Carrick RC travelled en masse to the National Rowing Centre in Cork at the weekend for the 2012 National Rowing Championships, to mark the culmination of the racing season and eleven months of hard work.
Expectations were high but were met and exceeded following a tremendous performance from all involved. The junior 18 women’s double scull of Jenny Van Der Speck and Caroline Kelly qualified from their heat to win their semi-final and, following a powerhouse performance to finish third in the national final. The race was won by the Belfast BC crew that will represent Ireland in the World Rowing Championships this summer and a Neptune BC crew that will represent Ireland at the Home Internationals in the next fortnight. This excellent result was a credit to the girls themselves and their coach Kieran Hynes.
The junior 15 girl’s quad of Laureen Gannon, Alice Kelly, Ella Brogan, Chloe Gibbons and Eimear Fitzgerald also finished third in their final on Friday afternoon. The girls put in an excellent performance and are already looking forward to building on this work next year.
Saturday was another early start as Stephen Carty made his debut in the men’s novice scull and raced well in a very competitive category. Alice Greene and Cheralyn Mulvey were also unlucky not to progress in the women’s novice scull category as only two from each heat qualified for the final. All three should be very proud of their performances against older, often more experienced competitors.
Saturday morning also saw Caroline Kelly and Jenny Van Der Speck compete in the junior 18 single sculls. Jenny was unlucky not to progress from the first heat but Caroline rounded off her weekend in style to reach the final of the junior 18 single sculls, to class her as one of the best young rowers in the country.
Paul Little also rounded off his season with some excellent racing in both the lightweight and intermediate single sculls. Paul raced particularly well on Saturday morning in the heats of the inter scull to reach the semi-final at the national contest. Niamh Murray and Kate McCabe also represented the club very well on Saturday in the junior 16 single sculls, each emerging from their heats and each unlucky not to reach the final of this hugely competitive category.
Saturday belonged however to Carrick’s youngest members as both Tom McCabe and Alice Kelly won gold for Carrick RC, in the junior 14 and junior 15 sculling categories respectively. The margins in both races were tight, but each earned their medals after training hard all year. Conor Jordan also made his competitive debut in the single scull and put in a great race against tough competition.
Carrick RC is delighted with the results achieved at this year’s National Championships and would like to thank the dedication of the coaches, club captain Nigel Murtagh, vice-captain Mark Butler, all the parents and families who made the long trip down to Cork and the athletes themselves who continue to represent Ireland’s oldest rowing club with honour. The planning now commences for our own regatta this August bank holiday weekend and we look forward as ever to the tremendous support of the local community.
Carrick Tennis Club
The courts are very busy this summer despite the weather but please note that membership is now due. Juniors/OAPS 20eur, Seniors 30eur, Family 60eur.
Members evening: Tuesday evenings from 7pm. This is excellent way for anyone who is thinking about joining the club to meet up with new and old members /organise play dates, sign up for membership etc.
Drop in: Coaching is on Saturdays for July from 12-1pm for kids and 1-2pm for adults €5 each pay as you go super summer rates. Text Coach Olwyn 0863514123 for more details.
Parks Tennis Camp running from August 6-10, 10am each day for 6-9yrs and 11am each day for 10-15 years. Cost is €10 for the week. Coach Rebecca will be running this camp, please email or facebook club for further details.
Leitrim Darts news
Drumcoura City Saloon Bar eight nighter continued last Thursday night with a record entry of 25 players it was the first night no Leitrim player reached the semi/finals which were contested by S McGowan Sligo v J Ryan Longford and M Healy v P Boyle both Sligo. S McGowan, Irish no 1 & National team captain, beat P Boyle in the Final. Next Thursday we reach the half way stage and while all involved in the tournament are delighted with the numbers turning up, it would be nice to see more locals taking part we could do with a local winner next week so come on down to the saloon at 9pm, four boards in action (over early), so no excuses.
Thanks to all who took part in the soccer match against Leitrim Gaels, as part of the Leitrim Village Spot Festival at the weekend. The Villa eventually triumphed 10-9, after being behind for the majority of the game. Training takes place this Wednesday 18th at 8pm at the community field, this is our weekly slot unless subject to change. Can all players available please make every effort to attend.