dunlop-wins-home-eventPhillip Island’s Courtney Dunlop (second from right) took out the Under 18 round win in the Victorian Junior Surfing Titles at Woolamai over the weekend. Photo courtesy of Liam Robertson.

COURTNEY Dunlop took out the Phillip Island round of the Victorian Junior Surfing Titles held at her home break at Cape Woolamai over the weekend.
Courtney took her first State Round win and in the trying conditions was able to find a 7.67 in the final minutes to leapfrog the field from third to first.
Finishing in second was May Fox (Jan Juc), with Jemima Hutchins and Ella Sweeney (Jan Juc) in third and fourth.
The win places Dunlop and Hutchins on equal rating points both with a first and third placing. With the final event coming up at Jan Juc later next month, both girls will be facing off for the title of Victorian Junior Champion.
In pumping four foot waves on Saturday, the final heats of the postponed East Coast Round were run with Tully Wylie (Jan Juc), Jemima Hutchins (Barwon Heads) and Jacob Connelly (Melbourne) taking out their respective divisions.
Following the completion of the East Coast Round, the Phillip Island Round was run utilising the excellent conditions before the weather change overnight.
The Under 18 Boys saw Joel Wookey (St Andrews Beach) rampage through the draw winning every heat throughout the weekend.
Placing in second was Taj McEntee of Inverloch who placed third in the East Coast round and has made a solid push up the ratings.
Grace Day never looked like giving up the top spot after scoring a 6.67 in the opening minutes and then quickly backing it up with a 4.83 to take the lead in the Under 16 Girls.
Day won the round from Phillip Islander Sophie Fletcher who took out second.
The Under 14s gave the crowd a glimpse into the promising future for surfing in Victoria, with an exciting final including Xavier Huxtable (Jan Juc), Tane Bowden (Jan Juc), Cole Fox (Jan Juc) and Island local Codie Jeffery.
In the end Huxtable was able to find the best waves and come out on top of Bowden with Jeffery and Fox in third and fourth.
Phillip Island’s Daisy Corbett finished third in the Under 14 Girls division.
The final round of the Junior Titles will be held on the Surf Coast on March 22 and 23.