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 http://www.murrayvalleystandard.com.au/story/3778956/bridge-regatta-success/?cs=1653 To see more photographs of the even visit our Facebook or Instagram
To Craig Christian, the “rowing city of Murray Bridge” has a certain ring to it. The Murray Bridge Rowing Club, of which he is president, has revealed its plans for a new, six-bay boat shed at Sturt Reserve - the centrepiece of a plan to return the sport to a prominent place in the city’s culture. The facility would include a bar and race control tower as well as display space for memorabilia of the Murray Cods - the working-class eight who represented Australia at the 1924 Olympic Games - and other items from the club’s 106-year history. Four of the shed’s six bays would be sub-let to tenants such as schools, who currently pay Rowing SA up to $10,000 per year for the use of sheds at West Lakes. The rowing club also hoped to help with an upgrade of the ageing public toilet facility next door. The Murray Bridge council last week granted the rowing club a lease over a portion of Sturt Reserve beside the Murray Bridge Community Club, in front of the lawn tennis courts, contingent on a public consultation process. Its rent will gradually increase as it settles over the next five years. Mr Christian said the club had spent as long as 15 years looking for a new site before finally settling on one only a few metres away, but that the wait would be worth it. “They’re looking at making Murray Bridge the second-biggest rowing complex in SA,” he said. See your ad here “We’ll have about eight regattas here a year, which is a great thing because it brings money into the town.” The idea was originally part of a joint proposal between the rowing club and Murray Bridge Community Club. A similar lease won approval from the council and from all 14 people who submitted comments during consultation in 2012, which lapsed because construction did not start within two years. Community Club president Martyn Codrington said that building’s redevelopment remained on hold, but two years remained on the club’s current lease.
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ROWING: Murray Bridge rowers successfully competed at the Berri Regatta at the beginning of December. A team of 16 rowers ranging in age from 10 to 25 won 10 events at the two-day carnival. The highly experienced crew of James McRae and Sam Martin convincingly won the first grade men's pair as well as the first grade men's double. The crew of McRae, Martin, Alex Bockman, Dylan Porte and coxswain Abi Wheatland won the first grade men's quad. Bockman later competed individually to win the third grade men's single and paired with Patrick Marryat to win the third grade men's double. It was a noteworthy performance by the pair, considering it was Bockman's first regatta for the season due to an elbow injury and Marryat's first aftera two-year absence from the sport. Against some experienced crews and in their first outing as a quad crew Tallulah and Victoria Seidel, Bianca Foote, Celia Cowan and coxswain Wheatland won the third grade women's quad. Georgia Seidel came out strongly in her final race, in the third grade women's division, and won the single and later the second grade women's single. Competing with her sister Tallulah, who convincingly won the third grade women's single, she also won the third grade women's double.
Competing with her sister Tallulah, who convincingly won the third grade women's single, she also won the third grade womens double.Coach Ben Porte was full of praise for the Murray Bridge rowers, particularly as many of the younger members of the team were new to the sport. In their first season of competitive rowing Cowan, Foote, Gareth McFadzean, Hayden Teunissen, Brock Reu and Mitchell Stevens performed exceptionally well in all their races at Berri.
THE Murray Bridge Rowing Club took to the Torrens 350-metre sprint regatta on Saturday, in what was a successful outing for the club. Coaches Ben Porte and Gillian Newell entered the club in the regatta and were not let down, as the three Murray Bridge crews made it into the finals. An unfortunate oar breakage in the boys quad race prevented the team making it to finals as well. The mens first grade coxless quad, with Murray Bridge Olympic champion James McRae, former Australian champion Sam Martin, former State champion Dylan Porte and local rower Mitchel Stevens, had a win against the Adelaide Rowing Club. Georgia Seidel won the first grade women's single and the third grade women's single to cap off a great day. Full Story available here: http://www.murrayvalleystandard.com.au/story/601598/the-murray-bridge-rowing-club-excellence/