Saturday March 15th, 2014 was host to the 117th AAGPS Head of the River held at The Sydney International Regatta Centre. This day was not only the finish to a very successful rowing season but also a historic day for the college as it was the finish to the Boat Club’s centenary year of rowing. I would like to congratulate all the athletes of The Scots College Boat Club for what was a very competitive season and a successful day.
The Year 10 VIII’s competed well in their respective races all with an aim of putting together their best 2000m performance on the big day and I would like to commend all boys on their never give in attitude. The most pleasing thing to see from the riverbank was the way the boys were rowing from a technical perspective. This will lay a good foundation for the boys entrance into the senior program.
In the senior races The Scots College Boat Club be one of the best performing schools across the board, the depth shown on the day was fantastic to see. From the seven senior races Scots Rowers were on the podium on five occasions with the following result: 3rd VIII – 3rd Place, 4th IV – 3rd Place, 3rd IV – 1st Place, 2nd IV – 4th Place, 1st IV – 4th Place, 2nd VIII – 3rd Place and 1st VIII – 3rd Place. These results are a fantastic representation of the current strength of the College’s rowing program.
A special mention must be made to the members of the Scots 3rd IV – Nick Lloyd, Timothy Mitchell, James Gavin, William Foxton and Oliver Benjamin for reclaiming the Farther Gartlan Trophy winning the 3rd IV event. This was a fantastic race and has been a very contested division all season. The crew held off a fast finishing Riverview crew to take out the event in a time of 7:02.27 with Riverview finishing 0.91 seconds behind.
The Scots College 1st VIII pieced together their best race of the season and for the first time this year stood on the podium in 3rd position. It was a fantastic effort from the crew who found themselves in a position they had been in a number of times this year with Riverview closing in on them in the final 500m. On four previous occasions the were unable to hold third position however in front of a huge crowd they managed to find a gear they didn’t know they had and finished 0.44 seconds in third place with Riverview in behind them.
All members of the Boat Club would like to thank the support of the College for what was a great day way to complete this historic season.
Scots to the Fore