The oldest rowing trophy in the Great Public Schools Association (GPSA) competition, the Yaralla Cup, was once again held aloft by The Scots College 1st IV at the weekend’s Head of the River at Penrith Lakes for the first time since 1978.
Mosman residents Max Boddington and Charlie Meller, along with their team mates Will Shannon, Sam Johnston, and Ebbie Duncan, were the leading crew for the whole 2000m race stretch, crossing the line more than four seconds ahead of their closest rival.
For the youngest member of the team, Max Boddington, who is only in Year 10, the race held even greater significance as his elder brother, Robert, was part of a crew that finished third for the historic Yaralla Cup in 2010.
The Scots College Principal, Dr Ian Lambert, was at Sydney International Regatta Centre to congratulate the 1st IV crew on their win on Saturday. “It takes discipline, courage and determination over many years to overcome obstacles and persevere towards a goal like this,”
Dr Lambert said. “These young men epitomise the brave hearts and bold minds of a typical Scots boy. Today was not about winning – it was about belief and spirit.”
Scots crews provided consistent podium finishes in the senior 1st IV and 1st VIII races during the day’s competition, with the 1st VIII finishing second in the final race of the day — the Head of the River. The 1st VIII crew, consisting of four local residents, Imran Joseph (Willoughby), Sam Payne (Seatforth), Mitch Shaw and Matthew Boustred (both from Mosman), along with team mates Alexander Mann, Jimmy Holyman, Edward Kenned , William Arkins and Angus Urquhart, were narrowly beaten by traditional rivals, Shore.