TOP HONOURS: Brisbane Boy’s College rower Elliott Williams in action. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
TOP HONOURS: Brisbane Boy’s College rower Elliott Williams in action. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

TSS great in eights but BBC claims overall honours

BRISBANE Boys College emerged as the overall pointscore winners at the Grafton City Head Of The River Regatta on Saturday.

Despite surrendering the Open Schoolboys Eight to The Southport School, Brisbane Boys College did enough in the other divisions to claim the overall crown.

They edged out Pymble Ladies College, who the Open Schoolgirls Eight, by just one point.

Richard Patterson coaches the Brisbane Boys College First Eight, who backed up to win the Grafton Regatta Open Eights yesterday.

Several members of that crew were part of the school's Under-17s, who did win on Saturday.

For many of the schools, Saturday's regatta was the first chance in the season to test themselves against the other schools.

After he debriefed his crew members post-race, Patterson explained to The Daily Examiner that Brisbane Boys College was in the process of strengthening its rowing program.

"The result was what we were hoping for and what we were expecting," Patterson said. "We are on the improve.

"While the Sydney schools would have had a few races by this stage, this is our first regatta for the season and we've achieved good results throughout the age divisions."

The Under-17 winners beat the six-minute mark, completing the 2000-metre course in 5 minutes 59 seconds to finish ahead of The Kings School and Scots College of Sydney.

Maclean High was best of the local schools in eighth place overall.

HEAD OF THE RIVER REGATTAOverall PointscoreBrisbane Boys College 75Pymble Ladies College 74Somerset 61St Margaret's 60Scots College 58Redlands 55Churchie 53Maclean High School

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