Rowing News February 20th 21012

Fermoy Rowing Club Notes

A good weekend for the Club at Cork Head of the River
Fermoy Rowing Club entered a total of twenty crews at last weekend's Cork Head of the River. A Head of the River is a time trial event where crews row against the clock.
The event was held at Marina Court, from Customs House Quay down to Blackrock Castle. Weathher conditions for the morning session were good but it the afternoon things disimproved, with the waters becoming choppy and rough. A total of 396 crews took part in the event travelling from all over Ireland. Fermoy had three very good wins in their sections and two seconds and two thirds.
Our victories came in the Men's Intermediate Double Sculls, with Liam Rice and Michael Lyons winning with a time of 14 minutes and 17 seconds on their first competitive row. The two look to have a very bright future rowing together.   In the Women's Junior 16 Sculls, Zoee Sohun recorded yet another victory with a time of 17:17. Also in the same event Eimear Ryan finished with a time of 17:49. Also in that event Grace Fitzgerald finished fifth with a name of 19: 43. This is Grace's first Head of the River and she shows great potential for the future.
In the Women's Junior 16 Double, the Club entered two crews. The A crew were Jamie Freeman and Eimear Ryan finished third and the B crew of Grace Fitzgerald and Katie O'Neill finished fifth. The Women's Junior 16 Quad of Zoee Sohun, Eimear Ryan, Jamie Freeman and Katie O'Neill finished second with a time of 15:46. All of the Junior 16 crews are coached by Paul Fisher and Ettha Quinn.
The Club entered three Men's Junior 14 Quads. The A and B crews are coached by John Hurley. The A crew consists of: Cathal Donnellan (cox) Colm Hurley, David Mulcahy, Shane Patrick Hurly and Greg Lardner. The B crew is Cian Donnellan (cox) Jack Scannell, James Quirke, Jakob Moskal and Tiernan Ryan. The C crew is coached by Tony O'Brien and consists of Brendan Daly (cox) Ross O'Brien, Ted O'Brien, Simon Mulcahy and Dara Murphy Young.  As this was the first Head of the River event for all three crews, the coaches were quite pleased with their performances.
Our third victory came in the Women's Intermediate Double Scull, with Hilary Twomey and Jesse Twomey winning with a time of 16:20. Our second crew in that event, Rachel Morrison and Breffni O'Brien ran into very rough water and were unable to finish the course.  In the Women's Junior 18 Double Scull, Noelle Ahern and Éidin Shinnick finished fifth.
The Men's Junior 18 Eight of Philip O'Flynn (cox) Eoin Donnellan, Sean Connolly, James O'Mahony, Darragh O'Callaghan, Gary McCarthy, Adam Fisher, Ruari Myers and Luke Myers finished third with a time of 13:51. This crew is coached by Patsy O'Mahony.
The Women's Junior 15 Quad of Selina Cotter (cox) Kate Ann Bartley, Sarah Murphy, Karen O'Sullivan and Alex Aherne finished fifth with a time of 19:15. This is the first Head of the River event for this crew, which is coached by Rhonda Murphy and Karen Clancy.
Votes of Sympathy

At the recent monthly committee meeting a vote of sympathy was passed for Margaret Barnes and family on the death of Margaret's brother John McGrath, Pallasgreen, Co Limerick. Margaret's family has had a long association with Fermoy Rowing Club.
A vote of sympathy was passed for Abby Feerick and family on the recent death of the very popular Mattie. Mattie and Abby were always great friends to all in the Club and Abby served on the committee for several years. Some of the family were members of the Club and were always good neighbours.
A vote of sympathy was passed for the Kelly family on the death of their father Tom. A vote of sympathy was passed for the O'Connor family on the death of Pat.
Hilary wins Cork Sports Partnership Award

Fermoy's Hilary Shinnick has won the "Junior Achiever in Sports" award in the Cork Sports Partnership Awards. She will receive her presentation on this Friday evening in the Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig. Congratulations and well done to Hilary from all in the Club.

Cork Head of the River: Liam Rice and Michael Lyons, winners of the Intermediate Double Sculls at Cork Head of the River.

WJ15 Quad: Women's Junior 15 Quad at Cork Head of the River. Alex Aherne, Sarah Murphy, Karen O'Sullivan and Katie Bartley.

MJ14 Quad: Men's Junior 14 Quad at Cork Head of the River. Greg Lardner, David Mulcahy, Shane Hurley and Colm Hurley.