The novice men were up first against the novices from St. Georges Hospital. So far this year they have been an unstoppable force but that was no more. What was to scupper their chances was an unfortunate series of crabs bringing them to a screeching halt. They rallied and powered back up again giving it everything they gained significant ground, but it was too late. I think its safe to say that the only people that more disappointed that the guys in that boat were the other crews who weren’t able to properly prove themselves against this years big dogs of UH Novice men’s rowing.
The novice women fared a lot better they were able to put on a really clean display of rowing with no trouble they knocked away GKT and VETS 2 to reach the final. When it came down to it on the day, they weren’t able to match the RVC 1st novice crew but once again took away the second place. The fires have been thoroughly stoked and they will be an interesting crew to look out for come the 22nd February. I couldn’t put it better than the words of their Life Coach and Mentor – Tom Hughes “we’ve lost in three finals and we know how bad you want it”.
The Men’s senior squad are having a bit of a troubled year something that they all hoped to change at UH regatta.
In a repeat of the first round at Allom Cup the 1st crew were drawn ICSM in their first round, understandably they were apprehensive but it also freed them so going in to the race they were much more relaxed than before, however it was to no avail putting up a brave fight they were knocked out of the competition.
The Men’s 2nds had been drawn Barts and the London in their first race, with ease they were able to push them away and make it through into the final. In the final, against ICSM, they were unable to repeat the performance of the last race falling behind by a short amount and with that the medals. Having been given a taste of victory it just makes them want it more, lets hope both crews can improve when it comes round to the next race.
The women’s 2nds had been pulled up into the senior category as they had scared away all of the other competition. They were drawn against Georges 1st and they held their own as an intermediate boat in a senior category, but it wasn’t to be their normal medalling glory. It is however safe to say that they are still the best intermediate women’s crew in UH.
As the day wore on the clouds parted and the brightest light wasn’t the sun it was from the medals draped around the necks of our Women’s 1st crew come day end. It wasn’t an easy win; to get through to the final they had to beat GKT then Barts, this pit them against ICSM and keen to avenge their male counterparts they gave it all and did us proud.
Special mention to the RUMS WS8 aka The Champions
Alex Willsher (cox), Jess Rankine, Alice Taylor-Bennett, Hannah Orrell, Claire Rowden, Daisy Newberry, Eimear Mckavanagh, Mary Sisley, Joy Schmidt