After a challenging Head of the River regatta, the Shore 1st VIII, 2nd VIII and the 1st Year 10 VIII re-focused on the National Championship Regatta. Shore Sportsmaster, Mr Mark Ticehurst commented: “Following the race for the Major Rennie trophy the crew was gutted. The ability of the coach David Jennings to refocus the crew was outstanding. The results at the Nationals proved to be a fitting end for all the boys and it highlighted the extremes that sport provides: one week vanquished, the next victorious. I was pleased that the behaviour of the boys in defeat or victory was exemplary: they performed in a manner befitting the spirit of the sport. The School is proud of the achievements of the crew and the entire shed.”

The Year 10 crew raced in the final of the Under 17 Schoolboy VIII following a slight reorganisation after the Head of the River. The final was hotly contested with the Shore crew settling for silver just behind St Augustine’s College and twelve seconds ahead of the St Ignatius and Wesley College.
The Shore Open VIIIs knew their task was not going to be an easy one with all the interstate champions competing. The Under 19 Men’s VIII final was a close battle with The Southport School however the Shore VIII pushed to a length lead with 300metres to go, extending this to take the win and the first of their national titles.
The Schoolboy VIII final contained Southport, Nudgee College, Scotch College, Scotch Oakburn, Launceston Grammar and St Peters College. The race was frenetic with the Shore 1st VIII edging to a narrow lead at the 500m mark and building on this by the 1000m. The crew showed their true ability with a dazzling even split in the final 1000m to take out the Barrington Cup from the defending champions Scotch College. The 2nd VIII found themselves locked in a close tussle for 7th place and showed great determination to secure that position from Launceston Grammar.

 

 


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