Queens Regatta

BUCS HORR 2018 - Day 1 Round-Up

Ladies Novice 8+ A crew bringing home the Gold

Ladies Novice 8+ A crew bringing home the Gold

Success breeds success, so goes the old maxim. Never has this been truer than with the Queen's Novices at their first major event of the season. With a morning of good rowing and great results under their belts, with Men's 8+s taking Silver and Bronze, and the Ladies 4+ narrowly missing out on medal, the spirits within the club were sky high.

The afternoon saw the Ladies 8+s in action, as well as a Men's 4+. Having been achingly close to medalling in the morning, the Ladies crews went out determined to put in their best performances. And they certainly didn't disappoint.

Ewan Murray counted them out, and counted them all back in again.

Ewan Murray counted them out, and counted them all back in again.

The B crew moved well through the pack, looking strong right to the end to post an impressive time of 10.52, coming 5th overall out of 27 crews.

The A crew were able to put in a thundering performance, posting a truly fantastic time of 10.17 in very testing conditions, and taking the first Gold medals of the weekend for Queen's.

Keen to improve on their earlier medals, the Men's 4+ also rowed well in the rougher water, steaming down the course in 10.03 to take the second set of Gold medals for Queen's this weekend.

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All in all, a wonderful day's racing for the club and a raft of medals and great times for the Novices to show for all their dedication and graft over the long Winter months. The Novice squad is in rude health this year in terms of numbers, with retention maintaining high throughout the season. Today showed us that the squad is blessed with great ability and determination as well.

A fantastic day's rowing. Tomorrow sees the Senior crews competing and hopefully adding further to the medal pile. Updates will be posted on here throughout the day and results can be followed live on the BUCS HORR results page.

Also very best of luck to the 3 Queen's Rowers down at the NRC in Cork for Irish trials this weekend. Here's hoping the club's success this weekend is spread far and wide!

University Championships & Dublin Metropolitan Regatta

The weekend was an action packed one with Queen’s getting their first true taste of the 2km course this season.

Friday, the rescheduled Irish University Championships took place to decide the Wiley Cup. Queen’s men entered in the intermediate category and entered the fresher crew in the novice category. The fresher crew where beaten into third place by a strong UCD performance who won the category convincingly. This proved valuable experience for the crew, who are now aware of the standard required to win over 2k at university level. Hopefully they can take this experience and use it to their advantage in next week’s boat race against TCD. The intermediate eight raced a two boat race against UCD. Both boats sat level to the 1000m mark, where UCD showed their strength by pushing away to take the win.

On Saturday, Metro Regatta took place. The conditions were outstanding setting up for a fantastic day’s racing. The men entered two novice eights and the intermediate eight. In the novice eights final, UCD again came first with Queen’s A finishing second and the B crew finishing fifth place. The A crew were unimpressed by their start and hope to give UCD a better race next time. The intermediate crew finished third behind second placed UCD and winners Commercial. Both these crews had a good margin of three lengths on the rest of the field with Commercial pipping UCD to the post. The intermediate crew are now aware of the standard they must reach for the National Championships.

The men’s novice 4 produced a sterling performance coming second in the men’s novice 4+ which was excellent for an all fresher crew. The intermediate pair of Gavin Meek and Jonathan Backus managed third place in their final and are confident they can build on this as they feel they have rowed better previously. Andrew Cairns put in an impressive performance, reaching the final of the novice sculls were he placed sixth, a great effort for his first race in this discipline.