A State Titles regatta with a difference - not much backing up for most - which was almost surreal for a lot of BRD paddlers.
BRD maintained their place as the club to beat in nearly all categories, winning eight (8) out of the twelve (12) events we competed in, with seconds in the other four (4). Our Grand Masters Mixed no. 2 team also managed to secure bronze in the two (2) events they participated in.
Probably the sweetest victory was the Premier Open (20's) win over the powerful TeWaka men. TeWaka had been taking care of business quite comfortably in most regattas leading up to States and I'm sure they were expecting nothing less than gold in the Premier Open 500m at States. With the BRD team having only 4 or 5 actual prems, and being backfilled with outriggers and masters and grand master men - it was always going to be a tough ask. Perhaps it was experience, or pure strength and ability, but BRD powered home for a close, but well fought out victory. Well done guys.
On Sunday, Masters Open (10's) 200m appeared to finish a dragons nostril in front of TeWaka, but the judges saw it differently, giving the race to TeWaka by the narrowest of margins. No electronic timing system was in use, no video replays - so no way of knowing. TeWaka powered back at BRD after BRD took a late lead with 100m to go, and were deserved winners.
In the Premier Mixed 2000m, some manual counting by BRD spectators had BRD up by a couple of seconds by some people, and down by a couple by others - end result - TeWaka won the 2000m by a mere 0.17 of a second - nothing in it! Well done to the Prem Mixed team, who once again had a number of people backing up from previous 2000m races.
Perhaps the most disappointing result of the meet would have to be the Grand Master Ladies being well beaten by Currumbin in the 500m final. We've seemed to have their measure the last couple of times we raced them, but they were clear and decisive winners on Saturday. We'll face off against them again at Nationals - time for revenge girls!!
Overall results were:-
- Women (10s) 200m - Gold
- Women (20s) 2000m - Gold
- Open (20s) 500m - Gold
- Mixed (20s) 2000m - Silver
- Women (20s) 500m - Gold
- Open (10s) 200m - Silver
- Mixed (20s) 500m - Silver
- Mixed (20s) 2000m - Gold
- Women (20s) 500m - Silver
- Open (10s) 200m - Gold
- Mixed (20s) 500m - Gold and Bronze
- Mixed (20s) 2000m - Gold and Bronze
Photos - the club has purchased a DVD of images from Action in Focus who attend our regattas - once I have the DVD, I will edit and upload images to our online gallery. Not sure of the usage rights - but hopefully you'll be able to download and print whatever you want.
Next stop Nationals - a tough draw, as usual - plenty to battle for especially a fourth consecutive Australian title, and it's good to see that Masters Open and Grand Masters Open will both get to paddle in a 20's boat that they missed out on in States. Masters are in all categories in the 20's - 200m, 500m and 2000m - whilst Grand Master Open only get to compete as a 20's team in the 2000m event (this is according to the draw as at the 21st March, 2011 - let's hope it stays that way!)