April 2015 news


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James Wilson named in men’s lightweight quad

Published 24th April 2015

DSC_0230 v2The final crew of the Australian senior A team was named this week with James Wilson as a member. Rowing Australia determined not to select a lightweight men’s double scull this year but selected a quad scull instead as an underpinning boat for the lightweight four. The opportunities for James to make the 2016 Olympic Games therefore remain very much alive. His performances at both the senior team trials and at the final trials were impressive. He was the highest ranked member of this crew. He will train in Melbourne with Jonothan Hookway and the crew will get together in camp training sessions.


Albert and Sutherland named as Senior A team reserves

Published 24th April 2015

W2- presentationRowing Australia announced this week that Fiona Albert will be the sculling reserve (travelling) for the senior A team and Sophie Sutherland the sweep reserve (non-travelling) for the senior A team. Both Fiona and Sophie had a great National Championships winning three medals each.  Pictured on the left is Sophie after winning the women’s pair at the Nationals.


An all Mercantile under 23 crew named

Published 24th April 2015

26 Mar 15 164 v2Addy Dunkley-Smith and Katrina Werry, coached by our head coach Simon Gadsden were named this week as the Australian women’s under 23 pair to compete at the under 23 World Championships. They performed within 2% of the gold medal winning time in the trials and are a medal winning prospect. Addy and Katrine won both the under 23 pair and four at the Nationals.


Meghan Hester joins the Australian under 21 team

Published 24th April 2015

Meghan Hester has been named as the lightweight reserve in the Australian under 21 team to compete against New Zealand. Obviously more work needs to be done at this level given that only two rowers in the team come from Victoria. Meaghan won bronze at the Nationals in the under 21 lightweight single scull.


Interstate Championships Images

Published 21st April 2015

Images for the Interstate Championships can be seen on the Australian Rowing history website –


Mercantile at 2015 Henley Royal Regatta?

Published 20th April 2015

Rumours are circulating of a Mercantile Thames Cup Eight crew to race at HRR this year. You will recall that Mercantile was eliminated in the semi-final last year by the eventual winners from Germany. Is 2015 our year? Investigation into this rumour is underway.


More Mercantile zooties spotted in ‘merica’

Published 20th April 2015

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Dr Bibiana Rogers is spotted in her Mercantile one piece also in Florida. There seems to be a connection between the last two Mercantile sightings in Florida – our life member Sean Colgan.

Where has your Mercs one piece been sighted? Send us your picture.


New display cabinet at the Clubhouse

Published 20th April 2015

IMG_6264Under cover of darkness last weekend, someone or some people installed a blazer cabinet in the hall way without permission. The usual suspects will be rounded up and questioned.


The cabinet contains the only pre 1935 Mercantile blazer known to exist – top left, which was kindly donated by Ray Brewin. It was the blazer of Ray’s father Ramsay. Ramsay and his brother Ray Brewin raced for Mercantile pre WWII. Unfortunately Ray Brewin died whilst serving his country in WWII and is named in the Clubhouse on our WWII honour board.


Thank you Ray for donating your father’s blazer, an important piece of our Club’s history.


Also included in the cabinet is Norm Cairnes’ Mercantile blazer circa 1950 and also Bob Aitken’s 1956 Olympic blazer.

Mercantile Masters at the Banks Regatta

Published 20th April 2015

IMG_3489 v2IMG_3504 v2Mercs masters, rowing in the Trader Al of course.

















Colin Kimpton in the pair.




President’s Luncheon – a great success

Published 17th April 2015

The President’s Luncheon and ANZAC Day service at the Clubhouse was a resounding success with some 90 members attending. The service was excellent and the members enjoyed both the verbal and pictorial review of the National Championships. It was a great day for the Club.

At the ANZAC Day service, the Club recognised Norman Nation, a WWI member who died in the service of his country in the first stages of the Passchendaele battle in Belgium.  The full text of the 2015 ANZAC Day service can be found on this link.


2015 Nationals Photo Gallery now uploaded

Published 12th April 2015

Follow this link to 2015 National Championships photo gallery


Our Nationals results in more detail

Published 6th April 2015

The great results of the Mercantile crews was stunning at this year’s Nationals. Whilst we did not win the Club Championship this year – see below, we finished a strong second place. As most of our rowers are young and developing, this bodes well for future years. Space did not allow for the recording of the results of our other rowers.

Event Gold Silver Bronze Finalist
W2x Katrina Bateman, Fiona Albert
W4x Jennifer Cleary Fiona Albert Emma Webley
W2- Sophie Sutherland, Katrina Bateman Hannah Lewis, Jess Morrison Rebecca Hooper, Madeline CordnerEmma Webley and Olympia Ward
W4- Jennifer Cleary, Sophie Sutherland, Amanda Bateman, Sutherland Hannah Lewis, Jess Morrison, Rebekah Hooper, Madeline Cordner
W8 Hannah Lewis, Fiona Albert, Charlotte Sutherland, Katrina Werry, Jennifer Cleary, Amanda Bateman, Addy Dunkley Smith Sophie Sutherland, Sarah Banting Madeline Cordner, Olympia Ward, Jess Morrison, Rebekah Hooper1
M1x John Linke
M4x James Wilson, Josh Dunkley Smith, John Linke, David Crawshay
ML1x James Wilson
ML8 Jayden Grey, Quentin Geczy William Legge, Carl Tomczak, Redmond Matthews, James Wilson, Jordan King
U23 W2- Addy Dunkley-Smith, Katrina Werry
U23W4- Olivia Sibillin, Adriana Marulli, Katrina Werry, Addy Dunkley-Smith
U21W4+ O’Keefe, Duggan, Hester, Ward, Lawrence
U23 WL2x Meghan Hester
U23M2- Harrison Bongiorno,Gus Widdicombe
U23M4- Tom Hunt, Harrison Bongiorno, Angus Widdicombe
U23M4+ Tom Hunt, Harrison Bongiorno, Angus Widdicombe, Jordan King
U23M8 Dylan Curnow, Max Arundell, David Fleming, Tom Hunt, Liam Donald, Harrison Bongiorno, Angus Widdicombe, Jordan King
U23ML2 William Legge, Carl Tomczak
U23LM4- Jayden Grey, Conor Grace, William Legge, Carl Tomczak
U21 W1x Kate Duggan
U21W4- Clare Ward, Meghan Hester, Kate Duggan, Ciara O’Keeffe, Charlotte Lawrence
U21WL1x Meghan Hester
U21M2x Alexander Kinsella, Angus Maloney
U21M4x Jayden Grey, Alex Clarke, Max Maloney, Alexander Kinsella
U21M2- Liam Donald, David Fleming
U21M4+ Dylan Curnow, Liam Donald, Max Arundell, David Fleming, Jordan King


1 This W8 crew also contained two expat Mercantile members – Fleur Spriggs at Commercial RC, and Emy Huntsman at River City Women’s RC


Mercantile zootie spotted in Florida

Trader and Ciar March 2015 Florida



Published 5th April 2015

Sean Colgan and daughter Ciar were captured rowing in Florida.


Send us your pictures of Mercs one piece rowing suits in other parts of the world.








Victoria wins the King’s, Queen’s, Nell Slatter, Bicentennial and Rowing Australia Cups

Published 1st April 2015

The Interstate Championships were a Victorian feast with Victoria taking out the two premier rowing Championships in the King’s and Queen’s Cups and also taking out the Rowing Australia Cup for the most successful State.


The Victorians singing the team song

Congratulations to the following Mercantile team members:

Head coach: Bill Tait
Team director: Al Isherwood
King’s Cup: David Crawshay, Josh Dunkley-Smith and Angus Widdicombe
Queen’s Cup: Addy Dunkley-Smith, Charlotte Sutherland, Sophie Sutherland, Katrina Bateman, Jennifer Cleary, Katrina Werry, Sarah Banting, coach Simon Gadsen
President’s Cup: John Linke
Penrith Cup: Redmond Matthews, James Wilson, coach: David Fraumano


Mercantile shines at the National Championships

Published 1st April 2015

Mercantile had a superb regatta with many fine wins and finishing second on the club point score. The top ten clubs in the point score are as follows:

Place  Club/School State Points
1st  Toowong Rowing Club QLD 210 points
2nd Mercantile Rowing Club Vic 201 points
3rd Sydney Rowing Club NSW 162 points
4th Melbourne University Boat Club Vic  157 points
5th Sydney University Boat Club NSW 140 points
6th Mosman Rowing Club NSW 131 points
7th UTS Rowing Club NSW 101 points
8th Swan River Rowing Club WA 90.25 points
9th University of Queensland Boat Club QLD 90 points
10th Adelaide Rowing Club SA 59.75 points

The club point score is awarded on the following basis on all Australian Open Rowing Championship events, with points being divided for composite crews:

 Boat  Gold  Silver  Bronze
 Eights  24 points 18 points 12 points
 Quads/Fours 16 points 12 points 8 points
Doubles/Pairs 12 points 9 points 6 points
Singles 8 points 6 points 4 points

More details to follow. Below is the winning Mercantile women’s eight with other place getters which included another four Mercantile members!

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