The powerful gang from Ring RC travelled to the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships… and came back as champions.
powerful gang from Ring RC travelled to the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships… and came back as champions.
There was rain, there was wind, there was the competition to overcome, and Ring RC were up for the challenge… claiming five golds, two silvers and two bronzes.
That’s nine sets of medals for an extremely proud club, who prized second in Ireland at the All-Irelands.
On the Friday they won a silver and a bronze, and the weekend was off to a great start. What followed was even better, as they won silver in the Cork Yawl race (Mike Murphy, Adrian Fleming Damien O’Driscoll and Kevin O’Donovan, coxed by Denise Harrington). And then a bronze for the Cork Yawl crew of Collette O’Donovan, Kaili Hayes, Jana Schwarzfeld and Virge Daly, coxed by Rory Cullinane).
And they weren’t finished there, as the senior mixed crew of Mike Murphy, Eddie Knowles, Kaili Hayes and Virge Daly (coxed by Denise Harrington) had a fantastic race and finished with silver medals.
Then the U21s (Noel Creedon, Rory Cullinane, Brian O’Donovan and Jack Wycerley, coxed by Denise Harrington) won a fantastic gold, a marvellous achievement for this young crew.Then another gold came their way as the pre vet mixed (Kevin O’Donovan, Deirdre Knowles, Jana Schwarzfeld and Adrian Fleming, coxed by Denise Harrington) crossed the line in first place to mighty cheers.
And more gold as Ring RC pre vet ladies (Collette O’Donovan, Deirdre Knowles, Kaili Hayes and Virge Daly, coxed by Denise Harrington) took a terrific gold, and the U14s (Aleesha Hurley, Aoife O’Connell, Kelly Oforji and Ava Archbold, coxed by Denise Harrington) took a marvellous bronze in stiff competition.
And Ring RC’s hot U16s (Mark O’Connell, James O’Donovan, Jack Conway and Gearoid O’Donovan, coxed by Padraig Griffin) remained too strong for the competition, having dominated all year, and capped a terrific season with a fantastic gold.
More medals flowed as the junior men (Damien O’Driscoll, Mike Murphy, Kevin O’Donovan and Adrian Fleming) were cheered across the line to take gold, while the club’s Ciara Deasy won a bronze when she rowed with Galley Flash.
The club is particularly proud also of its U12s (Tom Ryan , Frank Beechinor, Darragh Cullinane, Cian Murphy, Finn Allman, Jack O’Donovan, Ciaran Coakley and Conor Daly) who rowed with guts, as did the U14s (Sarah Coakley, Moyà Knowles, Sinéad Harte and Orla Callaghan), U14s Eoin Murphy, Gavin O’Donovan, Conor Ryan, and Adam Crawford; U16s Ciara Deasy, Ellen Lawlor, Ciara Ferguson and Kate Callaghan; U18 Evelyn Murphy, Aoife White, Ciara Ferguson and Kate Callaghan; U18s Eoin Fahy, Keelan Crawford, Jack Archibold and James O’DonoTHE van; Vets Louise Cullinane, Michelle Ryan, Mary Holland (Courtmac RC ) and Jana Schwarzfeld; vet men Kieran Ferguson, Noel O’Brien, Ger O’Driscoll, and Tony Lynam; juniors Maeve Murphy, Aoife White, Evelyn Murphy and Jana Schwarzfeld; and intermediates Thomas Griffin, Padraig Griffin, Noel Creedon and Eddie Knowles.
They got a tremendous homecoming, that will be long remembered. To all who rowed and supported, Ring RC say well done. And so say all of us!
Ring RC rowers celebrate a fantastic homecoming and interspersed across the page are the many medal wins.