New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

MEM­BERS of New Ross Boat Club had a very suc­cess­ful out­ing to the Na­tional Row­ing Cen­tre in Cork where they com­peted in the an­nual Cork Re­gatta and came home with a large amount of awards.

One of the most pres­ti­gious re­gat­tas in the coun­try this year’s event at­tracted a record en­try of 850 crews from J14 to Se­nior level.

The event is the big­gest com­pe­ti­tion of its type out­side of the Irish Row­ing Cham­pi­onships.

The New Ross crews were il­lus­tri­ous com­pany as other com­peti­tors at the event in­cluded Irish row­ers like the O’Dono­van broth­ers, Denise Walsh and Mark O’Dono­van.

A spokesper­son for the club com­mented to this news­pa­per that in ad­di­tion to be­ing the last re­gatta be­fore the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships it was also the fi­nal part of the tri­al­ing process for three New Ross scullers, Laura Brown, Shona Tier­ney and Luke Sut­ton. They have been com­pet­ing all year to se­cure se­lec­tion to rep­re­sent Ire­land at up-and-com­ing Ju­nior In­ter­na­tional re­gat­tas.

The three com­pleted their tri­al­ing in im­pec­ca­ble fash­ion. The first up was Laura Brown com­pet­ing in the Ju­nior Women’s sin­gle scull event.

She was the fastest ju­nior sculler and won the com­pe­ti­tion out­right.

‘ This should al­most guar­an­tee her a call up to the Irish squad,’ said the club spokesper­son.

Shona Tier­ney was not too far be­hind her fin­ish­ing in the top 10 ju­nior scullers.

The next per­son to take to the wa­ter was light­weight sculler, Luke Sut­ton. Luke was par­tic­i­pat­ing in a re­ally strong com­pet­i­tive divi­sion, how­ever, he didn’t let it dis­tract him and fin­ished in a fan­tas­tic time se­cur­ing a top three plac­ing in the light­weight mens’ cat­e­gory.

The J14 row­ers then took to the wa­ter and all of them put in great per­for­mances with Ella O’Han­lon win­ning her fi­nal. The J14 boys didn’t dis­ap­point ei­ther with com­mand­ing wins for both Sam Fur­long and Ro­nan Gib­bon in their re­spec­tive fi­nals.

The last medals for New Ross were se­cured on the day by dou­bles part­ners Faye Pren­der­gast and Lily O’Ke­effe who won the Club 2 2x event beat­ing their near­est ri­vals Cap­po­quin.

The sec­ond day re­sulted in more sil­ver­ware be­ing won for the club with some great per­for­mances put in by the row­ers.

Luke Sut­ton dom­i­nated the Ju­nior 18b sin­gle sculls with a con­fi­dent win while Lily O’Keefe did like­wise to take first place in the club 2 sin­gle sculls race.

Ro­nan Gib­bon was nar­rowly beaten in the J15 1x but did come home in sec­ond place which was a great achieve­ment for the young sculler. There were also B fi­nal wins for Faye Pren­der­gast (J18 1x) and the Club 2 4+ crew of Jen­nifer Whiney, Alan­nah Byrne, Sarah Sut­ton and Aoife Bren­nan.

There was more ex­cite­ment from the dou­bles part­ners, Laura Brown and Shona Tier­ney, who com­peted in the Jnr18 2x event.

They pro­duced the per­for­mance of their lives com­ing to within one sec­ond of their ri­val dou­bles crew from Work­man’s Row­ing Club who will com­pete at the Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onships in Au­gust.

The club was de­lighted with how all of the mem­bers com­peted and ev­ery­one is now look­ing for­ward to achiev­ing more suc­cess in com­pe­ti­tions over the com­ing months.

Win­ner in the J18 sec­tion - Laura Brown.

Win­ner in the Club 2 sec­tion- Lily O’Keefe.

Win­ners in Club 2 - Lily O’Keefe and Faye Pren­der­gast.

Win­ner in the J14 cat­e­gory - Ro­nan Gib­bon.

Win­ner in the J14 cat­e­gory - Sam Fur­long.

Win­ner of the J18b cat­e­gory - Luke Sut­ton.

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