The Rowing Tasmania State Championships regatta took place over the weekend of 20 February 2016 in perfect conditions at Lake Barrington International Rowing Course.
A highlight was the appearance of Kerry Hore, who had just been confirmed by Rowing Australia to compete at the 2016 World Rowing Cups in Lucerne and Poznan, Hore celebrated by winning the State Champiosnship in the single, double and quad scull with Huon clubmates Sarah Hawe, Lucy Southcott and Eve Mure. Mure also won the senior lightweight single to complete a clean sweep of senior sculling titles for the Huon club. In a nice touch for the club, Nicole McKillop was presented with the Roger Blake Shield as the best performed para-rower for the season.
Huon also had success in the mens senior double and coxless four with Oli Cook and Wilson Mure in the double joined by Eric and Max Rowan in the four. Taylor Wilcznski made a welcome return from injury to join Mure, Cook and Eric Rowan to win the senior quad championship.
Buckingham had success with Ash Reardon and Dan Bloomfield in the senior pair and Max McQueeney completed a dominant season winning the single by a canvas from Wilson Mure. Reardon, McQueeney, Sam Volker and Bloomfield, Cox: Louisa Seddon held out North Esk by half a length to win the coxed four.
Meaghan Volker, who is in the squad for the Australian eight, completed a hatrick of sweep events with her Buckingham team mates, winning the Kate Hornsey Shield in the pair with Anna Sansom; stroking the eight with Caitlin Ketley, Christie Crow, Nina Neyland, Lauren Burrows-Cheng, Fiona Anderson, Sansom, Abbie Crow and cox: Eve Mure and the four with Anderson, Sansom and Abbie Crow. Ketley, Burrows-Cheng and the Crow sisters won the under 23 coxed four. Abbie Crow and Meg Robinson took home the under 23 double title.
Tamar continued their dominance in the men’s senior eight with Henry Youl, winner of the under 23 single scull, stroking the crew of Ben Francey, Brendan Longman, Matthew Wyton, Alister Foot, Mitchell Digney, Oliver Marsden, John McKenzie, Henry Youl, Cox: Dominique Hancock to win by half a length over University with Scotch Oakburn College a length further back.
Oli Marsden had a good win in the senior lightweight single. Youl and Marsden also took out titles in the under 23 double and combined with Digney and McKenzie to win the under 23 quad and four as well.
Tasmania University celebrated its second State pennant in a row by winning four championship events. Jacob Gatehouse and James Cocker taking out the under 23 pair and combining with team mates William White, Andrew Hudson, Henry Johnstone, Samuel Casey, Alexander Hutchinson, Jacob Cooper, Cox:Jacqui Hope in the under 23 eight, while Alistair Chong and Sara Waitzer took out the mens and womens para single title respectively.
North Esk had a fantastic championships taking out ten titles across age events including Phillipa Green winning under 21 single and combining with Jacqui Hancock to win the under 21 double and under 23 pair. Daniel Barratt won the under 17 double and combined with Phillip Dikkenberg, Ethan McCulllagh, Lars Gillingham and Cox:Flynn Gillingham to take out the under 17 coxed quad.
North Esk also enjoyed success in under 19s with Connor Ryan, Matthew Dikkenberg, Jack Barrett, Angus McGlashan taking out the coxless quad and four. Barrett also had success in the double with Dikkenberg and the pair with McGlashan.
The Friends’ School women’s eight of Sophie Mohler, Celeste Frasson, Paris Nightingale, Amy Walsh, Lucy Southcott, Olivia Downie, Romy Keppel, Emily Jackson, Cox:Angelica Smail took out the under 19 and 23 eights titles and pushed Bucks for most of the race in the seniors. Nightingale, Walsh, Mohler, Frasson and Smail won the under 19 coxed four. Sophie Hinds, Maeve Dunbabin, Ashleigh Brookes, stroked by Anna Reid, Cox:Kate Damen took out the under 17 coxed four. Noah Donnelly and Nicholas Cash won the under 17 double. Friends were also announced as winners of the School Pennant for the season. Finbar Morrissey, Matthew Warner, Carl Doedens, Alex Pointon, Cox:Arabella Smail won the under 19 coxed quad for the school.
New Norfolk had success with Nat Graham in the under 19 single, Matt Byrne in the under 21 single and they combined to take out the Stephen Hawkins Trophy for the under 21 double. Club mate Lauren Conway won the under 19 single and combined with Isobel Robertson to win the under 19 pair.
The Mersey junior women’s program continued its strong performances for the season. Hannah Tippett won the under 17 single and combined with Ashleigh Brooks for the double and Abbie Boucher and Lillian Maddick cox: Ella Marshall in the coxed quad. Madeline Greenhill and Madeline Tippett finished off a dominant season winning the under 19 double and quad with Hannah Tippett and Ashleigh Brooks.
Scotch Oakburn College tasted success in the mens under 19 eight confirming their favouritism for the coming school season with Hugh Bradley, Angus Brient, Quin Welsford-Brink, Douglas Jones, Braidyn Dawe, Samuel Herbert, Jacob Berends, Hugh McShane, Cox:Angus Brown in the crew. They also took out the under 19 coxed four with Wellsford-Brink, Jones, Berends, McShane and cox: Brown.
Sandy Bay had a good win in the women’s under 19 coxless four with Molly Garrett, Chloe Cottier, Olivia Browning and Lucy Burbury while St Patrick’s College won the men’s under 19 coxed quad with Owen Elmer, Connor Pask, Richard Goss, Dylan Johnston, Cox:Shae Donoghue
Attention now turns to the North West Schools regatta at Lake Barrington next weekend and the 2016 Sydney International Rowing Regatta which commence on the 15th March in Penrith.
The full results are available at http://tas.rowingmanager.com/?regatta;file=3359
Thanks to Rowing Tasmania for providing this report.