Casey and Cremen into semi-finals
Aoife Casey and Margaret Cremen took a step nearer their goal yesterday when they qualified for today's semi-finals of the double sculls at the World Junior Championships in Lithuania.
The six-boat line-up in their quarter-final included the formidable Canadian crew, who had won their heat on Wednesday by a massive eight-second margin.
As Canada headed off the blocks followed by New Zealand, Casey and Cremen hung on in third place
As the Kiwi challenge faded the Skibbereen/Lee duo moved into second place by halfway. With less than 500m to go the Dutch mounted a storming burst which denied Ireland second place as Canada crossed the line more than five seconds clear.
Canada qualified for, together with the Dutch and Irish.
"We delivered on our plan to go out and qualify," said Ireland coach Dan Buckley.
"It's getting tougher - we just have to try and a get a good ranking."
But what about the finishing push from the Dutch?
"Our girls decided not to respond to that - they were already in a good qualifying position. It would have been different in the final!" he concluded.