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NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE.....................
- VALIANT EFFORTS AT HENLEY MASTERS AND LLANDAFF REGATTAS
who beat Cardiff in a tough Semi-final, going on to easily win
the final in the IM3 single scull event.
Henley Masters Regatta, held on the same course as Henley
Royal Regatta (although half the length) and coinciding
with Henley Festival, has always been a very special event
for senior rowers. This year, Ross Rowing Club sent three
coxed fours, two men's and one women's, to compete for the
coveted Henley Medal.
Friday, the Men's Masters D coxed four of Jeremy Picton-Turbervill,
Graham Watling, Paul Brodholt and Dave Sykes, coxed by Lucy
Jones, won their heat against a crew from Richmond Virginia,
USA and went on to win their semi-final against Nottingham,
both by several lengths.
the final on Saturday, they were drawn against an experienced
crew from Upper Thames and previous meetings suggested this
was to be a close race. In the event, the Ross crew maintained
a small lead right until within a few metres of the finishing
line, where a final push from Upper Thames denied the crew
the medal by just one foot.
on Saturday, the Men's Masters coxed four of Paul Carpenter,
Steven Randell, Philip Davies and Antony Dixon-Gough, coxed
by Morgan Baynham-Williams, won their semi-final against
Lincoln College convincingly, but were beaten in the final
by a strong crew from Vesta Boat Club.
that day the Women's Masters C coxed four of Nicky Wild,
Annie Williams, Dawn Evans and Rowena Pollock, coxed by
Karen Blackwood, failed to get to their final, being beaten
by Hereford who went on to win the medal.
the Llandaff Regatta, the seniors had four crews competing
on the long course on Saturday and five crews in the sprint
on Sunday. A fast running river made conditions tricky for
Saturday's events causing a crew from Bradford on Avon to
lose their boat over the weir. The boat was destroyed but
thankfully there were no injuries.
men's IM3 coxed four of Andrew Leeman, Tim Crossman, Richard
Jennison and Mike Phillips, coxed by Skye Jenkins, lost
to a younger crew from Llandaff in the morning. In the afternoon,
racing in the Masters C event, they beat a crew from Bristol
City by 2 lengths but were mysteriously disqualified for
an infringement at the start.
the Mixed Masters D double scull of Mike Jones and Sheron
Dean-Lucas were beaten by the home team. Mike Jones also
rowed a single scull in the Masters E event and won his
heat against Llandaff but lost to Worcester in the final
having to give away 6 seconds on handicap.
only success of the day went to Geraldine Calcraft who had
a fine win in the Women's IM3 single scull event, beating
Cardiff in a tough semi-final and going on to win her final
On Sunday, the Men's Masters Novice coxed four of Tony Allen,
Tim Ball, Robin Billingham and Jack Westley, coxed by Jess
Jordan, had a busy morning. Their race against Upton on
Severn was declared a dead heat and so they had to immediately
turn around and race again. Sadly a second race was too
much for the tired crew and they lost by just a third of
Masters F coxed four of Philip Palmer, Jonathan Preece,
Robin Billingham and Clive Snell, coxed by Anna Barker,
lost by half a length to Monmouth and the two Women's coxed
fours, (Masters C of Sharon Finch, Alison Griffin, Anne
Morris and Sheron Dean-Lucas, coxed by Kerry Meek and IM3
of Sarah Sykes, Leigh Richmond, Alison Barker and Jess Jordan,
coxed by Sheron Dean-Lucas), were also unsuccessful.
juniors from Ross Rowing Club were also competing across
the border in Wales on the River Taff at Llandaff Regatta.
In the morning session, Elliott Ball and Dale Kernot lost
the opening heat of their J14 double scull event against
good opposition. Next up were Caitlin Scott and Charlotte
Leach in the girl's J16 double sculls. The girls won their
first heat but then had to retire due to illness (Scott).
the WJ13 single sculls, Skye Jenkins came through two rounds
before winning her final in convincing style. Hazel Thomas
and Charlotte Westley had a good win in their first heat
but came up against strong opposition in the next round
and despite sculling very well were narrowly beaten. In
the final event of the morning for Ross juniors, Nick Burden
was much too good for his opponent in the straight final
of the J13 single scull event and registered a comfortable
First up in the afternoon session were Ali Banks-Martin
and Emily Leach in the WJ13 double. They won their first
race and had a busy afternoon, successfully negotiating
two more rounds before winning the final in magnificent
style. Rosie Brandram-Jones (WJ16 single) and George Probert
(J14 single) both lost heats to strong opposition but competed
well to the end. Scarlett Brodholt rowed beautifully to
win her heat and then the final of the WJ12 single sculls.
the WJ12 coxed quad event, Naomi Banks-Martin, Fran Watling,
Jess Saxon-Macrostie, Izzy Newey and cox Skye Jenkins, all
wearing big smiles, won a straight final with a lovely display
of sculling for such a young crew. And finally, Charlie
Gowling, competing in his first regatta, and crew mate Nick
Burden, won the J13 double event in a straight final.
Scott, Junior Captain said, 'This was another really successful
outing for the Ross juniors. It was a delight to see such
high quality sculling from all of our competitors, as well
as all the smiling faces.'
Ross Men's Masters D coxed four of Jeremy Picton-Turbervill, Graham
Watling, Paul Brodholt and Dave Sykes, coxed by Lucy Jones.
YOUTH GAMES HERALDED A GREAT SUCESS
Over 1300 children participated in this year's Herefordshire
Youth Games which was hosted by Herefordshire Council at
the Hereford Leisure Centre this month. Heralded as another
success, a variety of sports were on offer including athletics,
boccia, cricket and orienteering.
day started off with a special cheer leading performance
by the Whitecross Cheerleaders. This was followed by a mass
aerobic warm up with guest appearances from Paralympic athlete,
James Bevis and European Gold Medallist, Sarah Waldron.
The children loved meeting the local stars; having their
photographs taken, and collecting signed autographs. Children
also joined in a nation-wide attempt to break a world record
for the greatest number of people taking part in a simultaneous
dance. Figures will be released at the end of July, but
it is believed they may have danced their way to a new British
organized by Herefordshire Council, the event was made successful
thanks to around 100 volunteers, including sixth form leaders,
university students, individuals from local sports clubs,
schools as well as volunteers from the council and Amey.
Jenkins, sport development officer said, 'It was great to
see so many children having fun, trying new sports and getting
competitive. The event couldn't have worked without the
great support from local volunteers; their help is invaluable.
This is the ninth time we have held the event, and each
year its popularity grows and new sports are introduced.'
day's results were:
Gate CE Primary
Paul's CE Primary
Goffs Endowed Primary
Paul's CE Primary
Paul's CE Primary
James' CE Primary
Thomas Cantilupe CE Primary
Gate CE primary
Goffs Endowed Primary
DAY AT THE JOHN KYRLE HIGH SCHOOL
The John Kyrle High School held its 32nd Annual Sports Day
during Thursday, 30th June and Friday, 1st of July. In a
year when many long running school records were broken,
there were some fantastic performances and all events were
well supported by an appreciative crowd of students and
inter tutor group prizes were won by the following: Year
7 - 7O, Year 8 - 8H, Year 9 - 9J, Year 10 - 10Y.
The Victrix ludorum went to the following: Year 7 - Issie
Newey / Emily Tyler, Year 8 - Hannah Ralphs, Year 9 - Rosie
Cox, Year 10 - Beth Gibson / Ali Hartland. The Victor ludorum
went to the following: Year 7 - Jay Richmond, Year 8 - Luke
Clarke / Andrew Evans, Year 9 - Alex Iles, Year 10 - Max
done to you all.
Alex Iles in the Year 9 Boys' Relay.