Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Teen Nurthen Rules Waves; Marriott in Third Spot at Portsea

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Teen Nurthen Rules Waves; Marriott in Third Spot at Portsea

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Byline: STEELE TAYLOR steele.taylor@scnews.com.au

STANDINGS

IronWoman Series

IronWomen Series at Portsea, Victoria: Round 4: A Nurthen (Terrigal) 20, C Hancock (Northcliffe) 19, A Marriott (Mooloolaba) 18, B Moir (North Burleigh) 17, K Smith (Northcliffe) 16, A Richardson (Mooloolaba) 15, A Bennett (North Burleigh)14, T Coleman (Maroubra) 13, T Sullivan (Northcliffe) 12, B Hancock (Northcliffe) 11.

Progress: C Hancock (Northcliffe) 74, A Marriott (Mooloolaba) 68, L Pluimers (Northcliffe) 64, K Smith (Northcliffe) 61, G Newbiggin (Mooloolaba) 58, A Nurthen (Terrigal) 57, B Moir (North Burleigh) 53, A Richardson (Mooloolaba) 48.

MOOLOOLABA'S Alicia Marriott kept alive slim hopes of defending her IronWoman Series crown as Terrigal teenager Amy Nurthen tamed the treacherous conditions at Portsea yesterday.

Nurthen, 18, snared her maiden victory in round four of the series but Elizabeth Pluimers broke two skis and let slip her series lead with a shock 17th placing.

Birthday girl Marriott, 25, finished in third place to surge from third to second in the series standings, behind new leader Courtney Hancock.

But she will need to haul in a six-point deficit in the final round at Noosa on Sunday, where calm conditions are expected and could make it difficult for Marriott to make a move.

C[pounds sterling]She (Hancock) has a fairly big points lead,C[yen] Marriott said yesterday.

C[pounds sterling]I know Noosa is not known for surf but I'm hoping there is some there next weekend to mix it up a bit.C[yen]

Marriott was optimistic the series could hold a few surprises yet.

C[pounds sterling]Even if there isn't any (surf) there's still plenty of girls that can get in there and mix the points around a bit...but I'll just be worried about my own race,C[yen] she said. …

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