On Saturday 4th April, the Regatta Season got off to a great start for the Garda Women at Neptune Regatta at Islandbridge.
The preliminary races of the Women’s Single Sculls witnessed a number of great battles and inevitably it wasn’t long before the Garda team mates lined up opposite each other. Jackie Ryan was forced to knock out her fellow Garda Oarswomen Shelia Kenny on her way to victory in the Women’s Club 2 Single Scull. She was also forced to knock out her old team mate, Janet Walshe now rowing with New Ross Boat Club. Jackie rowed in style and cruised to victory later in the morning for her first ever win in the Single Scull. The result was not overly surprising considering the words of advice and encouragement from her sister Caroline who has rowed this stretch on one or two occasions in the past!
Jackie then went on to form part of the women’s quad that had raced so well at Galway HOR and were entered again in the Club Quad for Neptune. Along with Liza Galvin, Mary Moore and Shelia Kenny, they were coxed by Siobhán Frisby. Over the past few weeks Síobhan was lucky enough to get some personal lessons from the well experienced larger than life former cox Tony Morrissey who has been helping out at the club recently. She was also very lucky to have another former club cox Denis Casey present to lecture her on steering before taking to the water. And the pearls of wisdom clearly worked well as Síobhan steered us to victory in the Women’s Club Quad, watched by Club Coaches Willie Ryan and Gerry Conway.
Alas, the Garda Oarsmen fell just short in repeating the success of their female team mates. Blustery conditions for qualifications on Friday night subsided early on Saturday morning when the scullers took to the water. The Men’s sculling team had a number of close races with Club Captain Damien Kelly missing out in the intermediate Single Scull by the narrowest of margins of a bow-ball. Ronan Allen and Daire Mac Eoin also performed well with Daire Mac Eoin making the final in the Club 1 single but was beaten to the line.
Overall it was a great day for the Club and a well run event organised by Neptune Boat Club. It was fantastic to see so many former rowers and club members supporting the current crop of atheletes. Hopefully everyone will be around again for Trinity Regatta on 18th April 2015 for another great day at the Islandbridge. There will also be the Poker Classic on at 8pm after Trinity Regatta which promises to be a great success.