Limerick Regatta 2012 Report

Five wins for Killorglin Rowers!

Limerick Regatta held at O’Brien’s Bridge in Limerick saw some fine racing and few tight finals on Saturday 12th of May.

Killorglin athletes had an early start with Men’s Junior 15 Quad of Connor Dee, Robert Shaw, Kieran O’Sullivan and John F O’Grady coxed by Katie Fay raced and won both their heat and final comfortably. It is boys fourth consecutive win over four regattas. Next to repeat the success was the Women’s Junior 15 double of Zoe Hyde and Emma Murphy, racing steadily to the finish, as no crew managed to challenge them after the initial start of the race. The Women’s Novice Quad of Molly Sullivan, Ali O’Sullivan, Kerri Fay and Dearbhail Ryan coxed by Katie Fay were the crew of the day, finishing second by a margin in the heat, but stole the show in the final. The girls brought the rate up in the last 250m and passed a very strong Cappoquinn crew who have been unbeaten all year. There was a lot of joy after winning the race, as it was first win for two of the athletes, proving that hard work brings results. Well done girls!

Monika Dukarska won the Women’s Senior Single scull over UL, with comfortable lead. The Men’s Junior 15 double scull, however didn’t have so much luck. Connor Dee and Robert Shaw were leading the race while one of the oars slapped of a buoy and threw the boat off balance. Boys didn’t manage to recover as the finishing line came too fast. Shannon crew and second Killorglin crew of Kieran O’Sullivan and John F O’Grady  were battling it out between them  to take the first. Killorglin crews finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Next win came from Women’s Junior 15 quad of Molly Sullivan, Zoe Hyde, Emma Murphy and Kerri Fay coxed by Katie Fay that passed the crowds in style. A comfortable victory for an experienced crew.

It was a very enjoyable day for all, sunny weather and a bag of medals made the difference. Big thanks to all supporters and parents. Next event is Dublin Metropolitan Regatta, the third Grand League event on 26th of May 2012.



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