Bann "Sizzle" at Athlone 2010

Bann "Sizzle" at Athlone 2010

Bann Rowing Club kept up their winning ways down in Athlone, at their last regatta of the 2010 season, before next month’s Irish Championships. The day got off to a very early, but a winning start, when both the Bann’s MJ18 fours won their semifinals and qualified for the afternoons finals.
Both Bann crews defeating Portora and St. Josephs much fancied “fours” was a major upset and set the tone for the rest of the day. Bann’s “stern” crew from their MJ18 eight went on to win the final by two lengths from Portora and with it the prestigeous “Civic Week Challenge Cup”
Next up was the turn of the Bann ladies and this saw the awesome Hutchinson twins, Emily and Rebecca, win the ladies J18 double sculls. This winning performance pleased coach Geoff Bones with the twins still eligible at J18 level for another two years. Further good wins for the ladies were in the WJ18 quadruple scull, beating Neptune and Portora to win the “John lennon Challenge Cup” and the young WJ16 ladies quad winning the Farrell Challenge Cup. Lauren Taggert had an epic single sculls race with N.McGrath from Waterford, eventually losing the 1,700m race by a single foot.
Bann’s unbeaten MJ15 quad continued their season’s run of victories, and the scalp of the previously undefeated Cork crew, when winning the “P.J Walsh Memorial Cup” will have given their coach Jeremy Johnston particular satisfaction.
However, with the Irish Championships so close, the big race of the day was undoubtedly for the Parsons Challenge Cup in the MJ18 eights. This final was the first showdown in eleven months, between all “the big guns” from Bann, Portora and “the Bish.” St. Josephs, since their epic “all the medals” shootout at the 2009 Championships.
The Bann men have not lost to an Irish J18 “eight” since that race, but all previous form meant nothing to the crews on the water. Bann had an amazing win by one and a half lengths over “The Bish.” St. Joseph’s from Galway in the final, and this victory included defeating an excellent Neptune “Intermediate eight” from Dublin.
Retaining the “Craig Cup, winning a record five “Cups” at Athlone, and their new boat “the Sizzler” remaining unbeaten, have now set the Bann Club up well for their final push to the Irish Championships in Cork on 16th July.

August 10th, 2010

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