NUIG/Gráinne Mhaol eight come through hard battle

NUIG/Gráinne Mhaol took their third consecutive senior eight at the Irish Rowing Championships in the National Rowing Centre, Farran Woods, yesterday.

Trinity took off at the start with an initial lead over NUIG/Gráinne Mhaol with UCD in third. It was a battle the whole way down the course before the Galway crew came strong to claim the title.

The women’s junior eight went to Portora boat club, to match their junior men’s pot won earlier in the championships. The men’s junior pair went to Presentation, Cork and the women’s junior quad to Skibbereen.

The composite of NUIG/Cork stormed through to win the women’s senior eight.

The men’s scull was a great race between UCD (O’Donovan) and Lee Valley (Keohane). In the final 250m Keohane pulled through to win by two seconds.

The men’s intermediate pair was another photo finish race, with St Michaels of Limerick beating Carlow in the last few strokes.

Claire Lambe won her second event in the women’s senior scull .

Saturday’s racing was also exciting as Cork Boat Club’s luck was in for the junior women’s eights, as they beat Portora of Enniskillen.

The first final of the day went to UCD in the men’s senior pair while the coveted men’s junior coxed four was perhaps one of the best races of the day. There was really never anything in it with crews from Portora, St Joseph’s, Cork, Presentation and Bann battling all the way for the full 2000m. In the end Cork pulled through, however it took a photo finish to determine the winner, by only two-10ths of a second.

The women’s lightweight scull was a battle between Lambe, (Old Collegians) and Siobhán McCrohan (Tribesman). Lambe pulled through to win by two seconds.

At the World Cup regatta in Lucerne, the women’s pair of Leonara Kennedy and Lisa Dilleen pulled out of the race due to illness.


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