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Leinster Indoor Rowing Competition PHOTOGRAPHS + RESULTS

To everyone who took part in the Leinster Indoor Competition on the 28th November 2015 GSBC would like to say well done and thanks for competing and making it such a great day.

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Leinster Indoor Results


National Rowing Championships in Cork 2014

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National Rowing Championships in Cork 2014

“The National Rowing Championships were held 11th – 13th July 2014 at the National Rowing Centre, Farran Wood, Cork.  Thankfully the rain held off for the weekend and we were greeted with excellent rowing conditions for the most part of the event.  With their new gear, sponsored by St Pauls Garda Credit Union, hopes were high for the weekend.

The first crews up on the Friday were the Mens and Womens 4’s along with the Womens Intermediate 8’s along with Olive Holden in the Lightweight 1x.  With all crews focusing on their main events for Sunday, this was an excellent opportunity for one last session to iron out the cobwebs. All crews raced to the best of their potential but unfortunately the standard was at a higher level for them.

Saturday morning saw Ronan Allen taking to the water in his second ever race in the Club 1x.  Ronan did not fail to impress all around him during the year with his attitude and committment to training nor did he fail to impress those at the NRC on Saturday morning.  Ronan came from being down in his heat to cruise to vistory.  Again in his semi final he had a good row which secured him a spot in his first ever Championship final.  He went on to race the final, which was won by D. O Sullivan of Lee Boat Club.  Ronan did himself and GSBC very proud and is surely one to watch for next years rowing season.

Later in the afternoon, it was the turn of the rest of the mens crew to emulate Ronan’s success, this time in the Intermediate 1x.  Philip Murphy, Daire Mac Eoin and Club Captain Damien Kelly took to the water for their heats.  Unfortunately, Damien was the only Garda sculler to make it out of the heats.  Damien again raced well in his semi final to secure a spot in the hotly contested final.  Turlough Hughes of UCD won the final in convincing fashion, however, the remaining scullers were in a very close battle for all positions behind him.  Damien secured 4th place, missing out on 3rd by only half a canvas.  This was to be the highest placed Garda result for the weekend and again bodes well for further progression next year.

Sunday morning saw an armada of Garda Boats take to the water.  The mens Club 4+ of Kevin Sheehan, Philip Murphy, Ronan Allen and Daire Mac Eoin were coxed through their heat by Gavin Connolly but unfortunately didn’t pass further than the next round.  Likewise, Olive Holden raced in the Intermediate 1x but unfortunately did not make the final.  The previous days escapades had taken their toll on Damien Kelly who competed in the Senior 1x.  He raced well but finished just outside of the qualifying positions.

The Womens Club 8 were the final Garda crew to take to the water.  The womens crew have raced well throughout the season and were hopefull of securing silverware at the Champioships.  They were drawn in a tough heat against all the main opposition which had come out of the woodwork for National Championships.  NUIG were the hot favourites and had already won the Club 4+.  They were first out of the blocks and left the rest of the pack trailing behind them.  The Garda women rowed well and raced their heat all the way to the finish line but unfortunately did not qualify.

Although no silverware was collected this year all crews performed well and will be back next year to make the next leap to success.  With over 15 Garda Crews compeiting over the weekend it is safe to say that the club is still alive and well.  At every other regatta this year, the club has secured silverware.  The Azure and White is sureley on the rise again and will hopefully continue to rise next year.

All the rowers from the Garda Squad would like to wish Olive Holden the best of luck at the Home International Regatta at NRC on 28th July.  Olive will don her first Irish singlet in the Womens Lightweight 2x against the best that England, Scotland and Wales can offer and will be proudly supported by all the club.

The rowers would also like to thank their coaches Willie Ryan, Gerry Conway and Brian Hoey along with the Club Committee and all the club supporters and sponsors for all their hard work and committment during the eyar.  It would not have been possible to have 15 Garda Crews rowing without their support and help.

Hopefully, everyone will be able to join us at the Club BBQ and Garda Rowing Champioships on 1st August. In particular, this year is the diamond jubilee of the club which will be of added importance.”



Kenny Mc Donald finished in first Place

Garda Kenny McDonald, who was a member of our Senior VIII Championship Crew of 2000, was on the winners podium again when he won the World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston on Sunday the 16th February 2014.

Kenny finished in first place in the Lightweight Senior Master Men Division posting a time of 6:24.5 for a 2000m sprint. He beat last year’s winner by 2 seconds. Two times Olympian and ex USA oarsman Greg Ruckman had to settle for third place, 8 seconds behind Kenny.

Kenny also holds The World Police and Fire Games record in the men’s open lightweight category which he set at the games in 2013.  His intention is to set a new Irish record in the coming months and make an attempt on the World Lightweight senior masters record later this year.  Kenny has won a total of eight Irish Senior National Championships and is an ex international oarsman.

Kenny has been assigned to the Garda Training College for the last nine years and is attached to Garda Operational and Occupational Safety Section.

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A World Track Championships silver medal was lifted from around Caroline Ryan’s neck on the last lap of the scratch race in Colombia in the early hours of this morning,

Caroline Ryan has gotten Ireland’s campaign at the UCI World Track Championships in Cali, Colombia, underway with a massive ride in the scratch race that saw her ushered from the podium within touching distance of the finish line.

The Kildare woman and World No 1 pursuiter rode a very clever race early on, minding herself well and always staying within striking distance of the action.

However, while she instigated the winning two-rider move with Belgian Kelly Druyts, she could not hold her place out front. And well inside the last two laps, or 500 metres, of the 10km race she faded and was caught, with the Belgian surviving out front to win the world title.

As the 40-lap race entered its final third, Ryan was showing the legs and smarts that saw her take a bronze medal in the points race at the Worlds in Melbourne two years ago; holding her position really impressively and planting herself right in the middle of the action at the head of the intact bunch.

With exactly 15 laps to go, Ryan could be seen loitering with intent close to the front of that bunch, leading on occasion by mostly happy to sit in the top half dozen riders and bide her time as attacks went and were brought back.

With 7 laps remaining she attacked on the inside from the front, apparently gently at the beginning but managing to pull clear with Belgian rider Druyts.

When the gap opened a little, the Irish rider absolutely buried herself on the front to pull out a bigger lead, sensing this was her big chance in the title race that began at 1am Irish time.

Immediately daylight appeared between the two leaders and the rest of the field as under the power of the Irish woman the gold and silver medals looked to be sailing off into the Colombian night with the crowd going wild in the stands.

But then slowly it became clear Ryan was paying for her efforts a little; being distanced by the Belgian by a half a length and then by several metres; but not blowing and still well ahead of the pack with three and four laps remaining.

Out front, Druyts put on the afterburners and pulled away from Ryan completely as she hit for home flat out inside three laps to go.

Behind, the pace ramped up as the group felt they could still get back on terms with the leaders, who were now each ploughing ahead exhausted on their own.

It was too late for the field to rescue the contest for gold, with Druyts just about holding off the pack to take the scratch race iconic rainbow bands

Ryan was agonisingly unable to do the same in the silver medal position, and just as the penultimate lap was turning to the final 250 metre loop, the charging bunch had her in their sights and she was quickly closed down and passed, her silver medal disappearing as it was literally about to be hung around her neck.

She was eventually swamped by the pack, fading into it and coming over the line with her head down looking absolutely exhausted in 14th place.

Her keenness to open the gap just after her attack had cost her the legs she needed to hold onto her breakaway companion and take at least silver.

While a fantastic ride by Ryan, she will rue being unable to hold the winner’s wheel for just the couple of hundred metres longer that she needed to medal.

Next up for the Irish is Ryan Mullen and Martyn Irvine who go in the individual pursuit at 5pm Irish time today, Thursday, in an event where Irvine took silver last year.

Then just seven hours later, at midnight Irish time, Irvine goes again in the 15km scratch race where he won the gold medal and world title last year.


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