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RRC Presentation Night Awards 2017/18

Thank you to all of the RRC members and guests who came along to celebrate another successful season at our recent Presentation Night. It was a great night with lots of new and old faces reflecting on the efforts and success throughout the year. Thank you to the “Doghouse Four” for arranging the evening of BLING, with some amazing decorations and videos along with a cameo appearance on the video from Basil with his Richmond zootie.
We also congratulated our Male and Female Club and Masters rowers of 2017/18 year determined through participation and success at regattas, club races and club time trials. The winners on the evening were:
  • Mal Scott Award – Male Club Rower of the Year – Jon Roberts
  • John Sawyer – Female Club Rower of the Year – Shern Timmins
  • Male Masters Rower of the Year – Leigh Sullivan
  • Female Masters Rower of the Year – Michelle Joy 

The Don Edwards, Cox of the year award was presented to Derek Begg.
The President’s Award was presented to Kathy Macrow for her commitment to Richmond Rowing Club, truly embodying the spirit of our club through all she does from coxing to coaching to administration over a number of years.
For the first year we christened the Mixed Quad Round the Island time trial as the Hendley Family Mixed Quad Time Trial with a commemorative plaque commissioned to record the winners names which will be maintained in the gym. Rod Hendley and Judy Hendley were present for the awarding of the inaugural award to Aline Dejaegher, Shern Timmins, John Carey, Jon Roberts and Stef Dudczig (coxswain).
The male coxed four Round the Island time trial was won by Alan Randall, Jon Roberts, Andrew Yuile, John Carey and Stef Dudczig (coxswain).
The female coxed four Round the Island time trial was won by Edwina Griffiths, Jodie Naisbitt, Shern Timmins, Yashaswini Vegi and Derek Begg (coxswain).
A number of other awards were presented on the night including:
  • Best and Furriest – Stef Dudzcig
  • Eye of the Tiger Award – Doghouse Four (Kim Begelhole, Ray O’Shae, Alex Reid, Rob Gordon)
  • Captains Award – Doghouse Four (Kim Begelhole, Ray O’Shae, Alex Reid, Rob Gordon)








Tim Evans

Head of Rowing

Tickets on sale now for RRC Presentation Night 2017

Presentation night poster - FinalThis years RRC Presentation Night is only a few weeks away on Saturday 27th May at 7pm. So pack away the zootie and dress to impress as we celebrate all the achievements of our club members for the last year. We’ve had some cracking races not too mention state club and masters titles. We’ll be honouring all of these along with our Annual awards including rowers and coxswain of the year. Club races and time trial winners will also be announced so make sure you’re there to receive your awards!

Tickets are on sale now at Trybooking. Bring along your partner or friends for what will be a special night at the clubhouse including a three course meal for $45. Drinks will be available to purchase at the bar.

This evening is also the perfect opportunity to thank everyone who has made the year possible including coaches, coxes and volunteers. It’s the ideal time to come together and celebrate all that is great about our special club and the friends we have there.

I can’t wait and I hope to see you all there too!

Season 2015-16 Celebration

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On Saturday the 28th May the club celebrated the successes of the season and took the opportunity to recognise the time and energy of all those people who have voluntarily contributed to help achieve them at the Annual Presentation Night.

Whilst our Head of Rowing, Tim Evans hosted the night, members and friends enjoyed dinner and a few celebratory drinks. It was great to see representatives from all the squads acknowledge the efforts of all the volunteers who have given so much yet again to help.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Annual Club awards to the best rowers and cox based upon number of regattas attended, wins and time trial entries.

The John Sawyer award for best female rower was once again won by Geraldine Goss who was part of our one Victorian states winning crew, the WB4X+. Throughout the year she has represented the club at multiple regattas both in the club and masters season and ended the season rowing in the Victorian State quad at National Masters.

Geraldine Goss third from the left.
Geraldine Goss third from the left.

The Mal Scott award for the best Male Rower was won by Jon Roberts who was overseas and unfortunately unable to attend on the night but whose prize was accepted in his absence by the joint runners up who promised to look after and pass it on (I trust you Matt and Allan!). Jon competed right through the head racing season, sprint and masters competitions with wins all around the state.

Jon Roberts 5th from left
Jon Roberts centre.

The Don Edwards award for best coxswain went to one of our newer members, Christine Sullivan, who since transferring from Latrobe University Rowing Club has been a great addition to our womens rowing squad and a skilful and successful coxswain, always happy to jump in a help out.

Christine Sullivan centre
Christine Sullivan centre.

Congratulations to all our winners and the runners up with the top five for each category listed at the bottom of this blog.

It was my great pleasure on the night to present the President’s award to a very worthy recipient who has devoted so much time and energy into the club over many years but specifically in the last season. Catherine Bower (or Cat Hardie as some of you may remember her before her recent wedding), has not only been working tirelessly in her role as fundraising co-ordinator this season on the committee but she has been the driving force behind a great group of rowers who completed the learn to row course at the club in 2015 and formed our very successful development squad for this past season. The organised and inclusive manner in which this was achieved and the great culture and positive atmosphere that was generated primarily by Cat is a perfect example of the values that make Richmond Rowing Club so special. I know that many people have dedicated time and helped to develop this group and this was so eloquently described on the night by the squad themselves in their thanks to the coaches. The achievements of this whole group and the comradery that they displayed is a great reflection on both Cat and the club as a whole and was the major reason for my pride in presenting this award.

Also presented were the annual RRC time trial winners awards where both male and female crews competed in our faithful regulation (tub) boats. With the single scull course being from the club to Swan Street Bridge and back and the Quad Scull event from the club, around Herring Island and back. The winners were:

Female Single (Time – 9:15) Sarah Houghton

Male Single (Time – 9:50) Jon Roberts

Female Quad (Time – 36:14) Stefanie Dudczig, Sarah Houghton, Erin Faulkner, Shern Timmins, David Micallef (cox)

Male Quad (Time – 35:08) Laurent Demay, Allan Randall, Matthew Ebbatson, Jon Roberts, Stefanie Dudczig (cox)

Finally the evening ended with a film/photo round up of the season. On the night it was shown on the big screen with a great accompanying soundtrack but unfortunately due to a few copyright laws the publicly available version that I have managed to upload to Utube does not include the soundtrack but you can watch the video here.

Congratulations to all for a great season and I just want to quickly thank everyone who helped with the set up and clear-up on night too. I really appreciated all the help.


Top 5 in all club awards

John Sawyer award – Best female rower

1st Geraldine Goss (30.5 points)

2nd Michelle Joy (29 points)

3rd Stefanie Dudczig (20 points)

3rd Shern Timmins (20 points)

5th Sarah Houghton (19 points)


Mal Scott award – Best Male Rower

1st Jon Roberts (28 points)

2nd Matthew Ebbatson (23 points)

2nd Allan Randall (23 points)

4th Leigh Sullivan (21.5 points)

5th Laurent Demay (20 points)


Don Edwards award – Best coxswain

1st Christine Sullivan (20 points)

2nd Derek Begg (16 points)

3rd Laurent Demay (10 points)

4th Michael Numa (9.5 points)

5th Sarah Houghton (8 points)


Season 2015-16 Celebrations

With masters season flying by it’s time to think about celebrating our achievements for the last year and look back on another bumper season at RRC.

Our boathouse will be the venue for us to gather on Saturday May 28th from 7pm to celebrate the year and to say thanks to all our coaches and volunteers that make RRC the club it is. Friends and family are invited to enjoy the evening too with a spit roast dinner and drinks available at bar prices.

Tickets are $30 each – please buy your tickets by 20th May so we know numbers for caterers (it’s pretty hard otherwise).
Please pay for your tickets using the RRC bank account:

Richmond Rowing Club, Bendigo Bank

BSB: 633 000

Account Number: 117078238

Ref: Pres Night <surname>

Contact president@richmondrowing.com.au if you have any dietary requirements or questions.

One of the highlights of the night is always a little slide show of photos and movie clips gathered throughout the season, so if you have any you would like to share please put them on the Facebook page or send them through to me, thanks.

Look forward to seeing and celebrating with you all.


RRC 2014-15 Awards

Thanks to everyone who came together on Saturday night to celebrate the achievements of RRC for the past season. From the comfort of our beautiful boathouse we remembered the great wins, the closes races, the fun nights, the early mornings and the special friendships we have built.

We also presented the annual awards based on entries and race wins throughout the season. In some very close point counts congratulations goes to:

Mal Scott Award (Male rower of the year) – Michael Gehling

John Sawyer Award (Female rower of the year) – Geraldine Goss

Don Edwards Award (Cox of the year) – Derek Begg

Oar bender Award – Kieran Burke, for his impressive display in breaking the shaft of a sweep oar during a race at Ballarat this season.

Keith Millar Time Trial – Tub 4+ around the island

Winner of the Women’s

Jodie Niasbitt, Vicki Brennan, Suzzane Mullner, Stefanie Dudzig, Cox : Dave Micallef

Time 35:53 (altered course due to river dredging at the island)

Winner of the Men’s

Robert Gordon, Ray O’Shea, Enrique Mai, Lachlan Molesworth, Cox : Sandrine Balbo

Time 40:16

President’s Award – Vicki Brennan, for being an all round amazing help and super efficient treasurer. I can not thank her enough for her time, effort and support over the last couple of years. On top of all those jobs she takes on as treasurer she is also the person you can thank for the bar being stocked at our functions and more often than not she will even volunteer to serve you that drink.

The evening concluded with a slideshow of this seasons highlights, if you want to see it take a look here.

Now the season is concluded we want to look forward to the next one which will be here before you know it. This Saturday we will be hosting a planning day at the boathouse from 10am, it’s your opportunity to have your say and we welcome your opinions so please come along or contact rowing@richmondrowing.com.au if you want more information.

2014-15 Season Presentation Night


It’s time to look back on another bumper season at RRC and what better place to celebrate than at our very own biggest achievement of the year our beautiful boathouse!

7.30pm Saturday June 13th will be a night to celebrate achievements over the year and to say thanks to your coach. Friends and family are invited to enjoy the evening too.

Tickets are $25 each – pay by June 6 so caterers know numbers.
Please pay for your tickets using the RRC bank account
Richmond Rowing Club, Bendigo Bank
BSB: 633 000 Account Number: 117078238 Ref: your Name and Pres Night

Contact president@richmondrowing.com.au if you have any dietary requirements or questions.

Look forward to seeing you all.

Celebrating the season

This Saturday night, 13th June 7.30pm at the boatclub we will be celebrating all that has made Richmond great this year.

It is a chance for everyone to get together (dressed in something other than a zootie) and remember the good times we had this year. We will take the opportunity to thank the coaches and volunteers who have given up their time to help throughout the year as well as celebrate all the achievements that have been made.

There is still just enough time to buy a ticket for you, your partner or your friend to celebrate the 2014-15 season at RRC.

Tickets are $25 by EFT transfer to the club

BSB 633 000

Acc No. 117078238

Ref “Name Pres night”

Please let me know if you have any dietary requirements.