Results - Irish Rowing Championships.
Saturday, 16 June 2012 20:31

A great finish to the 2012 rowing year for Shandon with a first official Irish Championship win since 2009 and a first "home grown" win since 1997.     Congratulations to our MJ 2x champions - Jack Casey and Andy Harrington who, in the new Fillipi double, won the championship by beating local rivals Lee Rowing club and perennial challengers Skibbereen in a great race.      

We had other heros as well.    Karen Corcoran O'Hare had the toughest outcome of the 2012 Championships losing the final of the WI 1X by just 0.3 secs - a paper thin margin after 2,000 metres of racing.    Karen put in a storming finish and one more stroke would have reversed the placings with the UCD winner.    That's the bitter sweet nature of sport.

The Men's Novice Coxed Quad of Otto Cronje, Luke Carroll, David Duggan and Donal Smith coxed by James Hodkinson finished a very close second to Galway Rowing Club and ahead of Lee Rowing Club in their attempt to retain the (non-championship) title won by Shandon in 2011.

Our Women's Junior Four Quad (Laura, Saorise, Roisín and Holly) who had such a great season just came up short in their JW4X final after Skibbereen RC took a lead off the start that the girls just could not pull back.   Having given their all, they were just caught for 2nd place by Cork BC at the finish.

Our younger rowers had some great races with pride of place going to Colm Hennessy who won his MJ15 1X final powering through at the end, as is his style, to take 1st place from a Colaiste Iognaid (Galway) rower.   Stephen O'Sullivan and Ronan Byrne came 2nd and 3rd resp. in their MJ14 1X final and the MJ14 4X+ came second to Portora in theirs.

Congratulations to all our other rowers from Junior 14 right up to our Women's Novice Fours (both of them) all of whom did the club proud in what was an excellent Irish Rowing Championships.