Monday 21 October 2019

Rowers excel in time trials

Sligo Rowing Club travelled recently to compete in the 3.5km time trial race on the River Foyle in Derry. The first race of the morning saw 5 Sligo crews taking to the water in what proved to be tricky conditions in the choppy waves.

Molua Donohue competed in the men's masters single while his daughter Allanah competed in the women's 15 single. Moloua put in a strong performance once again but he had to be satisfied with second place behind his regular nemesis from Athlone, Paul Gallan.

His daughter, on the other hand, continued on her winning ways by dominating the field in her event. Allanah continues to improve and the upcoming sprint season should prove exciting for the Rosses Point native.

Also on the water for the first race for Sligo was the girls J18 coxed quadruple scull. The crew of Sarah Tighe, Janette Michalopoulou, Ava Murray, Rosie Spoorenberg and cox Darragh Colsh raced well through the difficult conditions.

Young Darragh Colsh showed maturity well beyond his years in navigating his crew through bridges and tidal waters of the Foyle and winning the event ahead of Bann Rowing Club from Coleraine.

The Sligo men's masters double scull of Ronan Ivers and Patrick Bamber also competed very strongly on the day and finished in a very credible second place.

Undoubtedly, the performance of the first race came from Brian Colsh and Glenn Patterson in the men's senior double scull event. The pairing dominated the event by winning in a record time and also won the category of the fastest overall men's boat in the race.

They're reaping the rewards of their 6 day a week gruelling training schedule and the prospect of a national title in July is becoming ever more tangible for the double.

The second race of the day saw Patterson & Colsh split from the double into 2 singles to compete in their class categories; Patterson in the men's senior single and Colsh in the men's junior single. Again, staying with form, both men dominated their respective events with comfortable wins.

A new pairing of Allanah Donohue and Isabella Michalopoulou competed for Sligo in the girl's J15 double sculls. The pair raced extremely well and finished with a very strong performance in second place.

David Murray and Angus Carter raced for Sligo in the men's J16 doubles event. Again, a strong performance resulted in the relatively inexperienced pairing finish in third place overall. The future looks bright for this pair.

Last, but by no means least, was Killian McCarthy in the men's J18 single scull event. Killian has shown huge improvements of late, both in the gym and on the water, and there's no doubt that success awaits.

The next outing for Sligo Rowing Club is a trip to Islandbridge in Dublin for the start to the eagerly awaited sprint season where it's hoped the current success will continue.

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