Killey happy to be on home stretch 

MEREWETHER’S Erin Killey hopes her strong performance in the Nobbys to Newcastle Beach Ocean Swim signals a change in luck for her return home for 2013.

Killey, 20, won the women’s section and was second overall in the second annual event organised by Newcastle Surf Life Saving Club on Sunday. Hawkesbury’s Wally Eggleton was the overall winner.

Killey, a former Cooks Hill surf lifesaving competitor, approached the two-kilometre swim as ‘‘a bit of fun’’ amid a heavy training block as she mounts a comeback from injury.

She has recently moved home after a 15-month stint at the Australian Institute of Sport and is working with Hunter Swim Club coach Shane Arnold to get her pool career back on track after a leg problem ruined her 2012 campaign.

‘‘I got quite sick and injured last year and I have to move for my university studies anyway,’’ Killey said.

‘‘I had a stress reaction in my femur and I was on crutches for a few months, which made it all pretty hard.’’

Killey, the 1500-metre Australian short course champion in 2011, has been back in full training since September and is building towards the world championship team trials in April. A former Baths to Bar Beach ocean swim winner, Killey said open-water events were excellent training runs in preparation for her pet events, the 800metres and 1500metres.

‘‘Ocean swims are usually 1500metres to twokilometres so it’s good to get that straight swim without tumble turns.’’

 ■  Caves Beach’s under-23 crew survived two rounds of hairy conditions at MacMasters Beach to remain unbeaten in the Peters Surf Boat Series after five rounds.

Caves finished ahead of Redhead on Sunday to stay the only undefeated crew in the series, but it was far from plain sailing.

The third and final round of races at MacMasters were cancelled because of concerns for safety in the rough conditions. No races in the masters women’s event were held.

Caves also won the men’s open round, while Swansea-Belmont claimed the open women’s and masters men’s events.

The hosts took out the men’s reserves and Ocean Beach won the men’s under19s.

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