Ford leads the charge at NSW rowing titles
GRAFTON Rowing Club juniors excelled at the NSW Rowing Association Championship Regatta at the Sydney International Rowing Centre at Penrith.
Matthew Kempnich, Brennan McCann, Lewis Hemphill and Brenton Ford qualified against rowers from St Joseph's College, Sydney Rowing Club, St George Rowing Club, Leichhardt Rowing Club, Nepean Rowing Club and Kinross Wolaroi to contest the championship men's Under-16 single scull.
Ford, coached by Ron Beattie and Ken Maughan, won the championship event.
Hemphill, Kempnich and McCann, coached by Colin Lang, placed second, fifth and sixth respectively.
Ford also qualified for the final of the championship men's Under-17 single scull, where he placed fifth.
The boys then combined to win the championship men's Under-16 quad scull from Kinross Wolaroi crews in second and third places.
McCann and Kempnich joined fellow Northern Rivers rowers Adam Harrison and Rowan Hislop to place third in the championship men's Under-17 quad scull, behind Mosman Rowing Club and Sydney Rowing Club. Grafton's Marty Hemphill joined with Northern Rivers rowers Adam Harrison, Daniel Lang and Kane Ramon to take third place in the championship men's Under-19 quad scull behind crews from Sydney University and Mosman Rowing Club.
Hemphill also qualified in the championship schoolboy single scull.