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Masters States Boats 2015 Wrap Up....
On 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.
Next, 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:
Sweep: Chris (Dollar) Foord
Shades of Grey:
Sweep: Brad Vogt
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