Controversy at season opener

By Clare Newman

Friday, April 25, 2014


Controversy at season opener

Newport’s crew, from left, Mark Crook, Olly Hayward, Karen Crook, Jody Daish and Andy Wood.


THERE was controversy at the first major rowing event of the season, the Southampton coastal four head of the river race, last weekend, as disqualifications affected all three Island clubs.

Several crews which had achieved good results later found out they had been disqualified for breaching a rule which they believed was not made clear.

Shanklin’s men’s novice four produced a record time of 18.52, some 22 seconds faster than anyone else.

But they were later disqualified for passing the wrong side of a course marker towards the finish.

Despite protesting the decision, along with 12 other crews who had also fallen foul of the rule, victory was handed to Itchen.

The same happened for Newport’s junior ladies’ four of Louisa Burt, Anna Webb, Casey Mayne, Carla Norris and cox Megan Griffiths, and Ryde’s men’s novice A crew, comprising James Smith, Callum Lockhart, Will Ford, Issac Brading-Cornish and cox and coach, Mick Jenner.

But there were successes to celebrate.

Ryde’s men’s junior senior four of Ollie Gove, Adam Edwards, Stephen Johnson, James Cleary and cox Sam Brading, racing at this status for the first time, won their status and produced the fastest time overall to take the Head Pennant.

Their other two novice crews, Jacob Redstone, Joel Smith, Dom Douglas, Joe Groves and cox Austin Smith, and Tom Kearney, Ben Toms, Steven Soal, Matt Redstone, Smith, Douglas and Groves will be rowing as a boys’ J15 coxed four for Wessex at this weekend’s Junior Inter-regional Competition in Nottingham.

Newport also reached the podium in the men’s junior four, with victory for Mark Crook, Olly Hayward, Jody Daish, Andy Wood and cox Karen Crook.

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