March 2016 News
Above – Mercs women’s youth eight win at State Championships
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Our rowers have trained hard and are well prepared for the climax of the season, the National and Interstate Championships. All will be revealed this month.
Sadly the month starts with the devastating news of the death of Sarah Tait – see below.
Under age selection trial list announced
Published 26th March 2016
Congratulations to club members Olivia Sibillin, Angus Widdicombe, Liam Donald, Callum Nott and Tom Hunt who have been invited to trial for places in the under age Australian teams. The trials will take place in Sydney from 6th to 10th April 2016.
Australian team update announced
Published 26th April 2016
The following Australian senior team updates have been announced with the men’s four and eight and women’s eight being settled.
Mercantile members are in the following boats:
Women’s Quad Scull – Jennifer Cleary
Men’s Four – Josh Dunkley-Smith
Women’s Eight – Fiona Albert, Charlotte Sutherland, Jessica Morrison, Sarah Banting
Women’s Pair – Katrina Bateman
James Wilson has been invited to trial for lightweight crews for the World Championships.
National Championships Wrap Up
Updated 26th March 2016
Another great regatta for Mercantile. The Club finished second on the medal tally behind Sydney rowing Club.
The Club Pointscore is awarded on the following basis on all Australian Open Rowing Championship events, with points being divided for composite crews:
|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|
The Champion Club Pointscore is as follows:
|1st||Sydney Rowing Club||NSW||258|
|2nd||Mercantile Rowing Club||Vic||222|
|3rd||Toowong Rowing Club||QLD||177|
|4th||Uni of QLD Boat Club||QLD||155|
|5th||Melbourne Uni Boat Club||Vic||146|
|6th||UTS Rowing Club||NSW||136.5|
|7th||Swan River Rowing Club||WA||124|
|8th||Sydney Uni Boat Club||NSW||120.5|
|9th||Mosman Rowing Club||NSW||98.75|
|10th||Uni of WA Rowing Club||WA||55.75|
The links below go through to Regatta Central where full results can be found. In summary, Mercantile members won medals in the following events:
103 – OW4x Open Women’s Quadruple Scull
104 – OW2- Open Women’s Coxless Pair
105 – OW4- Open Women’s Coxless Four
106 – OW8+ Open Women’s Coxed Eight
111 – OM4- Open Men’s Coxless Four
116 – OLM1x Open Lightweight Men’s Single Scull
117 – OLM2x Open Lightweight Men’s Double Scull
125 – U23W2- Under 23 Women’s Coxless Pair
127 – U23W8+ Under 23 Women’s Coxed Eight
131 – U23M2- Under 23 Men’s Coxless Pair
132 – U23M4- Under 23 Men’s Coxless Four
144 – U21W2- Under 21 Women’s Coxless Pair
145 – U21W4+ Under 21 Women’s Coxed Four
158 – U19W8+ Under 19 Women’s Coxed Eight
Some photos of these crews follow. It was pleasing to see the Club’s domination of women’s rowing and also men’s under 23 sweep rowing.
Above: Our winning open and under 23 eights.
Above: Champion Women’s Eight – Str: Charlotte Sutherland, 7: Sophie Sutherland, 6: Madeleine Cordner, 5: Hannah Lewis, 4: Jessica Morrison, 3: Addy Dunkley-Smith, 2: Katrina Werry, Bow: Fiona Albert, Cox: Sarah Banting, Coach: Simon Gadsden
Champion Under 23 eight – Str: India Lissa Dempsey, 7: Lea Duret, 6: Kirsten Green, 5: Maddison Brown, 4: Amanda Bateman, 3: Kate Duggan, 2: Georgia Stewart, Bow: Gemma Sibillin, Cox: Alexis Louise Hancock, Coaches: Simon Gadsden and Brigette Carlile
Above: Olivia Sibilin and Hedda Cooper from MUBC, under 23 pair champions
Above: Men’s under 23 pair champions – Angus Widdicombe and Liam Donald
Above: Under 21 Pair Champions – India Lissa Dempsey and Maddison Brown
Above: Open Pair Champions: Charlotte Sutherland with Lucy Stephan of MUBC
Above: Men’s Lightweight Scull Champion: James Wilson
Above: Men’s under 23 four – Liam Donald, Angus Widdicombe, callum Nott and Tom Hunt
Above: Women’s Under 21 Coxed Four: Cox: Alexis Louise Hancock, India Lissa Dempsey, Maddison Brown, Kirsten Green, Kate Duggan
Above: Women’s Open Four Champions: Sophie and Charlotte Sutherland and Fiona Albert
Above: Men’s Open Four Champions, winners of the Bob Aitken Memorial Trophy: Josh Dunkley-Smith with Spencer Turrin, Alex Lloyd and Josh Booth
Above: Men’s Lightweight Double Scull: James Wilson with Perry Ward of Swan River
Above: Women’s Under 19 Eight coxed by Alexis Louise Hancock
105 – OW4- Open Women’s Coxless Four
126 – U23W4- Under 23 Women’s Coxless Four
133 – U23M8+ Under 23 Men’s Coxed Eight
139 – U23LM2- Under 23 Lightweight Men’s Coxless Pair
142 – U21W2x Under 21 Women’s Double Scull
175 – CM2x Club Men’s Double Scull
309 – ISW8+ Interstate Women’s Eight
Above: Men’s Under 23 lightweight Pair: Will Legge and Carl Tomczak
Above: Women’s Under 21 Double Scull: Chloe Deyermond and Gemma Sibilin
Above: Women’s Under 23 Four: Olivia Sibillin (left hand side)
Above: Women’s Open Four: Addy Dunkley-Smith, Hannah Lewis, Madeleine Thomas and Adriana Marulli
Above: Under 23 Eight – Angus Maloney, Alex Kinsella, Alex Wolf, Callum Nott, Tom Hunt, Angus Widdicombe, Liam Donald, Hugo Laborde, Cox: James Rook
Above: Men’s Club Double Scull
Above: Women’s Under 23 Four: Lea Duret, Amanda Bateman and Georgia Stewart with Edwina Flakemore of MUBC
Above: Men’s Under 23 Lightweight Four – Carl Tomczak, Will Legge, Jayden Grey with Hugo Berry of Banks
Above: Men’s Open Lightweight Four – Michael McNamara and Conor Grace with Price and McDonnell of Toowong
Interstate Championships Wrap Up
Updated 24th March 2016
As most members are aware, Victoria finished well at the Interstate Championships with wins in both the King’s and Queen’s Cups and also in the Nell Slatter Trophy and Victoria Cup. There were strong performances in other boats.
Below: Start of the King’s Cup
|2nd||New South Wales.||5:27.96||3.60|
A second in a row win from start to finish for Victoria despite a great race from NSW. The crew comprised:
Bow: Josh Hooper, 2: Samuel Hookway, 3: Benjamin Coombs, 4: Tim Masters, 5: William Lockwood, 6: Josh Dunkley-Smith, 7: Charles Risbey, Str: Joshua Booth, cox: David Webster, coach: Christian Ryan
Above: King’s Cup podium
|3rd||New South Wales||6:20.29||9.99|
Above: The winning King’s and Queen Cup crews from Victoria
This largely Mercantile crew won for the 12th time in succession. The crew was:
Bow: Addy Dunkley-Smith, 2: Jessica Morrison, 3: Madeleine Thomas, 4: Kimberley Brennan, 5: Sophie Sutherland, 6: Katrina Bateman, 7: Lucy Stephan, Str: Charlotte Sutherland, Cox: Sarah Banting, coach: Simon Gadsden.
Below: Sarah takes a winning swim after the race.
Below: The start of the President’s Cup
|1st||Western Australia – Rhys Grant||6:46.32|
|2nd||Victoria – Karsten Forsterling||6:46.72||0.40|
|3rd||South Australia – Chris Morgan||6:48.47||1.75|
|4th||Aust Capital Territory – Luke Letcher||6:50.89||2.42|
|5th||Tasmania – Max McQueeney||6:58.65||7.76|
|6th||Queensland – Brett Morley||6:59.38||0.73|
|7th||New South Wales – Alex Purnell||6:59.50||0.12|
Nell Slatter Trophy
|1st||Victoria – Brennan, Kim||7:23.21|
|2nd||Queensland – Kehoe, Sally||7:33.06||9.85|
|3rd||Aust Capital Territory – Grzeskowiak, Cara||7:34.76||1.70|
|4th||Western Australia – Hagan, Alexandra||7:48.05||13.29|
|5th||New South Wales – Gala, Aisyah||7:59.00||10.95|
|6th||Tasmania – Wilson, Ciona||8:01.87||2.87|
|3rd||New South Wales||6:08.46||1.86|
|5th||Australian Capital Territory||6:14.52||5.59|
This crew was stroked by club member James Wilson with club member Carl Tomczak in the bow.
Above: The lightweight four in the first 500m
|4th||New South Wales||6:52.98||7.96|
There were no Mercantile members in this crew. The crew was comprised of:
Bow: Stephanie Radford, 2: Alice Arch, 3: Alice McNamara, Str: India McKenzie, Cch: Bert Cocu
|1st||New South Wales||5:40.05|
The New South Wales crew won from start top finish comfortably. The Victorian crew was a largely Mercantile crew of:
Bow: James Hoban, 2: Max Mezger, 3: Jack Lawrence, 4: Angus Maloney, 5: Alexander Clarke, 6: Alexander Wolf, 7: Lachlan May, Str: James McCann, Cox: James Rook, Cch: John Saunders
|6th||New South Wales||6:38.61||0.44|
Again a largely Mercantile crew of:
Bow: Gemma Sibillin, 2: Kirsten Green, 3: Kate Duggan, 4: Amanda Bateman, 5: Maddison Brown, 6: Chloe Betts, 7: Elise Franetic, Str: India Lissa Dempsey, Cox: Alexis Louise Hancock, Cch: Brigette Carlile
New Interstate Events
Two new Interstate Championships were added this year in the para rowing division.
Men’s Leg Trunk and Arms Single Scull
|1st||New South Wales – Kevin du Toit||3:42.95|
|2nd||Western Australia – Brock Ingram||3:44.44||1.49|
|3rd||Tasmania – Alistair Chong||3:55.38||10.94|
|4th||Victoria – Aaron Skinner||4:05.28||9.90|
|5th||Queensland – Cameron Kosmala||5:12.67||1:07.39|
|6th||Aust Capital Territory – Ian Cooper||5:31.71||19.04|
Women’s Leg Trunk and Arms Single Scull
|1st||New South Wales – Kathleen Murdoch||4:05.32|
|2nd||Tasmania – Emma Jago||4:34.46||29.14|
|3rd||Victoria – Kate Lapthorne||5:15.92||41.46|
National Championships Results
Published noon 14th March 2016
The live results for the regatta can be found at: https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/schedule/index.jsp?job_id=4511&org_id=0
To tempt you to have a look, Mercantile won three heats this morning. Max Mezger and Lennart Schiesswohl won their heat of U21 pair, James Wilson and Michael McNamara won their heats in the open lightweight scull.
Published 13th March 2016
The Club’s rowers and boats are now in Sydney preparing for the National Championships. Racing starts on Monday and progress reports will be published regularly. Team manager Jenny Fraumano has the accommodation and catering all in order.
Remember to attend the team dinner at Nepean Rowing Club on the balcony Friday 18th March 2016 7pm. All members, parents and friends of Mercantile are welcome.
Published 13th March 2013
The number of member profiles has now reached 100. The first 100 down the next 1,000 to go. We wish to record profiles of all current and past members so please submit others to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject to editorial review, they will be published with the author’s name and date.
Scotch Mercantile Regatta – live streaming a great success
Published 13th March 2016
The Scotch Mercantile Regatta Committee headed by Stephen Webster proved that any regatta can undertake live high definition streaming of the regatta. The live high definition streaming of the regatta was a huge success as was the innovation of a big screen for onsite spectators. This combined with live results which are already in place, the rowing spectator is well served. Our congratulations to the regatta committee and thank you to the sponsors of the regatta.
Inside the production trailer at the regatta
The regatta committee is already planning for more next year and improving on the production. We thank them for taking regattas to the next level.
Sarah Tait Memorial Service
Updated 8th March 2016
Please note that there has been a change of venue for the Memorial Service.
The public Memorial Service for Sarah will now be conducted Thursday 10 March 2016 12:00 PM at the Olympic Room at the MCG. Follow this link for the Memorial Service details.
After the service, all are welcome to join with Bill and the Tait and Outhwaite families at Mercantile Rowing Club. Given Sarah’s significant association with Club, State and National rowing teams, rowing blazers will be worn by many attending.
See the story below on Sarah or go to member profiles for further details of her great life.
Above: Sarah and Leila at the 2012 Welcome Home Parade
Scotch Mercantile Regatta – Saturday 12th March
Published 8th March 2016
This is the last Regatta before the APS Head of the River Regatta (“HOTR”) and an important one as well. All the seniors must row here to be seeded in lanes for the HOTR the following weekend. This is also the Victorian State Championships for all the junior year 9 crews.
This Regatta is run by Mercantile Rowing Club and the Cardinal Club (Scotch College) and this year we are very excited to announce that all events will be ‘STREAMED LIVE’!!
LIVE FEED LINK – Just click on the link below on the day:
With Live Streaming, the profile of this event will be lifted to a new level with a far wider audience gaining access to watch the regatta. For the competitors, and their relatives and friends who will always prefer to attend the event in person, there will also be a large screen on site to give far better coverage of each race. In addition, the ability for a national and overseas audience to now be able to watch the event live will greatly enhance the standing and importance of this rowing regatta.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible up at Nagambie for this fantastic regatta – a highlight of the rowing calendar – and for relatives, friends, etc that cannot attend, please send them this live feed link so that they can watch the races on the internet.
Updated 8th March 2016
Please go to the Events tab for details on:
National Championships Club Dinner
Nepean Rowing Club on the balcony Friday 18th March 2016 7pm. All rowers, parents, supporters are welcome.
The ANZAC Service and President’s Luncheon will be held on Sunday 17th April at noon at the Clubhouse.
Above: President: Malcolm Batten
Published 5th March 2016
The Club has another huge entry at the National Championships. My apologies for any errors in such a large list.
Women’s Double Scull
Jess Morrison and Molly Goodman (ADL)
Adriana Marulli and Madeleine Thomas
Women’s Quad Scull
Olympic Quad containing Jen Cleary
Charlotte Sutherland and Lucy Stephan (MUBC)
Lea Duret and Hannah Lewis
Mercantile crew – line up to be advised
Mercantile/MUBC line up to be advised
Mercantile crew is the only entry
Men’s Quad Scull
Mercantile line up to be advised
Josh Dunkley-Smith and Josh Booth (MUBC)
Olympic Four including Josh Dunkley Smith
Men’s Lightweight Scull
Men’s Lightweight Double Scull
James Wilson and Jono Hookway
Men’s Lightweight Quad Scull
Conor Grace, Jayden Grey, Hugo Berry (Banks), Jack Kelly (Banks)
Men’s Lightweight Four
Conor Grace, Michael McNamara, Tim McDonnell (Toowong), Jack Price (Toowong)
Men’s Lightweight Eight
Conor Grace, Jayden Grey, Carl Tomczak, Will Legge, Will Day (Corio), Tim Day (Corio), James Wilson, TBA
Women’s Under 23 Scull
Women’s Under 23 Pair
Olivia Sibilin and Hedda Cooper (MUBC)
Georgia Stewart and Edwina Flakemore (MUBC)
Women Under 23 Four
Lea Duret, Amanda Bateman, Edwina Flakemore, Georgia Stewart
Hedda Cooper (MUBC), Katherine Michelmore (MUBC), Claudia Zucchelli, Olivia Sibillin
Women’s Under 23 Eight
Cox: Alexis Louise Hancock, India Lissa Dempsey, Maddison Brown, Kirsten Green, Kate Duggan, Amanda Bateman, Gemma Sibillin, Georgia Stewart, Lea Duret
Men’s Under 23 Scull
Men’s Under 23 Double Scull
Nicholas Stephenson (MUBC), Alexander Kinsella
Isaac Smith (MUBC), Hugo Laborde
Men’s Under 23 Pair
Liam Donald, Angus Widdicombe
Tom Hunt, Callum Nott
Alex Clarke, Alex Wolfe
Men’s Under 23 Four
Liam Donald, Angus Widdicombe, Tom Hunt, Callum Nott
Men’s Under 23 Eight
Angus Maloney, Alex Kinsella, Alex Wolf, Callum Nott, Tom Hunt, Angus Widdicombe, Liam Donald, Hugo Laborde, Cox: Sarah Banting
Women’s Under 23 Lightweight Scull
Women’s Under 23 Lightweight Double Scull
Faith Gasparini, Clare Ward
Women’s Under 23 Lightweight Quad Scull
Teneille Linehan-Downes (Barwon), Meghan Hester, Clare Ward, Faith Gasparini
Men’s Under 23 Lightweight Scull
Men’s Under 23 Lightweight Pair
Will Legge and Carl Tomczak
Men’s Under 23 Lightweight Four
Will Legge, Carl Tomczak, Hugo Berry (Banks), Jayden Grey
Women’s Under 21 Double Scull
Gemma Sibillin, Chloe Deyermond
Women’s Under 21 Pair
India Lissa Dempsey, Maddison Brown
Kirsten Green, Kate Duggan
Chloe Deyermond, Gemma Sibillin
Women’s Under 21 Four
Cox: Alexis Louise Hancock, India Lissa Dempsey, Maddison Brown, Kirsten Green, Kate Duggan
Men’s Under 21 Double Scull
James Hoban, Bronson Hooper
Men’s Under 21 Quad Scull
Lennart Schiesswohl, Max Mezger, James Hoban, Bronson Hooper
Men’s Under 21 Pair
Max Mezger, Lennart Schiesswohl
Angus Maloney, Jack Lawrence
Men’s Under 21 Four
Angus Maloney, Jack Lawrence, Alex Clarke, Alex Wolfe, Cox: James Rook
Women’s Under 21 Lightweight Scull
Women’s Club Double Scull
Adriana Marulli, Chloe Deyermond
Men’s Club Double Scull
Daniel Brighthope, Conor Grace
Updated 6th March 2016
The following Victorian team has been announced by Rowing Victoria. Mercantile members are well represented in this team, particularly in in the under age crews.
Team Head Coach:
Bill Tait (VIS – Mercs)
Josh Booth (MUBC), Will Lockwood (MUBC), Karsten Forsterling (MUBC), Josh Hooper (UTS), Josh Dunkley Smith (Mercs), Tim Masters (UTS), Charles Risbey (UTS), Sam Hookway (MUBC), Cox: David Webster (MUBC). Reserve: Angus Widdicombe (Mercs), Coach: Christian Ryan (MUBC)
David Crawshay (Mercs), Coach: Bill Tait (VIS – Mercs)
Jennifer Cleary (Mercs), Jessica Morrison (Mercs), Lucy Stephan (MUBC), Charlotte Sutherland (Mercs), Sophie Sutherland (Mercs), Katrina Bateman (Mercs), Madeleine Thomas (Mercs), Addy Dunkley-Smith (Mercs), Cox: Sarah Banting (Mercs), Reserve: Kim Brennan (MUBC), Coach: Simon Gadsden (Mercs)
Nell Slatter Trophy:
Kim Brennan (MUBC), Coach: Lyall McCarthy (RA)
Alexander Wolf (Mercs), Max Mezger (Mercs), Angus Maloney (Mercs), James McCann (MUBC), Jack Lawrence (Mercs), Alexander Clarke (Mercs), Lachlan May (MUBC), James Hoban (Mercs), Cox: James Rook (Mercs), Reserves: Tom Sanders & Sam Stewart, Coach: John Saunders (Mercs)
Elise Franetic (MUBC), Maddison Brown (Mercs), Kate Olivia Duggan (Mercs), Gemma Sibillin (Mercs), India Dempsey (Mercs), Amanda Bateman (Mercs), Chloe Betts (MUBC), Kirstie Green (Mercs), Cox: Alexis Hancock (Mercs), Reserve: Jacqui Hart, Peta Saul, Coach: Brigette Carlile (Mercs)
James Wilson (Mercs), William Day (Corio), Timothy Day (Corio), Carl Tomczak (Mercs), Reserve: Hugo Berry (Banks), Coach: Jeff Watt (Corio)
Alice McNamara (MUBC), Stephanie Radford (MUBC), Alice Arch (MUBC), India McKenzie (MUBC), Reserve: Teneille Linehan-Downes, Coach: Bert Cocu (MUBC)
WLTA1x – Kate Lapthorne, Coach – Andrew O’Brien
MLTA1x – Aaron Skinner (Nestles), Coach – Tom Bertrand (Nestles)
Published 3rd March 2016
Sarah Tait, one of the great Mercantile members has died. Sarah had been living with cancer since the birth of her second child Luca. Today she succumbed to this disease.
On behalf of the Tait and Outhwaite families, Bill Tait, Sarah’s husband and fellow club member, said: “The Tait and Outhwaite families are sad to inform of the peaceful passing of Sarah Tait after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer.
“Bill, Leila, Luca and the wider Tait and Outhwaite families continue to be grateful for the support and love that has been shared with Sarah and them through this difficult time. The families are enormously proud of the positive impact Sarah has made on so many throughout her life, and know she will be dearly missed.”
Above: Kate Hornsey and Sarah Tait at the Lucerne Regatta in 2012
Sarah in her quiet but determined manner brought great fame and change to the sport and to the Club. She was a leader in the sport and greatly respected by all for her selfless work. We quote Chris O’Brien who has stated: “She was a strong role model to many young athletes but was particularly influential with our emerging female athletes”.
She will always be part of the fabric of our Club.
Above: Sarah, Bill and Kate take time out from the Olympic Games to celebrate with older members Rosemary and Ron Richardson, Roger Wilson and Crockett.
Our best wishes and thoughts are with Bill, Leila, Luca and the wider Tait and Outhwaite families.
For those who do not know Sarah well, please see her member profile.
Above: Sarah in the stroke seat of her Olympic Pair in London