Southern 80

Boyer claims third straight title

By Andrew Johnston

MADDISON Boyer may well be the queen of the Murray.

Entering the 2020 running of the race, she had back-to-back titles to her name in the open women's expert category.

This year she was behind a new boat (Pigs Arsenal F1) and with a new partner (world champion Ellen Jones replacing Chelsea Stevens).

But by the end of the race, nothing had changed - Boyer had claimed a hat-trick of wins in the category.

At 36.48:7, the time was not challenging her and Stevens record, but Boyer was just happy to get across the line.

“It's a little bot different,” she said.

“The team is a bit thrown together, so we were just happy to get through the course in a really clean run, get to the end safe and in a good time.”

Having previously run behind the Merc Force team, Boyer said the change had been a smooth transition.

“It's a fantastic boat to be behind,” she said.

“We are so grateful to Chris Stevens and the team at Pigs Arsenal for giving us the boat, Daniel McMahon had a fantastic drive.

“It was our first run as a team, so our focus is gelling as a group and laying down some good runs before we start to look at things like records.”

Boyer said Jones, who replaced new mum Stevens had been a great teammate.

“We meshed so well,” she said.

“I'm incredibly lucky to have our world number one women's F1 skier in Ellen behind the boat with me. We worked really well together and that's all we could have asked for.”

Though records and victories were not at the forefront of the teams mind, the time was more than enough for another win.

And to give Boyer a claim to owning the category.