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Head of the River Recap


22 March 2018

Head of the River Recap

Head of the River Recap

Thousands of spectators attended the annual Head of the River last weekend.

We had at least 200 community members including past and present students, parents, grandparents and friends come together to cheer on the 132 Scotch students who competed on the day. The conditions were tough with a cross head wind, unusual for Westlakes, resulting in rough and challenging conditions. All Scotch crews participated with great pride and enjoyed the support of fellow rowers as each boat was clapped onto the water and received the same accolade upon their return.

All Scotch crews were extremely competitive proved by the 12 crews that finished in the top 3. 6 crews narrowly missed out on winning their event by placing 2nd, these crews included the Boys 8 A’s, Girls 8 D’s, Boys 9 B’s, Girls 10 A’s, Girls 2nd VIII and Girls 1st VIII. The 9 A boys were unlucky not to win having been undefeated all season and won the State Championship it was an unfortunate crab resulting in a broken an oar that left their dreams for the day shattered. The senior crews performed well with the Girls 1st VIII placing 2nd and the Boys 1st VIII 0.03 away from 3rd. The First IV boys had an equipment breakage at the 500m mark which put pay to what had been a strong start. The highlight of the day was the winning 10 A quad who beat Prince Alfred and Saint Peter’s by 2.26 seconds. This is an extremely tough event to win and the 3rd time in the history of Scotch College the school has won the event. Congratulations to Oliver Eglinton, Sid Reeves, Zac Seeley, Seb Steel and Angus MacGillivray on a job well done!

The rowing season has been successful with all squads winning medals. With the small number of Year 12’s graduating and the quality of the younger students coming through we look forward to seeing some great results next season.

The dinner on Saturday night was a wonderful way to celebrate and thank all those who have made the boat club a success story for season 2017/2018.  The effort and time put in by families and the students is truly appreciated.  Congratulations to all involved.

Jarrad Schar
Director of Rowing

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