Monday, 24 September 2018

Oratory crew secure top school eight crown

HENLEY Rowing Club’s juniors enjoyed success at the Thames Valley Park Regatta last weekend.

HENLEY Rowing Club’s juniors enjoyed success at the Thames Valley Park Regatta last weekend.

The junior boys’ squad from J15 to J18 came away with three wins and a finalist, with the girls claiming a further five victories in all age groups.

In the J17 quad event Lucas Ovsyannikov, Charlie Rollet-Manus, Alexander Meyer-O’Kane and Harry Farley stormed away from their opposition in their heat and final to win in style. Two of the same crew, Meyer-O’Kane and Farley were earlier equally dominant in winning a straight final in the J17 double.

In the J15 double a new combination of Bruce Turnell and Cameron Jones triumphed despite never having raced together before and after only one training session together. In the final they powered home to victory against strong opposition by two lengths.

The club’s losing finalist was Ross Taylor in J17 single sculls, who had won a tightly fought semi-final.

The girls’ squad also competed after being knocked out of the Henley Women’s Regatta on Saturday. The beaten junior woman’s coxed four crew of Alicia Redman, Katy Claridge, Kryssie Steiger, Emma Lister coxed by Anna Roe won the Thames Valley Park event beating Lady Eleanor Holles in their heat and Maidstone Invicta in the final. Alicia, Katy, Emma and Anna also won the WJ17 coxless quad event.

The WJ15 coxed four of Alice Jones, Grace Johnson, Georgia Ranger-Robinson, Charlotte Moss, coxed by Bobbi Miles beat Ross Rowing Club and Great Marlow School in a tightly contested final that had 12 entries.

Johnson, Ranger-Robinson, Moss and Miles were joined by Tilly Lock for the WJ16 coxed four event, beating Sir William Perkins and Lady Eleanor Holles to claim their second victory. Mary Wright competed in the WJ15 singles event, beating nine other scullers to claim first prize.

In a rare outing in an octuple the WJ14 crew of Felicity Parfitt, Maya Andrews, Jess Arlett, Phoebe Fletcher, Ruby Borg, Sophia Hahn, Emma Gray, Livy Petersen and cox Esther Morgan beat Lady Eleanor Holles School by two lengths.

Hahn, Andrews, Fletcher, Gray and Morgan went on to compete in the coxed quad event, this time losing in the final to Lady Eleanor Holles. Arlett and Miles competed in the WJ14 singles where they came second in their heats.

Elsewhere The Oratory School competed with crews from J14 upwards where they reached six out of the 10 events competed in.

The school’s first eight won the school’s blue riband event beating Reading Blue Coat in the process. The Oratory led from start to finish and sealed a comfortable victory in the quickest time of the day.

The Oratory had further success when the J16 four, coxed by Henley’s Rupert Cormack, won a hotly contested race winning for the second week in a row.

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