January – Gunnamatta – Cancelled - dangerous ocean conditions
February – Terrigal – Results
March – Kurnell – Cancelled - dangerous ocean conditions
April – Little Manly – Results
May – Port Kembla - Results
June – Gunnamatta – Results
July – No Competition
August – Bayview –
September – Long Reef –
October – Kurnell –
November – Watsons Bay –
December – Gunnamatta –
a) The first Sunday of every month of the year, except January, Mother’s Day, long weekends and major championships. Dates for the upcoming year are to be notified three (3) months prior to commencement. The year commences 1st January and completes 31st Where agreed, Allimans may be held in conjunction with major metro controlled events.
b) A notified date shall not include any date which has been allocated to another championship event except as in (a) above. It shall also not include any date which has been previously notified by any club as a veto date. Veto date must be notified to committee at least four (4) months prior to the upcoming competition year.
c) Alliman Shields must be held on the notified scheduled dates.
d) Allimans will start and finish at the following times
January, February, March, April, May, June - 8am till 1.15pm
July, August, September, October, November, December – 8am till 1.15pm
These times may vary only where an Alliman is conducted in conjunction with a major Metro controlled competition normally 8am till 2pm or as otherwise notified at the venue.
B Grade - Ben Favorito
C Grade - Cohan Jones
D Grade - Jarod McKenzie
Grand Master - Patrick Mullins
Master - Gunther Pfrengle
Veteran - Gary Baxter
Senior - Derrick Cruz
Intermediate - Aaron Puckeridge
Junior - Cameron Gall
Sub Junior - Jarod McKenzie
Sans Souci Dolphins for winning the Alliman Shield & most species
St George Sea Dragons - winning Four Mans Teams
Most Meritorious - Alex Lewis with the great Dusky Flathead - 166 points
Intermediate - Peter Kemp - Coral Trout - 152 points. 2nd time one has been speared in Sydney. 1st being Derrick Cruz earlier in the year also in the Alliman comp.
Sub Junior - Brad McKenzie - Silver Travally - 91 points
So many more categories to list, go take a look at the results.
The Sydney Metropolitan Zone’s Alliman Shield competition is named in honour of Alec 'Curly' Alliman.
Curly Alliman, the 1955 NSW Spearfishing Champion, was attending the USFA outing at Malabar on March 11th 1956 and while wearing Scuba was walking up the hill behind the Anzac Rifle Range when he collapsed and died of a heart attack. He was only 26 and had recently passed a medical prior to enlisting in the army.
The following tribute was published in the Australian Skindiving and Spearfishing Digest:-
Curly Alliman (Right) with Ben Cropp (Left)
Whatever our colour, creed or sport, somewhere, sometime we must all leave this world. That is inevitable.
When a man reaches his six score and 10 he is prepared to go, but when it strikes a healthy, happy-go-lucky club mate of 26, there seems a tragic waste. “Curly” Alliman was a club mate in every respect of the word, a good spearman and aqualunger, ready to lend a hand when work was to be done.
Always smiling, Curly’s passing is a big loss to his friends and club.
The first heat for the “Curly” Alliman Memorial Trophy was held on Sunday 8th July 1956 at Bilgola.
It attracted 64 entries with all clubs represented, but with only three feet visibility only four fish were weighed-in, two small groper, one drummer and a Sergeant Baker.
The newly formed St. George club was declared the winner with D. Rowlands 1st with 20 points and N. Shaw 2nd with 6 points.
A meeting following the weigh in confirmed the following rules to apply for future Alliman Trophy competitions:-
Staring time shall be from 10AM – finishing time 2PM.
That the next seven monthly meetings will be conducted by the Branch Club’s Captains, who with their committees, will set down the programme for the day and attend to all amenities etc.
The August Day Outing will be in the hands of “Parramatta”.
Boundaries. No boundaries for monthly competitions, except State Championships.
The Sydney Metro Alliman Shield competition is a fin fish spearfishing competition open to both males and females and is held on a monthly basis with scores accumulating across the calendar year. Four Sydney clubs compete in the Alliman Shield with some great competitive rivalry between both mates and clubs.
The Alliman Shield Competition days are a great opportunity for divers to learn how to hunt a large diversity of fish species and forces divers to think about the fish they want to take, where to find them, techniques and the best equipment to use. It also provides a set date, usually the first Sunday of each month, when divers can plan to hit the water together and try their best in the local arena or just have a bit of fun with mates.
Only one of each of a set list of species of fish may be scored by a diver, thus maintaining the sustainability of our sport and of course there are many rules in place to enforce and emphasise the safety aspect of our sport.
There are many different categories within the Alliman Shield competition based on age and diver ability and divers range from National Champions through to absolute beginners. There is no better way to learn about spearfishing than to dive the comps and learn from the experience of the great divers around you.
The weigh-ins at the end of the day are always good social events with divers swapping stories of the adventures of the day, proudly showing off their fish or just enjoying a drink or two with mates and fellow divers. And of course, you end of with some fresh fish for dinner at the end of the day!
You can find out more about the history of Alec 'Curly' Alliman here.