Clonmel Rowing Club ended the 2013/2014 rowing season by winning an All-Ireland Championship gold medal. This is a fantastic result for the club and for Clonmel.
Throughout this rowing season Clonmel rowers had performed exceptionally well and the commitment and dedication given by all crews during the tough winter training period really paid off.
While there were fantastic performances over the All-Ireland Championship Weekend, the highlight of the Club’s Championship was when our Women’s Novice Coxed Quad (4X+) crew - Ciara O’Loughlin, Eimear O’Donoghue, Holly Fehilly, Aisling O’Donnell, Claire Fehilly (cox) - crossed the line first, taking the national championship gold for Clonmel.
This is the highest national award for rowing in their category.
It was a fantastic race, which the girls controlled right from the start. There was a strong challenge mid way through the race but the Clonmel girls moved up a gear, pulling away from the competition and winning comfortably.
This result would not have been achieved without the input from all of the coaches during the year. The lead Womens’ coach Ailish Redmond, supported by coach Sham Anderson and our most experienced coach (and Club President) Jimmy Fennessy, all believed in the ability of this crew from the start of the season and their coaching experience and drive paid off.
women’s JUNIOR 16 4X
The Women’s Junior 16 4x+ - Katie Sutcliffe, Jade O’Malley, Claire Fehilly (cox), Aisling O’Donnell, Tara Cooney - worked hard during their race, held their composure and took the gold medal in convincing style.
WOMEN’S JUNIOR 15 4X
The next ladies crew to take a gold medal was the Women’s Junior 15 4X+ - Katie Sutcliffe, Keely O’Reilly, Abbie Conway, Aoife O’Farrell, Sarah Lawless (cox).
This is a very competitive category and the girls really performed well on the day. When the Rowing Ireland race umpire announced the result of the race, he made special mention of the high quality rowing technique of this crew through the race.
This highlights the quality of coaching the crews get at the club and the opportunities Clonmel rowers are given to compete at both national and international levels.
Our second Women’s junior 15 4x+ crew - Ciara McKenna, Lauren Kearney, Muireann Tobin, Ayla Greene, Mark Bates (cox) - put in a very strong performance early in the race but lost ground mid way and were unfortunate not to finish in the first three places.
PROMOTION OF SCULLING IS NOW BEGINNING TO PAY DIVIDENDS
A number of seasons ago the Club President, Jimmy Fennessy, and Club Captain, Pat Kinsella, promoted sculling within the club to provide a strong foundation for all rowing categories. The club now has a number of quality scullers and we expect to be very strong in sculling categories next season.
Sculling is arguably the most competitive category in the sport and takes a lot of individual dedication. At the Championships, we had a number of first and second places during heats with first places from Chris Lumley and Ciara O’Loughlin and second places from Katie Sutcliffe and Conor Murphy, all of whom rowed well but were unsuccessful in their finals.
Congratulations to all our scullers on some really top class performances – we look forward to seeing them on the winning podium next year.
Scullers who competed were Sean Lonergan, Jason McKenna, Matt Dundon, Conor Murphy, Liam O’Donnell, Jake Anderson, Daire Lynch, Stewart Channon, Conor Murphy, Holly Fehilly, Alex Mellerick, Ciara O’Loughlin, Eimear O’Donoghue, Katie Sutcliffe, Keely O’Reilly, Aoife O’Farrell, Chris Britton, Chris Lumley.
Clonmel Men’s rowing was well represented at the championships, with all our crews experiencing very strong opposition in all categories.
MEN’S JUNIOR 18 COXLESS QUAD
The Men’s Junior 18 Coxless Quad - Hugh Kinsella, Chris Britton, Sean Lonergan, Jake Anderson - rowed very well in the first heat and came in second place getting them through to the final. They were unlucky not to be among the first three to finish a very competitive final.
MEN’S JUNIOR 16 4X
The Men’s Junior 16 4x+ - Chris Lumley, Chris Britton, Conor Sunderland, Aaron Flynn, Mark Bates (cox) - had a tough race in the heat, coming second to Commercial Boat Club Dublin. They made it to the final, where they rowed very well but were unsuccessful. This crew gained tremendous experience this season and will definitely be contenders in the 2015 season.
MEN’S NOVICE 4X
In the Men’s Novice 4x+ - Daire Lynch, Liam O’Donnell, Harry DeLongue, Eoghan Hewitt, Keely O’Reilly (cox) - came second in the final to Queens University Belfast in a very exciting race.
MEN’S JUNIOR 15 4x
The Men’s Junior 15 4x+ - Jason McKenna, Matt Dundon, James O’Donnell, Sean O’Donnell, Claire Fehilly (cox) - had a very good race, staying in control for the first 1500 meters; they fought hard for the last 500 meters but unfortunately were pipped at the post.
MEN’S JUNIOR 18A PAIr
Our Men’s Junior 18A Pair of Sean Lonergan and Jake Anderson performed well during the season, and had a good race at the Champs but were unlucky on the day.
TRAINING FOR NEWS SEASON IS NOW UNDERWAY - NEW MEMBERS ARE WELCOME
Training for the 2014/15 rowing season has now started. The coaches have now been in contact with all rowers to confirm the training times and schedules.
Anyone interested in rowing or learning to row is welcome to contact any member of the club or committee to get further information or drop down to the club on either Saturday or Sunday morning between 11.00 and 12.30 during September.
We also have adult rowing at the Club, and our newest members are becoming more confident on the water with the support of our coaches and more experienced rowers to steady their nerves!
Several parents of junior members have availed of family membership to enjoy the many health benefits of rowing – not least of which is the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful River Suir up close and personal!
NO GRANT RECEIVED FORM THE GOVERNMENT SPORTS ALLOCATION
The rowing club, similar to most clubs in Clonmel, did not receive any funding from the Government Sports Allocation Grant. As a lot of our equipment is old and needs regular maintenance we have to rely on the generosity of the people of Clonmel for financial assistance to keep the club running.
THANKS TO HANLEY CONTROLS FOR THEIR SPONSORSHIP
The club would like to sincerely thank Hanley Controls for sponsorship received to assist with critical repairs to the Club building, making it a more pleasant facility in which to train.