Irish Rowing Championships 2011 were full of happiness and disappointments for some. Killorglin Rowing Club rowers did well, considering that this year is a beginning of slider rowing for many of our athletes especially under14 boys.
The Irish Rowing Championships were held in National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra, Co.Cork from 14th till 16th of July.
The first win went to Zoe Hyde in the Women Junior 14 Single Scull. Zoe showed an outstanding performance in the Women’s Junior 16 Single Sculls finishing 5th in the Final A. She also raced the Women’s Novice 1x but was short a length to qualify into the Final later on that day.
Our Junior 14 and 15 boys quad raced well in their Finals finishing 4th and 5th respectively. Boys were exposed to some serious competition from Fermoy and St. Joseph Rowing Clubs. Kieran O’Sullivan and Darragh Mangan raced the Men’s Junior 14 Single Sculls. Kieran finished 2nd in his final to sculler from Colaiste Iognaid RC while Darragh was 4th. Well done boys.
The Women’s Junior 14 Quad of Molly Sullivan, Emma Murphy, Michelle Moriarty and Kerri Fay, coxed by Katie Fay won their final comfortably against Cork and Skibbereen Boat Clubs. The girls were unbeatable all year round.
The Senior Double of Aileen Crowley and Monika Dukarska finished 3rd in their Final on Thursday being defeated by Skibbereen and Old Collegians crews. The girls were back from the start and were unable to gain lost distance to Skibbereen crew who won the Final.
Cathal Clifford and Cian Clifford raced the Men’s Lightweight and Novice single Sculls. Cathal made finals of both events. The boys are new to sculling this year, showing a great potential for the future.
The Women’s Junior 15 Quad of Zoe Hyde, Molly Sullivan, Emma Murphy and Michelle Moriarty were beaten by Galway RC crew in a close race to the line.
Monika Dukarska raced the Women’s Senior Single Scull on Saturday and as were read in the Afloat magazine “Dukarska’s Spectacular Capsize Robs Her of Title”. We can read the following : “ Windy conditions and choppy water played their part in three capsizes in the first session of finals […]. By far the most important befell Monika Dukarska, who was leading just metres short of the line in the women’s senior single sculls when she missed a stroke and fell in. Laura D’Urso capitalised to take the title. “
The coach Mike Fleming is doing well considering the shock experienced on Saturday last at the Championships. Well done Mike.