Positive results ahead of Irish finale
Published: 28 Jun 2012 13:000 comments
Katie Cromie and Phoebe Mulligan opened proceedings for Portora on the Friday evening, with two strong performances in the women's junior 18 sculls. Cromie came off the blocks powerfully and led the field until the last 200 metres when the larger Hilary Shinnick of Fermoy, upped her rate and came through Cromie, beating her by a second. Mulligan came in a few lengths behind second place, and in the process, beat the nerves she had felt going into this fixture.
The boys' pair of Lloyd Seaman and Henry Millar easily won their heat. In the final they were up against it, racing intermediate and senior boats, yet they kept their composure and were rewarded when they finished the top junior pair. Joe Nelson and Gary Thornton also impressed in the pair, finishing the race in second place. And in the women's junior double sculls, Cromie and Mulligan only lost out to a strong Skibbereen crew. However, this was a hard fought race for the new combination.
The two boys pairs then joined forces to race in the men's junior four category on Saturday evening. In the heats they showed a blistering pace that the four other boats could not match and they sailed through the line, a massive eight seconds ahead of the next quickest boat. In the final, there was a change of equipment which they found hard to deal with, and which resulted in a slower race for the boys. Despite this, they still fought down the course and emerged winners by a length over St Michael's.
As this was the last race before the Irish Championships on July 13, the athletes have returned to Enniskillen with some positive results for the club.
Some of the older rowers are entering this as their last Championship before they head to university in September, where many will no doubt continue to excel in sport.
However, with just three short weeks to go, all heads must now be firmly focused on the Championships as training intensifies.
If the club can put in as much work in the next few weeks as they have put in, there is no doubt there will be silverware coming back to Enniskillen in July.
Commentscomments powered by Disqus
Get more stories from our Rowing section
28 Nov 2013 13:02 • Editorial Department
Enniskillen oarsman, Gerry Murphy crowned a superb 2013 by lifting his third Irish title in a third different discipline.
14 Nov 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
The Boat Club at Portora Royal School notched up a number of winning performances at Neptune Head of the River at Blessington, Co. Wicklow at the weekend.
19 Sep 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
International oarswoman Leonora Kennedy - whose ‘ultimate aim’ is to compete in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 - was on a recent visit back home to the Fermanagh Lakelands.
5 Sep 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
Rowing Ireland lead coach Don McLachlan said this week that he is “very proud” of the recent efforts in Korea of Enniskillen oarswoman Leonora Kennedy and Monika Dukarska, who finished in 10th place overall.
29 Aug 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
Excitement is escalating in Fermanagh as Enniskillen oarswoman Leonora Kennedy and rowing partner Monika Dukarska take on the world in the Senior World Championships in Chungju, South Korea.
25 Jul 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
12 podium finishes for Portora Boat Club at the Irish Rowing Championships in Cork at the weekend was a tremendous haul for the club.
27 Jun 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
An Old Portoran, who rowed for Ireland in the Olympics over 60 years ago, was among those to share in the recent celebrations marking the official opening of the Northridge Boathouse at Portora Royal School.
13 Jun 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
Portora Boat Club enjoyed a successful day on the River Lagan at the Belfast University Boat Race on Saturday as they returned home with wins in all three of their categories.
23 May 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
41 hardy rowers got on the bus in Enniskillen to travel to the Belfast Sprint Regatta on the Lagan.
9 May 2013 13:30 • Editorial Department
The 2013 British Universities Rowing Championships took place at the National Rowing Centre, Nottingham, over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
9 May 2013 13:30 • Editorial Department
Portora sent a large group of young rowers to Portadown last Saturday to compete in the annual Portadown Regatta.
2 May 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
The Boat Club at Portora Royal School travelled to Castlewellan in County Down on Saturday, to compete at Queen's Regatta, where they hoped to build on the successes of the previous weekend's racing in Dublin.
25 Apr 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
The Boat Club at Portora Royal School made its second trip to Dublin this month, on Saturday, as it took part in the Trinity Regatta.
11 Apr 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
It seemed that spring finally arrived in Ireland at the weekend as the Boat Club at Portora Royal School enjoyed a day of sunshine as they competed at the Neptune Regatta in Dublin.
14 Mar 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
Some of Enniskillen's rowing alumni raced in the Women's Head of the River in London at the weekend - which all round marked an action-packed few days on the River Thames for young oarsmen and women from Fermanagh.
7 Mar 2013 13:10 • Editorial Department
It was a great day for the young rowers from Portora Boat Club who secured the title of Top Junior Club against some of the best young oarsmen and women in Ireland on a perfect day for competitive rowing at the 56th Erne Head of the River race in Enniskillen on Saturday.
28 Feb 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
A number of top eights in Ireland will meet at this year's Erne Head of the River race - a long held annual date in Co. Fermanagh - which once again gets underway this Saturday afternoon, March 2.
21 Feb 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
On a day which started out cold and overcast, but which ended mild and bright, the athletes from the Boat Club at Portora Royal School made the trip to Belfast to compete at the Lagan Head.
14 Feb 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
Two of Fermanagh's elite rowers featured at the Great British squad rowing trials at Boston in Lincolnshire last weekend.
31 Jan 2013 13:00 • Editorial Department
The wind and the rain which battered the west coast over the weekend did little to dampen the spirits of the 60 athletes from Portora Boat Club, who made their way to Sligo to compete in the 3.5km Sligo Head of the River on Saturday.