Bril­liant per­for­mances in Car­rick-on-Shannon

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SLIGO Row­ing Club made the short trip to Car­rick-on-Shannon re­cently to com­pete in their 3.5 kilo­me­tre ‘head of the river’ race on the River Shannon.

This is a pop­u­lar re­gatta and al­ways draws big crowds.

A to­tal of 8 crews from Sligo com­peted in var­i­ous boat cat­e­gories against com­pe­ti­tion from clubs from all over Con­naught, Le­in­ster and Ul­ster in what is the first race of the 2019 win­ter race season.

First up was Brian Colsh in the men’s J16 sin­gle. Brian has had a busy win­ter thus far at­tend­ing var­i­ous na­tional tri­als and test­ing and the Sligo sculler made light work of his op­po­si­tion win­ning his cat­e­gory by 35 sec­onds.

Al­langh Dono­hue was next up in the women’s J15 sin­gle. This very tal­ented ath­lete was nar­rowly beaten to sec­ond place by Dublin’s Aoife Moloney who is cur­rently part of the women’s ju­nior na­tional team. Al­lanagh has an­other year at this age cat­e­gory and shows great prom­ise for the fu­ture.

The morn­ing’s rac­ing was com­pleted for Sligo by the men’s J16 coxed quad. The crew of An­drew Waters, David Mur­ray, Naoise Walsh, Kil­ian McCarthy and cox, Dar­ragh Colsh put in a strong per­for­mance and placed fourth in what was a very strong field.

The af­ter­noon ses­sions pro­duced fur­ther strong Sligo per­for­mances with Sligo stal­wart Glenn Pat­ter­son putting in an epic row and win­ning the men’s se­nior sin­gle by a com­fort­able mar­gin.

Sligo Row­ing Club, for the first time ever, fielded two crews in the women’s J16 coxed quad event. Sligo ‘A’, con­sist­ing of Sarah Tighe, Mena Ryan, Ail­ish Dug­gan, Diya Ryan and cox David Mur­ray pro­duced their finest ever row nar­rowly win­ning the event in a ‘ding dong’ bat­tle with a crew from En­niskillen.

The Sligo ‘B’ crew of Ava Mur­ray, Jeanette Michalopoulou, Is­abella Michalopoulou, Rosie Spooren­burg and cox and coach Rory Clarke, in their first ever race, fin­ished fifth over all in their cat­e­gory and gained very valu­able rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence which will un­doubt­edly stand to them go­ing for­ward.

Brian Colsh & Killian McCarthy teamed up in the af­ter­noon to com­pete in the men’s club dou­ble scull. This crew put in a very brave and gutsy per­for­mance and were re­warded with vic­tory over a very strong crew from the com­mer­cial row­ing club in Dublin.

Last, but by no means least, was Molua Donoghue in the men’s master’s sin­gle scull. Moula, fa­ther and coach of Al­lanagh, raced ex­tremely hard and fi­nally snatched the vic­tory that has thus far eluded him in this ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive cat­e­gory.

This very suc­cess­ful day is tes­ta­ment to the hard work and com­mit­ment by all of Sligo’s row­ers and their coaches and bodes well for the up­com­ing 2019 row­ing season.


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