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Racing Begins for the Australian Rowing Team at World Cup 3 in Lucerne

It has been a week of adaptation for our Aussie crews with illness and injury impacting racing crew line ups in World Cup 3 in Lucerne, Switzerland today. Our crews showed resilience and commitment to their new combinations at short notice.

The Men’s Pair of Olympic Champion Alex Hill OAM and U23 World Champion (2017) Harley Moore came second in their heat, meaning a second run down the course in the repechage, which they won to see them progress to the A/B Semi Final.

Hill said, “I was a bit excited to get back out there today; there’s been a bit of a break as I’ve been managing my injury over the last couple of months.” Moore said that getting back in the boat after a five-year break was due to “finding the love for the sport again”.

The Women’s Double qualified directly for the A/B Semi-Final, finishing second behind the Lithuanian boat. Made up of Olympic Quad Bronze Medallist Rowena Meredith and crew mate Kate Rowan from the World Cup 2 and Henley Royal Regatta Quad, the duo will look to qualify the Double for the A Final tomorrow in a very strong field.

Tara Rigney moved from the Women’s Quad back into the Women’s Single where she had a strong first 500m, which set up the result of winning the heat. Whilst Georgie Gleeson who has not previously the raced the Women’s Single, delivered a solid performance and came fifth, followed by a sixth position performance in the repechage, moving her into the C Final.

There was a dominant performance in the Men’s Four of Olympic Champions Jack Hargreaves OAM, Spencer Turrin OAM, Alex Purnell OAM and Olympian Jack O’Brien, they will want to defend their World Cup 2 winning performance and have started their campaign with that commitment.

They raced their younger U23 compatriots of Charles Batrouney, Torben Ungemach, Nicholas Smith and William Achermann who set a strong first 500m and held well against top class opponents. Batrouney said, “It’s pretty surreal. We come from racing at a National Championships to racing at a world stage, so it’s definitely a step up.” The crew will race in the repechage tomorrow.

Redmond Matthews and Hamish Harding in the Lightweight Men’s Double came third in their heat, and so raced their repechage this afternoon, placing second, qualifying for the A/B Semi Final. Coach David Fraumano said, “Both races today were their best competitive efforts that they’ve put out so far. Time in the boat in Gavirate instead of going to Henley was good for us, it enabled us to develop some consistency in our form and make some real links between our speed and how we’re rowing technically.”

Georgia Nesbitt in the Lightweight Women’s Single came fourth and needed to race again in the repechage this afternoon. After executing a strong race, Nesbitt finished second, qualifying for the A/B Semi Final. Nesbitt said, “It was a much quicker repechage than I was expecting to be honest, but that’s just International racing, everyone’s going hard from the get-go. It’s relentless, there’s no one letting off the gas.”

David Bartholot took up his role as reserve for the Men’s Double in the bow seat behind Caleb Antill. The new combination put down a dominant performance to win their heat and progress to the A/B Semi-Final.

Oscar McGuinness won his first heat convincingly in the Lightweight Men’s Single to qualify directly to the A/B Semi Final. He will look to better his eighth overall world ranking from World Cup 2 by finishing top three in the Semi Final to make it through to the A Final tomorrow.

Having had limited time sculling, let alone in the Single Scull, Simon Keenan moved from the Pair to understand the competition in the Men’s Single. A fifth position finish meant that he was in the race against the clock for a final opportunity to continue a campaign into the more major finals, putting a time fast enough to qualify for the Quarter Finals. Keenan placed fifth in his Quarter, with a time quick enough to qualify for the C Final.

The Eights finished out the morning’s session, with the Australian Women’s Eight placing third in their Test Race, giving them third choice for lanes in Sunday’s Final. While the crew had changed, Bronwyn Cox said, “At the end of the day, the goal is the same: to cross the line first. ‘Anytime, anyplace, anywhere’ as JK (Coach John Keogh) would say”.

Australia boated two Eights in the Men’s competition; AUS1, the crew that raced at Henley and World Cup 2, showed their racing experience had paid off by winning their heat over the Germans, and qualify directly through to the A Final on Sunday.

AUS2 raced in the second heat of the Men’s Eight; the Under 23 crew combination finished fourth and will race the repechage tomorrow for a place in the A Final on Sunday.

Australia’s amended crew list for World Cup 3 can be seen below. Racing continues with Semi-Finals and Finals on Saturday 9 July from 5pm AEST.

The Regatta concludes with the A Finals, which can be seen on Foxtel Channel 507 or Kayo on Sunday 10 July from 6pm to 10:45pm (AEST), with the B Finals shown on World Rowing from 4.55pm AEST.

The racing schedule and live racing updates can be seen via the World Rowing website:

Follow the Rowing Australia social media channels for the latest updates, as well as photos and video coverage of the Australian Rowing Team.

For any information about team members, have a look at their biographies here: Australian Rowing Team Biographies

Day One Results:

Men’s Four (M4-) FIRST -> A FINAL

Alex Purnell OAM

Spencer Turrin OAM

Jack Hargreaves OAM

Jack O’Brien

Men’s Eight (M8+) FIRST -> A FINAL


Henry Youl

Benjamin Canham

Angus Widdicombe

Jackson Kench

Sam Hardy

Will O’Shannessy

Patrick Holt

Rohan Lavery

Cox: Kendall Brodie

Women’s Single (W1x) FIRST -> A/B SF


Tara Rigney

Lightweight Men’s Single (LM1X) FIRST -> A/B SF

Oscar McGuinness

Men’s Double (M2X) FIRST -> A/B SF

David Bartholot

Caleb Antill

Women’s Double (W2X) SECOND -> A/B SF

Rowena Meredith

Kate Rowan

Men’s Pair (M2-) SECOND -> 1st Rep -> A/B SF

Alex Hill OAM

Harley Moore

Women’s Eight (W8+) THIRD (Test Race) -> Final

Eleanor Price

Bronwyn Cox

Paige Barr

Jacqueline Swick

Ella Bramwell

Giorgia Patten

Georgina Rowe

Emma Fessey

Cox: Talia Barnet-Hepples

Lightweight Men’s Double (LM2x) THIRD in Heat -> SECOND in Rep -> A/B SF

Redmond Matthews

Hamish Harding

Lightweight Women’s Single (LW1x) FOURTH in Heat -> SECOND in Rep -> A/B SF

Georgia Nesbitt

Men’s Eight (M8+) FOURTH in Heat -> FOURTH in Rep


Darcy McCluskey

Joshua Hill

Jamie Arnold

Marcus Emmett

Patrick Long

Fergus Hamilton

Alexander McClean

Angus Dawson

Cox: Harry Keenan

Women’s Single (W1x) FIFTH in Heat -> SIXTH in Rep -> C Final


Georgie Gleeson

Men’s Four (M4-) FIFTH -> Rep


Charles Batrouney

Torben Ungemach

Nicholas Smith

William Achermann

Men’s Single (M1x) FIFTH in Heat -> FIFTH in QF -> C Final

Simon Keenan

World Cup 3 Crew Lists


Lwt W1x

Georgia Nesbitt

Coach: Ellen Randell

W1x  AUS1

Georgie Gleeson

Coach: Ellen Randell

W1x  AUS2

Tara Rigney

Coach: Ellen Randell


B) Rowena Meredith

S) Kate Rowan

Coach: John Keogh


B) Eleanor Price

2) Bronwyn Cox

3) Paige Barr

4) Jacqueline Swick

5) Ella Bramwell

6) Giorgia Patten

7) Georgina Rowe

S) Emma Fessey

Cox: Talia Barnet-Hepples

Coach: Tom Westgarth


Lwt M1x

Oscar McGuinness

Coach: David Fraumano

Lwt M2x

B) Redmond Matthews

S) Hamish Harding

Coach: David Fraumano


B) David Bartholot

S) Caleb Antill

Coach: Lyall McCarthy OAM



B) Harley Moore

S) Alex Hill OAM

Coach: Lyall McCarthy OAM



B) Alexander Purnell OAM

2) Spencer Turrin OAM

3) Jack Hargreaves OAM

S) Jack O’Brien

Coach: Rhett Ayliffe


B) Charles Batrouney

2) Torben Ungemach

3) Nicholas Smith

S) William Achermann

Coach: Matt Ryan



B) Henry Youl

2) Benjamin Canham

3) Angus Widdicombe

4) Jackson Kench

5) Sam Hardy

6) Will O’Shannessy

7) Patrick Holt

S) Rohan Lavery

Cox: Kendall Brodie

Coach: Mark Prater


B) Darcy McCluskey

2) Joshua Hill

3) Jamie Arnold

4) Marcus Emmett

5) Patrick Long

6) Fergus Hamilton

7) Alexander McClean

S) Angus Dawson

Cox: Harry Keenan

Coach: John Bowes