Monday, 20 May 2019

Henley junior crews shine at fours and eights head

Henley junior crews shine at fours and eights head

HENLEY Rowing Club’s juniors dominated last Saturday’s Henley Fours and Eights Head as they came away with eight wins.

There was also success for Leander, Upper Thames, Shiplake College and Reading Blue Coat School.

Held in two divisions and raced over 3,000 metres from the management college to the regatta finish, times for the afternoon division were slower due to increased wind and stream.

In the morning division Henley secured four wins. The WJ16 8o of Sophie Underwood, Gina Segrt, Holly Thompson, Riley Butcher, Della Luke, Izzy Cotton, Georgie Pollard, Emilia Fulford Dodson and cox Ava Reineke had a narrow three second victory against two crews from Headington School.

In the top event for women’s coxless fours the crew of Charlotte Rowley, Holly Cookson, Emma Berry and Georgia Brown secured a seven second victory over a University Of London crew despite a collision with bank coming up the island.

In junior girls coxed fours Hannah Hills, Carla Russell, Daisy Bellamy, Pheobe Snowden with cox Ella Nolson beat a Kingston Rowing Club. Mia Vickerman, Laoise O’Donohue, Natalie Schoenmakers, Josie Sawbridge, and cox Amelia Sterjo had a 46 second victory in girls under 15 coxed fours over Wimbledon High School.

Henley picked up a further four in the afternoon division. The WJ18 8o of Holly Cookson, Maddy Pollard, Georgia Brown, Carla Russell, Pheobe Snowden, Daisy Bellamy, Pheobe Fletcher, Hannah Hills, Ella Nolson won their category with the Henley second eight finishing just behind them and ahead of two Headington eights. The girls time saw them third fastest women’s eight of the day behind Leander and Cambridge University eights.

Henley’s WJ16 coxed four of Holly Nave, Gina Segrt, Sophie Underwood, Poppy Wilson and cox Ava Reineke won their event by 44 seconds.

In the WJ14 event Henley had three boats race in the coxed quad event. All crews steered well against a fairly strong stream, with the boat of Lilly Hoogenberg, Lucy Jones, Nonnie Luke, Gabby Chaplin and cox Caitlin Emery taking first place in a time of 14 minutes 11 seconds. They were followed 16 seconds later by their team mates of Ailish Harkin, Georgia Chaplin, Hannah Boddy, Caitlin Swinburn and cox Fran Whittle who took second. The third crew came home fifth.

Henley’s J14 boys coxed quad A crew of Pascal Giret, Connor O’Shea-James, Matthew Provoost and Louis Swinburne-Johnson with Charlie Williams cox stormed to a minute-and-a-half victory to win their event. The B crew, half of which were J13s competing in the older age group, managed a creditable third place.

Leander took the honours in both the men’s coxless fours and the women’s eights. In the coxless fours Leander triumphed in a time of 10 minutes 56 seconds, eight seconds ahead of second placed Lea RC while the women’s eight completed the course in 11 minutes 20 seconds to beat second placed Cambridge University Women’s BC by 42 seconds.

Upper Thames gained success in the masters handicap E/F title with a time of 12 minutes, 51 seconds, with Crabtree BC finishing as runners-up. Shiplake College BC recorded three wins, taking the honours in the J18 fours and eights as well as the J16 eights while Reading Blue Coat School BC won the J16 coxed fours event.

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