Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Students Prove Oarsome MACLEAN ROWERS RULE

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Students Prove Oarsome MACLEAN ROWERS RULE

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Byline: Clare Millist

IT WAS a busy weekend for the Lower Clarence Rowing Club when they travelled upstream for two regattas last weekend.

Head of the Clarence River Regatta

Maclean High School entered a small contingent of 10 rowers into the Head of the Clarence River Regatta in Grafton on Saturday. Despite their small numbers, they performed extremely well and collecting a number of medals on the day.

Maclean High Schoolas first event began early, with Sam Headon and Matt Begg competing in the first heat of the Championship Schoolboy Single Scull.

Headon had a convincing win and Begg also made it through to the semi-finals.

Andrew Smith put in a great effort in his heat of the Championship Schoolboy Single Scull but was just nudged out of a place in the semis.

The boys had little rest time, heading straight back into the Championship Schoolboy Double Scull. Smith and Headon finished fourth in their heat, which was enough to progress to the semis.

Headon and Begg jumped back into their singles to contest the Championship Schoolboy Single Scull semi-finals. Both boys fought hard but missed out on place in the finals to a strong representation of Nudgee College boys.

The MHS U17 double scull crews were next on the river with Chianna Dane teaming with Teagan McFarlane, and Ellen Niemiec with Marnie Evans. Dane and McFarlane had a convincing win in their heat, with a 44sec lead ahead of their nearest competitors. Niemiec and Evans also won their race.

A great performance from Ashley Pilcher and Grace Bolton a in her first competitive season a led to them winning the U15 double scull.

Fourteen-year-old Chianna Dane won a silver medal in the U17 single scull, finishing second to a Somerville House rower.

In the next division, Teagan won her race by 4.84sec. The final division was taken out by Ellen Niemiec, who claimed the gold medal with the fastest overall time in the Schoolgirl U17 Single Scull.

It was a fantastic effort from these girls who were competing in their first 2000m Single Scull events.

Bolton and Pilcher then went on to the Schoolgirl Under 15 Single Scull races, where Pilcher had a convincing 36sec win in her division, and Bolton finished fifth in her race. …

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