Boats wrap-up: Pacific Palms

~ Cameron Upton

Pacific Palms – back to the beautiful Elizabeth Bay for the Battle of the Boats and the most organised chaos in rowing carnivals. Jokes aside, the carnival is a great weekend away and good lead in to the State and Aussies. Coogee had 4 crews go up – the A’s (A’s), Reserves (Cunji), the new Cloey immigrants (B’s) and the Colts (Tezza Heads).

This year the swell and conditions definitely didn’t mirror the previous. Beaming sun, flat swell, tiny running bubbles, the standard small wave edge and a slight off shore wind.

Saturday – block races – 23’s followed by Ressies in the morning and A’s in the arvo. The draws were handed out to the entire beach and how the thlowest snapper headed plumber on the beach was the only one to see that two entirely different Reserve draws had been handed out I’ll never know – “all Reserve crews come up and receive your new draw.”

The Tezza Heads' initial race was a cracker, smoking the competition crossing in first place. Great start – too bad it was the wrong race – under 19’s – good one Matty! Oh well boys turn it around and lets go again. Showing that they can back it straight up the boys won their real first race as well. Mitch Hardy’s leg operation started to come into its own and their form carried through their next races but the conditions showed just how tough each race was with there being the slightest of margins between most front places.

Cunji continued with their gel and it is coming in nicely. Finding their relax at the start of their races singing "Quando Quando Quando" the boys took away their angst and their focus on their form become more dominant. Their Saturday races only saw Mona Vale getting the better of them in both races 1 and 3 but the boys would have their revenge.

The Cloey boys were back and showing their keenness, this week with JT at the helm. Saturday they saw exactly how much is based on technique, asking and taking in advice from others. Their races, although coming in the tail end, still had a never say die attitude which carried as they finished the day with their best result.

The A’s in the arvo – the lone wolf gang. As the other boys returned to the weekenders to rest the A’s slug it out as the arvo wind came in. Great alleys, perfect buoy alignment (cough) and lucky swells saw the A’s competition often knocking them out of the front places on the line. The end of the days results were definitely not a true reflection on their rowing performance – tough luck lads!

Sunday – block races / mixed in shamble / ½ hour rest before final so we can listen to Zombie talk to himself some more.

The Tezza Heads were back in the thick of it: Third in their first for the day and a first and probably one of their best rows, for the second saw they were in the hunt. The sixth and final round saw them in a hot heat and not getting the best of their starts. They grit out the race in fine form but unfortunately needed to come in just ahead of the boat in front to make the final. Still a stellar performance and lead up for the big ones to come.

The Cloey lads came in hot on Sunday showing that a small hangover was maybe the key ingredient they needed. Taking 2nd in their first race, Round 4, but unfortunately dropping to 4th in Round 5. All in all the boys have shown that they enjoy rowing and will hopefully be back next year.

The A's came out swinging on Sunday but alas 4th in the 1st race. The call was made to pull out the big guns so yours truly gave Lee the tap and jumped in to stroke with Snap at the helm. Unfortunately the mojo didn’t quite work as Uppies rating of 48 s/m was too quick for the lads – only Tezza in bow came close to matching his speed and power – sorry boys.

The Cunji was back and ready to squirt. A solid first 2 races for the day saw them in the semi. The semi was a tight one with the boys coming back to take Palmy on the line for 3rdjust seeing them scrap into the final. On the line in the final the boys and other crews were set – but hang on, let’s all go and twiddle our thumbs for a half an hour. And in the final the boys had the revenge against Mona, but Palmy was ahead, both on the same runner, but unfortunately they had the better of it taking the win by a nose. Good day boys!

 

RESULTS

 

A’s       

Saturday  – 2nd (Round 1), 3rd (Round 2), 3rd (Round 3), 4th (Round 4);

Sunday – 4th (Round 5), 3rd (Round 6)

 

Cunji

Saturday – 2nd (Round 1), 1st (Round 2), 2nd (Round 3);

Sunday – 2nd (Round 4), 1st (Round 5) , 3rd (Semi / Round 6), 2nd (Final)

 

B’s

Saturday – 4th (Round 1), 5th (Round 2), 3rd (Round 3)

Sunday – 2nd (Round 4), 4th (Round 5)

 

Tezza Heads

Saturday – 1st (Round 1 – under 19’s), 1st (Round 1), 2nd (Round 2), 3rd (Round 3)

Sunday – 3rd (Round 4), 1st (Round 5), 4th (Round 6)

 

With only State and Aussies left here’s a recap of the results so far this season. We should all be very happy with how we are travelling and optimistic for the upcoming carnivals. That said lets step it up another notch and take it to ‘em boys.

Results below just the crews rowing State and Aussies. Apologies if any are incorrect.

Carnival

A’s

Cunji

Tezza Heads

 

 

 

 

River Run

1st

No attend.

Not attended

Garie Dash

1st

2nd

3rd

North Cronulla

Semi

Semi

5th

Wanda

No attend

1st

No attend.

Queenscliff

Rounds

Semi

Rounds

Manly

Rounds

Semi

Rounds

Freshie

Semi

5th

3rd

Stockton

Quarter

No attend.

Rounds (A’s)

Branch

1st

1st

2nd

Pac Palms

Rounds

2nd

Out of final by 1 pt.

State

 

 

 

Best of the Best

 

 

 

Aussies

 

 

 

 

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