19 March, 2021


At this year’s SATIS Head of the River, the College was represented by 115 rowers from U13 through to Open. It was a wonderful weekend with every rowing to the best of their ability. In Division One, Scotch Oakburn won a five races, came second in three more and third in an additional six. In Division Two, we had top three placings in 19 other events. An excellent result and great reward for all the hard work both coaches and students have put in since the commencement of season 2020-21 at the beginning of Term 4, 2020.

After 24 years our Girls 1st VIII won the Scotch Oakburn College Centenary Trophy Open Girls Championship. Only the fourth time in the 29 years history of the Open Girls event. The crew of Amelia Duigan, Olivia Willows, Alecia Jepson, Charlotte Loane, Lindsay Calvert, Amy Florance, Jessica Finnigan, Heidi Schouten, coxed by Lily Cleeland and coached by Ali Foot and Stuart Guest, were quick off the start and established any early lead after the first 500m and powered away to win the race in a very good time of 6.33.88 minutes with Fahan second (7.00.62) and Collegiate third. Congratulations girls and coaches on a fantastic Tasmanian rowing season. They now look forward to the Nationals which are being held at Lake Barrington 22-28 March 2021.

In the Boys First VIII race, our crew of Jack Briggs, Harrison Wagner, Alfie Neville – Clark, Patrick Brown, Harry Birchmore, William Gray, Joseph Lawrence, William Hurd, coxed by Matthew Russell and coached by James Russell, gave their all, as they had been doing all season, finishing fourth.

In other results, our Open Girls’ Four (Firsts) consisting of H. Woolston, M. MacKenzie, G. Taylor, E. Jepson, coxed by S. Elliott and coached by Stuart Guest, finished third in a very competitive event; our Under 16’s won the Boys’ Eight (C. Auton, L. James-Wever, S. Brown, R. MacKenzie, J. Bamford, S. Stopford, H. Fyffe, M. Russell, coxed by Mi. Fulton and coached by Maclean Cameron and Mark Bonham), the Four (H. Fyffe, S. Brown, R. MacKenzie, M. Russell, coxed by M. Fulton and coached by Maclean Cameron and Mark Bonham) placed second in the Quad and the Girls crew of B. Lee-Archer, K. Atherton, J. Irani, A. Hughes, coxed by S. Elliott and coached by Andrew McLean, rowed a wonderful race to claim third place.

Our Under 15’s Boys won the Quad (O’ Connor, F. Viney, G. Russell, C. Parker, coxed by L. Hoare and coached by Andy Brown and Diane Ottaway), Single (C. Parker) and placed third in the Double. Our Under 14’s Boys were second in the Double (Taylor, Dowling) and third in the Quad and our Girls finished third in the Double (S. Boden, A. Napier) and Single (H. Bingley). Under 13 Girls were second in the Quad (C. Barron, S. Storay, E. Atherton, I. Wilson, coxed by Eloise Breden and coached by Verity Wilson and Rob McDonald).

In the other Open events, the Open Boys and Girls Second VIII’s races were included for the first time in a long time. In the Boys’ Second VIII race, our crew came second in a closely fought two crew race. The Girls’ Second VIII crew competed against three other crews winning comfortably with a margin to second place Fahan of 18 seconds.

Thank you to Kael and Violet Haysom for playing the bagpipes, to all the students and staff who attended and supported all the rowers on the day. A big thank you to the College and all Scotch Oakburn Rowing parents.  Without their support, none of this would have been possible.

We now turn our attention to the National Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington from the 22-28 March with students in our U16 and Open Boys and Girls program competing next week. To follow the Nationals please visit – https://arc.rowingaustralia.com.au/ to watch LIVE stream events, get results, look at daily race draws, and purchase tickets to attend.

Jamie Breden
Director of Rowing

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