2016 IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

2016 IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

WJ18 4X SILVERM CLUB 1X BRONZE2016 WJ18 8+ SILVER2016 WJ18 2- AND  2X SILVERS2016 W INTER 2- AND INTER 2X SILVERS2016 MJ15 4X WINNERANOTHER SUCCESSFUL IRISH CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR BANN ROWING CLUB
Bann Rowing Club travelled to Cork on 13th July to compete in the Irish Rowing Championships which were raced over 3 days from 15th to 17th July. 5 boys and 10 girls raced their hearts out all weekend. For the 5 boys and 4 of the girls this was their first time competing at this level and the Club is delighted to have won medals in 8 out of the 10 events they entered, bringing home 1 gold medal, 6 silver medals and 1 bronze medal. A great achievement for such a small squad of rowers.

The competition commenced on Friday with the mens j18 sculls. Aaron Christie, who is only 16 years old, progressed through the rounds to finish 8th out of a field of 35 scullers. This is a very good result for Aaron who still has another year to compete in this age category.
Hannah Scott and Fiona Chestnutt competed in the womens j18 double and progressed easily through the heats and semi final. The final was one of the most exciting races of the weekend. For 2000m the Bann double battled with a double from Skibbereen Rowing Club (who will be representing Ireland at the Junior World Championships). They were beside each other the whole way, leaving the rest of the field in their wake, but Skibbereen managed to be a boat surge ahead going over the finish line to win by 3/10th of a second. The Bann girls were initially disappointed but have to be proud of a fine performance and of their silver medals.
Katie Shirlow and Dineka Maguire also produced an exciting final in the womens intermediate pairs. They won silver medals after being beaten by ½ length by Cork Boat Club. This is a great result for Katie and Dineka in their first year rowing as Intermediates.
Four of the boys competed in the mens j15 sculls. Thomas Clarke, Darragh Clyde, Daniel Duffy and Conor McGillan all raced well and Conor finished 2nd in his final to win a silver medal. What a good start to his rowing career.

Saturday was a day of more silver medals. Katie and Dineka rowing in the womens intermediate double got through their heat easily but were pipped to the post in the final by Lee Boat Club.
Conor McGillan was in action again in the mens j14 sculls and won another silver medal in his final.
The womens j18 eight comprising Alana O’Donovan, Ellie Blemmings, Anna Morrison, Halle Robinson, Hannah Scott, Ruth Carson, Leah Wylie, Fiona Chestnutt and cox Thomas Clarke won their heat easily to qualify for the final where, in a very close race, they were beaten into 2nd place by Cork Boat Club. For many of the girls this was their first Irish Championships and they were delighted to have won silver medals.

Sunday started with Fiona and Hannah racing the womens j18 pair. Not having spent much time in this boat, everyone was delighted that they picked up a silver medal in the final.
In the womens j18 quad, Alana, Ruth, Fiona and Hannah progressed through the rounds to the final only to be beaten by a very fast Skibereen Rowing Club quad.
The young boys were also in action on Sunday, Jonty Callaghan raced in the mens j16 sculls. Darragh Clyde, Daniel Duffy, Conor McGillan and Thomas Clarke, in a great performance, easily won the mens j15 quads final to pick up gold.

The Club Captain, Keith Leighton, and coach, Geoff Bones, are delighted with the results and very encouraged about the prospects of the young girls and boys who competed beyond expectations. The future of Bann Rowing Club, ‘Home of Champions’ is bright…

July 24th, 2016

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