Offaly rowers battling on the Barrow

ON Sunday a smaller than usual group of rowers from Offaly Rowing Club travelled to Carlow Rowing Club to compete in the two lane regatta course on the River Barrow.

ON Sunday a smaller than usual group of rowers from Offaly Rowing Club travelled to Carlow Rowing Club to compete in the two lane regatta course on the River Barrow.

Offaly Rowing Club took first place in the mens junior 16 single sculls and mens junior 16 double sculls. The club was also represented in the womens junior 14 double scull and mens junior 18 single scull.

Cathal Phelan and Patrick Grogan represented Offaly Rowing Club in the mens junior single scull and double scull category. Cathal beat Runcorn Rowing Club from the UK in the heats, Carlow Rowing Club in the semi-finals and cruised to victory against Graiguenamanagh Rowing Club, Kilkenny to cross the finish line first.

Patrick Grogan made it to the semi finals of the single scull but was beaten in the semi-finals by Commercial Rowing Club Dublin by two boat lengths.

In the mens junior 16 double scull the crew of Cathal Phelan and Patrick Grogan were unbeatable. Comfortably beating Fermoy Rowing Club Cork the crew of Cathal and Patrick led from the start in the final against the home club Carlow Rowing Club. After taking an early led the crew settled into a comfortable pace and crossed the finish line well ahead of the Carlow crew.

A very competitive field in the mens junior 18 single scull saw Offaly Rower John Neale reaching the semi-final. In a close first heat with a canvas or in time terms a half a second between John Neale of Offaly and Schone of Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny, the Offaly sculler just held onto a lead crossing the finish line. In the semi-final the Offaly Rower lost out on a place in the finals to Neptune Rowing Club, Dublin.

For the Offaly Rowing Club junior 14 womens double scull crew Carlow Regatta was the first side by side race for Alison Mooney and Molly Mc Keagney. Although Alison had competed in the winter time trial season for Molly this was her first rowing race of this season. And although the Offaly girls were behind St Michaels Rowing Club, Limerick in their race by three boat lengths, the Offaly Rowers steered a good course on a bending river course.

They raced hard all the way in unfamiliar conditions and with flow quite unlike the training conditions on the canal, and produced a good performance on the day.