August 2015 News

August 2015 News


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Breakfast at Mercantile

Published 23rd August 2015

After a short break in July, breakfasts at Mercantile are back in full swing. The Club is a hive of activity on Saturday mornings with all the Club’s rowers train and enjoy breakfast between sessions. The session Saturday week ago was interesting, all crews were required to go as far as they could in 100 minutes. Great discussion after that feat. Well done to our rowers and our “Breakfast Mums”.

Below are Saturday morning scenes. Top is breakfast with mostly youth boys. Middle are breakfast Mums Jenny Fraumano and Julie Orr with head coach Simon Gadsden. Bottom is our youth girls out for a paddle.

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James Wilson in ML4x

Published 14th August 2015

Your correspondent made good use of the last rows in Melbourne of the Australian Men’s Lightweight Quad Scull to take the following photos. He particularly likes the one rowing up Collins Street. Best wishes James at the Worlds.

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Sean Colgan makes Mercantile Great

Published 3rd August 2015

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Sean Colgan, second from the left,  with some of our crew at Henley Royal Regatta

Well what can we say? Sean Colgan has just made another huge donation to the Frederico Equipment Fund. This is part of his pledge to donate $US 500,000 to the Club over five years. We are eternally grateful for his great support which will set up the Club with equipment in perpetuity. Congratulations Sean and thank you.


As members will know, there is a condition – other Club members must match his donation. We were able to match last years generous donation and so the search is on to match the 2015 donation.   Given the parlous state of the Australian dollar, Sean’s donation has increased considerably which makes the task larger. Be very scared if you get a call from the President, John Harry or Andrew Guerin!!


On a serious note, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure the future of our Club. We urge members to join us in matching Sean’s great donation. Please call the President, John Harry or Andrew Guerin to discuss. The mobile number of Andrew Guerin is 0417 554799.



Josh Dunkley Smith goes into the Men’s Four

Published 3rd August 2015

Noted Club Member Josh Dunkley Smith has been selected into the Men’s Four which won gold at World Cup 3 at Lucerne. He replaces Alex Lloyd who has withdrawn from the team after injuries received in a bicycle accident in Europe.


Chairman of Selectors and Australian Rowing Team Head Coach, Chris O’Brien said: “Josh was the obvious choice as a replacement in the Men’s Four with a proven track history in the boat having won silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as recent World Rowing Cup and Championship medals in the boat class. While disruption to any crew is not ideal with five weeks to go to the World Rowing Championships and Olympic qualification regatta, we believe that the changes announced today will lead to a relatively smooth transition. Josh will bring a good deal of experience to the Men’s Four as they seek to repeat their Gold medal performance from the Lucerne World Cup.”


Best wishes Josh. Can you beat the great performance of your sister in the pair at the World Under 23 Championships?

Go Mercs.



Will Josh Dunkley Smith go into the Four?

Published 2nd August 2015

Alexander Lloyd of the men’s four has been involved in a road bike accident in Italy. Due to the extent of his injuries, Lloyd will no longer be able to compete at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France and has returned to Australia to recover. Rowing Australia will announce a replacement for Lloyd in the Men’s Four in due course. Will Josh be the replacement?

Sophie Sutherland joins Senior Team as Travelling Reserve

Published 2nd August 2015

Renee Chatterton of the Senior A Women’s Eight has suffered rowing-related injury and will no longer be able to compete at the World Championships. Chatterton has returned home to Australia to recover from her injury.

As a result of Chatterton’s injury, Rowing Australia announced two reserves for the Australian Women’s Eight as Sophie Sutherland (Mercantile RC) and Georgina Howe. Both Sutherland and Howe will train with the Australian Women’s Eight, with a final decision on which athlete will assume Chatterton’s seat in the boat to be announced in due course.

Mercantile takes Bronze at the U23 World Championships

Republished 2nd August 2015

Katrina Werry and Addy Dunkley Smith won bronze at the World Under 23 Rowing Championships at Plovdiv Bulgaria.

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The pair, coached by Head Coach Simon Gadsden, were up against the USA in Lane 4 who as expected started fast to take an early lead and were closely followed by Great Britain in second with France pushing for third. The Australian crew was in fifth by the halfway mark and needed to dig deep to make the podium, and that they did.


The Mercantile rowers pushed hard in the final 500 metres challenging both France and Great Britain for the silver and bronze medal positions, and as the French lost speed the Australians took their chance and surged through to take the bronze as Great Britain held onto silver and the USA took home the gold.


Post-race, Dunkley-Smith said: “It’s such an honor to be on the podium and to represent our country. Thanks to our support crew here and at home in Australia.”


Congratulations Katrina, Addy and Simon.


Oldest Mercantile Picture given to Club

Published 2nd August 2015

Past Captain Bill Wallace has donated to the Club a picture of the 1889 members of the Club. This is now the oldest picture in our collection. The founding Captain William Boyd is clearly visible in the centre of the picture. Thank you Bill Wallace who now lives in Sydney.


This is an important photograph of the Club and is now hanging up in Trader’s Bar.

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Mercantile Zootie spotted at….

Published 2nd August 2015

A great entry this month from Matthew Soderstrom. He went for a row several years ago in Florence. Note the Ponte Vecchio in the background. This is perhaps one of the more exotic spotting of a Mercs one piece we have seen. It is on par with the Tibet picture back in May.

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