Alumni Winter Newsletter 2015/2016
We at UCCRC hope that you are all having a pleasing start to 2016!
We’re very excited to share our second newsletter this season. The club is continuing to go from strength to strength and we hope to show you all at an exciting alumni event later this season!
Yours in Rowing,
Deirdre O’ Sullivan
UCCRC Captain 2015-2016.
Please forward on to who you think may be interested!
UCCRC Table Quiz:
We will be holding a table quiz on Tuesday March 8th at in the Temple Inn(Longboats) at 8pm. It will be €40 a table and there will be prizes on the night as well as a raffle. We would be delighted if you could come along and show your support!
New Addition to the UCCRC Fleet:
With a burgeoning and ambitious men’s squad, this November we were in the extremely fortunate position to be able to add a new Filippi F49 8+ to the club’s fleet. Going forward, this boat will prove a cornerstone in the club’s ambition to be amongst the most competitive in the country.
Provincial Irish Indoor Championships, UL 21/11/15:
The event was the first big test for UCCRC with both our Senior, Intermediate and Novice rowers all competing. This was the Novice team’s first ever rowing competition,and they took it all in their stride.
Success was achieved in all racing categories entered by the club:
Early in the day Deirdre Keena came 5th in the Women’s Freshers 1k, a great accomplishment for her first ever rowing competition!!
Next was Alex Jager and Tom Trench coming 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Men’s Freshers 1k.
A great performance was put in by our Men’s Intermediate team in the Men’s Under 23 2k with Jack Casey securing 2nd place, David Keohane in 3rd, Brian Keohane in a close 5th and Tomas Power in 6th place.
The women also put memorable efforts with Deirdre O’Sullivan coming in a strong 2nd place with the other girls not tailing too far behind in the Women’s U23 2k.
David Synnott competed in the Lightweight Men’s Under 23 2k coming in 4th.
The men also put in great work in the relay and despite their name (Team Garden Hose 2.0) secured 1st place in the Men’s Student Relay. The Team included David Keohane, Brian Keohane, Tomás Power and Neil McSwiney.
The club went out on a high with the last race of the day being the Women’s Relay , where Deirdre O’Sullivan,Linda Murphy, Katie Nagle and Clodagh Scannell came first in the Women’s Open Relay.
Christmas Training Camp with NUIG on the Corrib:
A massive 34 club members set off in convoy on the 30th of December for a 5 day training camp in Galway alongside NUIG rowing club.
Tough sessions were put in by the Men’s 8+′s, with 20k battle paddles alongside the NUIG Men’s 8+ and a 6k race on the first and last days of the camp.The men’s squad were very grateful for the participation of the NUIG men’s squad who made the sessions competitive to say the least!
The women were not to by passed either with serious 20k rows put in as well as joining in on the 6k tests against NUIG women’s squad. They were also lucky enough to jump together for a women’s 8+ for one of the sessions.
Not to be overlooked was the great effort and high spirits that came from our Novice crew, both men and women.
Overall the entire training camp was a great success with over 100k clocked up and great friendships made.
Battle Paddle on the Corrib.
Irish Indoor Rowing Championships, UL 23/1/16:
UCC’s trialists set off for Limerick for the second time this season for another crucial test in the trialing calendar. Jack Casey was delighted with his 1st place in the Men’s U23 2k , clocking 6:18.3. Solid performances were achieved by all, at what is always a very tough event.
Cork Head of the River, Marina 6/2/16:
A very big thanks to all at Cork Boat Club who hosted us in the lead up and during this event! In what were challenging conditions, UCC racked up some impressive performances. UCC fielded two men’s 8+’s , only 5s adrift of Shandon on their home water. Andy Harrington won a UCC derby against Jack Casey in the M Senior 1x, to earn the title of fastest sculler of the day, while Deirdre O’ Sullivan was the fastest female sculler taking home the W Inter pennant. The rest of the UCC women had a successful day too, winning the W Inter 2- (Linda Murphy, Clodagh Scannell) and Senior 4- (L. Murphy, C. Scannell, F. O’ Keeffe, K. Nagle). The men’s senior 2x was an all UCC affair as well, with trialists Stephen O’ Connor and David Synnott edging it over Andy Harrington and Kevin Synnott.
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That’s all for now folks, and we look forward to sharing more of the club’s news in the next spring edition!