The largest travelling party ever from Ireland participated in the Euro Masters Championships in Munich last month and returned a record medal haul highlighted by some notable wins in the men’s age categories B, C and E. The regatta was held in blisteringly hot conditions of 35 degrees and near perfect rowing conditions.
All B, C & E Men’s categories returned wins at 8’s and 4’s. There was also strong performances from Athlone in the F8 category and from the women’s crew from Belfast, Tribesmen, Lady Elizabeth & Galway RC in the D8 category. The E class men’s crew retained a title held since 2015 and defeated Dynamo Moscow for a third time in the final.
Both men’s B & C 8’s also retained titles won last year, in Lake Bled, in style with strong performances.
Some notable new combinations saw Pat Fowler and Brendan Smyth from Commercial win the B2-.
Another significant win was for Denis Crowley in the E1x Grand league type format which was a highlight of the closing day and a strong end to a dominant year by Crowley both at home and abroad and retained his title from last year.
Gerry Murphy from Portora BC achieved a notable double with wins in the lightweight D1x and E1x events. This follows his win in the national champs in Cork.
The “Ireland Masters” are now, through their performances over the last few years, well respected and admired by their Irish peers and foreign competitors alike. Their successes at the European Masters Championships built on their success at the British Masters Championships in June, culminating in the largest master’s entry ever at the Irish Rowing Championships in Cork in the middle of July.
Masters rowing is alive and well in Ireland and the standard here has firmly demonstrated itself to be world class.
The composite master’s team for the European Championships was assembled from more than 60 athletes from Athlone BC, Belfast BC, Belfast RC, Castleconnell, Clonmel RC, Commercial RC, Cork BC, Fermoy RC, Galway RC, Lady Elizabeth, Neptune RC, Portora, Shannon, Tribesman, University Limerick and Waterford Boat Clubs.
All these athletes are motivated to perform as much as their younger counterparts and they coordinate their training sessions wherever they may be at their own expense.
On the 25th August the second St. Michaels Master’s Regatta takes place in Limerick City Centre. We hope to see beginners, casual and international master’s rowers there.
Winning Crews, European Masters Championships, Munich, 26 – 29th July 2018:
C8+: Sean Heaney, Patrick Fowler, Rob Forde, Ray Carroll, Oisin McGrath, Gary O’Neill, Brendan Smyth, Brian Crean and cox Malachy McGlynn.
B2- Pat Fowler and Brendan Smyth of Commercial.
B8+:John Casey, Rob Forde, Patrick Fowler, Oisin McGrath, Ray Carroll, Brendan Smyth, Brian Crean, Brian O’Shaughnessy, and Cox Malachy McGlynn.
E1x & E1X Masters trophy: Denis Crowley, Commercial RC
E8+: Adrian Mc Callion, Denis Crowley, Ken McDonald, Gary O’Neill, Gerry Murphy, Colin Hunter, Francis O’Toole, Donal McGuinness & cox Al Penkert
B4+: Rob Forde, Patrick Fowler, Oisin McGrath, Gary O’Neill, Malachy McGlynn
C4+: Ken McDonald, Michael O’Callaghan, Brian O’Shaughnessy, Colin Byrne & cox Al Penkert
LW D1X & LW E1X: Gerry Murphy, Portora.
C4-: Brendan Smyth, Gary O Neill, Gerry Murphy & Denis Crowley
E4-: Fran O’Toole, Colin Hunter, Gerry Murphy & Donal Mc Guinness
LW F1x: Anna Grete Gormley, Tribesmen