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SERVICES EIGHT TRAINING N.Z.P.A. Special- Correspondent. LONDON, July 30. • Wearing black singlets with a silver fern badge, the New Zealand Services eight is now training on the Thames twice daily for two rowing regattas, one at Hammersmith on August 5 and the other at Weybridge on August 11. The oarsmen selected from it will also compete in a pair-oared race at Hammersmith on August 4 and a four-oared race at the Greenwich regatta on August 6. The erew is training under the direction of J. H. Macdonald, of Marlborough, former Olympic oarsman, who will be rowing No. 6. It has undergone certain changes since it first took the water 12 days ago in a best-and-best boat loaned by the Lyons Club at Hammersmith. The crew will be stroked by B. R. Durie. of Wanganui, who stroked the New Zealand champion pair-oar crew in 1035. Behind him are C. R. McLernon (Poverty Bay), No. 7; Macdonald, No. 6; C. W. McLean (Auckland, formerly of Wanganui), No. 5; R. W. G. Alexander (Auckland), No. 4; D. C. Gould (Christchurch), No. 3; G. Goldsbury (Wanganui), No. 2; A. F. Sheppard (Wanganui), bow. i The coxswain is J. Gow (Blenheim).

Durie, McLernon and McLean are all returned prisoners of war, and, with Macdonald, will probably comprise the four to row at Greenwich. Durie and Macdonald will compete in the pair-oar event at Hammersmith.

Macdonald emphasises that the crew cannot be regarded in any way as a New Zealand eight, but as a Services eight which will be rowing "for pleasure." It realises that it could do with a longer period of training than is now possible, and it regards its race, or races, if it does well in the heats at Hammersmith, as training for more serious opposition that will be met at Weybridge a week later.

Durie, who was one of the best strokes produced by the Wanganui Rowing Club be Tore the war, is satisfied with the crew's progress.

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ROWING ON THAMES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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ROWING ON THAMES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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