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First finals at the Bankstream NZ Rowing Championships

  • 20 Feb 14

The first ten finals of the 2014 Bankstream New Zealand Rowing Championships got underway at Lake Karapiro with plenty of competitive racing to be had.

The Novice Women’s Quad was the very first final of the 2014 Bankstream New Zealand Rowing Championships with a national title and medals up for grabs. West End Rowing Club pushed out early leading by a canvas at the 500m mark but by the 750m mark it was North Shore who had taken the lead with the Cambridge number one crew in touch and gaining. At the 1000m four lengths covered the entire field and the Cambridge one crew continued to row through the field until they took the lead which they held all the way to the finish. West End finished in second and Avon putting in a huge last 500m to take third place.

In the Men’s Senior Coxless Four it was all on in the last 500m with five boats steaming towards the finish line. North Shore were flying and took the lead with Petone also beginning a huge sprint with 150m to go. In the end it was North Shore followed by the charging Petone crew and Waikato inching ahead of Wairau Rowing Club on the line to take the bronze.

The first championship event of the day, was the Women’s Premier Quad which saw Waikato, Central and Southern RPC battling it out for the Milne Cup. All three crews were still battling for the top spot at the 500m mark and were all in a line. In the second quarter of the race the Waikato crew of Zoe Stevenson, Sarah Gray, Georgia Perry and Julia Edward moved to a length’s lead which they held for the entire 2000m. Georgia Perry was delighted to have won her first national championship title and red coat “We had a really good first thousand and the other two crews were fighting it out but we had enough of a lead not to panic. I’m pretty excited to have won my first red coat.”

The brand new Boss Hen Trophy was up for grabs in the Women’s Senior Four. Nelson came out of the start aggressively and rarely looked threatened at the head of the field. West End held second place for much of the race but after steering troubles through the middle portion Waihopai pounced on the opportunity moving through into second place. At the end it was a comfortable Nelson crew winning in a time of 7:00.61 over Waihopai Rowing Club and a further length back to West End.

In the Club Eight the Waikato number one crew made up of Hamilton Boy’s High School’s top eight moved out in the first part of the race and slowly increased their margin throughout the race looking stronger and stronger. A fight was forming behind them for second place with Avon Rowing Club and the Waikato number two crew (also a Hamilton Boys High crew) battling it out. Waikato number one were the clear winners while Aramoho Wanganui came through for silver and the second Waikato crew took bronze.

Southern RPC had an impressive start in the Women’s U22 Eight and they sealed an early advantage. They maintained this advantage for the entire race and while both the Auckland Southern RPC kept to a solid 33 rating, it was Southern that had their boat moving the most sweetly. Southern finished in a time of 6:29. 15 with clear water over the Auckland RPC crew and North Shore in third some distance back.

The wind was beginning to pick up as the Men’s novice quad took to the course. Waikato Number one dominated the race from the outset with the Waikato number two crew coming home strongly to finish second. The two Waikato crews sat well in front of the rest of the field with Avon Rowing Club holding on for third over Rotorua Rowing Club.

Waikato were a force to be reckoned with in the Women’s Club Eight holding a solid 35 rating right throughout the race. Aramoho Wanganui moved into clear second place by the 1500m mark which left Petone and Nelson in a battle for the bronze medal. Nelson were applying to pressure Aramoho Wanganui but the final result saw Aramoho Wanganui power ahead to take third place.

The Men’s Premier Quad was the last and most anticipated race of the day with a star studded field of New Zealand’s elite rowers. At 500m all of the crews were neck and neck until Central, Southern and Waikato RPC began to move ahead of the field. Central gradually gained the lead and looked strong holding 36.5 rating. In the third quarter of the race Auckland made a big move to come through into second place. Central’s crew of Joseph Sullivan, Karl Manson, Robbie Manson and James Hunter won by an impressive two and a half lengths to take the gold, with Auckland RPC in silver medal position and Southern taking bronze.

Robbie Manson was pleased that his younger brother Karl was able to win his first red coat title “We had a good race, a great rhythm and our middle section was solid. Auckland came back at us, but we were able to hold them off and move away. It was cool to win a Premier event with my brother Karl, and this is our first win together.”

For live results: http://www.rowit.co.nz/results/nzcc2014?lr=1