Friday, 20 July 2018

Henley crowned top club at Reading Amateur Regatta

HENLEY Rowing Club crews had a successful weekend and two events, the highlight of which saw

HENLEY Rowing Club crews had a successful weekend and two events, the highlight of which saw them win the Victor Ludorum Cup at Reading Amateur Regatta.

At Reading’s two-day event, Henley’s senior men dominated the IM1 coxless four event where a consistent performance from Matt Higginson, Stan Admiraal, Chris Mitchell and Andy Pettican saw them beat Vesta easily in the first round. Maidstone Invicta were left in the boys’ wake in the second round and in an exciting final with Quintin BC the crews were neck and neck down the course with Henley winning by two feet.

Genevieve Bailhache-Graham continued her successful build-up to Henley Royal Regatta by taking the honours in the women’s senior sculls. Having beaten Cardiff’s sculler in the first round, Bailhache-Graham won her final over Thames RC by four lengths.

The J17 double of Lucas Ovsyannikov and Harry Farley reached their final before losing out to a strong Leander combination.

In the J15 single sculls, Cameron Jones, Bruce Turnell and Anthony Howe won their first round heats. Turnell and Howe sculled against each other in a semi-final with Turnell narrowly coming out on top by a length. In the final Turnell narrowly lost out to Reading’s Pizura.

The WJ13 quads reached their final having beaten crews from Lady Eleanor Holles, Surbiton High School and City of Bristol Rowing Club by convincing distances. The Henley crew of Hannah Hills, Freya Jonsson, Georgia Brown, Amber Weller and cox Issy Peterson beat their squad mates Phoebe Snowdon, Freya Reid, Hazel Drury, Jessica Roberts and cox Alex Kelly by two lengths in the final. The boys’ double of Tom McLellan and Hugo Rompani beat City of Bristol Rowing Club in their straight final by a considerable margin. At Marlow Town Regatta Henley’s WJ14 girls’ squad was out in force again. The two quads met one another in the final with Jess Arlett, Livy Peterson, Sophie Hahn and Felicity Parfitt coxed by Esther Morgan winning over squad mates Phoebe Fletcher, Emma Gray, Amelia Crick and Maya Andrews and cox Emailine Warner. Both quads combined to form Henley’s octuple, coxed by Warner, which achieved success in their final against Great Marlow School.

The doubles of Miles and Borg, Morgan and Webb failed to reach their finals despite performing well in their heats.

The J15 to J18 boys’ squad picked up three wins with three other crews reaching their finals.

Ovsyannikov won the novice single sculls, narrowly beating his club sculler, Ross Taylor in the final. Both J15 doubles stormed to victory in their respective divisions. Lachlan Reid and Turnell attacked from the start and led Falcon RC across the line by a length. Howe and Jack Broadbent sculled powerfully, dominating their race with Claires Court second, three lengths back.

In the J16 double sculls Cameron Jone, still a J15, and Charlie Rollet-Manus reached the final, but despite sculling exceptionally well as a new combination, lost out in a tough race to Windsor Boys’ School.

Henley’s J15 coxed four rowed up a status in the J16 event where they reached the final by beating half of St Paul’s School J16 first eight. However, the Henley crew of Turnell, Jones, Broadbent, Joe Zwolker and Reid couldn’t repeat their performance in the final, losing out to Hampton School and another St Paul’s crew.

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