Row­ers ex­cel on Goul­burn

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT -

This year’s an­nual Tah­bilk ‘Bridge to the Vines’ Head of the Goul­burn, held on Oc­to­ber 28, saw good weather and strong per­for­mances from lo­cal row­ers.

Nagam­bie Row­ing Club’s Ju­lia Fin­ni­gan, a Nagam­bie teenage rower and Euroa Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dent, has been row­ing with the club for a few years and her progress has been mar­vel­lous.

This year was no ex­cep­tion; Ju­lia won the Fe­male Sin­gle Scull C (In­ter­me­di­ate) event for the se­cond year in a row, which thrilled fel­low club row­ers, coaches, fam­ily and her­self.

An­other feat by lo­cal row­ers was when the Nagam­bie’s Fe­male Masters Coxed Quad Scull crew, coached by club mem­ber Bill Day, also won their event in the gru­elling time trial.

The team saw scullers Vicki Dud­ley, Heather Brad­bury, Wendy Cot­ter and Pauline Day put in a con­sis­tent ef­fort over the 7.2 km course from Chi­na­man’s Bridge to Tah­bilk Win­ery to de­feat Car­rum RC Fe­male Masters crew by three sec­onds.

Rac­ing for Nagam­bie was the Fe­male Coxed Quad Scull D (novice) crew of Olivia Thom­son, Deb Dud­ley, Clare Dal­ton and Shan Jaudzemis, coxed by Avenel's Sally Lit­tle­wood.

The novice crew rowed well in their first ever Head of the Goul­burn race.

This year’s elite events were dom­i­nated by Mer­can­tile Row­ing Club crews which took out the male and fe­male Open Eights, as well as the both Open Quad Sculls, while Mel­bourne Univer­sity Boat Club (MUBC) had the fastest Male Four and Co­rio Bay the fastest Fe­male Four crews.

The fastest boat on the day was the Mer­can­tile Men’s Eight, with a time of 24 min­utes and three sec­onds.

Ni­cholas Stephen­son of MUBC and Sarah Sekfy of Essendon were the fastest male and fe­male sin­gle scullers.

Beth and hus­band Mike Wal­ter were watch­ing the race closely and said this year’s Hot Gee at­tracted 787 com­peti­tors from around Vic­to­ria, as well as from Can­berra and Sydney.

They were cheered on by more than 1000 spec­ta­tors, coaches and fam­ily mem­bers, who en­joyed the Spring Row­ing Car­ni­val at­mos­phere at the fin­ish at Tah­bilk Win­ery, where there were food stalls and rock and roll band the Choir Mon­keys per­formed.

— Diane Grant

Solo win: Ju­lia Fin­ni­gan, win­ner Fe­male Sin­gle Scull C (In­ter­me­di­ate).

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