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240 Masters 1st 2015On Saturday February 28th the ‘experienced’ rowers of the club pulled their bathers on (and up) to represent the club at the 2015 Masters State Titles (Boats). The conditions at Aldinga were perfect for these old men and women of the sea – it was sunny, warm, flat and short(!) so we were all excited for the racing to begin. The crews involved were the ‘Sliders’ (120 women), the ‘Shades of grey’ (140 women), the no names (180 men) and the gold medal winning Phantoms (240 men).

The day started with the ‘Shades of grey’ hitting the water in their heat and literally hitting the Glenelg boat on the beach. The result was that they came 1st and made it to their final, but they also broke two of Glenelg’s oars (result of not moving a boat far enough up the beach - think Glenelg need a BHU)! Next on the water were the 180 men who with little training battled hard and finished 3rd in their heat. Unfortunately, they needed to finish one spot higher to make their final but now they were able to fill the important role of BHU (Boat Handers Union) and assist the oldies with moving the boat.

With no heat, the Sliders had a straight out final so were unsure of the standard of the competition they would be facing. They had also been rattled earlier in the week with the late withdrawal of their stoke due to work commitments but were able to find a replacement with Nicole Berry – someone who has had little to no experience in a boat but did unbelievably well! Under the smooth tones of Dollar, the girls started the race slowly to ensure timing and catches were spot on. They turned the can in last spot but due to a good fitness base were able to row down Grange to win the first medal of the day for the club - Bronze.

140 Masters 2nd 2015Next, the damaging ‘Shades of Grey’ were ready to fight it out in a very tough and tight final. It was close out and back in as a number of boats turned together. When they crossed the finishing line they were able to grab the colour medal that was a natural fit for their name – silver.

The final race of the day was the Phantoms, who are used to success with State, Aussie and World medals in their collection. There were great expectations from those on the beach hoping that the boys could complete the medal collection for the club. Luckily, the boys were not blinded by Douggie’s (fluoro green) shorts and could see gold for the taking! As they crossed the line, those from the club showed their passion for the sport, the club and each other.

It was a wonderful day for the club with the collection of points and medals but more importantly those involved had a great time. Some were able to reminisce the old days and for others it was a day of firsts: Nicole Berry rowed a boat, Laura Greer took part in her first Masters Comp and Wal picked up his first Gold medal in 25 years.

Well done and congratulations to those involved:

Masters States Boats 2015Sliders:
Sweep: Chris (Dollar) Foord
Megan Syvertsen
Sara Lane
Nicole Berry
Kate Liersch

Shades of Grey:
Sweep: Brad Vogt
Kath Vogt
Mary Carr
Penny McKenzie
Laura Greer

No Namers:
Sweep: Adam (Douggie) Parkinson
Ian (Dodgy) Hodgen
Michael ( Budge) Goldfinch
Malcolm (Rambo) Rudd
Gavin (Craggsy) Cragg

Sweep: Adam (Douggie) Parkinson
Dick (Olly) Olesinski
Chris (Dollar) Foord
David (Wal) Watt
Paul (Howsey) Howse

You can see the day's photo gallery by clicking HERE

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Masters Boaties 2015Medal Winners -
Bronze Medal (120 Women's): Sweep - Chris (Dolla) Foord, Rowers - Sara Lane, Megan Syvertsen, Kate Liersch & Nicole Berry.
Silver Medal (140 women's): Sweep - Brad Vogt, Rowers: Laura Greer, Penny Mackenzie, Mary Carr & Kathryn Vogt.
Gold Medal (240 men's): Sweep - Adam (Douggie) Parkinson, Rowers: Chris (Dolla) Foord, Dick (Olly) Olesinski, Paul (Howsey) Howse & David (Wal) Watt (Wal's first gold in 25 years of rowing!) 
Competitors - 
All of the above, plus the 180 Men's crew consisting of Sweep - Adam (Douggie) Parkinson, Rowers - Michael (Budge) Goldfinch, Ian (Dodgy) Hodgen, Gavin Cragg & Malcolm (Rambo) Rudd. 
Conditions -
Flat as a tack! Sunny, hot & not a ripple in sight. 
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The club canteen/kiosk would like to thank Zee (Brian Johns) for donating a fridge, a huge relief, after the old one finally bit the dust.

Another 4 IRB Crew have successfully passed their exam.

4 Crews in -1 Gold, 1 Silver 1 Bronze and 1 Fourth.
Congratulations to all the Boaties Competing (photo right)

All new craft to be used at Senior State Championships will need to be fully scrutineered and added to the database.

Random checking will take place at any time throughout the Championships. Any board or ski that still has the State or Aussie’s sticker (or has been scrutineered and therefore is on our database) will only be checked for ‘safety’ prior to events, during marshalling or on the line at State Championships.

Office of Recreation and Sport Vouchers will be accepted towards SPSLSC Junior Membership Fees for next year. Please email any queries to Brad Vogt or any member of the Junior Committee at
Junior Board Training: Mondays and Wednesdays: Arrive at 5:15 for 5:30 start
Junior March Past Training Saturdays: Arrive at 12:15 for 12:30 start
Junior Swim Training: Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:00pm at Noarlunga Aquatic Centre

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Boat Comms

6th EDITION - 2014/15 SEASON

Congratulations to crews who made the trip to Robe last weekend. Our Ladies crews did extremely well with Shooters currently top of the standings and Sprockets third. A composite Men's crew rowed and had fun! Thanks again to our officials from South Port for making it all happen.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED - it’s South Port's carnival on Saturday so we need our crews to be there to help set up and pack up. The other clubs will pitch in AS USUAL, so let’s have some direction from sweeps of crews and get their respective crews there to help from 7.30am. We have been VERY slack in the area of set up and clean ups so don't just leave it to other clubs as generally the old buggers are the ones to do all the work!

100 Club - you are urged to reserve your ticket in the club's major fundraiser as there are only around 20 tickets left. Tickets are only $50 and you can win $1 000 at the the final draw. Not many boaties have tickets, so see Wal or Olly to get a number.

Boat Rower-organised Xmas Kris Kringle - is on again from 3pm on Sunday 21 December. Bring along a present valued at $10 and NO recycled ones from last year!! Bring a platter too to share and get into the Xmas spirit.
ASRL Membership
All rowers/sweeps who plan to compete in any of the Navy Series and interstate events MUST be a member of ASRL, and fees need to be paid before the first event which is Robe at the end of November. U19's are exempt.
The ASRL membership is $40 and includes membership to ASRL SA, a Cap, T-Shirt and Hi-Vis Vest. Please email Bristles with your vest sizes.
All fees and registrations are to be done on-line via the ASRL website:

ASRL SA Membership
Payable by all rowers/sweeps who plan to only row at local ASRL SA events. The fee is still $10 this year, and membership form is attached with payment instructions. All fees should have been paid up by 2 December.

THIS SEASON'S CALENDAR (Without all local carnivals - TBC)
Saturday 6 December Short Course at South Port - Triple Crown Qualifying (for SA, VIC, WA) - Sunday 7 Dec at Middleton (subject to conditions).
20 - 21 December Triple Crown Nationals in NSW
14 December Navy Series 2 - South Port
11 January Navy Series 3
20 - 22 February ASRL Open Shellharbour NSW
28 February Masters Surf Boat State Titles Aldinga
1 March South Port Classic
7 - 8 March Masters State Titles
28 - 29 March Senior State Titles - South Port
14 - 19 April Australian Titles (Tugun QLD)

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