DOMINANT: Grafton Women's Team in boat one showing their style against the competition to win the race by a over a boat length.
DOMINANT: Grafton Women's Team in boat one showing their style against the competition to win the race by a over a boat length. Robin Smith

Display of strength and precision from Grafton paddlers

DRAGON BOATS: Fifteen members of the Grafton Dragon Boat Club headed to Kempsey on Sunday to compete in the Kempsey River Rats 10's Regatta.

Fourteen teams from Ballina to Newcastle were represented and with only 10 paddlers rather than the traditional 20 required, clubs had some of their best paddlers on display.

The Grafton crew were trialling a new race technique and they did not have high expectations of success but rather hoped to fine tune their race plan under race conditions.

But it was not to be as Grafton blew their opposition away with a powerhouse display of strength and precision.

The women's team were unbeatable in their two heats leading both from the outset impressing as they stormed to the finals.

The mixed team followed suit with the women's team by winning both of their heats. However, with 14 teams in this category and only three boats this meant the Grafton team missed out on the final on a count back of race times.

The Opens team picked up two second placings which was a credit to the tenacity of the paddlers as they only had two men and the rest were female paddlers.

The women's team went on to take out third position in the final in very testing conditions with a strong head wind and rough conditions in a very close finish behind first place Kempsey and Rainbow Dragons in second.

For the Grafton women's team this was their third final in a row at their last three regattas and this being their best result.

The Grafton Club now look forward to running their Grafton Jacaranda regatta on October 30.



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