Brisbane school claims main event in Head of the River

St Josephs Nudgee were competing in the 'Head Of The River' rowing regatta eights event on the Clarence River in Grafton on Saturday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
St Josephs Nudgee were competing in the 'Head Of The River' rowing regatta eights event on the Clarence River in Grafton on Saturday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

IF YOU were watching the action on the Clarence River at the weekend you may have caught a glimpse of the next Oarsome Foursome.

The Head of the Clarence rowing regatta drew 355 athletes and their families to Grafton for the Clarence's premier rowing regatta.

Students from some of the most prestigious high schools on the east coast competed in the event, with a team from New Zealand's Hamilton High School making their first appearance.

It was the first time a team from New Zealand have made the trip to Grafton, which will become a biennial tradition.

The day of racing culminated in the main Champion Schoolboys Eight event, with Brisbane's St Joseph's Nudgee College reigning supreme as they beat defending champions Newington College by a length.

Australian Olympic Men's eight coxswain Toby Lister and London 2012 silver medallist Brooke Pratley were on hand to present medals and trophies to the competition winners.

Speaking after the presentation, Lister said this had been his first trip to the Clarence Valley but it wouldn't be his last.

"The Clarence is a great river for rowing, it's brilliant," he said.

"It's amazing that you can comfortably row 20-odd kilometres on a river.

"We've stayed in Grafton for the past week and it's just been great."

Star rower Tegan McFarlane, took line honours in the under-17 women's single sculls.

It was the second time the Maclean High School student has competed in the Head of the Clarence regatta, after winning most of her events last year.

"There was a bit of crosswind which made rowing pretty difficult in the early stages of the race," McFarlane said.

"I got off to a good start and carried that through the first section of the race."

McFarlane's good start paid dividends at the other end of the track as she came in first by at least a length.

The new City of Grafton point score trophy was awarded to Pymble Ladies College after the squad dominated the race day.

Made from red cedar sourced from local timber, the trophy featured one of the Grafton Rowing Club's original oars.

Most athletes stayed in the Clarence Valley for the Grafton Rowing Club's annual regatta yesterday, boosting the number of entrants to 367.

Topics:  crca, head of the clarence



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