Thursday, 19 October 2017

Junior women dominate on home waters

THE Henley Rowing Club’s junior women’s squad continued their fine start to the season with another series of victories.

THE Henley Rowing Club’s junior women’s squad continued their fine start to the season with another series of victories at their home event on Saturday.

Running at full capacity, Henley Sculls proved to be a popular event with crews from across the South East competing, as well as clubs from King’s School Canterbury, St Neots and Evesham.

Racing in nine events, the Henley girls braved a gusting south-westerly wind to win seven of these outright.

In the morning division, the WJ16 crew of Lauren Edwards, Maddie Orr, Ellie Thompson and Hattie Orr repeated their performance from the week before at the Upper Thames Head with a commanding performance in the quad sculls, racing the 3km distance in a time of 12 minutes, 15 seconds to become fastest junior women’s quad of the day.

This win was followed in quick succession by the two boats from the WJ15 girls, coming first and third in their respective quad sculls events.

The WJ15 quad of Lauren Kay, Georgia Edwards, Hannah Gutteridge, Anna Roe and cox Rebecca Lister won in a time of 13 minutes, 17 seconds. The Henley WJ15 doubles also scored a win and second place, with Ella Morgan and Iona McNab winning in a time of 14 minutes, 22 seconds.

Ruby Brown, Georgina Robinson-Ranger, Lottie Orr, Issy Jonsson and Phoebe Fletcher as cox won the WJ14 coxed quad event by a healthy margin with another quad of Eve Poulter, Amelia Fielding-Smith, Charlotte Moss, Tilly Lock and Gemma Sarney as cox edged out of second place by Evesham RC.

In the afternoon division, the singles racing proved to be another challenging yet rewarding opportunity for Henley’s female scullers with a further three wins.

In the women’s novice event, Ciara Buckley scored her first victory in a single scull, closely followed in third place by Maddie Orr and in fifth place by Emma Lister.

Lauren Kay showed good form in the WJ15 single sculls to win by more than 30 seconds ahead of St Neots RC.

In the WJ14 single sculls, Georgina Robinson-Ranger defeated a sculler from Reading RC and three others to win by more than four seconds, bringing home the seventh Henley RC junior women’s victory of the day.

The Henley boys raced in a series of busy and competitive events to score some notable third places.

In the J16 single sculls, Alasdair Roy achieved third place in a time of 15 minutes, 52 seconds. In the J15 single sculls, Charlie Rollet-Manus battled through strong gusts whilst other scullers suffered, and gained another third place for the club in a time of 16 minutes, 29 seconds.

Not to be outshone by their club’s junior rowers, the Henley RC Masters also achieved a brace of wins. In the Masters B single sculls, Wilson won in a time of 14 minutes, 43 seconds, with third place going to fellow Henley sculler Hillyard.

In the Masters E single sculls Rafal Opalinski raced to first place in a time of 17 minutes, 28 seconds, closely followed in second place by Adrian Lake in a time of 17 minutes, 41 seconds.

The mixed Masters D double achieved a third place in a time of 15 minutes, 57 seconds.

Seb Newman was the stand-out performer for Shiplake Vikings.

In partnership with Tommy Mottram he won the J15 double sculls in the morning division and then, in the afternoon division, almost made light of the squalling gale blowing down the course, to win the single sculls event by 40 seconds.

Viking crews also filled the first four places in the J15 double sculls. Henry Blois-Brooke and Ollie Potter were held by slower crews on their way up the course but still managed second whilst the new combinations of Cosmo Hearndon with Christian Hjortland-Marks and Hugo Oglina with Felix Hearndon finished in third and fourth with only 12 seconds separating them.

In the J15 single sculls Tommy Mottram was the second Viking home in fifth position closely followed by Henry Blois-Brooke. Cam Hance and Cosmo Hearndon had the worst of the weather to contend with but finished well up in the division.

Jack Camilleri was the best placed of three Oratory School scullers as he finished 39th out of 120. Caleb Stevens and Alex Bavage finished 48th and 67th respectively.

The winning rowers were awarded their medals by Olympian and World Champion rower Sarah Winckless at a prize-giving ceremony in the evening.

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