Friday Finals Bankstream NZ Rowing Championships 2014
Peter Taylor rowed a stunning race to win the Lightweight Men’s Single Scull in a time of 6:47.21 just a whisker outside the world best time and five seconds ahead of both Alastair Bond and Adam Ling who were locked in a battle for silver but in the end it was Bond who claimed silver and Adam bronze.
There was a delayed start in the Men’s Premier Pair due to gear breakage but as expected Hamish Bond and James Lassche moved quickly to the front of the field and pushed hard from the outset to find their top speed. They extended their lead throughout the remainder of the race finishing in a impressive time of 6:12.42 ahead of the Central and Waikato RPC crews. Lassche commented, “ I was very happy with the race and stoked to win. To get a good time of 6:12 was something pretty special. With Hamish being heavyweight and myself lightweight it was hard at first trying to merge together but I have learned to match his stroke much more and he has made adjustments too.”
Rebecca Scown and Central RPC team mate Louise Trappitt stormed to the lead in the women’s Premier Pair with the Auckland RPC crew of Kayla Pratt and Kelsey Beven battling it out for second with the Southern RPC combination of Eve McFarlane and Grace Prendergast. The Central crew won in 6:56.26 less than three seconds shy of the world best time with Auckland RPC claiming silver in 6:59.85, the Southern RPC finished with bronze. Louise Trappitt was happy to be back rowing with Rebecca Scown after their success in 2011 winning the Championship pair, “We were happy to be reunited as a pair after last winning this title in 2011 and it feels good to do such a fast time,” Louise Trappitt
Lucy Strack was the winner of the Women’s Lightweight Single and looked unstoppable in the last 500m as she sat unchallenged in front of the other lightweight scullers. But at the start of the race if was Louise Ayling who gave it everything and risked all, however, she couldn’t hold of Strack in the second half of the race and finished in silver medal position with Julia Edward not far behind securing bronze.
In the Men’s Premier Double the Auckland RPC crew of Mahe Drysdale and Michael Arms took an early lead over the Central and Southern RPC however in the second half of the race Central’s brothers’, Robbie and Karl Manson began to edge back into contention. At the 1500m mark the Central crew looked especially strong as they upped the rating to 39 they marched away from the tiring Auckland crew to claim gold by four seconds.
It was Fiona Bourke and Lucy Spoors from the Southern RPC that took out the coveted Premier Double Sculls title nearly three seconds ahead of Waikato’s Zoe Stevenson and Sarah Gray with Central RPC finishing in third. Lucy Spoors was happy with the win, “Conditions were a bit tricky but we rowed the race with confidence and it’s awesome to have my first small boat title.”
It was all on in the Women’s Premier Four with Auckland RPC, Southern and Central evenly matched out of the start but Central soon took the lead maintaining a solid 36 rating through the body of the race. They lifted their rating in the last 250 metres to hold off both Auckland and Southern RPC’s who finished with barely a bow ball between them. The championship title went to the Central combination of Rebecca Scown, Linda Matthews, Ruby Tew and Holly Greenslade with both Tew and Greenslade receiving their first Championship titles. Tew commented, “It’s pretty amazing rowing with both Rebecca and Robin and to win a red coat with Holly is very cool to be able to do it together.”
In the Men’s Premier Four it was a hot contest between Waikato and Central RPC. Central took out the race for lanes so they went into the race as favourites and in the final they didn’t disappoint, moving out to a one and a half lead at the 1000 metre mark. From there Waikato moved back on them and by the 500 metre mark had raised the rating and were charging and closing on Central. With each challenge from Waikato the Central crew were able to answer with just enough to hold their lead and go on to win what was an exciting race and a nail biting finish.
The Men’s novice double sculls saw the Waikato lead the race and win with clear water in a time of 6:57.22. But the real race was into the last sprint for the line as there was a real battle on for the silver medal between Cambridge and Avon, with both crews showing real fight, but it was the local Cambridge crew that benefited from the home advantage and took the second spot.
The women’s club quad was another hot race where Bay of Plenty Coast and Aramoho Wanganui were both digging deep to take the gold. Bay of Plenty had a canvas over the Aramoho Wanganui crew heading into the final sprint, but weren’t able to hold them off. Aramoho Wanganui pinched gold by a whisker in a time of 6:46.30, with Bay of Plenty following only .05 seconds behind. Third place was Waikato’s.
Nelson rowing club enjoyed another win at the Bankstream NZ Rowing Championships but this time in the Men’s Club Quad. The club crew captured the gold in a time of 5:59.72. Nelson were clear victors over the crews from Whakatane and Aramoho Wanganui who were fighting for second and third positions.
Avon looked dominant in the Men’s Senior Pair getting clear of the crew from Waihopai and picking up the gold in a time of 6:38.50. Gisborne rounded out the medalists taking the bronze.
Tauranga’s Jordan Parry won the Men’s Club Single convincingly in a time of 7:18.10, Counties Manukau and Waikato Rowing Club scullers headed home in silver and bronze medal positions respectively.
In the Men’s senior Single Scull Aramoho Wanganui’s Luke Watts romped home to secure gold while 2013 New Zealand junior representative Jack O’Leary claimed the silver representing Otago, and the sculler from Gisborne was back to third.