Corowa junior rowers compete at Hamilton

By Corowa Free Press

A small contingent of Corowa Rowing Club’s Under 15 rowers made the trip across Victoria to compete on the 1,000 metre course at the Hamilton Regatta. 

Day 1

The first event was the Under 15 Doubles with Bella Heagney and Sommers Hogan in the female event while Spencer Holland teamed with Lachie Hogan in the male event.

Bella and Sommers showed great style in the heat to claim the win and a place in the four crew final. 

Up against the in-form Essendon crew, the Corowa team moved clear into second place with a great row.

Spencer and Lachie were in for a tough battle as the four crews kept together for the first half. The Corowa crew made their move and took the lead and move onto the final. 

The final saw the Corowa double take the lead from the start and in a fantastic row led all the way to record a great win. Spencer was full of confidence for his Single Scull event as he showed his efforts at training were paying off after leading all the way and moving into the final. 

The final saw Spencer improve on his heat race as the two heat winners moved clear of the field. Spencer and the Barwon sculler were in a tight race as Spencer made his move and recorded the win. 

Bella and Lachie teamed in the Open Mixed Double Scull. Against older opposition, the zones Corowa combination held their own to finish third, just missing out for a place in the final. 

The afternoon’s events featured Spencer and Lachie in the D Grade Double Scull. 

Needing a top two finish, the Corowa crew made a surge over the last 250m to finish in second place. The final was another great battle with the Melbourne double and the local Hamilton crew against the younger Corowa combination. The boys had their best row to finish third but got some valuable experience for the rest of the season. 

The Under 15 Single Sculls had the largest field for the regatta so there were two divisions with Bella and Sommers in each division. 

First up was Bella who had a great heat row to take the win and move into the final. The final saw three scullers line up with Bella taking on the local from Nestles and the Geelong sculler. 

In a well-timed race Bella made her move at the 500m mark to move clear and claim the win. 

Sommers lined up next needing a top two finish to move into the final. Sommers showed great race experience for an 11 year old against much older competition to claim second place and move into the final. 

Sommer’s was determined to work harder in the final and in another great race past two scullers to finish in second place. 

After a great day of racing it was rest up and prepare for Sunday’s regatta.

Day 2

Sunday greeted the competitors with a drop in temperate and head winds. 

First up was Bella and Sommers in their double. The girls got off to a great start and got out in front in their heat. In the final up against Saturday’s winner, the Essendon crew, Bella and Sommers were in for a tough race. The girls fought to the finish line to finish in second place. 

Next up was Spencer and Lachie in the Under 15 Double in a first and final against the Dimboola crew. The Corowa boys took the lead and were in control of the race. It was a great race from both crews with Corowa taking another win. 

Spencer jumped out of the double for his Under 15 Single. With improvement in every race, he won his heat and in the final against the Geelong sculler recorded a convincing win. 

Bella and Lachie teamed up again in the Mixed Double. Up against older crews, the Corowa kids had a strong row coming second in the heat and just missing out on the final to the Hamilton crew who went on to win the final. 

The afternoon events saw Lachie and Spencer in the D Grade Double. The boys were up against older competition but were in for a good row. 

The Corowa crew had another solid performance and in a sprint to the line just missed out on making the final by finishing in third place. 

The last event for the club saw Bella and Sommers taking on the Under 15 Single Scull. 

With 16 entries featuring four heats, only the winners of the heats made it through to the final. 

Bella was up first in a tough race against the Nestles sculler. Bella got off to a quick start taking the lead early and gradually pushing away from the other scullers. She had a really strong row and took the win, putting her into the final. 

Next was young Sommers taking on the Barwon scullers. Sommers got off to a strong start taking a slight lead on the Barwon girls. She pushed her way to the finish line, taking a big lead finishing in first place.

Four scullers lined up in the final with Corowa’s Bella and Sommers up against the Essendon and Barwon scullers. 

Bella and the Essendon sculler made the early move pushing ahead of the Barwon sculler and Sommers. At the half way mark Bella pushed away from the Essendon girl and headed strong to the finish line and taking out the win. Sommers didn’t give up and kept fighting for third place.

Corowa’s young rowers gained some great race experience over the 1,000m course, setting them up for the regatta’s Christmas.

Bella will move up into the Under 17 age group and Lachie and Spencer have another season of Under 15 rowing with Sommers who still has three years left in the age group. 

This sets the club up in a strong position with their junior rowers preparing for the Under 15 State Championships and to represent their schools.

Sunday, December 15 sees the annual Santa Regatta taking place from 9.30am. This regatta is a great opportunity for the younger, older and newest rowers of the club to get the experience of racing before the MRA Regatta on January 11 and 12.

Now is a great time to come down to the shed if you’re interested in trying your hand at rowing. All welcome.