March News

Above: Victorian Champion Men’s lightweight double scull – Red Matthews and Jayden Grey

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News Covered this month:

  • National Championships day 4 in pictures
  • National Championships day 3 in pictures
  • National Championships day 2 in pictures
  • Victorian Crews
  • Scotch Mercantile live broadcast details
  • Scotch Mercantile Regatta
  • State Championships in pictures
  • Keep these dates free


National Championships day 4 in pictures

Published 28 March 2019

Lukas Matic takes silver in the under 19 scull
Lukas is pleased
Lukas in the final stages of the race
Sky Froebel just misses out on a medal
Ruby Gioulekas and Mimmi Balaam in the B final
Emmie Frederico and Daisey Butterworth unfortunately miss out on a medal
Will Achermann and Tim Benton win their B final
They were happy to win their race
Ria Thompson, now racing for UQBC takes out the under 23 single
Joel Cain showing his sculling prowess is improving

More to follow


National Championships day 3 in pictures

Published 27 March 2019

Lukas Matic at the start of his under 19 single scull semi-final – he finished second and progresses to the final
Sky Froebel at the start of her under 21 single scull semi-final – she finished third to progress to the final
Harry Cathcart at the start of his semi-final in the under 21 single scull. Harry sadly did not qualify for the A final.
Ria Thompson’s studies have taken her to Queensland and to UQBC. It did not stop her winning her semi-final in under 23 single scull
Alex Clarke in his under 23 single scull semi-final. Sadly he did not make final A
Joel Cain in his semi-final of under 23 scull. Sadly he finished just out of a place in final A
Edward Northrop in the semi-final of the open scull. Sadly he missed out on the final.
Gus Widdicombe and Liam Donald qualify for the final in the open pairs
Phoebe Wolf qualifies for the final of the under 21 scull through the second semi-final
Eric Low qualifies for the final of the lightweight under 21 scull finishing second


National Championships day 2 in pictures

Published 27 March 2019

Lukas Matic boats for his repechage which he wins
Lukas leads through the first 100 metres
Harry Cathcart qualifies through his repechage
Mimmi Balaam and Ruby Gioulekas sadly did not qualify through the repechage to final A
Timothy Benton and William Achermann off the start in their repechage of the under 21 pairs. Sadly they did not progress to the final A.
Mimi Tuddenham and Georgie Gleeson qualified for the final in the under 23 pairs
Jacqueline Hart and Kirstie Green sadly did not make it through to final A through their repechage
Ben Canham and Mitch Hooper win their way to the final through the repechage. Ben looking far too chilled in the start!
Alex Wolf partners with Kane Grant of Adelaide to also qualify for the final through the repechage
Edward Northrop wins his repechage in the open scull
Jess Morrison and Annabelle McIntyre win their heat in the open pairs and look good for the final
Kat Werry shows us her pearly whites whilst waiting for the start of her heat in the open pairs. She along with Olympia Aldersey qualified straight through to the final.
Gus Widdicombe and Liam Donald could not get it to work in the heat and finished third
Meghan Hester on the far side in her repechage in which she qualified for final B of the open lightweight scull
Orietta Fitzsimmons and Brigit Somerville in the under 17 double. Sadly they were eliminated but loved the great experience at the regatta. The crew was coached by Brigit’s father Peter.
Treasurer Duncan Mackinnon starting races
Sky Froebel and Phoebe Wolf qualified for the final from their heat
The big and the small. Eric Low and Lukas Matic will need to go through the repechage after this heat row in which they finished fourth
Kate Duggan teamed up with Caitlin MacPhail of Swan River to qualify direct to the final in the open pairs


Victorian crews

Published 27 March 2019

We congratulate all those who were selected into the Victorian team for 2019, particularly our Mercantile members.

Presidents Cup –  – Men’s Single Scull

Booth, Josh.

Nell Slatter Trophy – Women’s Single Scull

Bateman, Amanda – Mercantile

Coach: Nick Mitchell – Mercantile

Kings Cup – Men’s Eight

Booth, Josh

Coombs, Ben

Donald, Liam – Mercantile

Forestling, Karsten

Judge, Andrew

Keenan, Simon

Masters, Tim

Northrop, Edward – Mercantile

Widdicombe, Angus – Mercantile

cox: Rook, James – Mercantile

Co-coaches: Christian Ryan and Matt Ryan

Queen’s Cup – Women’s Eight

Bateman, Amanda -Mercantile

Hawe, Sarah

Howe, Georgie

Michelmore, Katie

Morrison, Jess – Mercantile

Popa, Rosie

Stephan, Lucy

Werry, Katrina – Mercantile

Cox: Ben-David, Sarah

Coach: Mitchell, Nick – Mercantile

The Penrith Cup – Men’s Lightweight Coxless Four

Crouch, James

Grey, Jayden – Mercantile

Matthews, Red – Mercantile

McNamara, Michael – Mercantile

Coach: James Wilson – Mercantile

The Victoria Cup – Women’s Lightweight Quad Scull

Arch, Alice

Hester, Meghan – Mercantile

Underwood, Amy

Walmsley, Sophie

Wolf, Phoebe – Mercantile

Co-coaches: David Colvin – Mercantile and Wes Canny

Mens’s PR3 Single Scull

Aaron Skinner

Coach: Tom Bertrand

Wilkinson Cup  – Men’s Youth Eight 

Cooper, Max



Fisher, Maxwell

Fox, Harry

Lavery, Rohan

Miller, Harrison

O’Connell, Joe

Page, Thomas

Cox: Nick Doughty

Coach Mike Poulter

Bicentennial Trophy Crew  – Women’s Youth Eight

Mimmi Ballam – Mercantile

Maddie Carman

Emmie Frederico – Mercantile

Skyla Froebel – Mercantile

Amelia Ghali

Aphrodite Gioulekas – Mercantile

Brigid McKeagney Douglas

Mimi Tuddenham – Mercantile

Cox: Phoebe Georgakas

Coach Brigette Carlile – Mercantile


Scotch Mercantile Regatta live broadcast details

Published 13 March 2019

Scotch Mercantile is being broadcast live. The link to the broadcast of the regatta is

Enjoy this quality production.


Scotch Mercantile Regatta

Published 13 March 2019

61st Scotch-Mercantile Regatta – Saturday 16 March 2019 – Nagambie Lakes

Your help is needed. Please volunteer or sponsor a race.

Mercantile and Scotch are again proud to co-host the penultimate regatta of the schoolboy season at Nagambie Lakes. The regatta generates the seeding for the APS Head of the River the following week and has a full days racing with heats in the morning and finals in the afternoon. The school 1st VIII final will close out the day around 4:30pm.

A small and committed team from the two hosts have the planning and preparation well in hand, however on the day we need are looking for members to assist us make it run smoothly.

We are looking for members to assist with:

– motor boat drivers

– marshalls

– bow numbers

– car parking

– timing

– troubleshooting

For the 4th year the regatta will also be live streamed on the web! With over 1,000 spectators in attendance and 20x that watching on the net there are also promotional and sponsorship opportunities available for your product of business.

If you are able to assist and would like to see a regatta “from the other side” please contact Bill Webster 0418 390 283.


State Championships Review in pictures

Published 13th March 2019

Some images from the State Championships.

Women’s Lightweight Quad Victorian Champions
Meghan Hester, Amy Underwood [CRC], Phoebe Wolf, Teneille Linehan [CORIO], 
Women’s Quad Victorian Champions with RV President (and club member) Joe Joyce
Georgia Stewart, Fiona Albert, Gemma Sibillin, Madeleine Thomas, 
Men’s Quad Victorian Champions
Carl Tomczak, Jack Kelly, James Hoban, Angus Maloney
Men’s Double Champions
Jayden Grey and Red Matthews

More images to follow.


Keep these dates free

Published 13th March 2019

Saturday 16 March – Scotch-Mercantile Regatta

Friday 5 April – “Season Debrief”

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


Past news can be found through this link.