Australia extended its lead over New Zealand on the second day of the Trans-Tasman Regatta in Penrith today. Both the morning and afternoon sessions of competition were raced into a significant head wind, though both teams handled the conditions well.
The afternoon finals were kicked off with a great race from the Australian Women’s Four (Bree Kennedy-Smith, Bronwyn Cox, Eloise Parker and Kelly Drenth) winning convincingly over the Kiwis. The gutsy performance was followed by a win by the Australian Men’s Quad Sculls (Tyron Boorman, Sam Marsh, Sean Murphy and Matt Curtin). The Australian Women’s Quad Sculls (Wallis Russell, Verayna Zilm, Ria Thompson and Ellen Pozzi) and Men’s Four (Elliot Apel, Callum Chisholm, Kane Grant and Tim Santin) both came away with a second place in their respective races. The Mixed Double Sculls event proved to be the decider at the close of the second day, with points even following the medium boats racing. The Australian Mixed Double Sculls of Matt Byrne and Georgina Masters had a fabulous race, beating New Zealand convincingly by 16 seconds to clinch the points advantage leading into the final day of competition.
Points at the conclusion of day two are Australia 122, New Zealand 115. Crews will combine in eights for the final day of racing tomorrow, which will see the conclusion of the Australia-leg of the competition.