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Historic General Meeting of new Amalgamated SUBC

Historic General Meeting of new Amalgamated SUBC

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SUBC Amalagmated 16 Sept 15 Last night 15th September 2015 the first General Meeting of the new Sydney University Boat Club was held at Wesley College. The new club represents the amalgamation of Sydney University Women's Rowing Club and Sydney University Boat Club into a new stronger and exciting rowing club that will aim to cater for a wider range of rowing programs while maintaining it's high level development.

Our photo shows members at the first General Meeting

Elected at the first meeting to the Executive Committee were:

President Steve Newnham Vice President Bronwen Watson Male Captain Hamish Playfair Female Captain Rebbecca Humphris Secretary Anika Lalic Treasurer Phillip Walker Undergraduate Rep Will Raven

Major operational sub committees will be announced soon

KIT CUNNINGHAM REID ADDED TO 2015 NATIONAL SENIOR TEAM

Kit Cunningham Reid has been added to the 2015 Australian Rowing Team by Rowing Australia bringing Sydney University's contingent on the team to nine athletes and one coach. Kit CR Representing in the men's quad is Cam Girdlestone, in the men's double scull is Sasha Belonogoff, in the men's pair are Jack Hargreaves and Nick Wheatley, Sally Kehoe is in the women's double and Fergus Pragnell, Matt Ryan and Nick Purnell are in the men's eight with Kit Cunningham Reid as sweep reserve. Mark Prater is the men's pair coach.

Some Australian crews competed in the Word Cup last weeekend in Varese, Italy with Sasha winning silver in the double sculls and Jack and Nick winning bronze in the men's pair.

The men's eight leave this coming week for Henley and all crews will compete in the third World Cup in Lucern, Switzerland 10-12th July. The World Championships in 2015 will be held at Lake Aigbuelette in France from 30th August to 6th September.

Cam Girdlestone Cam Girdlestone

Fergus Pragnell Fergus Pragnell

Jack Hargreaves Jack Hargreaves

Mark Prater Mark Parter coach men's pair

Matt Ryan

Nick Purnell Nick Purnell

Nick Wheatley Nick Wheatley

Sally Kehoe Sally Kehoe

Sasha Belonogoff Sasha Belonogoff

Sydney University Men’s Eight Head to China for Universities Regatta

Sydney University Men’s Eight Head to China for Universities Regatta

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Sydney University Boat Club ‘SUBC’ is currently in training for the International Universities Rowing Regatta (IURR). Sydney University has been invited as guests of the Chinese Rowing Association with the regatta aimed at attracting attention and participation in the sport of rowing throughout China. The Sydney University crew will be up against stiff competition in the 12-boat event, with crews from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale attending, along with a number of top universities from Asia.The International Universities Rowing Regatta (IURR) comprises of three main competitions, with a number of cultural and official functions. The first event is a number of 2000m on water races held at The Shanghai Water Sports Center on Dianshanhu Lake, in the Qingpu District. The second competition is more of a spectator event, with a 2000m ergometer test being held in the main stadium of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, all of the Sydney University crew will be required to complete an individual 2000m erg, with the scores being added up to decide the winning crew. The third and final competitive aspect of the regatta is a 6000m race on The Huang Pu River in central Shanghai. Cultural events planned for the trip include a river cruise with all teams on the first night in China, a series of tourists activities planned by the organising committee, and what is set to be the off water highlight of the trip, a number of performances by each crew attending the regatta. The Sydney Uni crew has had Jacob Bicknell practicing for long hours on the guitar for this particular event, with the remainder of the crew working on vocal backing.

The Sydney Uni crew is yet to be finalized with a squad of nine rowers traveling, along with a cox and two coaches. Hamish Playfair, Kit Cunningham-Reid, Andrew Judge, Jack Hanley, Jack Cook, Angus Robinson, Tom Whitehead, Campbell Watts and Jacob Bicknell. With coxswain Will Raven and coaches Tom Sacre and Tom Minifie.

The crew will be conducting a training and racing camp, to coincide with The Trans Tasman Rowing Regatta in Brisbane in the weeks prior to departing for China. A development eight from Sydney University Boat Club, comprising primarily of current school students and an Open Eight from Sydney University Women’s Rowing Club will also attend the training camp and be racing in Brisbane, with the culmination of the Brisbane leg of the trip being a 12.5km race as part of the Brisbane River Challenge. The races in Brisbane will be 9-11th July.

Uni Boys in Aussie 2015 Pair

Nick Wheatley, Jack Hargreaves along with Head Coach Mark Prater headed out of Sydney last Tuesday to represent Australia in the Men's Pair at the 2015 World Championships at Lake Aigbulette, France. Prior to this competition the crew will race in the World Cups of Rowing at Varese in Italy and Lucern, Switzerland.They will then tackle the U23 Worlds at Plovdiv before the World Seniors. This SUBC crew along with our Head Coach Mark Prater won silver at the 2014 U23 World Championships in the pair.

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Sydney University Men’s Eight Head to China for Universities Regatta

SUBC China Crew 2 (1) SUBC China Crew 3Sydney University Boat Club ‘SUBC’ is currently in training for the International Universities Rowing Regatta (IURR). Sydney University has been invited as guests of the Chinese Rowing Association with the regatta aimed at attracting attention and participation in the sport of rowing throughout China. The Sydney University crew will be up against stiff competition in the 12-boat event, with crews from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale attending, along with a number of top universities from Asia. The International Universities Rowing Regatta (IURR) comprises of three main competitions, with a number of cultural and official functions. The first event is a number of 2000m on water races held at The Shanghai Water Sports Center on Dianshanhu Lake, in the Qingpu District. The second competition is more of a spectator event, with a 2000m ergometer test being held in the main stadium of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, all of the Sydney University crew will be required to complete an individual 2000m erg, with the scores being added up to decide the winning crew. The third and final competitive aspect of the regatta is a 6000m race on The Huang Pu River in central Shanghai. Cultural events planned for the trip include a river cruise with all teams on the first night in China, a series of tourists activities planned by the organising committee, and what is set to be the off water highlight of the trip, a number of performances by each crew attending the regatta. The Sydney Uni crew has had Jacob Bicknell practicing for long hours on the guitar for this particular event, with the remainder of the crew working on vocal backing.

The Sydney Uni crew is yet to be finalized with a squad of nine rowers traveling, along with a cox and two coaches. Hamish Playfair, Kit Cunningham-Reid, Andrew Judge, Jack Hanley, Jack Cook, Angus Robinson, Tom Whitehead, Campbell Watts and Jacob Bicknell. With coxswain Will Raven and coaches Tom Sacre and Tom Minifie.

The crew will be conducting a training and racing camp, to coincide with The Trans Tasman Rowing Regatta in Brisbane in the weeks prior to departing for China. A development eight from Sydney University Boat Club, comprising primarily of current school students and an Open Eight from Sydney University Women’s Rowing Club will also attend the training camp and be racing in Brisbane, with the culmination of the Brisbane leg of the trip being a 12.5km race as part of the Brisbane River Challenge. The races in Brisbane will be 9-11th July. SUBC China Crew 1

TOOWONG ROWING CLUB WINS INUAGURAL POINT SCORE AT 2015 AUSTRALIAN ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS

TOOWONG ROWING CLUB WINS INUAGURAL POINT SCORE AT 2015 AUSTRALIAN ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Sydney University Boat Club congratulates Toowong Rowing Club on a superb overall effort in winning the Inaugural Club Championship at the 2015 Australian Rowing Championships. This point score system based on scores from individual rowers winning points for placings is a much better reflection of the true status of each club's contribution in excellence to our national championships and to the development of the high end performance of our sport. Congratulations to Sydney Rowing Club - claiming top spot for NSW clubs and Mercantile for taking the top position for Victorian clubs. Swan River was the best club from WA, Adelaide Rowing club took the honours for SA, Huon Rowing Club for Tasmania and Canberra Rowing Club taking out the ACT crown.

In schools Geelong Grammar with 40 points led the way with St Margaret's Qld in second and St Joseph's Nudgee Qld in third.

The point score system seeks to balance excellence and at the same time reward to some extent numbers in high level development and is a much better indicator of overall performance than the previous system which counted medals for all clubs in composite crews equally

Thanks to the boffin(s) at Rowing Australia who figured all this out so quickly after the event.

NEW WOMEN’S CUP PRESENTED AT 2015 GOLD CUP REGATTA

NEW WOMEN’S CUP PRESENTED AT 2015 GOLD CUP REGATTA

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The 2015 Gold Cup Regatta will be remembered as an historic occasion. The day on which a new Women’s Gold Cup was presented to St Ignatius College for the Women’s Eights and a day on which the Women’s Eights (now only 6 years old at this regatta) would stand on equal footing with the men’s eights event. The new Riverview Women’s Challenge God Cup was manufactured by Melbourne sculptor Jennifer Mann and commissioned on behalf of approximately 35 donors by the leaders of this project and Rowing NSW.

The cup acknowledges the style and size of the original Gold Cup which was donated to St Ignatius and the Regatta by subscription of residents of Lane Cove in 1893.

Fayette the women’s eights the head of Women’s Gold Cup project, Chris Noel made a speech about the motivations of the donors and the hopes they this trophy would inspire the same traditions as the original Gold Cup. Julia Bell, representing the 2001 Australian Women’s eight (the crew is etched on the trophy) spoke of her hopes for this trophy and on behalf of the donors presented the cup to Dr. Paul Hine, the Headmaster of St Ignatius College.

The first race for this trophy saw a great battle between the UTS and Mosman crews with UTS leading around the pile but Mosman finishing strongly over the final 200 meters to take victory by only 0.22 seconds.

The speech at the presentation is printed below along with the donors who made this possible.

 

Speech for Presenting Women’s Gold Cup to St Ignatius College                Sat 21st February 2015

Headmaster Dr Paul Hine, Rowers, Parents and Friends of Rowing

Traditions are a great thing when they promote something worthwhile and great traditions only stay great when they are honoured, continued and renewed.

What a great tradition is the Gold Cup Regatta.

For many rowers – including myself – rowing in the Gold Cup Eights is among the really cherished memories of a rowing career.

Six years ago the then Headmaster Shane Hogan suggested and the regatta committee introduced the women’s open eight to the program with the aim of encouraging more women’s participation in the Gold Cup.

In 2012 The Regatta Committee thought it would be a good idea to have a suitable trophy for this event that reflected the importance of creating a tradition for the women’s eights that the men’s race has enjoyed for over 120 years.

In the spirit of the original Gold Cup we wanted to raise funds for this trophy by donation subscription just as happened with the citizens of Lane Cove subscribing to the original Gold Cup. Around 35 rowing clubs, school rowing committees and individuals have contributed to make this trophy possible. They are listed in the program – I thank all of them for supporting this trophy and a new tradition. Many of them are with me here around the beach.

On behalf of all those donors we sincerely hope that in 120 years this new trophy will develop the same traditions of the original Gold Cup.

The trophy itself draws on the style of the original cup – we were cognizant of the small size and unique design of the original and accordingly commissioned Jennifer Mann – a well-known sculptor from Melbourne – to design a gold – plated cup that had some unique points but complements the existing men’s cup. The trophy is titled “The Riverview Women’s Challenge Cup” and the handles are decorated with gold waratahs – our state’s flower. On the body of the cup is an etching of the 2001 Australian Women’s Eight – World Champions that year - and on the base the inscription reads – “Presented to St Ignatius College for the Annual Gold Cup Regatta by the Rowing Community of New South Wales”.

Finally could I thank Rowing NSW CEO Tony Blower and Office Administrator Melissa McCormack who registered this project with the ASF, promoted it on the Rowing NSW website and processed donations. I would also like to thank Deanna Fekete who worked with me in rounding up donations.

St Ignatius College – you have been an excellent custodian of the original Gold Cup. We – the donors- know that this new trophy will be looked after by St Ignatius College in the same way as the original.  I will now ask Julia Bell (Wilson when she rowed) to say a few words and present the trophy to Dr Hine.

DONORS: Mosman Rowing Club, Sydney Rowing Club, Sydney University Boat Club, NSW Union of Rowers, Loreto Kirribilli Rowing, Old Ignatians Rowing Club, Chris Noel, Phillip Sharp, Ann Koutts, John Croll, Bernard Smith, Will Liley, Jenny and Graeme Allen, Alison and Paul Gotch, Jim Busteed, Rob Scott, Lionel Robberds, NSW Union of Oarswomen, John Coates, Paul and Lisa Lee, Adam Vine- Hall, Terry and Jane O’Hanlon, Deana Fekete, PLC Sydney, Ellen Randell, Debbie Fox, Anthony Blower, Gillian Campbell, Stephen Donnelly. Ann Stormon, Phil Rossi, Thea Wheatley, Freya Wheatley,      Linda McDonald.

Bronze Boys get Gold

Bronze Boys get Gold

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Fergus Pragnell and Sasha Belonogoff both returned from the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam with bronze medals - Fergus in the men’s four and Sasha in the men’s double scull. Both, with help from their crew, were able to reverse last year’s result on the Yarra and take Sydney Uni men to gold. Fergus came into his familiar stroke seat and while Sasha moved from sculling to sweep in the five seat of the Sydney University men’s eight. Fergus has extensive experience in the stern big boats – he has won seven consecutive Kings Cups for New South Wales and always in stroke or seven. He had stroked the Sydney men’s crew in the Australian Boat Race in 2011, 12 and 13. Earlier this year Sasha had won both the national men’s single scull championship and the President’s Cup single scull in the Interstate regatta.

Joining Fergus and Sasha were national senior representative scullers Nick Hudson and Cam Girdlestone in seven and two respectively. Alex Purnell (Australian U 21 rep was bow) and three first year students from the eight that won the Championship event at Canadian Henley in August rounded out the crew – Campbell Watts in six, Tom Whitehead in four and Jake Bicknell in three. Experienced cox Will Raven took the coxens seat.

Sydney won the toss and chose the southern lane which they felt would suit their plan to push through the mid part of the 4.4 km course. Melbourne’s situation was not helped when their captain, Josh Booth, was ruled out on medical grounds just as he was about the board a flight to Sydney on Thursday.

Fergus Pragnell:  “The conditions were challenging, more challenging certainly than when it was last held on Sydney Harbour a few years ago. We got away to a good start. We won the coin toss and elected to start from the southern lane, knowing it would be a disadvantage early. But it was a risk worth take and it paid off. We wanted to be fast, but also efficient, but not use up all our energy early.”

Cam Girdlestone: “The water got very lumpy into the race – especially around Goat Island – and we had to keep up the tempo and the work but make sure we worked as cleanly as possible in the conditions.”

Sydney pushed hard around the kilometre mark and from 1 to 2 kms were able to push out to a solid lead.

The final result was Sydney in 14 mins 13 seconds ahead of Melbourne 14 mins 26 seconds

SYDNEY ROWERS 2014 INTERVARSITY CHAMPIONS

SYDNEY ROWERS 2014 INTERVARSITY CHAMPIONS

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A dominant all- around display by Sydney Uni rowers saw them take out both the Men’s and Women’s Overall Championships at the 2014 Intervarsity Rowing. The regatta held over 3 days in spring condition at the International Regatta Centre saw some important wins but our team and consistently good performances in all events entered.

The men’s eight backed up their 2013 win in the Oxford and Cambridge Cup with a strong performance to hold out an excellent Monash eight with Adelaide third. With six new faces from the crew that won in 2013 of which four are in first year this was a result the club, the crew and coaches can be very pleased with. Many of the crew were in the successful eight that took out the championship event at Canadian Henley in July.

Sydney worked their way into the lead well before the halfway mark and took their lead to 3.6 seconds on the line. SUBC has now moved to 38 wins just 4 wins behind our arch rivals Melbourne.

The Sydney men, led by 2014 World Championship bronze medallist, Sasha Belonogoff also won the coxed fours, the mixed eights and the lightweight single scull ( Jack Hanley) and came second in the mixed fours. Our women’s team won the women’s quad and placed second in the eight.

The men were awarded the Bill Webb Trophy (men’s Champions) and our women the Amanda Young Rose Bowl as women’s champions. The Bill Webb trophy was donated in 2006 by the rowing alumni if SUBC and St Andrew’s College in memory of Bill Webb. Bill won the intervarsity eights in 1961-62 and served as doctor for the Australian Rowing Team for nearly 25 years. The Amanda Young Rose Bowl commemorates Intervarsity rower Amanda Young. Amanda from University of Western Australia contracted meningococcal meningitis at the intervarsity held in Penrith in 1997. A week later Amanda passed away at the tragically young age of 18. Murray Clarke arranged for this trophy in her memory and the cup was donated by the University of WA.

With both teams winning Sydney University took out the Overall AUG Rowing Championships and the Centenary Cup for 2014.

Congratulations to our coaches, Rick van Hooydonk, Debbie Fox, Mark Prater, Ester Verberg and thanks to Australian University Sport and the host and regatta operators, Rowing New South Wales for a well-run and well attended event.

The Intervarsity rowing championships for 2015 will be held at Westlakes in Adelaide

Aussie U21 Rowers Wrap up 2014 Trans Tasman Rowing

Aussie U21 Rowers Wrap up 2014 Trans Tasman Rowing

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The Australian U21 rowing team travelled to Lake Karapiro in New Zealand late last month for the second leg of the 2014 Trans-Tasman Series. Once again three Sydney University rowers, Alex Purnell, Franc Gourlas and Holly Lawrence and coach Al Matthews formed part of the Australian Team.

The return leg was held in difficult windy conditions. Holly won the women’s  lightweight double sculls, the women’s quad with Alex Purnell winning in the men’s double, men’s quad and the men’s eight, Frankie Gourlas steered the men’s eight to victory having won the same race in Sydney in July.

The Australian team won overall on points on both legs.

This was Al Matthew’s last coaching assignment with Australia and Sydney University for some time – he is heading to South Africa shortly to take up a coaching role at St Andrew’s School.

Alex and Holly are currently back in training preparing for The Australian Boat Race on 26th October.

BRONZE FOR SYDNEY UNI ROWERS AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

BRONZE FOR SYDNEY UNI ROWERS AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Three Sydney Uni rowers in the national senior team have won medals at the recent World Rowing Championships which concluded on 31st August Held on the Bosban in Amsterdam the event provide a mix of conditions and changeable weather.

Medallists from SUBC were, Fergus Pragnell in the men’s four, Sally Kehoe in the Women’s double scull and Sasha Belonogoff in the Men’s double scull.

The men’s four started their campaign with a second place in their heat behind the British crew and then won their semi-final ahead of Greece and Netherlands to take lane 4 for the final. They recovered from a disappointing performance at the Lucern World Cup to grab third behind favourites Great Britain with USA second.

The women’s double scull, stroked by Sally Kehoe, won their heat and their semi-final and went into lane 4 also in the final. The crew started well and moved into the lead in the second 500 trying to establish a winning break – the favourites New Zealand came from well down in the field to push through for gold, Poland passed us to take silver and Australia bronze.

The final medal – again bronze- went to Sasha Belonogoff in the men’s double. This was an incredibly tightly contested event with Croatia winning the final with an outstanding row but the following three crews were separated by only 0.14 seconds. The Aussie double of Sasha and James McRae managed to retain third just one hundredths of a second behind Italy and 0.23 ahead of Lithuania.

Both Fergus Pragnell and Sasha Belonogoff are likely to be available for the Sydney University men’s eight for The Australian Boat Race to be held on Sydney’s inner harbour on Sunday 26th October.

Sydney University Win at 2014 Canadian Henley

Sydney University Win at 2014 Canadian Henley

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The Sydney University U23 men’s eight has just completed a three week development tour of Canada, The crew of first and second year students will have many candidates vying for selection in the SUBC Australian Boat Race crew who will clash with Melbourne University on Sydney Harbour on Sunday morning 26th October. The crew’s main aim was to compete in the U23 and Championship eights at the Canadian Henley regatta. This regatta, held at St Catherine’s, Ontario is one of the largest in North America attracting several thousand competitors.

Senior Coach Rick van Hooydonk led the team with assistant coach Tom Sacre and Captain Alex Purnell.

The crew’s main objective was the U23 Eights and after flying to Toronto the team settled in for training at the London Training Centre ( a Canadian National Team centre) while staying at the University of Western Ontario.

The warm up regatta was the Ontario state championships where due to illness our crew could only row an exhibition race. After two weeks in London the team moved to Ridley College at St Catherine’s for the Henley event.

Being a young team the crew made steady progress throughout the 10 week training campaign. Coach van Hooydonk was forced to use some novel rigging to get the best out of a crew varying backgrounds and sizes. The crew raced in a double tandem rig.

One thing learnt at the start of the racing was that we were no match for the local crews out of the start with our crew invariably falling behind early and through steady rhythm and power managing to move back into the field and into the leading group.

In the U23 eights final our crew rowed well coming through the field but could not catch a well drilled Mendota crew who won with SUBC second.

To get the maximum amount of racing the crew also entered the Championship Eights and having made the final and improving all the time put it all on the line in the final event of the regatta. Once again they fell behind early – last after 250 metres, firth at 500 metres but a sustained push took them to second place at 1000 metres gone and to the lead at 1250 metres. In the words of stroke and captain Purnell “at the 1750 we knew 1st place wasn’t going to be taken from us.” Part of Alex’s report on the race:

“Our confidence carried on to the water for the Championship Eights final, where there was a calmer vibe in the warm-up, led by the more experienced members (Frankie, Dan and Alex). Frankie/Rick had also informed the crew that our bow number was F8, or 'fate'. Maybe the belief grew a little more...

A steady start to the race, much like our previous races; saw SUBC in the back half of the field early on. However, a solid mid-race rhythm was established just before the first 500m. We were stroke-by-stroke edging our way to the front in the second 500m, and we found ourselves in 2nd place at the 1000m mark, about half-a-length behind British Columbia. Frankie called "we're putting the foot down!" and the crew lifted another gear. By the 1250m mark, we had our noses in-front and by the 1750m, we knew 1st place wasn't going to be taken from us. To say that the celebration after crossing the finish line was excessive would be the understatement of the year. But it didn't matter. Winning any race is a good feeling, but winning a race where the expectations aren't high is an unbeatable feeling. Surprised questions like 'Did that really happen?' were being thrown around, but I think we all knew that a lot of the result came down to the solid executed race from all 9 in the boat.”

Team members Nik Belonogoff, James Davies, Jake Bicknell, Tom Whitehead, Dan Whitehead, Jack Cook, Campbell Watts and Alex Purnell will all be trying for selection in the Sydney Uni 2014 Boat Race crew.

The attached photo shows our team with the Craig Swayze Trophy.

Coin Toss Crucial For Boat Race

Coin Toss Crucial For Boat Race

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The annual Australian Boat Race between eights from Sydney and Melbourne universities is all about technique, stamina, passion, history and bragging rights – and it can all come down to a toss of the coin. Since the antipodean version of the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race was revived in 2009 to mark the 150th anniversary of the first race between the two old rowing clubs in 1860, the toss of the coin to determine which station each crew takes – on the bendy Yarra River in Melbourne or crossing Sydney Harbour –has become crucial.

Melbourne University won the men’s and women’s races in 2009 when they were held as part of the annual Head of the Yarra regatta. The races proved such a success it was decided to once again make them an annual event, with the men competing for the Edmund Barton Trophy and the women for the Belinda Guerin Trophy.

Sydney University’s men’s eight took revenge in 2010 when they dominated on a 7.3km course across Sydney Harbour. Melbourne University made it two from two in the women’s eight.

 

Our men’s eight made it back-to-back wins in the 2011 event with a corner cutting technique on the old King’s Cup course of the Yarra in a race that sparked much drama. Melbourne University’s women’s eight, with four national A representatives on board, won their third straight match race.

In the 2012 race held in Sydney, it was Sydney University’s Fergus Pragnell who won the toss at a pre-race challenge and made the decision, in consultation with coxswain Will Raven and coach Mark Prater, to take a risk in choosing the southern station.

With the race starting at Woolwich, the northern station crew had the advantage of leading at the first left-hand bend and heading for the finish line at Darling Harbour. Melbourne University’s women’s eight had already demonstrated the tactic when they won the toss, chose the northern station, won the short sprint to the first turn, then controlled the race across the harbour to run out winners.

But Pragnell had different ideas, having also outwitted Melbourne on the bends of the Yarra River in 2011. In the short rough and tumble start, the crews twice touched oars before Sydney University emerged ahead at the first bend at the mouth of the Lane Cove River at Greenwich Point. Having come out of the Lane Cove River ahead, Sydney University responded to every move Melbourne made to run out winners.

Melbourne’s men’s eight had their revenge on the Yarra in 2013, winning the toss for the dominant station and running out winners by two boat lengths after the two crews collided 2km into the 4.2km course in a dramatic tussle of oars. The Melburnian women made it five in a row, winning by a comfortable eight boat lengths.

This year’s race, on Sunday, October 26, will be on the same Sydney Harbour course as the 2012 race from Woolwich on the north side of the harbour to Darling Harbour, so the toss of the coin will again come into play. And it could be Pragnell who makes that decision again in consultation with Coach Prater. Australian Boat Race convenor Chris Noel is hopeful Pragnell will be available after a busy schedule of regattas representing Australia in the Under 23 crews in the Trans-Tasman series against New Zealand and in regattas in Europe.

“We’re hoping to have him back for this year,” Mr. Noel said. “He has a big overseas schedule and is currently in Europe representing Australia in the coxless four. He will finish those regattas at the end of August.

“We’re also hoping other senior members, including Cam Girdlestone, who is also overseas representing Australia in the senior quad scull, will be available. And we’re likely to have coxswain Will Raven back for another tilt.” Mr. Noel said Melbourne University will be without their two Olympians from last year, with Cameron McKenzie-McHarg and James Marburg having announced their retirement from representative rowing. “But they’re expected to have stroke David Crawshay in the boat, who is an Olympic gold medallist,” he said. Mr. Noel said Melbourne University will again start favourite in the women’s eight, with a large representation of Australian Under 23 rowers in their crew. “They were led by world single scull champion Kim Crow last year and she is likely to return for this race,” he said.

Spectators at the 2014 event will be well catered for on land and water. “We are going to have live overhead coverage of the entire race on the giant screen at Darling Harbour,” Mr. Noel said. “Overhead coverage, shot from a helicopter, was trialled in Melbourne last year and was a great success. And each racing boat and some crew members will be fitted with lightweight, high resolution cameras and microphones to enhance the television coverage.

“We’ll have spectator ferries following the men’s and women’s races. The last time we hosted the race about 300 tickets were sold on one ferry. We’re planning on catering for 500 this year with two ferries.” Mr. Noel said tickets on the ferries also include post-race lunch, presentations and speeches at Darling Harbour, where spectators can mingle with the crews. The race will also be televised for a one hour pay TV presentation and screened on ESPN (Asia) which has 430 million home subscribers. A small package will also be screened on Eurosport.

The Weigh In and challenge will be held on the main quad at Sydney University on Friday, October 24. Fitting with tradition, the captains of the visiting eights will challenge the hosts to the race before the stations are drawn. And that’s where the race begins.

U23 Australian SUBC Pair Wins Silver

U23 Australian SUBC Pair Wins Silver

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Nick Wheatley and Jack Hargreaves were selected in April as the U23 Australian Pair for 2014. Last week at the World U23 Championships this crew rowed a great regatta to grab the silver medal. This report is from SUBC Coach Mark Prater who coached this crew through the last year.

Mark writes:

The U23 World Rowing Champs finished up here in Varese, Italy on Sunday and the Australian Team achieved 4 medals (2 silver and 2 bronze) for the regatta.

One of the Silver medals was won by the Men’s Coxless Pair of Nick Wheatley and Jack Hargreaves, both from Sydney University Boat Club (and both former EAPS scholarship holders).

Nick and Jack won their heat on Thursday in the 2nd fastest time overall behind the Italian pair, and so progressed straight to the semifinal on Saturday. The semi was a tight race – our boys got to the lead by early in the 2nd quarter and held this almost until the line, when the Serbians and the Turks decided to sprint hard to the finish line. The Aussie crew chose to save energy for the final the next day and finished in 3rd to progress to the A final. This put them in an outside lane for the big one, but we were confident of being able to challenge for the win.

he final was a great race, with the Italians jumping out to the lead, but Australia only 0.5 sec back at 500m. Our plan was to push hard thru the middle 1000m of the race and we did this perfectly and hit the lead after 600m. Our effort dragged Italy with us and these two crews stretched away from the rest of the field. We knew we had to have almost a length lead on Italy with 500m to go if we were to hold off their big sprint finish. We managed to build a lead of around 1 sec, but this was not enough. Italy turned on the power with 500m to go and we could not match them for speed. Italy went on to win by a little over a length and the Australians clearly in 2nd, with the Serbians in 3rd.

12 months ago when Nick and Jack were at the U23 Worlds for the first time in the Men’s Eight and finished 10th overall, we set a goal of going back the following year in a pair and winning a medal. The fact that they have worked so hard for 12 months and achieved their goal is a credit to their drive and determination.

The guys had their best race ever in the final on Sunday and got the most out of themselves.

This is a terrific result for Nick and Jack, for SUBC, SUSF, NSW and Australia.

BOAT CLUB DEVELOPMENT TEAM HEAD TO 2014 CANADIAN HENLEY

BOAT CLUB DEVELOPMENT TEAM HEAD TO 2014 CANADIAN HENLEY

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The Boat Club is sending a team to 2014 Canadian Henley. The team - an U23 eight with sculling reserve and two coaches will fly from Sydney this Sunday, 20h July, The team is mostly first year students and will contest a number of events at the Ontario Rowing Championships and Canadian Henley.

The main objective at Henley will be the U23 Eight.

The crew will rain mainly in London, Ontario at the National Training Centre and stay at the University of Western Ontario. The team will travel to Welland Canal on 26-27th July for the Ontario Rowing Championships and to St Catherine’s 3-10th August for Henley.

Head Coach for the tour Rick van Hooydonk took a development crew in 2012 to this event and finished 2nd in the Championship Eights. Rick will be assisted on this tour by SUBC’s national Junior and U23 rower Tom Sacre – in the role of assistant coach.

The team members are: Jake Bicknell, Tom Whitehead, James Davies, Dan Whitehead, Campbell Watts, Jack Cook, Nil Belonogoff and Alex Purnell. Sculler and reserve is Peter Koster and cox id Franc Gourlas.

The team returns to Sydney on 13th August.

Last Sunday 6th July the Boat Club and parents arranged a Canadian Henley Garden Party which raised a large amount of the funds needed for this tour,

Queens of the Brisbane River

Queens of the Brisbane River

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Sydney Uni participated in the Brisbane River Challenge on 5 July with a Women’s eight. The regatta is run as a time trial and is rowed over 12.5 km starting one end of the city, rowing through the CBD passing under all the bridges, finishing in front of the Regatta Hotel. Boats started with intervals of 30s between, in a head race format. Sydney Uni, starting some 30 seconds behind the Uni of Queensland women’s boat, took a gutsy start to quickly gain some seconds on them. The UQ boat however held our crew off and we could not get past them.

Our Sydney crew made up about 25 seconds and closed the gap but only 500 meters from the finish our team hit a massive ferry wash causing a few shipwrecks and making for a closer than anticipated finish.

The Sydney girls however, poised by the possibility of a win, regained their momentum quickly, dug deep for some extra power and managed to beat the UQ boat by 17 s.

The river race was run for the second time, and our girls are currently the holders of the women's eights course record in the time of 52min:49.8s.

We thank the organisers for their hospitality and helping with accommodation and boat loan.

 

In the Sydney Uni crew rowed:

Stroke: Maddie Wallace

7 seat: Fiona Ewing

6 seat: Olivia Ashby

5 seat: Jess Richardson

4 seat: Fangqi Cui

3 seat: Carina Simpson

2 seat: Georgia Campbell

Bow: Peta Blundell

Cox (and coach): Esther Verburg

 

Our reserve, Anika Lalic rowed with the Bond crew in their mixed eight. Bond uni has just started their rowing program, and most of their crew (including Anika) have only rowed since March.

 

Results as per website www.brisbaneriverchallenge.com.au

8+            UQBC                                                     University Mens                00:48.57

8+            Griffith University                               University Mixed               00:48.97

8+            BSHS (Jones)                                        Schoolboys                          00:52.81

8+            Sydney Uni Womens RC                     University Womens          00:52.83

8+            UQBC     Women                                   University Womens           00:53.12

8+            Brisbane Grammarians                       Masters Men                        00:53.65

8+            BSHS (Polichronis)                              Schoolboys                            00:53.82

8+            Bris & GPS                                             Masters Mixed                   00:58.08

8+            Nudgee College Rowing                      Masters Men                       00:59.48

8+            BSHS                                                       Schoolgirls                             01:01.23

8+            Bond University                                    University Mixed               01:01.23

Medal in U21 Trans-Tasman

Medal in U21 Trans-Tasman

Three Sydney University rowers won medals competing for Australian Under 21 crews against New Zealand in the first leg of the 2014 Trans-Tasman series rowed at the Sydney International Rowing Centre at Penrith last week. The format for the series includes nine male and nine female rowers from each country competing in different boats over three days.

Day One included single sculls, pairs and lightweight double sculls, Day Two included fours and quads, and Day Three was for the eights.

Sydney University Boat Club member Alex Purnell was on the podium on each of the three days, winning the men’s single, and being part of the winning crews in the men’s quad sculls and the men’s eight. SUBC team-mate Franc Gourlas was coxswain in the winning men’s eight.

Sydney University’s Holly Lawrence was involved in two winning crews, in the women’s lightweight double and the women’s quad scull.

SUBC was also represented by Al Matthews, who was one of two national coaches for the Australian men’s team.

The second leg of the Trans-Tasman series will be raced at Lake Karapiro, Hamilton, New Zealand in late August

VICE CHANCELLOR CHRISTENS CLUB’S NEW FLAGSHIP

VICE CHANCELLOR CHRISTENS CLUB’S NEW FLAGSHIP

Sydney University Vice Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence christened the new Boat Club Eight in a ceremony in the Main Quad in the late afternoon of 3rd April. The new eight is an Empacher R86 mould and is named after Dr Spence’s late wife, Beth Spence. Beth, who was a keen rower, passed away after a short illness in December 2012 and the Boat Club felt that this was an appropriate way to remember Beth and to continue with the policy of naming our flagship boat in a way that shows clearly that we are representing our university.

The “Beth Spence” was delivered in late November 2013 and has already had success in four major races. In December 2013 the University eight won the Riverview Gold Cup in its first race – this was the sixth win in a row in this event for Sydney University.  In mid-February the “Beth Spence” was again in action in the Men’s Champion Eights of New South Wales, winning this event and making it the tenth year running that Sydney University has won this title.

The next major race for this boat was the U23 Men’s Eight Championship of Australia – Sydney University won by over 5 seconds making it three years in a row in this event. Two days later the boat was back in action again – this time being used by the New South Wales Eight in the King’s Cup – the men’s interstate eights championship. Six of the nine crew members were SUBC rowers – this time the crew notched up their seventh consecutive win and the fourth for the “Beth Spence”.

After a hectic few months this beautiful new eight is resting over winter and will be back in action most probably in The Australian Boat Race in October this year.

This boat replaces the "Gavin Brown"- an identical Empacher eight named after the university's previous Vice Chancellor  - which has had a successful run as the club's top boat from 2008 to 2013. The "Gavin Brown" will now be used for the U21 and U23 development squad.

Funds for this boat will come from the Boat Club Division of the University of Sydney Sports Foundation. This division is supported by donations from the alumni and friends of Sydney University Boat Club.

The club raises funds to purchase its equipment – if you would like to assist by making a donation please call Chris Noel (0410 406 790) or email boat@tnw.com.au

Jonny Rundle – 3 Strokes a National Champion

Jonny Rundle – 3 Strokes a National Champion

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Jonny Rundle created a unique record on 28th March this year when he stroked the Sydney Uni men’s U23 to their third consecutive victory in the U23 National Eight title. This event is the blue riband event for clubs in the U23 development category and SUBC has a proud record in this race.

Jon’s unique record started in the heatwave of the 2012 Nationals in Perth. In the race for lanes the SUBC crew struggled to finish fourth and looked unlikely to be a contender for a medal in the final.

The crew and the coaches were unhappy with the performance and at a meeting on the Thursday night before the final on Friday the 2012 crew and coaches Prater and van Hooydonk discussed ways to improve their chances in the finals – with little consensus in sight the coaches suggested to the athletes that they meet and discuss possible seating and race plan changes. The crew did this and felt a faster start was essential and called Jonny (possibly the “rabbit”) Rundle into the stroke seat – according to crew deliberations that night everyone in the boat was to change seats.

The coaches were called back and the crew advised their changes to seating and racing – the next morning early the boat was on the water trying the new combination and it was resolved to take that combination into the final.

The rest is history – with Jon setting a high rate early the Sydney Uni crew led by 2 seconds at the 500 mark, 4 seconds ahead of Melbourne Uni at the 1000 and had enough cushion to hold of the fast finishing Swans Composite crew by 3.2 seconds.

In 2013 at the first Sydney International Regatta at Penrith Jonny again stroked the SUBC  U23 eight crew to an all the way win over Adelaide University Composite and Swan River. Opening up with a 1.5 second lead at the 500 the crew extended their lead at each mark to wing by four and a half seconds.

And again in 2014 Rundle was entrusted with the stroke duties in what is his last year of U23. In beautiful conditions the U23 eight started with a 1.22 for the initial 500 to open up nearly three seconds on the field eventually winning by 4.5 seconds in the smart time of 5m 44 secs from Toowong-QAS and Melbourne University.

In addition to these victories Jonny also won the Interstate Men’s Youth Eight for New South Wales in 2012 and 2013, stroking the state crew in 2013. In Ballarat September 2013 Jon stroked the SUBC eight to victory in the Intervarsity race for the Oxford and Cambridge Cup.

Jonny came to Sydney Uni from Wesley College in Melbourne where he rowed but had his final season severely disrupted by breaking his leg in the December prior to the Vic Head of the River.

Jonny Rundle has been and outstanding contributor to our club – he graduates in July this year but we hope to see him competing for SUBC for years to come.

See the photo gallery for shots many of these winning crews.