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26th May 2010 SPORTING NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE.....................
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ROWING - DEVELOPMENT SQUAD SUCCESS AT SHREWSBURY

Shrewsbury Regatta was held in the beautiful surroundings of Pengwern Boat club and this was the first event for seven of the juniors of Ross Rowing Club.

The first win of the day, receiving the loudest cheer, was for Sam Pothecary and Sam Boon. They raced down the course with excellent timing to win their novices. Pippa England won against other Ross opponents, Nottingham having withdrawn, with a close race in the final against Christina Stevenson to win the WJ2 singles.

In the J13 quad, with clear coxing from Olivia Baynham-Williams, George Probert, Nick Burden, Henry Jones and Dale Kernot showed fabulous bladework to win convincingly against the home side. George and Nick then went on to win the J13 double in an all Ross final.

Jess Boon paired up with Megan Jephcote to beat strong opposition twice for a well deserved victory in the WJ 12 double. Molly Phillips and Jess Boon fought back hard against Leicester to win their heat in the WJ13 double but lost in the final to Emma Richardson and Jess Crossman. The two Jess' then jumped out of their doubles to take part in the final race of the day; the open J12 quad.

The umpire having observed the smart oarsmanship shown by Jess Boon, Megan Jephcote, Pippa England and new girl Emily Leach and coxed by Jess Crossman on the way up to the starting line, refused to give the girls a head start for racing against boys. The advantage was not needed. When the cox called the girls to 'take it up ' the push resulted in the girls winning easily.

With the high performing squad away training in Nottingham it was particularly pleasing to bring back seven golds. All the first timers enjoyed their new experience of a rowing regatta. An enormous thank you to all the parents for their help throughout the day and making it such a success.


The Development Squad celebrate.

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