Corowa Rowing Club members competed in the Carey Grammar Regatta held at Nagambie over the weekend.
Competitors for the club were Liam Fitzgerald and Brodie Julian (Corowa High School), Emily Price and Spencer Holland (Rutherglen High School), Bella Heagney (Xavier High School) and Emily Tidd (Galen Catholic College).
The morning’s racing featured the Year 8 events allowing Year 7 students Emily Price, Brodie and Spencer to compete alongside Year 8 student Bella.
The Female Year 8 event featured 4 scullers rowing the heat. Bella took the lead with Emily in a tight battle for 2nd place. As the race progressed, Emily made her move to finish in second behind Bella and advance into the final.
The final started in the same way with Bella continuing her great form to take the early lead as Emily made a strong move and in a great race to the finish in third place.
The Year 8 event saw Brodie and Spencer lining up in different heats, needing a top two finish to move into the A Final.
Spencer was up first and in a controlled race kept himself comfortably in second place and into the final. Brodie was keen to follow Spencer into the final and in the tough cross wind conditions, claimed the important second place.
The final was a close race as the Corowa scullers kept pace early. As the race entered the 500m mark the Hawthorn scullers pushed into the lead and the Corowa scullers battled it out for third and fourth place. Spencer held a narrow lead with Brodie making a last effort but Spencer held onto third and Brodie close behind in fourth place.
The conditions didn’t change for the Year 9 sculling events in the afternoon. The three female scullers; Emily Price, Bella and Emily Tidd were drawn in the same heat with the first two into the A Final.
As expected Emily Tidd and Bella took the lead early as Emily Price pushed into third place. The places remained the same with Bella and Emily Tidd moving into the A Final and Emily Price into the B Final.
The B Final was up first with Emily Price taking it to her older opponents, holding the lead and in a well-timed race, held on all the way for the win.
The A Final was a tight battle down the course as the local scullers took a slight lead early. Bella and Emily were in touch as the race for the line was on and in a final sprint the local scullers were first and second, while Bella held off Emily for third and fourth place.
The boys events saw Spencer and Brodie race with Corowa team mate Liam Fitzgerald.
First up was Brodie and Liam against the Ballarat scullers. In an even start, Liam settled into second place with Brodie into the all-important third place. The placings remained the same with Liam and Brodie progressing into the A Final.
Spencer was in the next heat and although being up against older opposition Spencer stuck to his plan, finishing in second place.
The Final was the last event for the day with second place going down to the wire between Liam and the Ballarat sculler. Liam gave his all and in a tough row finished in third place. Brodie claimed fourth spot and Spencer finished fifth.
A great learning for all our scullers for their first race over 1000m for the season.
This will set up our crews for the remainder of the season as we set our sights on the State Champs in Ballarat at the end of February.
The clubs next regatta will be a trip to Hamilton next week where a small team will be representing the club over two days of racing.
Julie Underwood will begin her goal towards selection for the Victorian Masters Crew to race in Tasmania In April. The first selection trial will be on the 15 December in Melbourne.
Julie competed in the Melbourne Head race claiming the win in the quad scull with her crew from South Melbourne and Ballarat Rowing Clubs.
The club’s annual Santa Regatta will be held Sunday, 15 December. This regatta is a great opportunity for newer rowers to have their first race. Racing begins around 9.30am with a visit from Santa at lunch time.