Thursday, 13 December 2018

Leander continue to dominate despite reshuffle

A RESHUFFLED crew order brought further success for Leander at Marlow where the club’s elite quad dominated the competition

A RESHUFFLED crew order brought further success for Leander at Marlow where the club’s elite quad dominated the competition to win by 14 seconds ahead of second-placed Agecroft.

After their earlier wins at The Met and Wallingford, U23 world champion Kieren Emery was moved from bow to the stroke seat. Jack Beaumont moved back to the vacant bow seat while James Johnson and Stewart Innes retained their places in the centre of the boat.

Their win means the crew is now unbeaten this season and will have put them in good heart for a successful defence of the Prince of Wales Challenge Cup at Henley in two weeks’ time.

Despite having won the trophy for the last three years the Leander crew is entirely new to the event, the club’s previous winning athletes having moved on.

There were two more wins for Leander at Marlow, where the 2000m racing over the course at Eton Dorney so often provides the form guide for the Royal Regatta.

The Leander junior quad repeated their Met success to take a win ahead of Maidenhead and Northwich, while the club’s senior quad, competing as Star and Arrow, won a tight final ahead of Marlow and Sir William Borlase.

Upper Thames won the Intermediate 1 Coxed Fours at Marlow. The win rounds off a successful season on the domestic circuit for the club in the 4+ boat class, where they now have four victories.

The crew of Jason Turner, Ollie Kolodseike, Tom Grange, Paul Hoyle and cox Bea Searle clocked 6.43 in difficult conditions on Dorney Lake.

Their time would have been good enough for top club boat in the elite category.

Attention now turns to the forthcoming Henley Royal Regatta. Upper Thames has a strong showing in all three club events, with a record 47 members in the draw.

Club captain Justin Sutherland said: “We have had promising results so far, although clubs such as Molesey are always strong after their traditional June influx from American universities and will start as favourites for the Thames Cup again.

“Henley is hard to win, which makes it such a great challenge for clubs like ours. Entering so many members shows the enduring appeal of the Henley Regatta among grass-roots supporters and we’re looking forward to another great event.”

lHenley Rowing Club’s WJ15 coxed quad sculls of Hattie Orr, Ellie Thompson, Maddie Orr, Lauren Edwards and cox Emma Lister won their class at a special regatta on the Thames at Windsor on Sunday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. They beat Ross in the final by three lengths and received their commemorative medals from Sir Steve Redgrave.

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