Head of the River rowing regatta sees Southern schools take home the eights titles

HEAVE-HO: Launceston Church Grammar rowers Tom Swan and Thomas Wyly in the under 14 boys double scull seconds.
HEAVE-HO: Launceston Church Grammar rowers Tom Swan and Thomas Wyly in the under 14 boys double scull seconds.

Hutchins School won the prestigious independent schools open schoolboys eights Head of the River crown for the fourth year in a row at Lake Barrington on Saturday.

In a really closely-contested race, Hutchins beat home a fast-finishing Scotch Oakburn College crew by 1.92 seconds with Friends School in third and Launceston Church Grammar well back in fourth.

In the Head of the River open schoolgirls’ eights, Friends School proved too strong winning the title for the third year in a row.

Friends just held off the Launceston Church Grammar eight to claim a narrow victory with the two crews continuing the close rivalry they have developed all season.

The two schools opened up a considerable gap on the rest of the field with Fahan School finishing third and St Michael’s Collegiate fourth.

“In both those races the first two crews were really racing hard with close finishes,” regatta secretary Julian Joscelyne said.

“Unlike last year when much of the regatta had to be cancelled due to high winds today we had perfect conditions form early in the day with just a light northerly wind coming in later in the day including for the final eights races.

“Hutchins eight rowed a 5:54.12, so rowing a sub-six is very fast in schoolboys’ rowing but there was some wind assist in that race.

“We had a strong crowds in attendance and as always it was a fabulous event with a number of other close race results.”

ON THE JOB: St Patrick's College rowers Darcy Waud and Ryan Anderson team up in  under 14 boys double scull race.

ON THE JOB: St Patrick's College rowers Darcy Waud and Ryan Anderson team up in under 14 boys double scull race.

The schoolgirls’ under-16 eight was taken out by St Michael’s Collegiate by 12.09 seconds to Fahan School followed by Friends and St Patrick’s College.

TIMING: Scotch Oakburn College students William Hurd and Joseph Lawrence trail in Boys under 14 double scull firsts race during the Head of the River at Lake Barrington. Pictures: Phillip Biggs

TIMING: Scotch Oakburn College students William Hurd and Joseph Lawrence trail in Boys under 14 double scull firsts race during the Head of the River at Lake Barrington. Pictures: Phillip Biggs

In the schoolboys’ under-16 eights, Scotch Oakburn triumphed by 1.31 seconds over Hutchins with Grammar next home.

TEAMWORK: Scotch Oakburn rowers Lily Cleland, Madison MacKenzie, Hannah woolston, Poppy woods, Imogen Duigan in the under 13 girls quad scull event.

TEAMWORK: Scotch Oakburn rowers Lily Cleland, Madison MacKenzie, Hannah woolston, Poppy woods, Imogen Duigan in the under 13 girls quad scull event.

The schoolboys’ junior, co-ed junior and schoolgirls’ senior aggregate shields were won by the Friends School.

The schoolgirls’ junior shield went to St Michael’s Collegiate with the co-ed senior going to Launceston Church Grammar and the schoolboys’ senior shield to Hutchins School.

Focused: St Patrick's College rower Trilelle Vimpany-Tubb in the girls under 14 single scull race.

Focused: St Patrick's College rower Trilelle Vimpany-Tubb in the girls under 14 single scull race.

In other results, St Patrick’s College rower Lilli Wrigley continued her dominance in the girls’ open single sculls this season winning by 1.54 seconds from Lucy Southcott, of Friends.

The boys’ open single sculls was won by Guilford Young’s Jared Weisse by 1.89 seconds from St Patrick’s Owen Elmer.

Southern crews pipped Northern crews by less than a second in many events including the under-13 boys’ quad sculls where the Hutchins crossed .52 of a second ahead of St Patrick’s.