NZ win rowing series against Australians
New Zealand won the eights and the single sculls in the fourth rowing Test against Australia at Kerr’s Reach on Saturday to win the series 10 points to six.
The New Zealand eight’s six-length victory was the outstanding performance on Saturday.
The most surprising was the series invited rowers victory over the internationals in the fours and single sculls.
Though the New Zealand representative N. Mills beat Edwards to make a New Zealand Test win certain, he in turn was comfortably beaten by A. Bone, Hawke’s Bay.
Rowing in the debris-strewn eastern lane, Bone showed superb stamina and led in the 2000 yard race from start to finish.
At 100 yards he was more than two lengths clear and left behind N. Mills, Whakatane, and R. Edwards, Australia, to fight it out.
With 1000 yards covered, Edwards, stroking at 33 a minute, was clear by a length but had been caught by Mills at the 1500 yard marker.
Although showing signs of tiring, Bone held on and crossed the line a length and a half ahead, followed by Mills half a length in front of Edwards.
The Australian pair-oar crew scratched, leaving Ron Satherley and Jim Little (Canterbury) to race the New Zealand pair J. C. Wilson and A. K. Ward.
New Zealand hit the bank and put itself out, but the Canterbury men looked worthy winners.
The high-rating Australian four beat New Zealand by half, a length in the most exciting race of the day, but in turn were beaten by Whakatane, a scratch four of W. Cole, T. Reed and N. Mills with the Australian sculler P. Edwards.