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Girls Race Hard on the Barwon
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Rowers, coxswains and coaches enjoyed three exciting days of racing at the Head of Schoolgirls Regatta in Geelong. It was a very special weekend for all of the College competitors, to be able to race in the biggest schoolgirl regatta in the southern hemisphere in their own city, on their own river and out of their own boatshed.

Our girls this year sported TGC temporary tattoos that gave them the extra glue to bring their crews together for their best races of the season. Over the weekend all crews came away knowing that they had achieved their best race to date. The effort that all crews showed to race well and race hard to the finish line was impressive. The Geelong College came away from this regatta ranked the highest APS school and sixth overall on the medal tally. This result is delivered by all crews and I congratulate the girls' squad on their efforts.

Our Year 9 girls led the charge with five of seven crews achieving A Finals.  This tremendous effort was the best result for our Year 9s at the HOSG. Congratulations to the Division 1 crew for winning gold, Div 3 and 5 for winning bronze and Div 6 for winning a silver. The effort that these young crews have shown to row hard for each other and to achieve a common objective is great for their personal accomplishments in their rowing season.  

Our Year 10 crews again had some great racing against a number of Melbourne and Ballarat schools. Our Year 10 girls have shown a willingness to work hard, led by our young female coaches. The benefits from this training showed in their racing over the weekend, when three of six crews achieved an A Final position, with Div 2 winning a silver, Div 3 winning a gold and Div 4 winning a silver. This positive racing flowed through to other divisions, with the Div 1 crew having their fastest race of the season, the Div 5 crew having a stellar first 500 of their semi-final and the Div 6 crew shaving almost a full minute off their time from Friday to Sunday. Well done girls.  

Our senior crews all raced with positivity over the weekend, with the Girls' 3rd VIII having a terrific row in their Sunday final. They demonstrated great effort from start to finish and rowed a hard final against two Geelong Grammar crews. The Girls' 1st VIII had a super row on Friday, keeping overlap all the way down the river next to Geelong Grammar - a great race which will give our girls great confidence knowing they have beaten all crews in their division leading into Saturday’s APS Heads of the River.

Our Girls' 2nd VIII achieved two feats which no other APS school senior girls' coxed eight crew could repeat. They made the A Final of their division and won it! It was a truly special day for these girls. They certainly showed true effort to do something more in the race to keep their boat in front throughout the final. Well done to this crew, a stellar season to date. 

Peter Blanchfield
Director of Rowing

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