[sociallocker]This year’s annual Neptune HOR was held on 8th November at Blessington Lakes. As the Garda Squad arrived at the lake with their boats towed by their Isuzu DMax the weather was looking ominous for the day. Wet and windy conditions prevailed for the first Head at 11am. The Garda crews took to the water in a flotilla of small boats. The women’s crews were in a Coxed Quad while the men’s crews were broken into singles and doubles. All crews fared well despite the conditions. Thankfully the rain eased by the start of the second head. Again, the Garda Crews competed mainly in small boats. When the results came in, all oars people were happy with their performance.
Club Captain, Damien Kelly won the Mens Intermediate Single while Ronan Allen and Kevin Sheehan came a very good 3rd in the Senior Doubles. Both Shelia Kenny and Jackie Ryan performed very well in their first races in the 1x with Shelia securing 4th and Jackie securing 5th, having only recently recovered from injury. The women’s quad of Mary Moore, Liza Galvin, Marie Geraghty and Shelia Kenny were unlucky to be beaten into second place by a very strong Carlow team.
This is the first outing of this season and bodes well for the Garda Squad to continue their success from last year. Their next outing will be at the Indoor Rowing Championships on 29th November.