It was a busy weekend for Killorglin rowers, who travelled to Cork and Fermoy Regattas at the weekend. Cork Regatta was the last Grand League regatta of the season and was held at the National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra, Co. Cork.
Matthew O’Connor kicked off the day of racing in the Men’s Junior 16 Single Sculls followed shortly by Kieran O’Sullivan in the Men’s Junior 14 Single. First win of the day however went to Zoe Hyde, that raced the Women’s Junior 15 Single, with Dearbhail Ryan finishing closely by in 3rd. It was a very exciting race, right to the line.
The quad of Molly Sullivan, Zoe Hyde, Emma Murphy and Dearbhail Ryan coxed by Katie Fay raced the Women’s Junior 15 event winning it comfortable, ahead of the field. The girls are on top of the Women’s Junior 15 rowing in the country at the moment. Killorglin athletes moved up a grade on Saturday and raced the Men’s and Women’s Junior 16 quads. The girls quad of Molly Sullivan, Zoe Hyde Emma Murphy and Ali O’Sullivan coxed by Katie Fay qualified into Final A beating Skibbereen and Commercial crews. Later on in the final however they finished 5th following a poor start that separated them from other crews at the initial 500m of the race and the gap became difficult to recoup.
Fermoy Regatta was held on Sunday and races were run over 500m stretch of water. It is a very enjoyable event with great atmosphere, as spectators can follow the races from start to finish. Boys unfortunately didn’t make the finals on the day, being eliminated at the heat or semi-final stages. Monika Dukarska and Zoe Hyde paired up in the Women’s Senior Double beating Cappoquinn in the heat and beating Fermoy crew in the final. Girls had impressive start, moving away from competitors within seconds. Molly Sullivan and Emma Murphy raced the Junior 15 double finishing 2nd in the final. Junior 15 quad of Molly Sullivan, Zoe Hyde, Emma Murphy and Dearbhail Ryan coxed by Katie Fay held off competitors and remained untouched, retaining the title from previous year. This performance was repeated in the Junior 16 quad 20minutes later. Girls fought to the line with Skibbereen, being strong competitors from Carlow in the semi-final.
Women’s Novice Quad of Molly Sullivan, Ali O’Sullivan, Emma Murphy and Dearbhail Ryan coxed by Katie Fay were unlucky in the final as it was the last race of the day and the girls were exhausted. Monika Dukarska raced against herself in the Senior Single as three Fermoy girls pulled out from heats and final at the last minute. Monika rowed over the course, retaining her Senior title fourth time in a row now. Hard to blame them.
It was a tough day for all with 12 hours of racing both days. We have had many victories making it all worth the hard work. It was great to see everyone helping and making the day a success.
National Rowing Championships is the major event of the year held on 13th/14th and 15th of July. Crews will be announced soon.
In the mean time however Killorglin athletes that attend the Intermediate School Killorglin will represent the school at the historical Killarney Regatta, fighting to win the Dr. Jack O’Connor School Trophy. Well done to all that were selected to race on the day and best of luck to all competitors.