Corowa Rowing Club had a huge weekend travelling to various State Championships across the weekend.
Wes took Paige Cooper and Julia Delaney down to Barwon to row at the Junior Schoolgirls State Championship of which the girls were competing in the Year 9 single scull. Due to the high number of entries it was split into two divisions. Both girls won their heat to make it to their respective finals. Paige rowed a strong race to win GOLD in her division. Julia rowed herself to a Silver Medal in the 2nd division.
Nagambie hosted the Victorian State Championship; the club kicked off on Friday night with Matt Vogel and John Raschke both competing in the U21 time trails. Matt was placed 2nd and John 3rd in the trails. On Saturday they raced in the final and where Matt won his final, he was only awarded a Silver medal due to the time of the fastest sculler on Friday. John finished 5th in the same final as Matt.
Saturday also saw the school based entries and our club was represented by Brad Pearsall in Single School Boys and Megan Vogel in the Single School Girls. Both won their heats and then went on to win very convincingly in their finals – GOLD to both!
After this the rest of the club competitors made their way to Nagambie for the club racing on Sunday. Sunday dawned bright and early with some vicious head winds ensuring it was going to be a hard day on the water.
The day started early with Brad Pearsall competing in the heat of the Under 19 Single Scull which he had an easy row to finish first. Brad then went on to win GOLD in the final.
Paige Cooper & Megan Vogel were up next competing in the U17 single scull, with the girls both making it through to the final. Both girls rowed well with Megan coming a close 2nd to win Silver and Paige finishing 4th.
Georgina Pearsall competed next in the Female D grade Single Scull – there were 6 heats with only the winner of each making the final, which Georgina finished, 2nd in heat to miss the final.
Broughton Underwood & Andrew MacDonald were next up in the D grade double scull again lots of competitors so the boys needed a win to make the final, but could only manage third in rough conditions.
The Female C Grade Coxed Quad Scull, made up by Amy & Julie Underwood, Paige Cooper, Megan Vogel and coxed by Taylor Lambert went out strong in their heat and finished first in a close finish. The girls then competed in the final which was a great race and the girls pulled away over the last 200 metres to win by 8 seconds. More GOLD for the club!
After lunch was more racing, in still consistent high head wind’s. Matt Vogel and John Raschke were up in the B grade single scull with both boys making it to the final. Matt rowed a strong race to finish 2nd to win a Silver medal with John finishing 5th in the final.
Amy Underwood was up in her C Grade Single scull and she was on fire, winning her heat by over 4 seconds and then went on with her great form and won the final – GOLD.
The female D Grade Double Scull was another hotly contested event with 28 crews entered. Corowa had two crews with Georgina Pearsall and Julia Delaney teaming up against Sarah & Olivia Hughes. Both crews were in separate heats but had to win their heat to make the final. Georgina & Julia finished a close 2nd to miss out and the Hughes twins finished third in their first ever State Championship event.
Mother and daughter crew (Julie & Amy Underwood) then teamed up to compete in the C grade Double Scull to try to increase Amy’s medal count to three. They won their heat to progress through to the final – here they were beaten by under 1 second. Great race to pick up the Silver Medal.
The young girls then rowed in the D grade Coxed Quad Scull – Julia, Georgina, Sarah & Olivia coxed by Taylor Lambert – they had to place in the top 3 to make the final and they did it well finishing 2nd place in heat. The girls fought hard in the final to finish in 4th place against some tough competition.
Andrew MacDonald competed in the D Grade Single Scull and he had to win the heat to make the final and Macca did just that. So in the 2nd last race of the day he competed in the final to finish in 4th place.
Fergus Hamilton joined Brad Pearsall to compete in the Under 19 double scull and unfortunately due to 2 late scratching only competed against one other crew, the boys won GOLD easily by over 30 seconds.
The boys then teamed up to race in the Male C Grade Coxed Quad Scull – Andrew MacDonald, Matt Vogel, John Raschke and Brad Pearsall coxed by Trent Brown. This was a first and final and the boys went out strong and finished strong – winning GOLD!
Brads Gold Tally is now up to 4
Fergus Hamilton then competed in the U17 single scull, he rowed a great race to record a win over a field of 5 competitors – GOLD
Megan Vogel and Paige Cooper were next down the course in the Female U17 double scull showed why they will be competing at the Nationals in a few weeks rowing well in this event to take out the GOLD medal.
Even though the day was coming to an end and both coaches had very sore legs riding their bikes into a head wind all day to support their rowers, Robert “Dinga” Eyers still had to compete in the Male Masters Single scull – this race wasn’t classified as a State Championship as the Masters have their own competition in a few weeks. Dinga went out at his own pace and settled in well to record a great win by over 100metres.
What a great achievement by Corowa Rowing Club – coming third in the overall medal count, beaten only by Mercantile and Melbourne rowing club – two powerhouse clubs.
It was great to see both new coxswains, Trent & Taylor both winning their first ever State Championships.
Brad with 4 Gold, Paige’s 3 gold and Megan’s 2 gold ensure that all are in great form as they prepare for the National Championships to be held in Sydney at the end of March.
Congratulations to Wes Canny and Robert Eyers who put in extraordinary amount of hours into training all the crews at the club. Winning 10 Gold medals certainty sees their hard work pay off.
Thanks to Macca for assisting with Bow Numbers and to Cherie for completing the BRO duties for the afternoon.