National Irish Championships

Trinity’s men had crews competing on all 3 days of events in the 2012 Irish Championships. All of which competed superbly and did themselves and their college proud.

Friday was the opening day of the championships with four crews competing, Paul Mannix in the J18 1X, 2 Intermediate 4+’s and the Novice 8+.

The closest race of the day was the shootout between NUIG and Trinity in the men’s intermediate coxed four. NUIG had taken over the lead from Trinity and led as the crews charged for the line. But Trinity found another gear upped the rate and came like a train to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by 0.6 of a second. Cox: Maeve Crockett Stk: Daniel Ryan 3: Ian Kelly 2: Paul Flaherty Bow: Patrick Hughes.

J18 sculler Paul Mannix performed superbly making the final in an intensely competitive field. We look forward to see what sort of damage he can do with some extra preparation next year.

The novice 8s golden year ended disappointingly but that cannot tarnish their undefeated record for the season coming into the championships. The novice squad was greatly weakened in the lead up to champs with people leaving for job commitments and summer engagements.

Saturday saw a fleet of trinity scullers take to the water for novice 1X championships. With Matthew Brophy competing excellently but some unfortunate steering meant he had to settle for 5th behind some tough competition.

However DUBC’s main focus for 2012 was fast approaching in the men’s intermediate 8+. The crew and cox Maeve Crockett executed a perfect race plan pushing any chance of losing out of everybody’s mind by the 1000 metre mark. Crossing the finishing line comfortably over a length ahead of NUIG and UCD who had to fight over the scraps left by DUBC.
Cox: Maeve Crockett Stk. Daniel Ryan 7. Ian Kelly 6. Paul Flaherty 5. Patrick Hughes 4. Charlie Landale 3. Will Hurley 2. Fionn McCaffrey Bow. Dillion Rooney.

Sunday the final day of the championships saw the novice 4s, inter pair, inter double and senior 8 take to the water. With both novice 4s making it to the final with ease but lacked the killer instinct needed in the final to secure the championship
The inter pair, a new combination coming together in late June saw a young pair take on the field and really impressed making their final coming in at a respectable 4th in a challenging field.
The inter double, again another new combination, but this time having never competed together before their race were unfortunate to be drawn in a tough heat and failed to make it through to their final.

And so on to the senior 8s, the intermediate from the previous day’s victory took to the water one last time. Having reached the target for the year, bodies started to relax, the weekend’s racing caught up with a few oarsmen, the mental sharpness that was there before all the other races seemed to missing. I heard some of the crew wanted to leave themselves a challenge for next season but that’s just a rumour.

And so DUBC looks to the future with a solid group of senior standard athletes, competitive novices moving into inter level and with a new development coach the novices should be of a high calibre.
The future looks bright. The future… is black and white.