Thrilling Thursday with first medals dished out at NZ Rowing Champs - Day 3

19/02/2015 by Steve Knowles


The 2015 Bankstream New Zealand Rowing Championships at Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel saw the first New Zealand Champions for 2015 crowned.

Finals got underway today with the men’s U20 single scull which was controlled and won by Waikato RPCs Jordan Parry in 7:02.17, while Jack O’Leary had to settle for the silver in 7:05.51. Mathew Mesaman picked up the bronze.

The purple skiff from Cure Rowing Club crossed the finishing line first in the men’s senior four in a time of 6:19.54. The Cure rowers proudly wearing their purple stayed calm and collected and held onto the Gold after a late sprint attempt from Waikato and Petone’s composite crew aimed to claw them in.  North Shore was just nudged out of bronze medal position by the Petone crew.

North Shore Rowing Club was capped the national champion in the women’s coxed quad in classy fashion. The crew made up of Michelle Murphy, Sophie Wallace, Kirsty la Roux, Anna Wright and coxswain Tom Plummer won in a time of 7:42.18, well ahead of the silver medalists from Canterbury, with Wellington bringing home the bronze.

The future talent of New Zealand rowing were at the fore in the women’s U20 single sculls final. Emma Dyke from Southern RPC had a comfortable hold on the race and won by three-quarters of a boat length over Waikato’s Georgia Allen. Sam Voss also from Waikato RPC rounded out the podium for the bronze.

Nelson retained the title for the women’s senior four and the crew of Kirsty Thompson, Anna Miles, Hannah Starnes and Charlotte McIntyre held aloft the Boss Hen trophy proudly on the podium. Nelson claimed the victory in convincing form in a time of 7:27.4 ahead of Avon Rowing Club who were second and Tauranga came home for third.

Anthony Allen and Alex Bardoul were too strong in the men’s U22 pair and were easily at the head of the field, the Waikato RPC pairing looked smooth, relaxed and together crossing the line in a time of 7:01.05. Another Waikato RPC crew comprising Finian Casey and Richard Power followed them home for silver and Southern RPC’s paring of Russell Crampton and Tom Brand picked up the bronze.

With only two Waikato RPC crews entered in the women’s premier quad they were guaranteed the Gold and Silver medals. The more experienced quartet of Zoe Stevenson, Georgia Perry, Sarah Gray and Julia Edward claimed the Gold in 6:59.34, well ahead of their fellow team mates Adele Stead, Claudia Hyde, Brooke Donoghue and Ashlee Caskie who crossed the finish line in a time of 7:17.09.

A brutal race went on in the men’s club eight with crews all lined side by side throughout the race. With just 500 metres to go Blenheim stretched out to lead the field with a gruelling sprint for the line. Hawkes Bay and Aramoho/Wanganui didn’t let off any pressure as the approached the line, but Blenheim weren’t letting go of the Gold.  Hawkes Bay got to the line just ahead of Aramoho/Wanganui for the silver.

Emma Dyke backed up her earlier performance in the women’s single with a Gold medal in the women’s U22 pair with fellow Southern RPC crewmember Holly Fletcher. They were victorious in a time of 7:35.29, well ahead of Auckland RPC’s pairing of Christie David and Amy Mills.

Aramoho/Wanganui led the charge in the men’s novice quad with the crew winning in 6:55.26 with a clearwater lead over Avon and Oamaru. The real race was between the minor medals and Avon just edging out Oamaru to the line for the silver.

A tightly packed field throughout the first half of the race showed the talent in the women’s club eight. The second half of the race was a different story with the Petone and Aramoho/Wanganui composite crew bolting out to the front, but Star Boating Club were chasing hard.  The composite eight won Gold with clearwater between them and silver medalists Star Boating Club. A battle was happening behind the leaders for the bronze between North Shore and Waihopai. North Shore held onto bronze while Waihopai faded to fourth.

The last race of the day was the men’s premier quad. Central RPC entered three crews and with those being the only crew entries; the Central RPC squad were going to come home with the loot of medals. The favourites were the Central RPC 1 crew with the top crew line up with the three out of four of the crew the defending title holders (Robbie Manson, Karl Manson and James Hunter), while Chris Harris slotted in as the fourth member of the crew. The Manson brothers, Harris and Hunter delivered on expectations with a convincing win over Central RPC 2 and 3.

Semi-finals were run earlier in the day with many finals line ups confirmed. There were some cut throat finishes in the men’s club double scull where crews were pipped to the line for A final spots. In the first semi-final of the club double there was just over a second separating the top four finishers, Waihopai, Hawkes Bay, Wakatipu and Avon hauled themselves into the medal rounds ahead of Wanaka’s Bruce brothers. In the second semi-final Whakatane, Wellington, Star Boating Club and West End all progressed. The men’s club double final will be contested on tomorrow.

The women’s club quad semi-final saw eight crews confirm their A final positions with Hawkes Bay and Hamilton winning their respective races, they will be joined by Auckland, Aramoho/Wanganui Composite, Timaru, Star, Oamaru and Canterbury in Friday’s final.

The rookies gave it everything they had in the semi-finals of the men’s novice double scull with only four seconds separating the top four in the first semi-final race, while in the second semi-final Aramoho/Wanganui dominated their semi-final race and posted the fastest time with the second placed crew from Oamaru ten seconds back. It will be an exciting battle for medals on Friday when Aramoho/Wanganui, Oamaru, Clifton, Hawkes Bay, Auckland, Canterbury and two Avon crews will face each other in the A final.

30 A finals will be raced tomorrow at the 2015 Bankstream New Zealand Rowing Championships. Tomorrow’s A finals kick off with one of the new events the men’s club pair, other medal finals include the men’s and women’s premier pairs, doubles and fours. The championship regatta will conclude on Saturday.

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