Last weekend saw the top Killorglin Rowing Club rowers compete at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships in Ahada, Whitegate, Co. Cork. The Killorglin Rowing Club was the club with biggest medal haul that included 5 gold, 3bronze and 1silver, which makes them the top coastal rowing club with medals in the country.
First out on Saturday morning at 10:30a.m was the Final of Under21 Ladies which included Monika Dukarska, Maeve McGillycuddy, Meabh O’Sullivan, Aileen Crowley coxed by Deirdre O’Donoghue. The girls won their gold medal comfortably, making it two years in a row. The rest of Saturday was qualifying for the Sunday’s Finals. With incredible 13 crews making it to the finals.
Sunday morning saw the Senior Mixed crew of Monika Dukarska, Fionan Crowley, Martin Leahy, Maeve McGillycuddy coxed by Deirdre O’Donoghue in a super race against Fossa and Myross, but it the experience of Killorglin crew that came through at the end to win by a half of a boat length. The U18 Ladies of Aileen Crowley, Meabh o’sullivan, Maeve McGillycuddy, Aisling O’Shea coxed by Deirde O’Donoghue won their medal easily against Sive and Fossa with the lead from the start to finish. The day rolled on with U12 mixed of John Francis O’Grady, Kieran O’Sullivan,Fionan O’sullivan, Kieran Morris coxed by Deirdre coming 3rd in a very tight race against Sive and Galley Flash. The U14 Girls event was represented by two Killorglin crews in the final with the A crew of Tara Lynch, Michelle Moriarty, Zoe Hyde and Molly O’Sullivan coming 1st and a wonderful performance of the B crew of Kathlynn Coffey, Clodagh Dermody, Cassie O’Grady, Caoimhe Purcell coxed by Caroline O’Riordan coming 4th. Also big well done to our 3rd U14 Girls crew of Kerri Fay, Christine Croke, Cliodhna O’Shea and Eimear O’Grady that unfortunately met a tough opposition in their heat on Saturday. U16 Girls had a fantastic silver medal after winning 30 min earlier U18 Ladies race. The B U16 Ladies crew had a great 5th place at their first year of rowing. The crew consisted of Aisling O’Shea, Clodagh Dermody, Aoife Ross and Aoibhann O’Grady coxed by Caroline. Our U16 boys of Darren Quinn, Ronan Casey, Seamus O’Shea and Conor Morris which are all Under16 next year, faced a tough opposition in their heat not qualifying for the final. U14 Mixed crew of John Francis O’Grady, Mark Murphy, Daragh Mangan and Kieran O’Sullivan had also a bad draw against the tide and were unlucky not to qualify. Next came the u21 Men’s crew of Cian Clifford, Cathal Clifford, Fionan Crowley and Sean Deinum coxed by Deirdre who rowed a fantastic race winning them the gold medal and the best Men’s Crew of the Championships Award. Our U21 Ladies later on competed in the Senior Ladies race winning an unexpected bronze medal with Myross coming 1st and Cairndhu coming 2nd.The Junior Men of Cian Clifford, Sean Hurley, Sean Deinum and Pieter Homan coxed by Deirdre had a great race winning the bronze medal against strong opposition. Special congratulations to Sean Hurley at his first All Ireland Championships. The Senior Men of Killorglin consisting of Martin Leahy, Fionan Crowley, Maurice Sheehan and Cathal Clifford coxed by Deirdre was the hard luck story of the day with the boys winning their race comfortably. The strong coming tide caught and misplaced their buoy right during the turn, that straight away placed them out of the competition, BUT THEY SHALL BE BACK !
Big well done to everyone rowing at the All Ireland Championships 2010.
Training commences next week for National Irish Championships at National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra in September, followed by World Coastal Rowing Championships in Istanbul, Turkey in October .