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The Rusty Robertson Trophy is Back in Australia After a Successful Trans-Tasman Regatta

The final day of the 2022 Trans-Tasman Regatta saw crystal blue skies and flat water to finish off a great three days of racing, with the Rusty Robertson trophy reclaimed from New Zealand. It was a clear victory for the Australians with a clean sweep across the board, losing no races across the week.

Day three began with the 1800m Final of the Mixed Doubles and Eights races. Continual illness forced the New Zealand Women’s Eight to withdraw before the start, leaving their Men’s Eight to battle out the Final with the Australian Men and Women’s Eights. Continuing the trend from across the week, the Australian Men were out the front early, to take a commanding lead over their Kiwi counterparts, and chasing down the 22 second handicap the women had. The Australian Men took a 10 second victory over New Zealand — a solid start to the morning.

The Mixed Doubles of Charlotte Broad and Bradley Graham secured another strong victory for Australia, with a 14 second lead. The Mixed Double comprised of the two reserves has looked stronger and stronger each race and certainly finished their regatta on a high note.

The second session was an omnium of three distances, beginning with 1500m races, and continuing through with 1000m races before finishing with a 500m mixed race. The 1500m was a strong showing for the Australians, with the Mixed Double continuing their form from the morning session, whilst the Men’s Eights charged home to victory as well. Following the scratching from the New Zealand Women’s Eight, the Australians chose not to race the Women’s Eight and focus on the 1000m races for the Coxed Fours and the Quads.

The 1000m races saw the closest racing of the regatta. The Australian Mixed Double took home first place over both Women’s Coxed Fours from Australia and New Zealand, with the Australian Women’s Coxed Four taking second place, just two seconds behind the leaders. The Men’s Coxed Fours were separated by a margin of five seconds, whilst the Men’s Quads were only separated by three seconds, with the Australians claiming the victory. The Women’s Quad continued their dominant performance with an eight second victory.

The final race for the regatta was the Mixed Eights and Mixed Double, to be competed across a 500m sprint. With illness having impaired the Kiwis throughout the regatta, it came down to an Australian final race, with the U21 squad divided into two eights. It was the scullers versus the sweepers in the Mixed Eights with the Mixed Double heading down the course one final time. One second separated the two Australian Mixed Eights, with the sweep crew taking the victory over their teammates.

The Mixed Eights race between Australian squads has highlighted the fantastic effort of the U21 Pathways athletes over the past three days. Head of Pathways, Jason Lane said of the week “It’s been a really good week. I’ve been really impressed with how well they’ve come together as a team and the team bonding has been really good.”

Head Coach of the U21 Team, Ben Southwell added “I’m very proud of the way that the athletes handled themselves this week, with the changes to crews and the schedule, and importantly how well they raced as a team consistently over the three days”.

With the strong showing of the athletes in the Trans-Tasman Regatta and bringing the Rusty Robertson trophy back to Australia, the future of Australian Rowing is looking strong. As it approaches ten years to Brisbane 2032, it has been great to see that the pathways program and the future of Australian rowing on the water competing internationally once again.

Jaime Fernandez, Deputy Performance Director concluded: “Thanks to all staff, athletes, coaches and the family and friends who turned out to support our team. The results are of course very pleasing, however, the U21 series is also a wonderful opportunity for learning and development for our young, up and coming athletes.”

“It is very much a team event with every member playing a key role – this team has exemplified that in every way. I’m very proud of this team and the manner with which they conducted themselves, both on and off the water.”

Final Trans-Tasman Regatta Points Score

  • Australia 217.5
  • New Zealand: 112.5

U21 Australian Rowing Team Crew List

Under 21 Women’s Quad Scull: U21 W4x
Madeline Vagg ‐ Sydney University Boat Club/ACT/ACTAS
Livia Rosaia ‐ Melbourne University Boat Club/VIC
Danica Free ‐ Griffith University Surfers Paradise Rowing Club/QLD
Rebecca Bolster ‐ Swan River Rowing Club/WA

Coach: Duncan Free ‐ Griffith University Surfers Paradise Rowing Club, QLD

Under 21 Women’s Coxless Four: U21W4‐
Caitlin McManus‐Barrett ‐ Sydney Rowing Club/NSW/ACTAS
Isabella Scammell ‐ Sydney Rowing Club/NSW/NSWIS
Rebecca Pretorius ‐ Swan River Rowing Club/WA
Lola Quinn ‐ Swan River Rowing Club/WA

Coach: Mark Beer ‐ Swan River Rowing Club, WA

Under 21 Men’s Quad Scull: U21 M4x
Felix Oliver ‐ Melbourne University Boat Club/VIC
Cormac Hayes ‐ Canberra Rowing Club/ACT/ACTAS
Nicholas Blackman ‐ Adelaide University Boat Club/SA/SASI
Harry Curtin ‐ UTS Haberfield Rowing Club/NSW

Coach: Tom Minifie ‐ Melbourne University Boat Club, VIC

Under 21 Men’s Coxless Four: U21 M4‐
Daniel Horsley ‐ Kand Rowing Club/QLD
Mitch Salisbury ‐ Kand Rowing Club/QLD/QAS
Jarrod Lord ‐ Kand Rowing Club/QLD/QAS
Samuel Atherton ‐ Kand Rowing Club/QLD

Coach: Scott Rowe ‐ Kand Rowing Club, QLD

Under 21 Team Coxswains
Aidan Hughes (W8+) ‐ St Peter’s College/Adelaide University Boat Club/SA
Hayley Verbunt (M8+) ‐ Mercantile Rowing Club/VIC

Under 21 Team Reserves
Charlotte Broad ‐ Fremantle Rowing Club/WA
Bradley Graham ‐ Sydney Rowing Club/NSW