Clonmel rowing teams travelled to the Bulls and Bears, Castleconnell Head of River race recently in Limerick -their last event of the 2012 season.
Last year at this event it rained all day but this year the weather was cool and sunny in the afternoon, ideal rowing conditions which encouraged all who participated.
There was a large entry on the day from the three southern provinces as the entry prices were capped which encouraged multiple entries from the larger clubs
Clonmel had a good junior entry travelling with both boys and girls taking part and also saw new beginners take part who have only been rowing since September. Well done to them.
Senior oarsman Alan Prendergast rowed in the invitation eight event, the Bulls versus the Bears. Alan stroked the winning eight which had a composite of several clubs and was a two boat race over a mile stretch of the course. Alan was supposed to compete in the scull also but the excitement of winning the eight was enough exertion for the day.
The Junior men’s coxless pair of Stewart Channon and Alex Chadfield won their event with nearly a minute to spare over the competition. The lads rowed in the newest Philippi pair and it showed in their performance.
The Junior 14 men’s sculler Chris Britton won his event beating the other nine competitors by 42 seconds.
In the men’s novice single scull Conor Murphy won that event by 13 seconds.
Clonmel also had some notable performances from the Ryan brothers Steve and Joe in the men’s Intermediate double scull. The Junior 16 men’s quad scull were narrowly beaten in their event by three seconds and the women’s double scull of Derbhla Hickey and Riona Coyne came third in their event.
On November 25 the club had four athletes attend the Newry Squad Trials.
This comprised of a 2km Ergometer test on Saturday and a 5km rowing test on Sunday. Special thanks to John Chadfield for bringing the lads up and keeping an eye on them over the weekend.
Alan Prendergast was trialing for the Men’s under 23 team and Alex Chadfield, Sean Lonergan and Stewart Channon trialing for the junior men’s team.
All the lads did personal bests in their erg test which is all that can be asked.
A great character building weekend and the club will know soon who will be invited to the next session.
The next home event will be the captain’s prize at the Island over the Christmas period.
Next competition event will be St Michael’s Head at the on February 2, 2013.