20th Jun, 2019

Juniors are excellent in Evesham

Liam Moakes 2nd May, 2017 Updated: 2nd May, 2017

STRATFORD Boat Club juniors had plenty to celebrate at the two-day Evesham Regatta.

On Saturday, over a 1km course against the stream, crews competed from dawn till dusk and Stratford enjoyed another successful day.

Stratford’s WJ18 coxless quad followed recent success at Abingdon with another winners’ pot following two closely fought rows against hosts Evesham in the semi-final and Bryanston School of Dorset in the final.

The Stratford crew members were Theo Mordaunt, Maddie Griffiths, Claire Teakle and Sofia Ward.

Stratford’s J14 squad was also out in force against some tough competition in both double sculls and coxed quadruple scull events.

In double sculls, Mili Wilcock and Maiya James performed well but eventually lost out to City Of Oxford, whilst Jasmine Mountney and Alice Baines progressed through to the semi-finals before losing out to the eventual winners.

In the open double sculls event, Fred Tyler and Max Griffiths also progressed to the semi-finals but were overhauled by a heavier crew from City of Bristol.

In coxed quadruple sculls, the women’s crew of Jasmine Mountney, Mya Kenny, Nixie Brunt, Alice Baines and cox Naomi Sergeant dominated the first round against Hinksey Sculling School but, in a superb race, went out to the finalists in the next round.

On Sunday, Stratford rowers competed again in the Sprint Regatta over a shorter 500m course, this time with the stream.

Fred Tyler collected a well earned pot for winning the J14 open sculling event. After comfortable wins in his first round race and semi-final against Llandaff and City of Bristol scullers respectively, Fred then produced a row of the highest quality in the final against his opponent from Stourport, winning by just half a length.

Alice Baines came up against stiff competition from City of Oxford in the WJ14 single scull category, losing out by just half a length in a close finish, and Sarah Wells, rowing in her first competitive regatta, gave a good account of herself in the same event against another strong opponent from Ross-on-Wye.

Junior co-ordinator Steve Wellstead said: “Making their regatta debut at this event were the youngest members of Stratford Boat Club, the J13 squad.

“In the morning division, two coxed quadruple sculls produced spirited rows, both losing out by just a few lengths to Evesham and City of Bristol respectively.

“We are very proud of the progress they have made in such a short rowing career.”

Stratford’s boats were crewed by Elisabeth Edwards, Julia Gurden, Emma Harrison, Abbey Meggeson and cox Conar Aitchison and Amelie Sartain, Martha Usselmann, Harriet Hodgson, Sienna Rawlings and cox Mary Walton.

In the afternoon division, a mixed crew of Harriet Hodgson and William Clarke tasted success in their first race against Ross-on-Wye in the open J13 double sculls event before being eliminated in the semi-final by a crew from Hereford.

Martha Usselmann and Mary Walton, rowing up an age group, produced a good row in the WJ14 double sculls category, losing out to Evesham, and Amelie Sartain and Sienna Rawlings narrowly lost out to a crew from Ross-on-Wye in the WJ13 double sculls.

Coach Mark Holden said: “Other successes for the club were chalked up by former Stratford juniors who were enjoying success on the water at the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Regatta held over the same weekend in Nottingham.

“Franklin Hamilton collected a bronze medal representing Reading University in the men’s lightweight double sculls, while Imogen North, rowing for Nottingham University, won a silver medal in the women’s lightweight double sculls on Saturday and went one better with gold in the women’s lightweight coxless four on Sunday.”

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