Sunday, 21 April 2019

Henley girls championship eight retain head pennant

Henley girls championship eight retain head pennant

STORM Gareth played havoc with last weekend’s rowing fixtures.

Friday was the Schools Head of the River, the major head race for juniors and in particular sweep rowing. Given the forecast for Friday the organisers had no option but to take out the fours and quads and the younger and less experienced crews and the event was reduced from an entry of more than 300 crews to 100 meaning all Henley Rowing Club’s boys crews who had been due to race in fours and quads losing out as did the girls J15 eight.

The three top girls eights, championship eight, first eight and J16 eight all got to race in blustery conditions but relatively benign water.

The girls’ championship eight of bow Holly Cookson, Carla Russell, Georgia Brown, Sophia Hahn, Phoebe Snowden, Daisy Bellamy, Phoebe Fletcher, Hannah Hills and cox Ella Nolson where under pressure starting favourites and looking to retain last year’s title.

The Henley girls proved more than up to the challenge again winning the head pennant but with top girls school Lady Eleanor Holles just 1.8 seconds behind after the 18 plus minute row.

The Henley girls first eight of bow Maddy Pollard, Charlotte Rowley, Milly Guida, Riley Butcher, Issie Bird, Amber Weller, Emma Berry, Charlotte Williams and cox Maddison Sturgess also secured victory with a slightly more comfortable margin of four seconds over the Putney High School top boat.

The WJ16 eight of Holly Nave, Gina Segrt, Holly Thompson, Darcy Smith, Della Luke, Izzy Cotten, Georgia Pollard, Sophie Underwood and cox Ava Reineke finished second, eight seconds behind Headington Boat Club but a significant 16 seconds ahead of third placed Glasgow Academy.

All three crews were then due to compete again on the Saturday in the women’s head of the river but the organisers of this event cancelled the whole event as the shift in storm Gareth’s wind direction would have made parts of the course un-rowable.

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