Bann excel at Lagan Scullers see Gallery for Photo’s

Bann excel at Lagan Scullers see Gallery for Photo’s

Bann Rowers excel in Belfast and Limerick. Bann Rowing Club have kicked off the 2011 rowing season with excellent performances in the National Two Blade Head, hosted by St. Michaels’ in Limerick and the Lagan Scullers Head in Belfast. In Limerick, Bann’s two sixteen year old prodigies, Chris Black and Joel Cassells, showed excellent early season pace in the J18 pairs, to finish second by a mere eight seconds to the long established international crew from Presentation College, with the Bann men finishing a full 61 seconds ahead of the bronze winning crew. In fact, their time of 12:16 would also have given the Bann men silver in the Intermediate pairs and third in the National Senior pairs. The 2010 “Chamber’s Pairs “ Bann Champions then completed the day by switching from sweep to scull racing, where , out of 51 competitors, in the MJ18 category, and separated by just twenty four seconds, Joel finished sixth and Chris an excellent fifteenth. In Belfast, at the Lagan Scullers Head, the Bann Club gave debuts to some of their development squad under Jeremy Johnston, and the Bann Ladies emerged from their winter’s training with Geoff. Bones, to gain some very impressive wins. Lori Shirlow had an excellent win in the single sculls at intermediate level, and her Bann colleague Sarah Allen took first place in the WJ18 sculls. The girls continued with their successes when a very new crew of Brooke Edgar, Susan Chestnut, Rebecca Hutchinson and Sarah Allen recorded an excellent, hard fought win in the WJ18 Quad The overall fastest boat of the day, (11:18.2) by 35 seconds, over yet another Bann crew, was the Bann’s MJ18 quad. This boat had four Irish champions in Joel Cassells, James McAfee, Matthew Wray and Chris Black, and looks set for a very exciting 2011 season. In the MJ18 single scull, Chris Black, steering with his unique “extra sensory perception”, reversed the Limerick result and ”nicked” a nice win from team mate Joel Cassells. Emerging talents, Angus Hamilton and Mathew Hamilton recorded a good win in the MJ16 double scull, and Bann had a notable win for Chris Smith, Joe Skelly, Cianan Mitchell and Michael Curran in the MJ15 quad. Coxes Jack Henry and Connor Dudley Fergus both excelled throughout the day in the pressure cooker environment, kept their racing line intelligently, and the debutants, Rowan Sherman and Tom Strachan showed alot of promise for the future.

March 6th, 2011

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