N.Z. SERVICE EIGHT
TRAINING FOR REGATTAS IN ENGLAND
(Special P.A. Correspondent.}
LONDON, July 30. Wearing black singlets with a silver fern badge, a New Zealand Service eight'is-now training on the Thames twice daily for two regattas, one at Hammersmith on August 5 and the other at Weybridge on August 11. Oarsmen selected from it will also compete in a pair-oared race at Hcvmmersmith on August 4 and a four-oared race at the Greenwich regatta on August 6. • , The crew is training under the direction of J. H. Macdonald, Marlborough, former Olympic oarsman and All Black, who is rowing number six. It has undergone certain changes since it first took the water 12 days ago in a best-and-best loaned by the' Lyons Club at Hammersmith. It will be stroked by B. R. Durie, Wanganui, who stroked the New Zealand champion pair oar in 1935. Behind are C. R. McLernon (Poverty Bay (7), Macdonald (6), C. W. McLean, Auckland, formerly of Wanganui (5), R. W. G. Alexander, Auckland (4), D. C. Gould, Christchurch (3), B. Goldsbury, Wanganui '(2), A. F. Sheppard, Wanganui (bow). The coxswain is J. Gow, Blenheim. Durie, McLernon, and McLean are returned prisoners of war, and with Macdonald will probably comprise the four to row at Greenwich. Durie and Macdonald will compete in the pairoar event at Hammersmith. Macdonald emphasises that the crew cannot be regarded in any way as New Zealand, but as a Services eight which is rowing "for the pleasure of it." It realises that it could do with a longer period of training than is now possible, and, indeed, regards its race, or races, if it does as well in the heats at Hammersmith on August 5, as training for the more serious opposition that will be met at Weybridge a week later.
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N.Z. SERVICE EIGHT, Evening Post, Volume CXL, Issue 27, 1 August 1945
N.Z. SERVICE EIGHT Evening Post, Volume CXL, Issue 27, 1 August 1945
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