HB sculler provided Test upset
Hawke’s Bay sculler, Tony Bone, gave the best performance of his career to date last weekend when he won the final single sculling Test race in this year’s Australia-New Zealand series.
The race was held on Kerr’s Reach at Christchurch over 2000 metres.
In the heats Bone defeated the current New Zealand title-holder, T. Reid, Whakatane, by 1 1/2 lengths and in the final he won by two lengths from the New Zealand representative N. Mills, with Australia third.
For some time Bone has been finishing close behind the leading scullers and last week’s success could well be a breakthrough for him.
His performance was assisted by several weeks of intensive training under former New Zealand junior sculling champion Basil Jordan. Emphasis was on hard physical effort and a strenuous training programme was carried out in this time.
Next races will be Rotorua regatta on January 20, and Hawke’s Bay regatta at Clive on January 27.
The Hawke’s Bay Rowing Club is planning to hold a rowing camp at Wairoa over the New Year holidays when concentrated coaching will be available for members who attend.