St Michael's Head
Sunday, 29 January 2012 19:16
St Michael's Head of the River on the 28th January was the first big competitive event of 2012 and what a big event it was.   Over 500 boats took to the water at O'Brien's Bridge - believed to be a record for a one day rowing event in Ireland.   Shandon had a big entry in this massive field from some of our most experienced rowers right through to those who were competiting for the very first time and we had some great results.    We had too many entries to list all the good performances but some highlights are as follows.
Top of the list must be our Women's Junior 18 squad of Laura, Roisin, Saoirse and Holly.   They won the WJ18 4X event by 7 seconds from a very strong field of 17 crews.   Saoirse and Laura also finished an excellent 2nd in the WJ18 2X from a field of 22 crews with Saoirse finishing 4th in the Women's J18 1X from a field of 24 crews.
The boys did not let us down either with Andy Harrington finishing 3rd of 25 in the Men's Junior 18 1X.   Colm Hennessy Emmett O'Sullivan and Ronan Byrne finished 4th, 5th and 7th in the MJ15 1X with Colm only 7 seconds behind the winner.    A special mention also for our adult men with Brian O'Flynn finishing 2nd only 3 seconds behind the winner in the Men's Masters 1X - time to start serious training again Brian! - and our Men's Novice 4 finishing a very credible 5th in their first outing as a crew.
Well done to all our competitors who did the club proud in this prestigous event.