Above: The Victorian Penrith Cup crew powering to victory. Stroke Jayden Grey, 3 Red Matthews, 2 James Crouch, Bow Michael McNamara, Coach James Wilson
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News covered this month:
- 2019 Under age teams announced with Mercantile represented
- Pulling Through – The story of the King’s Cup
- Event in Boathouse Drive Saturday 4th May
- Anzac Day Service
- Member profiles – Joe Fazio & Roger Drummond
- Henley Royal Regatta
- Martin Owen
- Member profiles – Herb Shears
- Bridie O’Donnell’s book
- ANZAC Day Service – 25th April 2019
- Underage selection invitations announced
- More National Championships in pictures
- National team announced
- Keep these dates free
- Vale Brian Dawes
2019 Under age teams announced with Mercantile represented
Published 29th April 2019
The National under age teams were announced today with Ben Canham and Mitch Hooper being selected in the coxed four, coached by our head coach Nick Mitchell. Congratulation to you all. The crew will train from Mercs and please make yourself known to the crew and support them well.
Also congratulations to Brigette Carlile who was selected as the coach of the women’s junior four, also boating out of Mercs. There is nothing stopping the rise and rise of Brigette’s coaching career.
Her crew comprises:
Scarlett Hanna (MLC)
Olivia Moore (GGS)
Teagan Blythe (Loretto Ballarat)
Katherine Easton (Power House)
Cox: Goldie O’Gorman (MLC)
We have two boys and a girl also in the coxed four who need accommodation until the end of June. Any offers of assistance would be appreciated. Please speak with Nick Mitchell.
The RA website reported that the U23 Australian Rowing Team will compete at the 2019 World Rowing U23 Championships to be held in Sarasota, Florida, USA from 24 to 28 July 2019. The size of the team could further increase, depending on upcoming trials for US College-based Australians who will trial between 13 and 16 June 2019.
Meanwhile, Australia will send six crews to the World Rowing Junior Championships, to be held in Tokyo, Japan from 7 to 11 August 2019. In addition to being a Junior World Rowing Championships, the event acts as a test event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games rowing events.
RA continued to state that the U23 Men’s Coxed Four features a familiar face from the Junior and U23 rowing scene, with Queensland’s Adam Bakker making a return to the U23 team, the first time since he won gold in the U23 Men’s Four in 2017. The two-time Junior World Championships medallist is joined by Ben Canham (Mercs), Mitchell Hooper (Mercs), Angus Dawson (SA) and coxswain Caitlin Hockings (QLD) in the crew coached by Nick Mitchell (Mercs).
Pulling Through – The story of the King’s Cup
Published 9th April 2019
Your faithful correspondent has been the publisher of a new book on the original King’s Cup race in 1919 and unashamedly is now promoting it to Mercantile members. The book is a quality production which tells the great story of how the King’s Cup was won in racing and then won again against the wishes of the Minister of Defence, Prime Minister Billy Hughes and the Governor General. This is a magnificent story.
Books can be purchased and you can read more about the book and order it online.
Event in Boathouse Drive Saturday 4th May
Published 28th April 2019
Be aware that the Melbourne Uni Intercollegiate Regatta is on Saturday 4th May, 6am to noon.
Anzac Day Service
Published 26th April 2019
The 2019 Anzac Day service was a superb Club function with some 60 + members and guests attending.
Club President Anthony Johnson welcomed attendees and spoke of the members at the National Training Centres and also those attending the underage selection trials in Sydney. A slideshow of photos of our members from the National Championship ran throughout the day.
He then mentioned the commitment of the Club to once every year to again have the names of those members who did not return from war serving their country resound around the clubhouse again.
Andrew Guerin then provided those present with an account of one of the members who did not return from WWI – Geoffrey O Robertson. His profile is now added to the member profiles. The President then read the names of the members who did not return from war and distinguished WWII veteran and the Club’s oldest member Arthur Atkins laid the wreath at each honour board.
Special thanks to those member attending who made this such a special occasion. Included were the Hester family who had come from the dawn service and also two grandchildren of the great Ted Kenny, Maureen Francis and Paul Rule. Ted was probably the greatest rowing administrator of all time and the was the person behind getting the King’s Cup from King George V as the perpetual trophy form the Men’s Interstate Eight Oared Championship of Australia. Two of Ted’s brothers served in WWI with Arthur Vincent Kenny dying of his wounds received at Gallipoli and he was buried at sea. Arthur was a champion oarsmen who won NSW senior championships with the Leichhardt Rowing Club of Sydney.
Also many thanks to the organisers who did a superb job with the brunch format.
Member profiles – Joe Fazio & Roger Drummond
Published 24th April 2019
This month we also remember two members whose primary affiliations were with other Clubs but who made a significant contribution to Mercs.
Joe Fazio was the six man of the 1968 silver medal winning Olympic eight. Whilst a Sydney Rowing Club man through and through, he also rowed at Mercantile when his work brought him to Melbourne. A tough and respected rower.
Roger Drummond was a significant Tasmanian coach and rower who raced for the Club in the early seventies.
Henley Royal Regatta 2019
Published 21 April 2019
The Club is planning to send some crews to HRR this year and there are some supporters also planning to attend. To ensure that you are kept up to date with arrangements and events, those supporters should keep Jenny Fraumano and Andrew Guerin advised of your plans. We do not want people to be left out of arrangements.
The current events are:
- Australia House luncheon Tuesday 2nd July 2019 – tickets can be purchased on the RA website.
- Mercs dinner Friday night at Zizzi Italian Restaurant at Henley
- Race for the new King’s Cup
- Possible dinner at Leander during the week for supporters and arranging access to Leander for members at various times during the week.
Published 12th April 2019
For those young members who have not had the privilege of meeting or knowing Martin Owen, will not understand the respect for which the older members hold for this member.
It is not his many achievements which were superb, but the depth of influence he has on people such as your correspondent. Any achievements which his proteges may have been part, are really those of Marty. It was he who taught us how to inspire, row, coach, administer,do, work outside our comfort zone in any field of endeavour and engineer change. He is one out of the box, a very special character.
Sadly Martin has not been well and he readily admits being terminally ill. Such a situation does not weaken his wit, intellect, memory nor ability to enjoy a good beer or fine champagne or wine – despite having the indignity of drinking through a straw.
Martin now lives at Blue Cross Darnlee in Lansell Road Toorak and welcomes guests.
Member Profiles – Herb Shears
Published 13 April 2019
Each month more member profiles are added. We now have over 160 published on the website.
This month we begin with the story of Herbie Shears, one of the Shears brothers who all raced for Mercs. Only one of the brothers, John “Jimpy” Shears is still with us.
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.
Bridie O’Donnell’s Book
Published 10th April 2019
Your correspondent recently had the great pleasure of meeting a former Club member at a Victorian sporting function and was ashamed to not immediately recognise her. Her name is Bridie O’Donnell, the Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation for the Victorian Government.
Bridie has written a book on her sporting life titled Life and Death – A Cycling Memoir and published by Slattery Media in 2018. Your correspondent immediately purchased and devoured it. It is a great story and one which is recommended, particularly for those mature athletes still striving for their peak. My only criticism is the title. It should have been the trials and tribulations of the mature athlete.
Our Club and Head Coach get honourable mentions. Nick Mitchell was a great friend and supporter of Bridie.
As the cover states, Dr Bridie O’Donnell is a unique Australian sporting hero. Intensely driven and a true believer that sporting greatness was still possible when she reached her 40s – even when nobody else believed in her, and hope appeared lost – O’Donnell became a world record breaker in 2016, when she set a new mark in the women’s UCI Hour record book.
The book is available through Slattery Media online book store.
Your correspondent will not make the mistake of not recognising her again.
ANZAC Day Service – 25th April at the Club
Published 6th April 2019
The Club’s ANZAC Day service will be conducted at the Club at 11am 25th April 2019 followed by brunch. The Club annually conducts a simple service to maintain the memory of those members who failed to return from active service. One of these members is remembered in detail and the names of all the others are read out to be heard again in the clubhouse.
Thursday 25 April 2019 at the Clubhouse
10.30 AM Arrive
11AM Memorial Service
Bar will open at 12 noon for pre match drinks.
Bookings on Trybooking
RSVP 20 April 2019
Under age selection trial invitations announced
Published 6th April 2019
Congratulations to Mitchell Hooper and Ben Canham making the under 23 sweep invitation list and also first timer Eric Low making the under 23 lightweight sculling invitation list.
More National Championships in pictures
Published 6th April 2019
More to follow shortly
More to follow
National team announced
Published 6th April 2019
Congratulations to the following Club member selected into the National senior team.
Keep these dates free
Published 5th April 2019
Thursday 25 April – ANZAC Service
Saturday 1 June – “Cocktail Party” for Mercantile Internationals 2019
Saturday 10 August – Trivia Night
Saturday 19 October – AGM & Annual Dinner
Saturday 14 December – President’s Xmas Luncheon
Also note that we will look to have Club nights broadcasting the finals of World Cup, World Championships and HRR
Vale Brian Dawes
Published 7th April 2019
The Club regret to advise of the passing of Charles Brian Dawes, 25 October 1929 – 26 March 2019.
Brian started his rowing at Geelong Grammar before joining Mercantile.
He was a successful King’s Cup oarsman being emergency for 1955 and 1956 crews and raced in the winning 1957 crew.
In 1956 he was an emergency for Australian Olympic VIII Bronze Medal Crew.
Our thoughts are with wife Sue, three daughters and eight grandchildren.
Past news can be found through this link.