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August 2019 News

Above: Pretty easy to relax after becoming a World Champion – the World Under 23 World Champion coxed four – Ben Canham centre and Mitch Hooper on the right, coached by Mercs head coach Nick Mitchell – photo copyright RA

Provided by your faithful correspondent Trident.

Past news can be found at this link.

News covered this month

  • World Championships Preview
  • Happy Birthday Arthur Atkins
  • Farewell to Marty Owen
  • World Junior Championships Finals
  • World Junior Championships Semis
  • World Junior Championships Reps
  • World Junior Championships heats
  • More pictures from World Under 23 Championships
  • World Rowing video with Kat Werry
  • Coastal Rowing comes to Mercs
  • Patrick Boomer sets himself for World Coastal Championships in Hong Kong in November
  • Next up – World Juniors and Paras in Tokyo
  • World Championships commence Sunday 25th August in Linz
  • Member profiles
  • From the Archives – the Club’s first senior Championship

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World Championships Preview

Published 22 August 2019

The World Championships commence this weekend in Linz, Austria. Australia will be competing in 18 boat classes at the regatta being held on the purpose-built venue adjacent to the Danube. Australia have entries in 12 of the 14 Olympic boat classes and two of the four Paralympic boat classes, with crews not only looking to make podium finishes at the pinnacle rowing event of the year, but also ensure they finish in a required qualifying spot to secure Australia a boat berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic or Paralympic Games.

The women’s team remains untouched from the World Cups and so our team members are:

Women’s double – Amanda Bateman – this crew won Silver in WC3

Women’s quad – Katrina Bateman – this crew won bronze in WC3

Women’s pair – Jess Morrison – this crew won at WC3

Women’s four – Kat Werry – this crew won at WC3

Women’s eight – Jess Morrison and James Rook – this crew won silver at WC3

The women’s crews will face more opposition at the Worlds than at WC3 but are hoping to maintain or better their performances. Some nations have adjusted their crews, such as Canada in the eights. This eights race will be a cracker.

The Australian women’s eight at WC3 – James and Jess on the left

The men’s crews are a very different story. In an attempt to qualify all crews, the Australian team are prepared to sacrifice medals to do this. To understand this, the 2019 World Championships are the main qualifying regatta. Whilst a small number of boats can qualify next year, this is not ideal and probably will not be pursued by the Australian team.

The rankings in 2019 to gain qualification for 2020 Olympic Games are as follows.

Olympic Class (Men’s and Women’s)Required Placing to Qualify
PairsTop 11
FoursTop 8
EightsTop 5
Single ScullsTop 9
Double ScullsTop 11
Quadruple ScullTop 8
Lightweight Double ScullTop 7
Paralympic ClassRequired Placing to Qualify
PR1 Men’s Single ScullsTop 7
PR1 Women’s Single ScullsTop 7
PR2 Mixed Double ScullsTop 8
PR3 Mixed Coxed FoursTop 8

The aim of qualification above performance has meant considerable reshuffling of the men’s crews. Scullers are now sweep, sweep rowers are now scullers and winning combinations thrown out. There has been wholesale change. Sadly the net result of the changes is that Liam Donald is now the men’s sweep reserve.

The Australian team now looks as follows.

CrewClub/State/Institute
Men’s Pair
Joshua HicksSydney RC/ WA/ RBNTC
Sam HardySydney RC/ WA/ RBNTC
  
Men’s Four 
Alexander HillAdelaide RC/ SA/ RBNTC
Jack HargreavesSydney University BC/ NSW/ RBNTC
Nicholas PurnellSydney University BC/ NSW/ RBNTC
Joseph (Jack) O’BrienSydney University BC/ NSW/ RBNTC
  
Men’s Eight 
Karsten ForsterlingMelbourne University BC / VIC / VIS
Alexander PurnellSydney University BC/ NSW/ RBNTC
Angus MooreSydney RC/ NSW/ RBNTC
Simon KeenanMelbourne University BC/ VIC / RBNTC
Joshua BoothMelbourne University BC/ VIC / RBNTC
Timothy MastersUTS RC/ VIC / RBNTC
Spencer TurrinSydney RC / NSW / RBNTC
Angus WiddicombeMercantile RC/ VIC / RBNTC
Coxswain: Kendall BrodieSydney RC / NSW/ RBNTC
  
Men’s Double Scull 
Caleb AntillANU BC/ ACT / RBNTC
David BartholotSydney University BC/ NSW/ RBNTC
  
Men’s Quadruple Scull 
David WattsSydney RC/ WA / RBNTC
Cameron GirdlestoneSydney University BC/ NSW/ RBNTC
Hamish PlayfairUTS RC/ NSW / RBNTC
Campbell WattsSydney University BC/ NSW/ RBNTC
  
Lightweight Men’s Double Scull 
Leon ChambersSydney University BC/ NSW/ NSWIS
Hamish ParryToowong RC / QLD / QAS
  
Lightweight Men’s Single Scull 
Sean MurphyMosman RC / NSW/ NSWIS
  
Men’s Reserves 
Luke LetcherBlack Mountain RC/ ACT / RBNTC
Liam DonaldMercantile RC / VIC / RBNTC
Lightweight ReserveSean MurphyMosman RC / NSW / NSWIS
  
 
Women’s Pair 
Annabelle McIntyreFremantle RC / WA / HPNTC
Jessica MorrisonMercantile RC / VIC / HPNTC
  
Women’s Four 
Olympia AlderseyAdelaide RC / SA / HPNTC
Katrina WerryMercantile RC / VIC / HPNTC
Sarah HaweHuon RC / VIC / HPNTC
Lucy StephanMelbourne University / VIC / HPNTC
  
Women’s Eight 
Leah SaundersSydney RC / NSW / HPNTC
Jacinta EdmundsCommercial RC / QLD / HPNTC
Bronwyn CoxUWA Boat Club / WA / HPNTC
Georgina RoweUTS RC / NSW / HPNTC
Rosemary PopaBanks RC / VIC / HPNTC
Annabelle McIntyreFremantle RC / WA / HPNTC
Jessica MorrisonMercantile RC / VIC / HPNTC
Molly GoodmanAdelaide RC / SA / HPNTC
Coxswain: James Rook Mercantile RC / VIC / HPTNC
  
Women’s Double Scull 
Amanda BatemanMercantile RC / VIC / HPNTC
Genevieve HortonSydney University BC / NSW / HPNTC
  
Women’s Quadruple Scull 
Rowena MeredithSydney University BC / NSW / NSWIS
Katrina BatemanMercantile RC / VIC
Fiona EwingSydney University BC/ NSW / NSWIS
Cara GrzeskowiakCapital Lakes RC / ACT / ACTAS
  
Lightweight Women’s Double Scull 
Sarah PoundUTS RC / NSW / HPNTC
Georgia NesbittHuon RC / TAS / HPNTC
  
Lightweight Women’s Single Scull 
Alice ArchMelbourne University BC / VIC / VIS
  
Women’s Reserves
Lilly TinappleSwan River RC / WA / HPNTC
Georgina GotchSydney University BC / NSW / HPNTC
Ciona WilsonTamar RC / TAS / HPNTC
Lightweight Reserve: Alice ArchMelbourne University BC / VIC / VIS
  
PR1 Men’s Single Scull 
Erik HorrieSydney RC / NSW / NSWIS
  
PR2 Women’s Single Scull 
Kathryn RossANU BC / ACT / ACTAS
  
PR3 Men’s Pair 
Jed AltschwagerTorrens RC / SA / SASI
William SmithAdelaide University BC / SA / SASI
  
PR3 Mixed Coxed Four 
Ben GibsonSydney RC / NSW / NSWIS
James TalbotSydney University BC / NSW / NSWIS
Alex VuillerminPower House RC / VIC / VIS
Alexandra VineyBarwon RC / VIC / VIS
CoxswainRenae DomaschenzANU BC / ACT / ACTAS
  
PR3 Reserve 
Nikki AyersCapital Lakes RC / ACT / ACTAS
Coaches 
John KeoghHead Women’s Coach – W8+ and W2-
Ellen RandellSenior Women’s Coach –LW2x and W2x
Tom WestgarthSenior Women’s Coach – W4- and LW1x
Ian WrightHead Men’s Coach – M4- and M2-
Andrew RandellSenior Men’s Coach – M8+
Mark PraterSenior Men’s Coach – M4x and M2x
Don McLachlanCoach – W4x, LM2x and LM1x
Gordon MarcksHead Para-Rowing Coach
Jason BakerPR1 Men’s Single Scull
Renae DomaschenzPR2 Women’s Single Scull
Lizzi ChapmanPR3 Mixed Coxed Four and PR3 Men’s Pair

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Happy Birthday Arthur

Published 22 August 2019

Our longest continuously serving member having joined in 1936, and also our oldest member, Arthur Atkins celebrated his 102nd birthday this month. Happy birthday Arthur.

We are pleased to advise that Arthur is fit and well and looking forward to joining us at the Club at the next Club function.

Arthur Atkins with Mal Batten at the boat naming of the David Browne

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Farewell to Marty Owen

Published 22 August 2019

As previously reported, life member Martin Owen died recently and a well attended celebration of life was conducted at Zinc in Federation Square followed by a less formal celebration at the Clubhouse.

Marty was such an influential person in the Club, that his work continues through the work of his proteges. He was a giant of the Club.

Much story telling of Marty at the Club after the formal celebrations

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World Junior Championships Finals

Published 22 August 2019

Australia finished the World Junior Championships with a gold medal in the men’s double racing superbly.

Back here at Mercs, we were keeping an eye open for the junior women’s coxed four which trained out of Mercs and coached by our women’s coach Brigette Carlile. They finished sixth in the A final but were outclassed.

In the other A-Finals of the day, the Junior Men’s Coxed Four fifth in their A-Final, while the Junior Women’s Pair wrapped up their 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships ranked sixth in the world.

Rowing Australia reported on the men’s double win as follows.

Australia’s Hamish Henriques and Harrison Fox wrapped up a stellar 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships today by being crowned World Champions in the Junior Men’s Double Sculls.

Australia’s winning double of Hamish Henriques and Harrison Fox

The duo, from Perth and Melbourne respectively, did not lose a race throughout the regatta and today walked away with a gold medal in Tokyo on the final day of the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships.

“We’ve training for the last two years to try and achieve this, so it’s a really special moment,” said West Australian Henriques.

“The dream would now be to represent Australia – both at U23 level and then ultimately at the senior level,” he added.

The Australians, who are coached by West Australian Jamie Hewlett, were first to show with the German partnership of Paul Krueger and Aaron Erfanian holding the pace, while Italy’s Matteo Sartori and Nicolo Carucci were in third.

By the hallway mark, Henriques and Fox were out in front, leaving it to Germany and Italy to duke it out for silver and bronze. As the crews approached the final 250 metres, Australia upped their rating to 39 to hold off a late challenge from Germany who in turn were trying to get ahead of Italy. Australia went to 41 strokes to cross the line and take gold, while Germany took silver and Italy bronze.

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World Junior Championships Semi-finals

Published 11th August 2019

Rowing Australia reported as follows.

The Australian Junior Men’s Double Scull of Hamish Henriques and Harrison Fox today (Saturday) won their semi-final at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo. The duo will now contest Sunday’s A-Final on the Sea Forest Waterway, joining the Junior Women’s Pair, Junior Women’s Coxed Four and Junior Men’s Coxed Four who are also in A-Finals on Sunday.

Junior men’s double prepare for their race – photo copyright RA

The Junior Men’s Double Scull led their race from start to finish, rating the majority of the semi-final at 33, before upping their rating to 38 in the final 150 metres to hold off any charge coming from fellow A-Final qualifiers, France and Spain. The crew, who had at least a boat length advantage over their closest rivals, finished in a time of 6 minutes 28 seconds.

In their A-Final tomorrow, they will take on France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Zimbabwe. No doubt, Germany will provide some stiff competition for the Australians, with their crew winning their semi-final in 6 minutes 27 seconds.

The Junior Men’s Four finished third in their B-Final and wrapped up their Tokyo campaign ranked ninth in the world.

The women’s four on the water – photo copyright RA

The Junior Women’s Double Scull of Clare Netherway and Sophie Houston won their D-Final, to wrap up their World Rowing Junior Championships ranked 19th in the world.

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World Junior Championships Repechages

Published 11th August 2019

Rowing Australia reported as follows.

The Junior Men’s and Women’s Coxed Four and the Junior Women’s Pair were all successful in their repechages today (Friday) in Tokyo, to secure A-Final berths at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships.

Women’s coxed four prepare for the rep – photo copyright RA

The Junior Women’s Coxed Four of Scarlett Hanna, Olivia Moore, Teagan Blythe, Katherine Easton and coxswain Goldie O’Gorman were first up to secure an A-Final berth for Sunday in Tokyo after finishing in fourth place in their repechage.

The crew, drawn in Lane 1, took on France, USA, Germany and South Africa in the first race of Day Three at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships. While Germany took the early lead, Australia held on to fourth place to cross the line in a time of 7 minutes 12 seconds and book a place in the A-Final.

The Australians will take on Italy, China, Germany, France and USA on Sunday in Tokyo.

The women’s coxed four in the rep – photo copyright RA

The Junior Men’s Coxed Four came out quick in their repechage and were in the lead for the middle thousand of their race. The crew of Alex Rossi, Lexi McClean, Johnson Daubney, Nick Rath and coxswain Harry Keenan, were overtaken in the 250 metres after a sprint from South Africa saw them take the win, but with Australia securing second place the crew made the A-Final.

Sunday’s A-Final will see the crew take on China, Ireland, Germany, France and South Africa.

The Junior Women’s Pair of Phoebe Robinson and Laura Chancellor, coached by Ben Southwell, needed a top two finish in their repechage to secure a spot in the A-Final. Drawn in Lane 4, the pair took on Denmark, Lithuania, Greece and Hong Kong, and sat in second for the whole race, fending off a challenge from Lithuania in the final 250 metres.

The pair, alongside Greece, will contest the A-Final on Sunday – joining China, Italy, Czech Republic and Germany.

The Junior Men’s Four of Nik Pender, Torben Ungemach, Riley Rees-Turner and Duke Gordon took on Serbia, India, Romania, Spain and Great Britain in their repechage. With only two A-Final berths up for grabs, it wasn’t to be for the Australians with the crew finishing in fifth place. They will contest Saturday’s B-Final.

The Junior Women’s Double Scull of Clare Netherway and Sophie Houston finished in fourth place in their C/D semi-final and will therefore contest the D -final on Saturday.

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World Junior Championships heats

Published 9th August 2019

Our junior team – photo copyright RA

The heats of the World Junior Championships have been run and the Mercantile based women’s junior coxed four, coached by our women’s coach Brigette Carlile, finished fourth in their heat. They will race the repechage today. This is their big race. Based on times, it looks promising.

The crew started well and were consistent across the rest of the race, albeit at a slower pace that the winners.

Women’s coxed four in action in Tokyo – picture FISA

Rowing Australia has reported on the first day of heats as follows:

Hamish Henriques and Harrison Fox opened up Australia’s 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships campaign today with a win in Tokyo. The Junior Men’s Double Scull, coached by Jamie Hewlett, had a strong start to their international campaign, with the duo leading their race from start to finish to qualify for Saturday’s semi-finals.

At the halfway mark, the Australians had a clear water advantage, with their closest competition coming from the crew from Zimbabwe. However, by the 1500 metre mark, the Australians had pulled further into the lead, rating 37, and as the fastest boat on the course crossed the line in a time of 6 minutes 27 seconds. Their victory secured them the only semi-final berth available from their heat, it was also the fastest finishing time of all the Junior Men’s Double Scull heats.

In the Junior Women’s Double Scull, Sophie Houston and Clare Netherway were drawn in Lane 3 and also needed a top place finish to secure the only semi-final berth on offer. The Australians, coached by Stefano Balosso, came out fast and were second to the halfway mark, with China in the lead. The Australians slipped back into third, at the 1500m mark, and ulimtately crossed the line in a time of 7 minutes 18 seconds and third place.

The Australians will contest Thursday’s repechage in a bid to make the semi-finals, with the only semi-final berth secured from the heat by China, who won the heat in a time of 7 minutes 9 seconds.

Rowing Australia has reported on the second day of heats as follows:

The Junior Women’s Coxed Four of Scarlett Hanna, Olivia Moore, Teagan Blythe, Katherine Easton and Goldie O’Gorman opened the racing today in Tokyo. The Australian crew, coached by Brigette Carlile, were drawn in Lane 1 and took on Italy, USA and France.

At the halfway mark, the Australians were in third place, with Italy having taken a comfortable lead early on. The crew crossed the line in fourth place in a time of 7 minutes 12 seconds and will contest the repechage tomorrow in a bid to make the A-Final.

Women’s coxed four in action – photo FISA

The women were followed down the course by Australia’s Junior Men’s Coxed Four of Nicholas Rath, Johnson Daubney, Lexi McClean, Alex Rossi and Harry Keenan. Coached by Judith Ungemach, the Australians needed a top two finish to make the A-Final and avoid the repechage.

The crew crossed the line in fourth place in time of 6 minutes 23 seconds and will contest the repechage on Friday in a bid to make the A-Final.

The Junior Women’s Pair of Phoebe Robinson and Laura Chancellor finished in third place in their heat in a time of 7 minutes 40 seconds. The Queensland-born duo will race in the repechage tomorrow in a bid to make the A-Final.

The Junior Men’s Four of Torben Ungemach, Riley Rees-Turner, Duke Gordon and Nik Pender needed a top two finish in their heat to avoid the repechage and progress straight to the A-Final. The crew, coached by Matthias Ungemach, took on Greece, USA, Great Britain and Spain in their heat.

The Australians crossed the line in fifth place, in a time of 6 minutes 17 seconds, with Greece and USA taking the two available A-Final berths. The Australians will now contest Friday’s repechage.

In the repechage of the Junior Women’s Double Scull, Clare Netherway and Sophie Houston needed a top two finish to book a place in the semi-finals. The duo, drawn in Lane 2, took on Canada, USA and Russia in their race and were in the lead for the first thousand metres of the race.

Russia made a move at the 1200 metre mark, with the USA going with them, to overtake the Australians. Netherway and Houston began to sprint for the line and as the three crews approached the finish line there was little to separate them, but it was the Australians who just missed out on an A/B semi-final berth, by 0.59 of a second. The Australians will race the C/D semi-final on Friday in Tokyo.

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More pictures from World Under 23 Championships

Published 1st August 2019

Off to the final- copyright RA
Pushing to the line – copyright RA
Crossing the line – copyright RA
Then the confirmation – we won! – copyright RA
Yep we won – copyright RA
Gold is good – Photo FISA
Heading back with the trappings of victory – copyright RA
The women’s four in full flight with our Imogen Purcell – copyright RA
The women’s four coming in for their medals – copyright RA
Our bronze medallists – copyright RA
.. and playing to the camera – photo FISA
Men’s Eight in action with Mitch Hooper doubling up in the two seat, Alex Wolf in three and Jack Robertson in five.

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World Rowing video with Kat Werry

Published 1st August 2019

Find out how well the Australian women’s four with our Kat Werry know each other – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Az_Lj0z4e0

A good fun video from World Rowing

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Coastal Rowing Comes to Mercs

Published 1st August 2019

Mercantile is now the proud owner of two coastal quad sculls which will be delivered to Melbourne this month. The next World Coastal Rowing Champs are in Hong Kong and we are keen to send a crew of crews. If you interested, now is the time to start. Call Andrew Guerin for details. It is awesome fun.

Quads off the start – photo Filippi
Enjoying the waves

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Patrick Boomer sets himself for World Coastal Championships in Hong Kong in November

Published 1st August 2019

Patrick Boomer raced very well in his first year in Coastal Rowing last year narrowly missing out on a podium finish. Sadly his flat water season is over so I expect him to try again in Hong Kong.

He won the men’s Ulster Coastal Championships in Donegal last weekend – pictures below. Go Paddy. He did not want me to share that he was beaten by his old man in the quads but we must have some fun.

Patrick Boomer winning at Donegal last weekend
Recovering after his win – Great work Patrick

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Next up – World Juniors and Paras in Tokyo

Published 1st August 2019

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games rowing regatta venue, the Sea Forest Waterway, will play host to the top junior rowers in the world for the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships. This will take place from 7 to 11 August 2019 and doubles as a test event for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games rowing regattas.

Fifty nations are taking part in the junior championships and it is worth noting the inclusion of the smaller rowing nations of Algeria, Kiribati, Panama and Cyprus. They are part of over 550 competing athletes.

Included in the Australian team is a Melbourne crew coached by our own Brigette Carlile.

The crew comprises:

Scarlett HannaMLC Kew/VIC
Olivia MooreGeelong Grammar School/VIC
Teagan BlytheLoreto College, Ballarat RC/VIC
Katherine EastonMLC Kew, Powerhouse RC/VIC
Coxswain: Goldie O’GormanMLC Kew/VIC
Coach: Brigette CarlileMercantile RC/VIC

We wish this our very best to this crew and the whole Australian team.

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World Championships commence Sunday 25th August in Linz

Published 1st August 2019

The World Championships will be exciting this year with the Australian team performing so well in the World Cups.

The team includes many Mercantile members. Although the final crews have not been named, the following Mercs members are in the team:

  • Amanda Bateman
  • Katrina Bateman
  • Kat Werry
  • Jess Morrison
  • James Rook
  • Gus Widdicombe
  • Liam Donald

We will publish the crews once known.

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Member Profiles

Published 1st August 2019

Each month more member profiles are added. We now have over 160 published on the website.

We wish to record profiles of all current and past members so please submit others to info@mercantile.org.au. Subject to editorial review, they will be published with the author’s name and date.

To start the month, we have updated the profile of Martin Owen who died last month.

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From the Vault – The Club’s First Senior Championship

Published 1st August 2019

1895 Champion Four – Bow: R E (Ernie) Dawson, 2: Alex B Sloan, 3: Harold Lindgren, Str: W H T (Herb) Davis, Cox: Victor Jones (not in picture), Cch: Syd Edwards in cox seat with the Captain Frank Gibbs in the scull

The Club’s first Senior Championship was a two year plan that started in 1893-94 season when a strong group of junior oarsmen tried to break into the senior ranks. The first version of the crew was Dawson, Strelitz, Lindgren,Davis, Jones coxing and Edwards coaching. It was unsuccessful however Davis and Lindgren were selected into the Victorian crew. in the next season, Syd Edwards prevailed upon Alex Sloan and Stephen Morell to join from the failing Electric Telegraph club. The addition of Sloan in particular, lifted our senior crews from competitive to winners with this four being the first example.

This crew is important in the Club’s history as it represents the Club’s move to senior ranks. The Club has been a senior club ever since.

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Past news can be found through this link.

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