I am very pleased to report St. George Rowing Club won the NSW Rowing Association (NSWRA) Premiership Shield for the second time in our history. This is the 6th year in a row our club has finished in the top three NSW rowing clubs in the Premiership point score.
To achieve this, points are allocated on a 4/2/1 basis for 1st/2nd/3rd respectively in all finals at all NSWRA regattas. Shields are awarded by NSWRA to clubs which score the highest number of points in a variety of racing categories. The Premiership Shield is awarded to the club with the highest total of points gained in all Shields.
Performing consistently well in the Premiership point score is an outstanding result considering we have had between 60-70 competitive rowers each season compared with some of the other bigger clubs who have more than 200 competitive rowers.
For the 4th consecutive year St.George won the Masters Shield for the most points gained in all Men’s and Women’s Masters events over the whole season and in April 2015 for the first time St.George won the Edward Trickett Cup for the most points earned over the two day NSW Grade Championships regatta.
Edward Trickett was Australia’s first sporting World Champion in 1876-1880 when he won the Champion Sculler of the World. It was a proud moment for St.George RC when his grandchildren presented us with the Edward Trickett Cup.
Receiving the Edward Trickett Cup for highest pointscore club at the 2015 NSW Grade Championship.
This season, we have again focused on maintaining the boatshed fleet in good racing and training condition. With an aging fleet this has been an issue for the last couple of seasons and a constant effort is required to ensure we get maximum use out of all our boatshed assets. With greater numbers now rowing, boat usage has increased. With this increase comes more damage, as well as general wear and tear. This season we spent >$10,000 on boat repairs.
There were major changes associated with the boatshed last season. We completed the purchase of our new boat trailer, upgraded oar racks, ordered new wall racking for our eights and purchased two sets of quad blades.
On the water St. George had a very successful 2014/2015 season. Key highlights were:
- In October 2014, at the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Ballarat, Krys Macready won 5 gold medals and placed 2nd in two other races.
- We won 8 gold, 5 silver and 9 bronze medals at the NSW Sprint Championships raced over 500m in December 2014. Congratulations to Ian Toll, John Rowell, Chris Woodham and Graham Williams who won the men’s masters coxless four and Amanda Behrendt, Krys Macready, Andrea Cooze and Sue Robinson who won the women’s masters quad scull. A highlight was St.George finishing 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th in the men’s masters single scull.
- At Taree we had 15 firsts, 29 seconds and 17 thirds over the two and half day regatta in January 2015. Carolyn Withey, Eamonn Burke, Callum Tsambalas James Chuter and Steve Harrison won 3 races each, while Ellyn & Abbey Featherstone, Becky Bates, Stephen Irons, Zac Tsambalas, Ben Crooks, and Connor Milton all won 2 races. A special mention goes to Airton Ramos Snr and Robert Gee who placed 2nd in seven races!
- In April 2015 we had the Edward Trickett NSW Grade Championships. Once again the club performed admirably winning 11 gold, 13 silver and 10 bronze medals. 44 out of 52 competitors returned with a medal and the club won a medal in every boat classification. For the first time St.George won the Trickett Cup for most points over the two day regatta with the highlight being St.George winning silver and bronze medals in the Men’s A grade eight. The silver medal winning crew was made up of 4 fathers racing with their 4 sons. This was the first time a father-son combination managed to medal in a championship eight race in Australia.
Father-Son Silver medallists : Stroke. Airton Ramos Snr, 7. Steve Harrison, 6. James Chuter, 5. Ben Crooks, 4. Nick Harrison, 3. Lewis Crooks, 2. Airton Ramos Jnr and bow Glenn Chuter, Lachlan Dunn (cox)
- In May 2015 the club competed in the NSW Masters State Championships at SIRC. We had a total of 34 rowers compete over the two day event on the Sydney Olympic Rowing Course. Our youngest competitor was 27 and the oldest was 77. 31 out of the 34 rowers collected medals and these ranged in boats from the smallest boat the single scull up to the largest boat, the coxed eight. Overall St.George collected 17 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze medals. A special mention to Krys Macready, Andrea Cooze and Wendy Miller who won 6, 4 and 4 gold medals respectively.
- In May 2015, 20 St.George rowers competed in the Australian Masters Championships in Sydney. Our club won 6 gold, 9 silver and 4 bronze medals. Congratulations to our following gold medallists Andrea Cooze (4), Krys Macready (3), Wendy Miller (2) and Elyse Niall (2). Also congratulations to silver medallists Amanda Behrendt (3), Ian Toll (3) and Harry Battam (2).
Overall the club achieved 184 firsts, 180 seconds and 123 thirds this season, which is an outstanding achievement from just 65 competitors.
To operate a successful boat-shed requires input from many individuals. Thanks must go to the committee and all coaches for their efforts throughout the year. Also, to the many volunteers, parents and supporters who have helped out at critical times - thank you. Your efforts translate into good results on the water for all our competitors.