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Henley's juniors secure 17 wins
Published 23/06/14



JUNIOR athletes of Henley Rowing Club had another successful weekend with a series of 17 wins at Marlow Town and Reading Amateur Regattas.

On Saturday at Marlow, the Henley club triumphed in 11 events with the junior men’s section taking six wins.

The J14 coxed quad won their C division final easily against Windsor Boys’ School.

The J15 coxed quad of Sebastian Meyer-O’Kane, Simranjit Sandhu, Thomas Frost, Charlie Rollet-Manus, and cox Jack Bond made their way through the initial rounds to win their final by one-and-a-half lengths over Claires Court School.

The J16 quad of Matthew Harris, Harry Farley, Alexander Meyer-O’Kane and Alasdair Roy had a good start in their final against Windsor Boys’ School and maintained this lead over the 900-metre course to win by one-and-a-half lengths.

In the novice sculls, Charlie Rollet-Manus raced in the A division and and beat Oxford-based Falcon Rowing Club with a win of one-and-a-half lengths.

The final of the novice sculls B division saw an all-Henley race with Alasdair Roy winning in choppy conditions over fellow clubmate Ranulph Steiger. Steiger gained significant consolation with a subsequent victory in the Intermediate 3 sculls event over Magdalen College School Oxford.

The junior women’s squad won five events. The WJ14 octuple of Libby Sims, Tilly Lock, Eve Poulter, Charlotte Moss, Ruby Brown, Georgina Robinson Ranger, Lottie Orr, Issy Jonsson and cox Gemma Sarney defeated Sir William Borlase’s and Canford School in the initial rounds and Great Marlow School in the final.

In the final of the WJ14 coxed quads A division, Ruby Brown, Georgina Robinson Ranger, Lottie Orr, Issy Jonsson and cox Gemma Sarney won by two lengths over Eton Excelsior to score their individual second winner’s medals of the day.

Amelia Fielding Smith, Tilly Lock, Charlotte Moss, Eve Poulter and Ellie Crook as cox defeated Great Marlow School in the WJ14 coxed quad B division comfortably, winning by four lengths.

The WJ15 coxed quad of Alicia Redman, Clare Pearson, Katy Claridge, Anna Roe, cox Rebecca Lister beat local rivals Maidenhead Rowing Club by one-and-a-half lengths. The WJ16 eight of Lauren Kay, Lily Stimpson, Florence Wiggins, Maisie Turner, Hannah Gutteridge, Georgia Edwards, Ella Morgan, Emma Lister, cox Rebecca Lister faced Great Marlow School in their final. Having won several times against the Marlow girls this season, the Henley crew repeated their superior rowing with a win by one-and-a-half lengths.

On Sunday, the Henley juniors travelled to Reading for the second day of the two-day regatta.

The junior men’s section competed in a variety of single sculling events. Leon Redman reached the final of the highly competitive J18 sculls, narrowly losing out to Star and Arrow Rowing Club.

In the J16 sculls, it was the second all-Henley final of the weekend for Alasdair Roy. Competing against clubmate Harry Farley, Roy won a hard fought race to take his third winner’s medal of the weekend.

In the J15 sculls, Charlie Rollet-Manus also achieved his third winner’s medal of the weekend. The junior women’s crews again demonstrated their superior skills and fitness with a further four wins. The WJ13 coxed quad of Jessica Arlott, Felicity Parfitt, Sophia Hann, Amelia Crick and cox Emilene Warner competed in the lunchtime mini regatta over a short 500m course.

Competing against five other crews, they eventually went on to scull a confident win in the final over Headington School.

The girls were presented with the Radley Cup as the most successful club in the mini regatta.

The WJ14 coxed quad of Ruby Brown, Georgina Robinson Ranger, Lottie Orr, Issy Jonsson and cox Gemma Sarney continued their successful weekend and dominant season with another victorious regatta.

Racing Headington School in three successive races, they won their third set of winner’s medals for the weekend.

In the WJ15 coxed quad event, the Henley crew of Iona McNab, Katy Claridge, Clare Pearson, Ella Wandless and cox Anna Roe won easily in their first two rounds to race Wallingford Rowing Club in the final. With an impressive start, the Henley quad commanded the course to win by five lengths.

The women’s Intermediate 3 eights entries were predominantly taken by university crews and Henley entered the WJ16 women’s eight that had won at Marlow the previous day.

The crew of Lauren Kay, Lily Stimpson, Florence Wiggins, Maisie Turner, Hannah Gutteridge, Georgia Edwards, Ella Morgan, Emma Lister, and cox Rebecca Lister rowed superbly against Birmingham University in the opening round to meet Reading University in the semi-final.

Showing their determination over the 900-metre course, Henley rowed a hard fought race to win by half a length. The crew were given a row-over in the final to take Henley’s 17th set of winner’s medals for the weekend.


Published 23/06/14


 
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