Offaly Rowing Club travelled to the National Rowing Centre in Farran Wood , Co. Cork to compete in the Skibbereen Head of the River timetrial at the weekend. In the first of the season’s Head of the River (HOR) events the Offaly crews raced over a 3.8km course in magnificent sunshine on flat calm water.
Competing in the junior mens categories were Patrick Grogan and Patrick Walsh in the mens Junior 16 single sculls. In a field of 26 dominated by Munster clubs the Offaly men finished in 20th and 23rd respectively. For the mens junior 14 coxed quad it was their first race. Steering an excellent course the cox Andrew Walsh provided his crew with every racing advantage in a field where the average age of the competition was up to four years the Offaly crews senior. The racing crew of Diarmuid Mangan, Billy Mulhall, Tadhg Phelan and Cillian Keenan rowed a powerful race to finish 15th of 16 competitors and nearly two minutes ahead of their Clonmel rival crew.
Representing the junior women at the weekend were Áine Murphy, Alison Mooney, Molly McKeagney and Martha Ward coxed by Andrew Walsh in the junior womens coxed quadruple scull. Finishing in 6th position in the middle of the field the Offaly crew have the potential to improve their position as the season continues. The club also had two double sculls entered in the womens junior 16 double sculls. Áine Murphy and Alison Mooney raced against club fellow club members Ellie Mulhall and Claire Mangan, finishing in 6th and 7th place respectively. Competing in the womens senior sculls Joanne Moran of Offaly took second place behind Dukarska of Killorglin Rowing Club.
For the junior 18 men the weekend provided a last chance training opportunity to qualify for the Irish National Squad trial in Newry this coming weekend. The trial will consist of an indoor rowing machine test and an on the water rowing assessment. The two competitors to represent the club at the trials are Anthony Gannon and Cathal Phelan.