Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Henley out in front at Marlow and Reading

HENLEY Rowing Club had a successful weekend at both Marlow Town and Reading Amateur regattas.

HENLEY Rowing Club had a successful weekend at both Marlow Town and Reading Amateur regattas.

At Marlow the club’s J14s crew of Hanna Hills, Phoebe Snowden, Freya Jonsson, Amber Weller and cox Ella Shute started the day off by beating Marlow and Great Marlow School in the coxed quads. They were then joined by Georgia Brown, Jess Roberts, Hazel Drury and Alex Kelly to beat Great Marlow School in a straight final of the J14 Octuple. Brown and Drury finished their successful day by winning the J14 double event. Elsewhere the J15 and J16 girls picked up wins in the quad and coxed fours.

The J15 boys’ boats all made their respective finals where they came away with two wins and a narrow defeat.

Three double sculls — Balthazar Issa and Ollie Taylor, a new pairing of Tom Crook and Joe Sidgwick, and a scratch boat of Jack Spiers and James Swinburn — all made their finals with ease.

While Crook and Sidgwick were beaten by a strong Falcon crew, there were convincing wins for Issa and Taylor while the performance of the day saw the scratch pairing of Spiers and Swinburn dominate their final to take the honours.

For their coxed quad event, the crew of Spiers, Crook, Taylor and Issa qualified well for their final where they faced strong competition from Windsor Boys and Great Marlow School. Down off the start, the Henley crew, coxed by Sam Bell, maintained their composure, and chased down their opponents but the finishing line on the 900m course appeared too soon, with only a canvas separating all three crews.

Success continued to flow from Henley’s masters squad as the coxless quad of Jeremy Sedgewick, Rob Berrington, Lucas Jones and Barry Redman won in a nail-biting race against Marlow.

Elsewhere the club’s masters women’s quad of Helen Turnell, Helen Knowles, Linda Thomas and Valerie Bennett also tested themselves at the British masters championships in Nottingham, finishing fourth in a strong field of 10 crews in the masters E coxless quad event.

Success for the club continued at Reading Amateur Regatta.

Success once again spanned across all factions of the club at the Reading Amateur Regatta.

The J14 girls’ quad of Georgia Brown, Freya Jonsson, Hanna Hills, Hazel Drury and cox Jess Roberts defeated Headington School in their semi-final before defeating Wallingford in the final.

The J13 girls’ quad of Catrina Copeland, Darcy Smith, Riley Butcher and Beth Tait Alexander with Ella McKay as cox beat a strong Walbrook crew in the final.

Following the club’s success, which also saw the J14 boys win the doubles, Henley secured the Radley Cup for the fourth consecutive year. This was presented to the club by the Mayor of Reading.

Elsewhere the men’s senior coxed four of Stan Admiraal, Nathan Hillyer, Andy Pettican, Peter Charij and cox Alex Ziegler won their intermediate event. Their time of four minutes 55 seconds was the second fastest of the day, beaten only by Sport Imperial in the elite event.

The win on Saturday was followed up on Sunday by a win for Henley’s women in the Intermediate 1 8+ beating an older crew from the University of Oxford. The crew consisted of Amy Sotnick, Emma Lister, Alicia Redman, Alice Jones, Ella Morgan, Georgia Edwards, Clare Pearson, Lauren Kay, Cox Freya Reid.

The success continued for the coxless pair of Leon Redman and Brendan Edwards, both aged 20, in the Intermediate 1 event with an impressive win in the final against Reading.

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