Carrick’s Thomas Early wins Senior 8’s with UCD

Carrick Rowing Club to Thomas Early on winning the Men’s Senior 8’s in fine style at the National Rowing Championships in Iniscarra, Cork with University College Dublin writes Mick O’Rourke

The UCD eight broke the six minute barrier to win ‘The Senior Challenge Cup’ beating Shandon/Castleconnell into second place and the champions of the three previous years Commercial Rowing Club, Islandbridge into 3rd place.

Friday morning brought fine conditions with a slight crosswind as Ciaran Ryan opened out account in the Men’s Junior 18 sculls.

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Ciaran placed third in a very competitive heat to Shandon Cork and Athlone BC. Next down the course was Noor Stephens and Rosin Reynolds in the Junior 18 Double.

With only two to qualify the Carrick girls were pipped on the line with some brilliant racing from New Ross Boat Club by only a second over the 2000m course.

This is a relatively new crew and can be extremely proud of their row. Fintan Early competed in the Men’s Senior Scull.

While he did not qualify for the final Early bombed down the course in seven minutess 42 seconds. Having only moved out of the junior ranks last year this was a fine effort.

In other results on Friday our neighbours Enniskillen Royal Rowing Club won the Men’s Junior 8s.

Saturday morning brought another early start for all. Ciaran Ryan performing very well again this time in the Men’s Club Scull competition but not progressing from the heats.

The Club scull competition had 34 entries this year with most athletes coming from the adult ranks so Ciaran can be very proud of his efforts.

Gwen O’Rourke and Aoife Lowe were up next in the heats of the Women’s J16 Scull. Againthis is a very competitive category with 36 entries.

Aoife progressed to the semi-finals after a very strong display but a place in the final proved elusive. In the women’s club scull Shauna Murtagh gave an excellent account of herself with a first place in her heat followed by a second place in the semi-final.

As Shauna slipped her boat for the final all Carrick eyes were on her as we took our places at the finish line.

A place amongst the medals was not to be but Shauna did the club proud with her 4th place. The overall winner Scully of Carlow is set for the Junior World Championships to give an idea of the standard of rowing in this category.

Meanwhile Fintan Early progressed to the Men’s Intermediate Single Scull Final after winning his semi-final with another superb display. A top three finish again proved elusive as Fintan picked up fifth place.

Patterson of Sligo a former Home International Irish Rower was just ahead in fourth place. Kate Lowe put in one of the performances of the weekend with a second place in the final of the women’s J15 scull.

Drawn in the outside lane six Kate showed great determination to keep with the race and can be very proud of her achievement.

Sunday brought more competitive action for Carrick as Torin O’Donaile progressed to the Semi-final top 18 out of 75 rowers.

A place in the final proved a row to far but this sculler is definitely one to watch for the future. Ella Brogan competing for Queens University another ex-Carrick Rower turned in a super row to finish second in the Women’s lightweight singles final.

Shauna Murtagh competed in the Women’s Inter scull with another fine performance in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile our Women’s J16 Quads were in action with two Carrick crews in this category. The Carrick crew consisting of Alisha Gilhooley, Elsie Harman, Rosin Bohan, Nessa Flynn and cox Grace Coles raced their hearts out but missed qualification by less than a second.

Meanwhile our other crew of Aoife Lowe, Gwen O’Rourke, Patricia Kaminska, Kate Lowe and cox Katie McGovern progressed to the semi but missed qualification for the final by one place.

The Carrick women’s crew of Aishling Ryan, Mae Harman, Sarah Lee, Rosanna Murphy and cox Hannah Butler brought our weekend to a very tense finish as they raced Enniskillen all the way to the line in a thriller to get pipped into second place.