Region's finest in action
The waiting will soon be over for all six Marlborough athletes at the London Olympics.
First into action was Oly-Whites goalkeeper Michael O'Keeffe, who proudly lined up with his team-mates in their opening match against Belarus in Coventry this morning. O'Keeffe started the match in goal with regular first-choice keeper Jake Gleeson, recovering from injury, on the bench. The Oly-Whites' second match is against Egypt and can be seen on Sky Sport 9 from 10.50pm on Sunday.
Our five rowers will all have tasted competition by Monday night (NZ time). First on the water at the Eton Dorney course is the women's quadruple scull crew, including Wairau's Louise Trappitt. They race their heat at 8.50pm (NZ time) tomorrow.
Immediately after them will be the world champion double sculls combination of Picton's Joseph Sullivan with Nathan Cohen. They go at 9.30pm. Then it's the turn of Robbie Manson and his quadruple sculls crew, who are scheduled to race at 10.30pm.
The final two members of the Marlborough contingent, Fiona Paterson and Sean O'Neill, wait until Monday to test themselves against the best. Paterson and double sculls partner Anna Reymer contest their heat at 9.20pm, while O'Neill and the men's four are next on the water at 9.40pm. Rowers facing repechages, hopefully not the Kiwis, will race from 8.30pm on Sunday and Monday.
Television coverage of the rowing is on Sky Sport 8, Saturday and Sunday, then Sky Sport 4 on Monday. The opening ceremony, always worth watching, can be seen from 8am tomorrow on Sky Sport 4.
By now, the Marlborough Express banner will be hanging in the New Zealand rowing headquarters, providing another source of inspiration for our crews as they prepare to go for gold.
During the Olympics, the Express is running two pages of exclusive Games coverage, focusing primarily on the New Zealand team in London.
Fairfax Media have sent seven journalists and two photographers to London to provide up-to-date news, profiles, previews, reviews and photographs for the Express and the Stuff website.
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