooming in and the divers signing on. What a great day for an Alliman!
The usual safety talk was given with the emphasis on diving in pairs as the many reports of shark activity had some divers nervous but as it turned out not one was seen. Just before 8am the divers made their way to the boats and putted out slowly to wait for Macca to wave his boat flag to signify the start of the competition. The boats raced away North & South! Continue reading Alliman Shield 2015 – 13th September – Long Reef
The day dawned perfect for the sixth round of the Alliman Shield 2015 at Bayview. Forty two divers and fourteen boats gathered on the beach on a rather mild winter’s morning and after the safety talk and the sign on the boats made their way up the channel into Pittwater and then out in the open ocean, although some hit the estuary first.
The water was a cold 13 degrees celsius at Bayview and around 17 in the ocean around the bend after Barrenjoey Point. Continue reading Alliman Shield 2015 – 2nd August – Bayview
The day dawned calm and conditions looked terrific for the fourth competition of the 2015 Alliman Shield competition year. The boats & competitors arrived late (bloody winter!) but the sign on, safety talk & roll call went quickly and the divers made their way down to the boats only a few minutes after 8am.
6:45am one week after daylight saving ended dawned dark and grey at Little Manly cove as the boats gathered on the beach as the ring was put up and the tables set up for the weigh in later in the day.
Forty three divers signed up for the competition including that old stalwart Trippey from the Dolphins who was seen shaking out mothballs out of his dive gear. There was a lot of talk and catching up and it was good to see a new breed of young guns from the North Shore Seahawks that a forming a good team.
The safety talk was conducted and everyone made their way from the reserve to the boats and a few minutes before 8am the boats made their way out slowly to the gathering point outside the cove ready for the flag start from Emanuel’s big R.I.B.
The flag was waved and the boats made their way in all directions some up the harbour and the rest out to sea.
The conditions were quite ordinary with a strong Southerly wind blowing and a nasty sloppy chop making things uncomfortable. Coupled with this was an ordinary 6m to 8m cloudy visibility with a lot of particles throughout the water. Nevertheless the conditions were still very spear able and the fish that came into the weigh in was proof of this. Continue reading Alliman Shield 2015 – 12th April – Little Manly