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Scotch’s Head of the River – after an early scare

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ABOVE: The 2ND VIII AT NAGAMBIE AFTER WINNING THE SECOND DIVISION IN THE HEAD OF THE RIVER(LEFT TO RIGHT): LIAM MCLELLAN, PETER GLOVER, FINLEY DALE, ALEX BROOKE, TOM SUTHERLAND, LLOYD PARKS, LACHLAN STRATHMORE, ZAC TSIGARAS, BEN FERGUSON.

The Scotch College 1st crew survived a high speed collision to win the 148th Head of the River for a record-equalling sixth year in succession, heading Melbourne Grammar School by 3.4 seconds after a hard-fought race, in a new race record time of 5.56.07. Scotch has now matched the feats of Geelong Grammar and Wesley College, each of whom had previously won six successive Head of the River titles.

Scotch was fortunate to win its heat earlier in the day, when a photographers’ boat drifted into its lane during racing. The crew collided with the boat at top speed, with bowman Nick Symon thrown from his seat and catching a crab, as the boat came to a complete stop.

While the rest of the crews continued to race away, the Scotch crew managed to disentangle from the speedboat and, miraculously, with no significant injury or breakages to equipment, to start racing again. It took most of the remaining 1200 metres to regain the lead, but remarkably the crew was able to cross the line in first place.

Later in the day the 1st VIII rowed a good race in the final against a very large Melbourne Grammar crew which had the week before beaten it by over a length. After a very tight first 1000 metres, the Scotch crew was able to eke out an advantage. Brighton Grammar School was in third place.

The Scotch crew was: Dylan Richards (11FS, coxswain), Alex Maycock (12EN, stroke), James Murray (12LJ), Lachlan Marshall (12SS), Alex Wolf (12LJ), Maximilian Hanna (11MH), Hilton Venter (12EN), Connor Miscamble (12GY), Nick Symon (12GY, bow). Tom Woodruff was the coach.

Scotch also won the other senior eight divisions – two, three and four. The 2nd VIII continued its improvement in what was a difficult season, winning in fine style over Geelong College and Geelong Grammar. The 3rd VIII produced a wonderful performance to win its division by 13 seconds to second-placed Melbourne Grammar. The 4th VIII also put in a strong showing to win their division by 25 seconds, while the 5th VIII also raced in this final, finishing fourth.

The Year 10A crew completed a strong season with not its best performance, but was still able to come second in its A final. The 10B crew also raced strongly to gain second place in its A final.

The 10C crew performed well and also finished second in the A final, with the 10D crew coming second in the B final of the 10C division behind Geelong Grammar.

Scotch also had 15 Year 9 quad sculls, and these crews produced some good results, with the boys learning a great deal about the sport. Scotch crews won the division 5A, 6A, 7A and 8A finals.

A huge thank you to all parents and staff for their hard work through the season. The breakfast team led by Helen Ferguson has done a great job, as has the parent auxiliary, the Cardinal Club, led by President Rohan Sutherland (‘86).

Boatmen Andrew Jelbart (‘11), Charlie Booth (‘11) and Don Jelbart (‘73) have also done a stellar job. Thanks also go to Kemble Edelsten (‘90), Cathy Emmett, John Croxford, Verity Scott, Luke Carey, and especially to TIC, Tom Bowen.

On 15 April a Scotch crew represented Victoria at Penrith NSW, and beat the other states in an interstate schools race. Victoria (Scotch) was first, ahead of WA and Queensland.

In other state rowing news, news. recently Josh Booth (‘08) and Will Lockwood (‘06) were members of the Victorian King’s Cup crew. With Josh in the stroke seat, Victoria won the King’s Cup after a seven-year streak by NSW. In the under 21 race, seven of the Victorian crew were Old Scotch Collegians: Stuart Callander (‘14), Adam Croxford (‘14), Max Rennie (‘14), Alistair Cunningham (‘14), Carter Dickinson (‘14), Lachlan Webster (‘14) and Chris Gough (‘14). This crew finished third behind NSW and Queensland.

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ABOVE: THE VICTORIAN SCHOOL PATHWAY EIGHT (COMPRISING ALL SCOTCH COLLEGE ROWERS) AFTER WINNING THE INTERSTATE SCHOOL EIGHT RACE. LEFT TO RIGHT: MAX HANNA, ALEX WOLF, LACHLAN MURCHIE, CONNOR MISCAMBLE, ALEX MAYCOCK, JAMES MURRAY, NICK SYMON, CHARLIE MILLER, DYLAN RICHARDS.

TOM WOODRUFF – DIRECTOR OF ROWING

Updated: 3 October 2016