Bann rowers strike gold at Irish Championships

Thursday, 27 July 2017

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BANN Rowing Club reinforced its reputation as one of the leading clubs in the country by winning three gold medals at the recent Irish Championships in county Cork.
Members also claimed two silvers and one bronze while there was further success at junior 15 and 16 level in one of the mot high profile events in the country.
The competition started on Friday with Hannah Scott and Katie Shirlow taking part in the women's intermediate pairs. The girls dominated their heat and qualified convincingly for the final. They got off to a good start, controlling the race from the front, and won by four lengths much to the delight of the travelling supporters. A great start to the weekend with the first Irish Championship in the bag.
Connor McGillan, Bann's junior 15 single sculler, controlled his final from the start and won in convincing style.
Aaron Christie, recovering from illness and lucky to be competing, put up a strong performance in the fastest heat of the junior 18 single sculls, just missing out on a place in the semi-finals.
Bann's junior 16 quad of Reece Benson, Daniel Duffy, Connor McGillan, Thomas Clarke and cox Louis Blemmings won their semi-final and were only just beat on the line to come a credible second.
On Saturday, Hannah Scott and Ruth Carson competed in the junior 18 single sculls. Both came through their heat in first and second place to qualify for the final. Ruth led off the start to finish fifth in a strong field while Hannah powered through at 500 metres to control the race and win by five lengths proving to be the top junior sculler in Ireland adding to her British national schools title.
Bann's women's intermediate double scull of Katie Shirlow and Alana O'Donovan won their heat and went on to finish in bronze position in a hard fought final.
Aaron Christie qualified through two heats to qualify for the final of the men's club single scull where he finished a credible fifth place.
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