Whilst the older girls from Henley Junior squads competed at Henley Women’s regatta the younger members raced at Thames Valley Park Regatta on Sunday a 500m three lane course on the Dreadnought reach of the Thames by the old Sutton Seed grounds.
The J14 double of Posy Gummer and Molly Collings, got through two tough rounds, the semi winning by one foot, only to loose out to a strong crew from Guildford RC.
The big race of the day for the J14’s came in the octo, where Natalie Schoenmakers, Laoise O’Donohue, Mia Roullier, Josie Sawbridge, Charlotte Beadmore, Ella McKay, Bea Bethell, Cleo Davies and cox Daisy Rolstone, came up against Maidenhead RC, who had beaten them to gold at the National Schools Regatta last month.
This was all forgotten when they crossed the line a canvas in front of their rivals, to give a highly celebrated victory in the boat.
The J15 girls raced up a category in the morning division to race J16 Eights and the crew of Poppy Wison, Emilia Fulford Dobson, Holly Thompson, Darcey Smith, Della Luke, Izzy Cotten, Georgie Pollard, Holly Cookson and cox Chloe Beeton had a straight final against crews from Lady Eleanor Holles School and Great Marlow School which they won by ¾ length.
In the afternoon a crew of Ava Reineke, Holly Nave, Riley Butcher, Gina Segrt, Della Luke, Izzy Cotten, Georgie Pollard, Holly Cookson and cox Chloe Beeton raced in J15 Octuples (8 Scullers). A first round race saw them beat crews from Kingston and Wallingford and put them through to the final. This again saw them racing crews from Great Marlow school and Lady Eleanor Holles but this time beating them by a convincing 2 length victory.
The fourth victory of the day came from the girls coxed four of Emeline Warner, Alice Jones, Caiomhe O’Donohue, Rebecca Lister cox Daisy Rolstone who in a straight final also had a convincing 2 length win over Kingston Grammar School and Lady Eleanor Holles School.
More news to follow for WJ13 and J14s…