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Busy weekend for Monkton Rowers

Monday, 20 June 2016

This weekend has been a massive weekend for Monkton Rowing with three events at different standards happening across the country.  Senior girls at Henley Women’s regatta, 2 boys crews at Marlow Regatta, and the majority of the team at Stratford regatta.  Obviously the logistics of this weekend were slightly difficult and it was only possible thanks to the amazing team we have.
In summary
WJ18 2x Women’s Henley fastest none qualifier in senior women’s category.
J15 4x+ A 5th and J18 8+ 10th at Marlow Regatta
Two wins in Stratford Regatta lots of finalists.
Race reports in detail
Women’s Henley Regatta is the pinnacle of the domestic rowing events,  the highest level which you can race domestically.  Hannah Street and Emily Martin were entered in the senior category.  The girls had to do a time trail before then being seeded into side by side racing.   raced beyond all expectation with a fantastically technical race however not quite quick enough on the day and being the fastest none qualified crew,  A fantastic result.
At Marlow which is renowned as the last before Henley Royal Regatta and most crews take the opportunity to race at this regatta to get a final ranking before going into the prestigious regatta.   This regatta is run at a very high standard attracting quite a few international crews.  Held on Dorney Lake all races as is the nature these days is to run qualifiers in time trials and then seed the finals accordingly.  The J15 4x+ A raced incredibly well in the time trial finishing 3rd overall only 4 seconds off the National Schools Champions. Later in the day in the A final the boys took the race on and held the bronze medal position for over three quarters of the race before fading into 5th in the closing stages.  The J18 8+ had an excellent time trial putting them into 10th place in their event. This put them in a very competitive B final a race which again they were leading for the first three quarters finishing 3rd.  Over all they were ranked 10th in their race but this puts them in 20th place of all school eights who raced this weekend.  With only a handful of days left before the Henley qualifiers this result definitely puts them in contention.
The majority of the squad raced at Stratford regatta.  This was a very idyllic  regatta on a bendy river against the stream in the shadow of  infamous Stratford Theatre.  This regatta was one which had to test the steering, technical skills, tactics and physiology of all the rowers.  The races were held over 500m side by side in a knock out some events had over five rounds, so to make the final tested your endurance too.
Monkton’s first win came in the final of the Novice Women’s Singles with Brella Drummond stamping down a very aggressive win over her team mate Marcella Newnham, neither girl wanting to give an inch in their race.
The second event win came in the final of the J14 4x+ A who had to race though several rounds with Monkton’s B and C crews racing hard in the early rounds.  Henry Bennett moving into the third quad stroked the boat, set a punishing rhythm which pushed the C boat well ahead of Worecester RGS’s first boat.
Other notable results were Lulu Lawrence-Mills smashing through earlier rounds before racing her nemesis from Monmouth Comp and not letting her opponent more than a length ahead. In J14 1x Michael Langsford won the early rounds in his event.  The J15 4x+ C crew raced remarkably well with a two foot verdict going to their opposition. Going out for the final the J15 4x+ B boat had heard the news from Marlow and wanted to make their mark.  The looked classy outfit however after a fast start they had a slight problem in the middle allowing their opponents not only close them down but to get ahead. The boys charged for the line but the verdict went to ½ a foot to the  Cardiff boat.
Girl of the Match goes to Brella Drummond for her win in the single, a boat which she didn’t have the confidence to even row in a couple of weeks ago.  Boy of the match has to go to George Mitchell who after loosing by ½ a foot went on to lead the juniors in loading the trailer and supporting the crews.
It has been a fantastic year for rowing at Monkton with the tag line “make it count,”  I really feel that the students have done just that.  What pleases me most is the attitude within the club of helping and supporting each other and the success is across all age groups and genders.  My thanks as always go to the coaching team who have worked exceptionally hard all year to ensure that all their crews are ready to race.

Matt Wells
Director of Rowing

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