Regatta, 29th May 2010.
There are people who feel that twelve and thirteen is too
young an age to be rowing competitively. On Saturday, Ross
Juniors showed with their enthusiasm, organization, technique
and confident successful blade work that they have a right
to compete. Facing opposition from Swansea, Bewdley, Exeter,
Gloucester, Magdalen College, Llandaff, Staines, Monmouth
Comp, Evesham, Bristol and Monmouth Rowing Club, the juniors
emerged victorious in eleven events at Monmouth Sprint Regatta.
Thirty four juniors were taking part in 17 events at the
Monmouth Sprint; racing over 750m.
started out a drizzly day. The majority of the club however,
were successfully coming through their first round heats.
It is particularly important at Monmouth to row down the
river parallel to the far bank, so as not to add vital extra
meters to the course. For a few, steering, not speed, was
first pot of the day came at 3 o'clock in the WJ13.4X+.
Neck and neck with Staines with 250m to go, Catrin Morris,
Molly Phillips, Emma Richardson, Jess Crossman, coxed by
Olivia Baynham-Williams confidently applied pressure and
crossed the line with clear water. Wins then came thick
girl, Megan Jephcote with partner Jess Boon added to their
success at Shrewsbury and won the WJ12.2X. Molly Phillips
and Olivia Baynham-Williams came through two previous rounds
to then beat Staines in the final of the WJ13.2X. With both
WJ16.1X Ross girls having success in their heats, Lucy Jones
and Elle Blackwood faced each other in the final, with Elle
taking the pot.
then went on to steer her crew of Paul Brodholt, Dave Sykes
Jeremy Picton-Turbervill and Peter Kellsay to the winning
line in the Masters D event. This crew also won again on
Sunday against strong opposition from Gloucester. The WJ15.1X
was a heavily subscribed event and Rosie Brandram-Jones,
Kerry Meek and new girl Charlotte Leach all won races in
early rounds. Rosie finally emerged as the event winner.
J13.1X final drew one of the biggest smiles of the day,
as much for the commentary, as for the emphatic win by Johan
Lai over his opponent from Staines. With Ross way out in
front the commentator remarked, 'Oh the enthusiasm of youth,
you are winning easily so you take up your rating!' That's
Morris beat her opposition from Gloucester in similar fashion
in the WJ13.1X. Nick Burden's experience won the day in
the J12.1X. However Tom Scott should be proud of his brave
performance in his first singles event. Pippa England confidently
took the WJ12.1X prize coming through heats against Swansea
was an all Ross final in the WJ12.4X+ event. The boats were
evenly matched and all the girls felt that they were in
with a chance of a pot. Most of the way down the river they
were side by side, both coxes steering well and encouraging
their crew. With about 150m to go ' Haigh ' pulled ahead
to cross the line by a length; victory going to Pippa England,
Scarlett Brodholt, Imogen Gray, Skye Jenkins and cox Jess
a lack of entries in their own event, the J13 boys were
moved up to compete in the J14.4X+. Up against Monmouth
Comp. in the final they gave a fabulous display of timing
to win decisively. Well done to Johan Lai, Rhodri Morris,
George Probert, Dale Kernot and cox Olivia Baynham-Williams.
It was a busy day with four of our juniors coxing senior
boats as well as rowing themselves.
children and their parents helping each other, the thirteen
victories at Monmouth were truly a team effort.