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U21s touchdown in New Zealand

Round two of the U21 Trans-Tasman Regatta kicked off yesterday (Thursday) at Lake Karapiro in New Zealand. Australia’s U21 Rowing Team arrived in New Zealand earlier in the week following a four-day pre-departure camp held at the Reinhold Batschi National Training Centre in Canberra.

The Australians were keen to further the lead they had already established over the Kiwis in the first leg of the series earlier this year in Sydney, Australia. Itching to race, and to try and regain the Rusty Robertson Trophy, the Australians had mixed results during the first morning sessions.

The morning session proved to be a wet one, with points even at the conclusion of the heat racing. The challenging conditions continued into the afternoon session, with wins for Australia’s Lightweight Women’s Double Sculls (Verayna Zilm and Wallis Russell), the Women’s Pair (Ellen Pozzi and Bronwyn Cox) Lightweight Men’s Double Sculls (Sean Murphy and Matt Curtin) and both reserve single scullers, Georgina Masters and Alec Paterson. Tyron Boorman and Sam Marsh put on a dominant display in the men’s singles to finish first and second respectively, while Kelly Drenth and Ellie Parker did a fantastic job of improving on their morning race to finish second in the women’s pair.

Crews move into quads and fours for Day 2 of racing today (Friday) with a strong lead and their eyes set on the Rusty Robertson Trophy.

Points at the end of day 1 – NZ: 75, AUS: 81. (Total points – NZ: 206, AUS: 227)