#Rowing: UCD won only their second senior men's eights Championship of Ireland since 1973 at the National Rowing Centre today. They last won in 2011. They had a clearwater lead by half way and never let it go.
The senior women's eight saw NUIG/Castleconnell also win well. The stern pair of Sadhbh O'Connor and Fiona Murtagh were taking their fourth titles of the weekend.
The final session of the Irish Championships started with a UCD win in the men's novice eight and continued with Ruth Morris of Commercial moving well clear to win the women's intermediate sngle sculls.
Colaiste Iognaid won a battle with Commercial in the men's junior pair, while Lee's junior women matched their junior men by winning the quadruple.
The final race of the whole event, the men's intermediate double, was won by Skibbereen.
#Rowing: UCD made a good start in the semi-finals of the Visitors’ four at Henley Royal Regatta, but could not match the power of their opponents and made their exit. The crew listed as Cambridge University and Leander Club are, most likely, on their way to the World Under-23 Championships representing Britain. UCD stayed in touch with them until Fawley, about half way, but then saw them pull away. The verdict was one and three-quarter lengths.
Henley Royal Regatta, Day Four (Selected Results; Irish interest)
Silver Goblets (Men’s Pairs, Open): A Diaz and A Haack bt M O’Donovan and S O’Driscoll (Skibbereen) 2¾ l
Visitors (Men’s Four, Club and University): Cambridge University and Leander Club bt UCD 1¾ l
#Rowing: Irish crews had two remarkable wins in quick succession at Henley Royal Regatta on Friday evening.
Commercial came from behind to beat Cercle de l’Aviron de Lyon by three-quarters of a length in the Thames Cup. The French seemed to have a strong hold on the race, but stroke Colm Dowling and his crew rowed through them. The Irish champions then repulsed a late charge to win.
UCD seemed set for a grim battle with RG Dusseldorf and Crefelder in the Visitors’ and there was little between them in the middle stages of the race. But the Irish four – also national champions in this boat – sped away from the Germans across the flat water to win well.
Both crews joined Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll, who won in their round of the Silver Goblets, in Saturday’s draw.
Henley Royal Regatta, Day Three (Selected Results; Irish interest)
Thames (Men’s Eight, Club): Commercial bt Cercle de l’Aviron de Lyon ¾ l
Visitors (Men’s Four, Club and University): UCD bt Dusseldorf and Crefeld 2¾ lengths
Hambleden Pairs (Women’s Pairs, Open): G Prendergast, K Gowler bt S O’Connor, N Long 2¼ l
Silver Goblets (Men’s Pairs, Open): Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll (Skibbereen) bt H Hogan and H Elworthy 2¼ l
Double Sculls (Men’s Double, Open): J Collins, G Thomas bt Nathan Hull and OJ Dix (Queen’s, Belfast and Leander) 1l
#Rowing: UCD began their campaign in the Visitors’ four with a straight-forward win. With just a few hundred metres gone, the Irish crew of Shane O’Malley, Andrew Goff, Shane Mulvaney and David O’Malley were in the lead and Leander Club were not doing well with steering. UCD took control and had two and a quarter lengths to spare in the win.
Henley Royal Regatta, Day Two (Irish interest)
Visitors (Men’s Four, Club and University): UCD bt Leander Club 2¼ l.
Fawley (Junior Men’s Quadruple): Christiana Roklub, Norway bt Enniskillen RBC 1/3 l.
#Rowing: UCD made their exit at Henley Women’s Regatta, but Enniskillen moved into the semi-finals today. Newcastle University made a fast start in their quarter-finals of the Aspirational Academic Eights against UCD and built it into a clearwater lead.
Enniskillen were all set to take on Wimbledon High School, but in the event they were given a row over as Wimbledon did not compete due to a disqualification.
#Rowing: UCD’s eight beat Jesus College, Cambridge, to progress to the quarter-finals at Henley Women’s Regatta today. The Irish crew will take on Newcastle University at 4.44 pm.
Enniskillen’s junior 18 eight came through a time trial to qualify for their quarter-final. They will take on Wimbledon High School at 3.40 with strong hopes of moving into Sunday’s semi-final.
#Rowing: The standout names in the Irish entry for Henley Royal Regatta are Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll. The world lightweight champions of 2017 have entered the Silver Goblets for open pairs.
The Irish challenge features Commercial in the Thames Cup for club eights and UCD’s four in the Visitors. Both crews are Irish champions. Enniskillen have chosen to enter quadruples in the Fawley and the Diamond Jubilee.
UCD, who compete at Henley Women’s Regatta this weekend, have entered the open event for women’s eights, the Remenham. Orla Hayes of Skibbereen has entered the Princess Royal, the open event for women's single scullers.
Henley Royal Regatta, July 3rd to 7th (Selection of Entries, Irish interest)
Remenham Cup (Women’s Eights, Open): UCD
Thames (Men’s Eight, Club): Commercial
Visitors (Men’s Four, Club and University): UCD
Prince of Wales (Men’s Quadruple, Club and University): Lagan Scullers’
Fawley (Men’s Quadruple, Junior): Enniskillen Royal Boat Club
Diamond Jubilee Cup (Women’s Quadruple, Junior): Enniskillen Royal Boat Club
Britannia (Men’s Fours, coxed, Club): Belfast Rowing Club
Silver Goblets (Men’s Pairs, Open): Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll (Skibbereen)
Hambleden Pairs (Women’s Pairs, Open): Sadhbh O’Connor and Natalie Long (NUIG and Skibbereen)
Double Sculls (Men’s Double, Open): Nathan Hull and OJ Dix (Queen’s, Belfast and Leander)
Stonor Trophy (Women’s Double Sculls, Open): Fiona Chestnutt, CK Knight (Reading Univ and Newcastle Univ)
Diamond Sculls (Men’s Single, Open): Callum McCrae (Cambridge Univ Lightweight RC)
Princess Royal (Women’s Single, Open): Orla Hayes (Skibbereen)
#Rowing: Commercial won the men's eight in a close and exciting final race of Metropolitan Regatta at Blessington today. UCD and the Irish champions were neck and neck in the final stages, but UCD had the advantage until the sprint to the line, which Commercial won.
The concluding session of finals featured an even closer race.
In the women's four, two junior crews hit the line with just .297 of a second between them. Bann, on the far side of the course from the viewing area, saw their lead snatched away by Castleconnell.
Kenmare's Georgia O'Brien (20) won her singles sculls final with much more to spare, though the second placing gave Aoife Moloney of Commercial victory in the junior 18 rankings.
There were also big margins of victory for Lagan in the men's quadruple and Anna Liffey in the women's pair.
Shane Haugh and James O'Donovan won the men's double. Last weekend O'Donovan was part of the Ireland coxed four which took silver at the European Junior Championships.
#Rowing: UCD fours won on the double at Metro Regatta today. The club in blue and saffron took the Division One men's coxless four in a battle with Commercial, while their coxed four also won. Bann's junior 18 eight were the top women's crew, while the women's quad and coxed four from Commercial also won. Killorglin's Rhiannon O'Donoghue and Anna Tyther, both outstanding juniors, were the fastest double. The men's single saw Kealan Mannix of the University of Limerick take the honours in this 150th anniversary regatta, ahead of Niall Beggan of Commercial. Trinity's Mark Quigley and Adam Browne won the men's pair.
#Rowing: Commercial beat UCD and Cork Boat Club to take the men's eights at Skibbereen Grand League Regatta at the National Rowing Centre today. Commercial seemed to be in a commanding lead coming up to the viewing area, but UCD chased them down and were under two seconds behind at the finish, with Cork not much further back.
The women's eights went, as expected, to UCC, while Holly Davis, who is just 14, won the Division Two single sculls by a huge margin.