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Australia leads after day one of Trans-Tasman Regatta

Taking on New Zealand for the Rusty Robertson Trophy

The Under 21 Trans-Tasman Regatta, between Australia and New Zealand, began on Thursday in Penrith, New South Wales. It was a chilly start for the crews on a frosty and foggy morning in Penrith but the U21 Australian Rowing Team were prepared for it having come together a week earlier for a pre-race camp.

The morning session of heats dealt up some great racing against a very strong and competitive New Zealand team, and a handful of Australian Under 23 and Junior crews joined the racing (although not eligible to receive points) and took advantage of the international racing environment.

The afternoon session began in flat conditions, bringing out some strong performances from the U21 Australians. The women’s single scullers, Ria Thompson and Ellen Pozzi, started off the afternoon racing by finishing second and fourth respectively in their races. Pozzi is racing this week by virtue of coming in as a late substitution for injured sculler Annabelle McIntyre, who has now been ruled out of the series.

Wins in the Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls (Georgina Masters and Verayna Zilm), Women’s Pair (Bree Kennedy-Smith and Bronwyn Cox), Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls (Sean Murphy and Matthew Curtin) and Men’s Lightweight Single Sculls (Matthew Byrne) followed.

Australia’s Men’s Single Sculls crews also put in a dominant performance, with Tyron Boorman and Sam Marsh finishing first and second respectively in their race, while Australia’s Men’s Pairs (Callum Chisholm/Elliott Apel and Kane Grant/Tim Santin) crossed the line in second and fourth against the Kiwis. With these very promising performances on the opening day, the team will have no doubt entered today’s racing, in medium boats, with confidence

At the end of the first day of racing Australia leads New Zealand by 5 points, 78 to 73.

Live results, draws and schedules can be found here.

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Australia’s U21 Men’s Pair (Copyright Felix Dieu)