Greystones rowers secure first senior win in over 60 years at Skerries
GREYSTONES TEAM SECURES THE CLUB’S FIRST SENIOR WIN IN OVER 60 YEARS
The senior team at Greystones Rowing Club made history in Skerries last Sunday, taking a senior race for the first time in over 60 years.
The club had great success, with the novice men and under-16 girls both winning their categories, and inter-ladies taking third place.
Tommy Hamill Jr from Bray, and Greystones men Alan Monaghan, brothers Patrick and John Byrne and cox Sam Byrne formed the triumphant team.
There were seven boats in their category, coming from Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Bray, Dalkey, and all over the east coast. Theirs was the last race of the day. Three of the team members have been rowing since October.
They were training for the ill-faced Celtic Challenge from Arklow to Wales. It was due to take place in May however to their great disappointment it was called off.
Last week two of them rowed a 28 mile challenge in Cork and they also won that.
However there is no time to celebrate yet, as they face seven more races as a team between now and August.
They train five nights a week, Monday to Friday, doing the course every night. They are in the gym also to ensure they keep up their strength.
They are the smallest club on the east coast, and have only four other categories - senior men, under 16 girls, novice men, junior ladies and intermediate ladies. They will be racing in Bray on Sunday as the season continues.
‘Our own race will be on the Saturday of the August bank holiday,’ said Tommy.
He said that the atmosphere in Skerries on Sunday was amazing.
Members of other clubs were applauding them and shaking their hands following the great win, as it had been so long since Greystones won such a race.
They took the gold with a clear distance of four or five boat lengths.
Thomas Hamill, Alan Monaghan, Sam Byrne, John Byrne, and Paddy Byrne.