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14th September 2011 SPORTING NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE.....................
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Ross Rowing Club was justifiably proud of the universally accepted success of their regatta weekend despite some intermittent weather problems. Ross Masters and Juniors Regatta on Sunday attracted 486 competitors in 286 crews from 24 clubs from around the country and the Open Regatta on Bank Holiday Monday was an even bigger event, attracting 598 competitors in 245 crews from 38 clubs. This adds up to a total of 531 Crews and 1,084 competitors making it bigger than Henley Royal Regatta (by 45 entries).

A record entry of dragon boats from local and visiting clubs made for an entertaining Saturday afternoon. The Dragon boat event is designed to be an entertaining prelude to the main rowing events and Many crews took the fancy dress aspect very seriously indeed. There was some excellent racing all afternoon with young and old alike joining in the fun. The final was won by the 'Lash Monkeys' from Upper Thames, retaining their title. In second place was Worcester Rowing Club with Trent Rowing Club in a strong third place.

On Sunday, the senior men's squad fielded seven veteran crews and finished the day with four wins all against crews from Staines Boat Club: Both the Masters B Double Scull and Masters B Coxless Pair of Lenny Colling and Laurence Morgan; the Masters C Coxed Eight of Paul Carpenter, Steve Randell, Philip Davies, Graham Watling, Paul Brodholt, Antony Dixon-Gough, Jeremy Picton-Turbervill and Dave Sykes coxed by Morgan Baynham-Williams and the Masters B Coxed four of Paul Carpenter, Steve Randell, Philip Davies and Antony Dixon-Gough coxed by Ollie Sturgess.

On Monday the senior mens squad fielded five crews and again finished the day with four wins: The Mixed Composite Elite Coxed Eight of Paul Carpenter, Steve Randell, Philip Davies, Antony Dixon-Gough, Geraldine Calcraft, Rosie Lindley, Bethan Hunter and Hannah Patterson (from Llandaff) coxed by Morgan Baynham-Williams beat an eight from Ortner Boat Club which is a club for ex-members of Reading University Boat Club; The Masters D Coxed Four of Jeremy Picton-Turbervill, Graham Watling, Paul Brodholt and Dave Sykes coxed by Lucy Jones beat Royal Chester; The Open Intermediate 1 Coxed four of Lenny Colling, Laurence Morgan, Sam Jenkins and Mitch Browning coxed by Jessie Crossman beat Magdalen College Boat Club and the Masters F Coxed Eight of Philip Palmer, Tim Ball, Richard Ceci, Jack Westley, Tony Allen, Howard Copping, Graham Nicholson and Robin Billingham coxed by Jessica Jordan beat Monmouth.

The Ross ladies had an incredibly successful weekend. On Sunday the WMas C 4+ crew of Nicky Wild, Annie Williams, Dawn Evans and Rowena Pollock coxed by Morgan Baynham Williams won against their opposition Llandaff by two and half clear lengths. On Monday the WMas D 8+ crew of Sarah Sykes, Alison Griffin, Christine Hughes, Pam Ball, Anne Morris, Elaine Powell and Sheron Dean Lucas had an exciting race against Royal Chester, initially commenced with a poor start due to the stroke seat coming off its runners but undeterred, the crew settled into a good rhythm and raced neck and neck down the course against their opposition with the stroke person, Sarah Sykes rowing on her posterior. Despite all the challenges they won by a small margin, well done goes to all the ladies for holding it together in such difficult circumstances, a very well deserved win.

Further wins in the form of the WIM2 coxless pair of Geraldine Calcraft and Geenee Watling, WIM2 8+, WNov 4+ and a mixed elite crew with Geraldine Calcraft and Bethan Hunter in brought the ladies tally to 6 wins out of a total 19 wins for Ross for the whole of the weekend Sunday's junior regatta had a big entry, making the competition in every event very strong.

Crews from the Ross RC junior academy won seven events overall and finished the day winning the Victor Ludorum cup as the most successful juniors at the regatta, demonstrating the strength of performance from the junior squad as a whole, not just those who won their events. On the Monday, junior crews entered several events with the Ladies Novice Four crew of Caitlin Scott, Charlie Morris, Charlotte Leach and Jess Jordan, coxed by Tom Scott, winning their event and, as a result, the first rowing points of their young rowing careers.

Junior Captain, Mark Scott said he was 'delighted and proud, not just with the performance of the juniors in their races but also for their contribution, and that of their parents, in helping to run the regatta over the weekend and make it such a wonderful success for the Club.'

Ross mixed Elite 8 versus Ortner.

Ross Junior mixed 8.


On Saturday, 10th September, juniors from Ross Rowing Club joined their senior club mates in making the short journey to Worcester to compete on the River Severn. In warm but blustery autumn conditions the junior squad acquitted themselves very well, winning eleven out of the sixteen events entered.

Izzy Newey and Jess Saxon-Macrostie won the J13 women's double, beating their club mates Fran Watling and Scarlett Brodholt at the second attempt after the first run of the final ended in a dead heat. In the same age category, Tom Scott won the men's singles final. Skye Jenkins won the women's J14 single event with Christina Stevenson and Scarlett Brodholt winning the double scull final. Christina joined Alice Vines, Imogen Gray and Ali Banks-Martin to win the J14 women's quad, coxed by Morgan Baynham-Williams.

In the men's J14 double sculls final, Matt Crilly and Nick Burden beat their club mates Tom Scott and Oliver Sturgess in the final. In the J15 age group, Molly Phillips and Catrin Morris won the women's double scull. Henry Jones and Henry Vowles won the men's equivalent final, beating club mates Dale Kernot and George Probert in a very close and exciting race. Dale, George and Henry Jones along with Elliot Ball also won the J15 men's quad event, coxed by Jess Crossman. Lucy Jones won her J18 Women's single scull final in fine style and Caitlin Scott and Elle Blackwood rounded off the victories, winning the J18 Women's double scull event.

Junior Captain, Mark Scott commented, 'All of our juniors performed superbly today in windy conditions. There was some tough competition and we are delighted to have won so many events but all the coaches are equally proud of everyone who competed for Ross Rowing Club.'

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