The start of the 2000m races were set for Nagambie at the venue for the Victorian State Championships to be held in March 2015.
Corowa’s crews have been hard at training and were ready for the challenge of the longer distances.
Matt Vogel set up the first win with a dominate win in the under 21 scull, to lead all the way against the Melbourne based scullers over the 2000m course.
Bradley Pearsall showed his great training form was paying off to dominate the Under 17 events. In the single scull he showed his class to row a perfect race in the heat giving nothing away to his opposition before opening up in the final and record the day's biggest win. He paired up with doubles partner Jack Delaney and in the first and final were too strong for the Essendon combination to record a comfortable win. The pair then teamed up with Matt Vogel, Andrew MacDonald and coxswain Taylor Lambert to win the C grade quad scull.
Andrew then jumped in his D grade single scull to take out the heat before rowing a great race in the 6 crew final to lead all the way to record a much deserved win. Andrew teamed with Jack, Broughton Underwood, Dale Melotto and coxswain Trent Brown in the D grade quad scull. With 4 crews in the final the Corowa combination held their own to record a third place. It was a pleasing result with Dale and Trent competing at a Rowing Victoria regatta for the first time and gaining some valuable experience.
The females were well represented at the regatta with Paige Cooper and Julia Delaney teaming up in the D grade double scull to come from behind to win their heat with first and second qualifying a close final was expected.
Corowa were also represented by Sarah and Olivia Hughes and they produced a great race in the heat to qualify for the 6 crew final. The final was a great race with the early leading crew from Powerhouse being challenged by the Corowa combination who moved along side before Julia and Paige powered away in the final 250m to record a great win. The Hughes girls rowed their best race in the final to record a fantastic 3rd place over the 1000m course. The girls teamed up with Georgina Pearsall for the D grade quad scull with Sarah in the coxswains seat, the girls rowed a controlled race to qualify for the final. The final was a tight race as the early leader was holding a 3/4 length lead at the half way mark before the Corowa Crew made their move chasing down the crew before falling a meter short at the finish line. A fantastic race and a real confidence builder for the remainder of the season.
Julia and Georgina were entered in the single scull with Georgina in a tough heat she missed out on the A final but showed great form to take out the B final. Julia has shown great form at training and rowed a well timed race to claim 2nd and a place and a spot in the A final. The final saw a strong final line up with Julia holding her own to come 6th and prove the hard work is paying off.
Megan Vogel took on the 2000m course in the under 17 single competing against her teammate from last seasons Nationals the inform Skye Froebel. Megan worked hard and put in a solid performance to take 2nd place in the 4 crew final as she prepares for the upcoming regattas. Megan teamed with Paige in the Open double scull with the aim of Paige competing in her first 2000m event. The Corowa combination were well placed and made a strong finish to claim 3rd place 2.5 lengths behind the winners and a confidence race for the upcoming under 17 2000m events after Christmas.
Megan teamed with Sally Maclean, Cherie Collins, Bron Collins and cox Taylor Lambert for the C grade quad scull, with large entries first 3 from each heat qualified for the final. The Corowa girls won their heat and finished 4th in the final and were happy with their row.
Julie and Amy Underwood teamed up for the C grade double scull, the mother daughter combination won their heat with a well rowed race. The final was a close encounter with the Corowa combination falling behind early before mounting a strong finish to fall half a length short on the line.
Amy was excited to row the under 19 scull over the 2000m course against a quality field, Amy finished 3rd in the 6 crew final with a great row.
The clubs last event for the day was the mixed quad scull Matt Vogel, Robert Eyers, Julie and Amy Underwood coxswain Taylor Lambert in the 6 crew first and final the crew had a great row to finish 3rd. The regatta was a great success with the club recording 6 firsts, 4 second places and 5 third places showing the club is well positioned as we prepare for the major regattas after Christmas.