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

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARY FOG­A­RTY

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.

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