LAGAN SCULLERS HOR 2016

LAGAN SCULLERS HOR 2016

Bann makes presence felt at Lagan Scullers Head

Bann Rowing Club members continued to make their presence felt on the Head of the River circuit with some quality rowing resulting in a number of successes at the recent Lagan Scullers Head in Belfast.

Throughout the day, in the 3 different races, the young men and women of the club competed not only in singles but also teamed up in various other permutations to race in doubles and quads in what can only be described as a very creditable days racing.

In the morning in race 1 the experienced double of Hannah Scott and Fiona Chestnut stormed home to comfortably win the women’s 18A doubles class, with another experienced oarswomen, Katie Shirlow, putting in a strong row to finish 2nd in the Women’s intermediate singles category. Relative newcomer to the club and to sculling, Dineka Maguire, also had a good row showing great promise of successes to come.

The Club boated 3 crews in the men’s classes in race 1 with Angus Hamilton and Aaron Christie taking to the water in men’s 18A single sculls category accompanied by a men’s junior 15 quad. All three crews had strong rows with Angus finishing in a very respectable 2nd place in his class.

Back on the water later in the morning in race 2, Katie Shirlow and Dineka Maguire paired up in a double which, although they had only limited time together in that type of boat prior to the race, they rowed very well indeed to secure a convincing 2nd place in the women’s senior doubles class.

Following their success in the double earlier in the day Hannah Scott and Fiona Chestnut then split up and switched to single sculls to continue their ongoing friendly rivalry. After a hard fought race Hannah pipped Fiona to the win and was awarded the trophy for fastest ladies sculler on the day. The Bann women’s junior 15 quad also had a very successful and impressive race taking 1st place in their race.

In a reversal of their earlier outing Angus and Aaron this time joined forces in the men’s junior 18 double in which they had an excellent race securing a commanding win.

The men’s junior 16 quad also had an impressive row and although not securing a place on the podium this time this young crew has plenty more to offer throughout the rest of the season.

The last race of the day – race 3 – included a Bann men’s junior 18 quad and a Bann women’s junior 16 double. Although only just beginning to row together in this format recently, the men’s boat showed a good turn of speed along the course and crossed the finishing line in a commendable 2nd place. The women’s double of Ruth Carson and Ellie Blemmings also had a good row but slight steering problems cost them 1st place and left them having to settle for 2nd on this occasion.

All in all it was a good day’s racing for the Bann men and women with both experience showing through amongst the older oarsmen and women and plenty of promise in the offing from the younger oarers.

Bann’s next race outing will be at the full Lagan Head of the River race in Belfast on Saturday 27th February, where further notable rows and successes can be expected and this time the younger members of the club will be joined by the Master’s squad.

February 23rd, 2016

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