Radford Rowers at 2019 National Championships
By Jess Proctor-Crozier, Rowing GAP Coach
On Sunday, Radford Open Schoolboy Coxed Quad had the race of their lives to contest the 2019 Open Schoolboy Quad Championship title. Samuel Earle (Yr 12), Noah Sampson (Yr 12), Joseph Walker (Yr 11), Damien Schroder (Yr 11) and cox Ben Heatley (Yr 9) joined top crews from Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and NSW to compete in a thriller of a race. Being one of the slowest qualifying crews in the final, the boys knew they would need to pull on all their resources to make it to the podium. Sitting in 4th position at the halfway mark, the crew responded to cox Ben Heatley’s calls to push and rowed into the bronze medal position with 500 metres left of the race. As the other crews started to tire, Radford found another gear and pushed into the silver medal position and kept on moving, taking several seats from the race leaders who had been out in front with clear water for most of the race. The Radford crew had the grandstand in roars as they rowed down Newington who managed to hold on to the Gold by 0.80 of a second. The boys and coach were delighted with the result and are proud to retain the silver medal position for the second year in a row.
View the Quad race from the link below, starting at 3 hours 55 min.
Photo credit: Rowing Australia/Delly Carr (copyright)
Damien Schroder and Noah Sampson added this medal to the Bronze they won earlier in the week in the Men’s Under 19 double scull. It was another tight race, this time missing silver by 0.03 of a second in a photo finish.
The girls squads made their debut in the Under 17 Schoolgirl Eight, the first time Radford has boated a coxed eight at the Australian Championships. Sarah Wilford (Yr 9), Niamh Pascoe (Yr 10), Kiara Shaw (Yr 10), Bridget Kelleher-Cole (Yr 9), Olivia Hombsch (Yr 10), Tilly Stanier (Yr 11), Danielle Buckman (Yr 10), Jessica Schroder (Yr 9) and Jemima Green (Yr 10) scraped through the heat and repechage to give everyone a surprise as they motored up the outside lane in the final, holding bronze through the middle part of the race but slipping back to 4th as they crossed the line. Fourth fastest U17 eight in Australia is a fantastic result for this group, who are young in this event and new to the sweep rowing category.
Jacinta Buckman (Yr 12) rowed into the B Final of the Schoolgirl Single scull, finishing 13th in the Australian Open Schoolgirl Single Scull event. She also joined fellow Radford Rower Elisabeth Gregory (Yr 11) to compete in a composite Women’s Under 19 Quad, finishing 4th overall.
Elisabeth Gregory joined with Lily Smith-Saarinen (Yr 12) to race in a competitive field in the Under 19 Women’s double scull, reaching the semifinals. Lucas Lang (Yr 11) joined Damien Schroder (Yr 11), Joseph Walker (Yr 11) and Samuel Earle (Yr 12) to race in the Men’s Under 19 Coxless Quad facing strong competition from club and university crews and missing a berth in the final by one place.
The Year 10 A Quad joined us in the latter half of the week to contest the Under 17 Coxed Quad and gain valuable race experience in this top event. Ethan Toscan (yr 10), Sam Roberts (Yr 10), Angus Abbott (Yr 10), Tyson Munro (Yr 9) were coxed by Jemima Green and Sam Lloyd (Yr 9) as they raced in this event and also the Open Schoolboy Coxed Quad. Racing 7 x 2000M races over 5 days, the boys learned to dig deep and race hard. They made it through to the Semi final of the Under 17 Coxed quad where they just missed out on a place in the Final. They continued to build their experience at this level, racing older and more experienced crews in the Open Schoolboy Coxed Quad, where the finished 6th in the C Final.
It has been a privilege to watch these crews grow and develop, taking risks and racing hard during the course of the week. We finish immensely proud of their efforts and results which keeps Radford amongst the top sculling schools in the country.