Murray Bridge Rowing Regatta Success

The Murray Bridge Rowing Club recently hosted its biggest regatta in many years. More than 980 athletes entered events over two days of racing and estimates suggest crowds of 2500 spectators and supporters enjoyed the spectacle from the river bank. Traditionally Murray Bridge has been a popular event on the Rowing SA calendar. Schools and clubs from all over the State visit Murray Bridge to row on the two-kilometre river course. The 4km/hr knot zone gives rowers the only other straight 2km course outside of West Lakes. With a huge Saturday racing program results came quickly for rowers. Masters crew of Maddie McGinty, Chris Cowan, Nick McDonald, and Bernadette O’Neil competed strongly in the Masters Mixed Coxed Quad. The Seidel twins, Victoria and Tallulah, came second to the Torrens crew with a narrow margin of 0.56 seconds in the 2nd Grade Women's Double Scull. The 2nd Grade Mens Double Scull of Charlie Seidel and Hayden Teunissen finished second to Phoenix. The Masters Mixed Coxed Quad of Bob Bailey, Des Schultz, Clyde Leach and Bob Watkins with coxswain Bernadette O’Neil came a respectable third. Also finishing third was the crew of Georgia, Chloe and Lily Weckert, Paris Holland-Long and Mia Lewis in the Schoolgirl 9/10 Coxed Quad. The feature race of the weekend, the 3 Mile 8 Race, saw 15 crews race from Swanport Bridge to the Rail Bridge. The Port Adelaide masters ladies were victorious winning The Ted Higgs Cup. The cup was awarded to the winning crew by Phil Nolan, grandson of Ted who was the coach of the original Cods. With 54 entries over five races the third grade Women’s Single Scull was hotly contended. Murray Bridge rowers Georgia and Chloe Weckert, Paris Holland-Long, Alana Kahl, Georgia Fulton, Carley Roesler and Mia Lewis all finished midfield in their races with Bernadette O’Neil finishing with a personal best time. On Sunday the crowd was a little smaller, but racing was still very competitive. Teunissen finished third in the 2nd Grade Men’s Single, while Jayden Thomson came first and Charlie Seidel third. In the 2nd Grade Women’s Single Tallulah Seidel was first and sister, Victoria Seidel, third. The First Grade Women's Single Scull was won by Celia Cowan. In the Masters Men’s Double, McDonald and Cowan came third. Another third placing went to the 3rd Grade Women’s Coxed Four of McGinty, Fulton, Kahl, Roesler and coxswain Kane Christian. The Weckert sisters, Georgia, Chloe and Lilly, Paris Holland-Long and Mia Lewis won the Schoolgirl 9/10 Coxed Quad. Coming second in the 3rd Grade Mens Coxed Quad was Gazzola, O’Brien, Seidel, Teunissen and Christian. The 3rd Grade Women’s Quad saw Cowan, Roesler, Holland-Long, Lewis and Lilly Weckert finish in first place. With it being Valentine’s Day, it was fitting to host a Mixed Double event. Murray Bridge coming second through to fifth. The 3rd Grade Men's and Women's Double races saw McDonald and Cowan finish second, Obrien and Gazzola finish fourth. Roesler and Holland-Long won the Women’s Double and Weckert and Lewis finished third in the same event. Club president Craig Christian said the Murray Bridge Rowing Club is the strongest it has been in years. “With the development of our the boatshed on Sturt Reserve, the release in April of The Cods documentary and the club’s 10th Olympian, James McRae in line for his third Olympic Games, we are in a great position and its exciting times indeed,” he said.   To see original article published in the Murray Valley Standard visit To see more photographs of the even visit our Facebook or Instagram