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Under 21s in tight battle to retain Rusty Robertson Trophy

Under 21 Australian Rowing Team take on New Zealand this week in second leg of 2018 Trans-Tasman Regatta

The second leg of the U21 Trans-Tasman Regatta is set to begin this week with Australia bidding to retain the Rusty Robertson Trophy. Australia closed off the first leg of the 2018 Trans-Tasman Regatta with just a two-point lead over New Zealand. Australia currently lead New Zealand 141 points to 139 points ahead of the second leg of the regatta that takes place from 23 to 25 August on Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.

Before departing for New Zealand on Sunday, the team have been preparing in Canberra at the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre. The Australians will not only have the New Zealanders to take on this week on Lake Karapiro but also the Canadian Under 21 Rowing Team. For the first time, Rowing Canada has sent a team to join the competition on Lake Karapiro. The Canadians will not be eligible to receive points towards the Rusty Robertson Trophy, however they can collect medals should they win races.

Head Coach of the U21 Australian Rowing Team, Jason Lane, said at the end of their pre-departure camp: “There has been good progress by all the crews this week, and we had the chance to get out in the big boats again to re-establish and lift the performance from Sydney. The addition of Canada will add to the level of international competition and we are keen to get back into racing.”

In an update to the Australian team, Skyla Froebel has had to withdraw from the second leg due to injury and is replaced by Jaime Ford of Sydney University Boat Club.

This week’s racing will be able to be viewed live – by clicking here. Results and race schedules will be posted on the Rowing Australia website which will also include a short update at the end of each day on the points table. Listed below is a breakdown of points, a link to the race schedule and a list of the two teams competing at the event. Sweep and Sculling groups will once again combine to form Eights for racing later in the week.

Click here to view the race schedule for the New Zealand-leg of the 2018 Trans-Tasman Regatta.
 Points for racing will be awarded in the finals as follows:

  1. 1st – 6 points, 2nd – 4 points, 3rd – 2 points and 4th – 1 point for –W1x, M1x, W2- and M2-.
  2. 1st – 6 points and 2nd – 4 points for LW2x, LM2x, W4-, M4-, W4x, M4x, W8+ and M8+.
  3. 1st – 2 points and 2nd – 1 point for LW1x, LM1x and MixL2x.Medals will be awarded to the first-placed boat in each category.

U21 Australian Rowing Team

Athlete Name Club/State/SIS-SAS
Men’s Sweep
Nick Lavery UTS Rowing Club/NSW
Paddy Holt UTS Rowing Club/QLD
Alex Nichol Sydney Rowing Club/NSW
Jackson Kench Sydney Rowing Club/NSW/NSWIS
Men’s Sculling
Alex Grezeskowiak Capital Lakes Rowing Club/ACT
Matthew Murray Sydney University Boat Club/NSW
Lightweight Men’s Sculling
Rohan James Swan River Rowing Club/WA
Nathan Kennedy Australian National University BC/ACT
Connor Ryan North Esk Rowing Club/TAS
U21 Women’s Sweep
Jaime Ford Sydney University Boat Club/NSW
Kirstie Green Mercantile Rowing Club/VIC
Alexandra Finlay Griffith University Surfers Paradise RC/QLD
Ella Bramwell Adelaide Rowing Club/SA
Women’s Sculling
Olivia Bartram UTS Rowing Club/NSW
Charlotte Wirtz Melbourne University Boat Club/VIC
Lightweight Women’s Sculling
Celia Cowan Adelaide University BC/SA
Michaela Franz Sydney University BC/NSW
Portia Bennett University of Queensland BC/QLD/QAS
Andrew Le West Australian Rowing Club/WA
Phoebe Georgakas Melbourne University Boat Club/VIC
Head Coach: Jason Lane SASI
Debbie Fox Sydney University BC/NSW
Brigette Carlile Mercantile Rowing Club/VIC
David Gely UTS Rowing Club/NSW
Alex Field UTS Rowing Club/NSW


New Zealand U21 Team

Men’s Sweep Travelling Reserves
Joseph Graham Kaylin Wren
Cameron Donald Jack Castle
Blake Bradshaw
Angus Shotter Coxswains
Kaitlyn Shields (Women’s Eight)
Men’s Sculling Jonty du Toit (Men’s Eight)
TK McLaren-Taplin
Nathan Luff Coaches
  Aimee Pink – Women’s Sculling
Men’s Lightweight Sculling Jack Allen – Men’s Sculling
Jordon Gasson Josh Wedlake – Men’s Sweep
James Brott Hannah Starnes – Women’s Sweep
Women’s Sweep
Jessica Turfrey
Grace Holland
Danika Caton
Claudia Mecchia
Women’s Sculling
Anna MacQuarrie
Lily Butler
Women’s Lightweight Sculling
Shannon Cox
Justine Hobbs