After 7 days of action, 123 events and 521 races, it was time for the most prestigous event on the Australian Rowing calender, The Interstate Regatta, and we were in for some rip-roaring racing.
The first race of the afternoon was the Women's LTA Single Scull with Kathleen Murdoch representing the state for a second year. She got out to a great start and put a firm foot down on the field - successfully defending her title from 2016. Congratulations Kathleen!
Next up was Dual Paralympian Kevin du Toit in the Men's Single Scull, after moving through in the latter stages last year to clinch a late victory Kevin had to settle for silver this year as Queensland Sculler Mac Russell dominated the field.
The Women's Single Scull, racing for the Nell Slater trophy, with NSW represented this year by Gen Horton. After Queensland sculler Maddie Edmunds set the field on fire earlier on during the week in the Open Women's Scull victory was going to be a hard fought battle. Armed with her famous racing chin, she rowed a valiant race and secured the bronze medal. Gen was also racing for NSW in the Queen's Cup Boat.
Theres a new President in town. After settling for bronze behind fellow Welshmen Spencer Turrin and Hamish Playfair earlier in the week, our NSW representitive Cameron Girdlestone was out with a fire in his belly for victory in the President's Cup. Cam stormed out to a 2 second lead 500 metres into the race and never looked back finishing 5 seconds clear of his nearest rival Luke Letcher of the ACT.
Now onto the bigger boats with the Lightweight Women's Quad Scull racing for the Victoria Cup. This year the boat consisted of Lightweight Single Scull Champion Georgia Miansarow, Rosie Beasley, Georgie Masters and Sophie Jerapetritis. The girls got out to a solid start and moved through South Australia to keep themselves in the bronze position. Was great to see our mighty lighties back on the podium this year!
The Men's Lightweight four was one to watch out for this year with newcomer's in the crew. Matt Curtin, Sean Murphy, Jack Hanley and James Chuter made up the NSW Crew and fought a mighty battle all the way to the line. Unfourtunately they were on the wrong side of a photo finish and again ended up in 3rd place by the smallest of margins. With two young guns in Sean Murphy and Matt Curtin this is a crew to watch in coming years!
After finishing in 6th place in last years Interstate Regatta, the young welshwomen in the Youth 8 were determined to take it up a notch. The crew of Lauren Lyon, Grace Galloway, Georgia Bradley, Adelaide Scott, Lara Wainwright, Grace Reid, Olivia Bartram, Dyone Bettega and Cox Talia Barnet raced well and fell short of the podium by four seconds.
The lads in the Youth 8+ were chasing a 3rd straight win and shot out the blocks to a 4 second lead at the 500, the crew of Leon Chambers, Jacob Flanagan, Hugh Courts, Matt Murray, Thomas Barnes, Zac Von Appen, Lachlan Miles, Jack O'Brien and cox Rebecca Harrisson showed no mercy. From the bank the race was never in contention as the boys put on an extremely dominant performance to take the win in a time of 5:47.85 #borrs.
The Welshwomen are coming. After a 3rd place at last years Interstate Regatta, the Welshwomen have been training hard, after racing in the Head of The Yarra, Iron Cove Head and taking out the Open Sprint 8+ the cohesive unit of fierce welshwomen were set up for success. They stormed out to a lead in the first 500 and were hanging on for dear life as Victoria were inching closer and closer as the race went on. After a hugely brave effort the Queen's Cup was taken out by the Victorians in the final stages of the race. The girls rowed an incredible race and we are all looking forward to how the crew will develop in years to come.
Kings Cup returned home. The crew consited of Edward White, Peter Koster, Angus Moore, Alexander Lloyd, Spencer Turrin, Hamish Playfair, Jack Hargreaves, Alex Purnell and cox William Raven. The crew won the race from start to finish and did New South Wales proud. Bow seat and the first man across the line Ed White stated "The best 8 I've ever rowed in, silky smooth." We extend our congratulations to the crew for returning the King's Cup to its rightful home in the state of New South Wales.
Due to the success of the New South Wales athletes during the Interstate Regatta President Stephen Donnolley was presented with the Rowing Australia Cup for the state with the most points in the pointscore of the Interstate Regatta.
This marks a very successful regatta for the 2017 Interstate team.
Thank you to Rowing Australia Photographer Delly Carr and Scott Patterson for the Images used above
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