Sydney issues challenge to Melbourne

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The University of Sydney has challenged the University of Melbourne’s crown at the Rowbust Head of the Yarra in a university showdown at the premier rowing event this year.

The Melbourne University Boat Club finished first at last year’s Head of the Yarra races and has won five of the of the past eight Head of the Yarra races. The Sydney University Boat Club meanwhile is the 2009 NSW State Rowing Champion.

This year the University of Sydney will send two men’s and two women’s teams to Victoria to take part in the event which will be held on the Yarra River between Prince Bridge and Hawthorn on Saturday 28 November.

The rivalry is set to become an annual event in the tradition of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, who have raced against each other every year since 1829 on the River Thames.

Coincidentally, SUBC rowers Brodie Buckland rowed for Cambridge in 2004 while Mike Valli rowed for Oxford this year.

More than 2000 competitors will take part in this year’s Head of the Yarra which will be held from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 28 November.

SUBC and MUBC crews will take to the water from 2pm.