Australia Retains Rusty Robertson Trophy
This morning saw the end of the Under 21 Trans Tasman Regatta, with Australia retaining the Rusty Robertson Trophy for 2017. New Zealand however, did not go down without a fight.
Both the men’s and women’s eights finished their regatta on a high with consecutive wins in the final. The girls showed dominance with a convincing 9 second win over their Australian counterparts. The boys race was much tighter, but the Kiwi crew managed to hold on for the win by 0.3 of a second, an incredible effort after finishing 5 seconds down in the heat.
The girls sweep dominated both the coxless pair and four with wins in both events. As did the lightweights - with Sophie Egnot-Johnson winning gold the women's lightweight single, and then combining with James Brott in the mixed lightweight double sculls to get another win over the Australians.
However despite best efforts the Australian team were still able to hold on to the Rusty Robertson Trophy, retaining the title from 2016.
Full results are available on RowIT
Points for racing were awarded in the finals as follows:
1. 1st - 6 points, 2nd - 4 points, 3rd - 2 points, 4th - 1 point for W1x, M1x, W2-, M2-
2. 1st - 6 points, 2nd - 4 points for LM2x, LW2x, M4-, W4-, M8+, W8+
3. 1st - 2 points and 2nd - 1 point for LW1x, LM1x, MixL2x
2017 Under 21 Rowing Team
Men's Coxless Pair:
Ruben Houghton, Angus McFarlane
Fergus McSwiney, Cameron Steedman
Women's Coxless Pair:
Ruby Willis, Ellen Schroeder
Ella Simanu, Catherine Layburn
Women's Lightweight Double:
Grace Shaw, Georgia Keech
Men's Lightweight Double:
Jordan Gasson, Joseph Graham
Women's Single Scull:
Men's Single Scull:
Jared van Vianen
Women's: Sophie Egnot-Johnson
Men's: James Brott
Men's: Natalie Bocock
Women's: Lucy Bird