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Déjà vu in the battle of the boats

on Mon, 10/24/2016 - 04:46

Olympic rowers contribute to wins in the Australian Boat Race as the University of Sydney men’s and University of Melbourne women’s crews dominate, with results matching the past two years of the competition.

Battling strong winds and waves, the University of Sydney men’s crew held a decisive lead over Melbourne at this year’s Australian Boat Race.

Cameron Girdlestone led the Sydney men’s eight, reunited with fellow Rio Olympian and University of Sydney alumni Alexander ‘Sasha’ Belonogoff.

The two won silver at Rio in the men’s quadruple scull, and Belonogoff has won every Australian

History repeats as Sydney and Melbourne share rowing honours

on Sun, 10/23/2016 - 10:03

In an amazing déjà vu experience, the results of the 2016 Australian Boat Race mirror those of the last two editions of this time-honoured rowing grudge match.

The victory tally now stands at seven-nil Melbourne’s way for the Women’s Eight, and six-one to Sydney in the Men’s at the close of the seventh edition of the annual Australian Boat Race, held on a blustery Sydney Harbour this morning, October 23, 2016. 

The University of Sydney Men’s Eight, captained by Rio silver medallist, Cameron Girdlestone out-rowed the University of Melbourne Men’s Eight to retain the Edmund Barton Trophy,


on Sat, 10/22/2016 - 04:59

Hot off the press: Returning Olympians add firepower to rowing showdown between universities

on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 23:57

Studded with 4 Oly

mpians fresh from their medal-winning performances in Rio, crews from the University of Sydney will go up against The University of Melbourne tomorrow in the 2016 Australian Boat Race on Darling Harbour.

Read more about tomorrow's race via the Sydney Morning Herald here.


Challenge accepted

on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 23:47

The University of Melbourne has accepted the University of Sydney's Challenge to race this Sunday, 23 October in the 7th edition of the Australian Boat Race on Darling Harbour.

At Friday's traditional public challenge and weigh-in ceremony, the Sydney women’s crew’s combined weight was announced as 606kg and Melbourne women’s was 579kg. The Sydney men’s crew’s combined weight was 760kg, and Melbourne men’s was 761kg.

The Sydney women’s crew won the coin toss, and chose the northern station. Melbourne men’s crew won their toss, and chose the same.

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Rowing to a harder degree

on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 02:48

While the main event is on the water, the study lamps have been switched on in the lead up to the 2016 Australian Boat Race.

Finding the twenty five plus hours per week to pass exams and complete coursework while also training requires extreme discipline - only those who have it can achieve in study and sport.

Australian Boat Race rules stipulate that each crew may have up to two graduates but the balance of the crew must be currently enrolled students.

The degrees of those student competitors cover a wide spectrum.

The Melbourne women’s eight seems to have a heavy emphasis on science,

Countdown to the Australian Boat Race

on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 00:58

Sydney and Melbourne University Men’s and Women’s Eights are primed to do battle in the Australian Boat Race this Sunday 23 October, 2016. 

The University of Sydney is hosting this year’s event on spectacular Sydney Harbour, with the main crews set to slug it out over a gruelling 4.3 kilometres ending at Cockle Bay.  

A huge drawcard will be seeing Sydney University Boat Club (SUBC) Rio silver medallists, Sasha Belonogoff and Cameron Girdlestone in action.

Novice rower makes selection in Sydney crew for Boat Race

on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 23:17

David Bartholot started engineering last year after an interest in the sport of rowing led him to transfer his course to Sydney University.

Rowing is hard to master at a high level immediately but David has shown patience, perseverance and the dedication required to get to the top level. This week David was rewarded with selection in the Sydney Men’s Australian Boat Race crew. His selection followed soon after he was named “Novice of the Year” by Rowing New South Wales.

David’s development started under Coach Mark Prater and continued under Tom Sacre in the second half of 2015. This year in

Taste the race: The 2016 Australian Boat Race comes to campus

on Sun, 10/09/2016 - 22:56

Competitive tension between Sydney and Melbourne has stood the test of time and covers everything from weather to fashion, but this year marks a special chapter in the most important rivalry of all, sport, as The Australian Boat Race hits our Harbour on Sunday 23 October.

Before this annual rowing eights challenge between Australia's two oldest universities, the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne, the Sydney contingent is stopping by Eastern Avenue for a warm-up on Wednesday 19 October, 2016.

Grab your front row seat on the Law Lawns at the University of Sydney campus

From the vault: Easy win for Sydney (28 April, 1894)

on Mon, 10/03/2016 - 01:38

The rich history and tradition of the Australian Boat Race is captured in print by the Brisbane Courier in their race report from 1894.

The electric telegraph was singing the news of Sydney University’s success on the waters of Parramatte River in the eighth annual intercolonial University boat race.

As reported, the Victorians took an early lead but were soon overhauled by the Sydneysiders who went on to win by ten boat-lengths in a time of 17mins 19secs. The full course stretched from Ryde Wharf to The Brothers. Spectators included the Governor, Premier, and their offical party.