Visiting King’s School rowers Will McGeo (left) and Charles McMahon in training on the Clarence yesterday.
Visiting King’s School rowers Will McGeo (left) and Charles McMahon in training on the Clarence yesterday.

Aim is to be kings of the Clarence

FOR DEFENDING champions The King’s School from Parramatta to win this year’s Head of the River they will need to overcome a 10-year win-loss pattern.

“We won the Head of the Clarence last year in the eights but have an unusual record, we seem to win every second year so hopefully the pattern will be broken this year,” King’s head coach Tom Courtney said.

Courtney said King’s has entered its biggest squad of rowers to compete at the two-day event and that he was impressed with the facilities.

“Coming to Grafton each year is part of our rowing program, we love coming here. The facilities are great and the water is fantastic,” he said

Director of Rowing at Kings, David Bellamy, said that unlike other regattas the Head of the Clarence provides competitors with an incentive to be placed in the top three of their event

“It is good to see medals awarded to the first, second and third placegetters, normally a medal is only awarded to the winner,” he said.

Bellamy said his squads have been in solid training leading up to the event.

“We train up to 10 sessions a week, which includes on the river, weights and rowing machines,” he said.

Brisbane Boy’s College head coach Will Keates said his school look forward to coming to Grafton each year to compete against quality opposition.

“The conditions are excellent. We arrived on Wednesday and had a look at some of the competitors on the water ... King’s certainly looked sharp,” Keates said.



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