FIVE TSS JUNIORS SELECTED FOR GREAT BRITAIN TEAMS
Despite reduced numbers from GB squad call-ups and early holidays the TSS juniors went to the Brit Champs junior section last weekend, endured vile weather and came away with some good wins.
The J14 boys double of Stefan and Lawrence raced for the first time at a major event and acquitted themselves well in the time trial to get into the semi-final and then the B final. Despite lacking the experience and fitness of some of the other crews, they finished second in the B final, or eighth overall - a good result with lots of potential.
In J15s the boys boated a quad, with Bella coxing and providing much-needed direction. They had a reasonable time trial to get into the A/B semi-final, but ran into a flock of geese and then dropped back on the field. In the B final they finished third, a result they can build on next season with better fitness and more confidence. The girls also boated a J15 double, who finished 0.2 seconds off the top twelve for the A/B semis, and unfortunately this crew and the J16 pair were hampered by injury which meant both had to drop out, which was a shame.
At J16 Meg sculled really well throughout the competition. She recorded the second-fastest time in the time trial (by 0.2 seconds) and then the fastest time in the semi (by 0.7 seconds). In the final she stuck with the field, eventually sculling away from the other competitors in the last 500m and beating scullers who had beaten her before to win well in the final. She also teamed up with Katie in the double: they had a solid row but were not quite strong enough to win against a George Watson's crew who had dominated the event all season. They came away with a well-deserved silver medal, which was a fantastic result in a strong field. The sole boy in J16 was Bertie in his single. He narrowly missed the A final, then had a good scull in the B final and felt he had made good progress overall.
At J18 Issy and Ava were racing a pair and double, and qualified with the fastest times for both A finals. The pair was first; they managed to lead the race for 1500m despite a problem with their steering wire which had troubled them the whole way down the course and unfortunately they could not stop drifting into the next lane and were eventually disqualified before the finish. They overcame this disappointment with a good race in the double, winning silver behind a strong crew from Bedford who had won both Nat Schools and Women's Henley this season - an impressive result in a tough field. Jordan and Lucas had a similarly untroubled ride to the final, and then dominated proceedings to win well and be selected for the Home Countries match. The boys also had a second pair of Will and Harry, who were knocked out in the repechage. Bella raced in J18 singles and didn't have the best time trial due to recent illness and finishing the wrong side of a clump of times - however, in true Scullers style she overcame this and had a decent row to finish second in her minor final just a few hours later.
The final race for TSS of a long weekend was the final of J15 singles final. Marcus had won the time trial, then had to jump straight from the quad to the single for the semis, which he managed to win despite feeling sick before the start. In the final the Nat Schools winner from Clydesdale took the lead from the beginning but Marcus tracked him all the way, keeping about half a length clear water behind until with 300m left to go he unleashed a Usain Bolt-like sprint and overhauled him in the space of twenty strokes, then continued to pull away. A really remarkably mature performance from a fifteen-year-old and an excellent win to round off the weekend.
Our small team collected three golds and two silvers, and nearly won the Victor Ludorum, coming second to Henley, which was a great effort by all concerned.
Thanks to all the parents who came along for their support, and stopping the tent blowing away in Saturdays hurricane, and for feeding at least one of the coaches! CFW
Alfie and Theo were successful in the J13 double sculls event at Molesey Amateur Regatta on Sunday 20th July.
On a stifling hot day, they progressed through a heat, semi-final and final against a series of Guildford RC crews, with compliments from the commentator on the TSS crew’s sculling and the tuition and training they have received from their TSS coach.
They had a convincing win in the final and received splendid medals (although not the trophies pictured!). Thankfully the thunderstorms which threatened just before the final held off, so they ended a great day dry as well. HM
The club was well represented in both sculling and sweep events at this year's Henley Masters Regatta, with boats contesting six finals and the Senior Women winning three medals from four finals.
Racing in the first final of the two-day regatta, the women's A quad of Debbie Beadle, Caroline Matthews, Miranda McLaughlan and Zoe Gullen had a close race against Guildford, who had won the event last year. Level for the first half of the race, the TSS crew gradually pulled away - in the newly named Stan Livy - to win by a length and a quarter.
Next up were Judith Schulz and Claire McIntosh in the women's B double, who had secured their place in the final in a controlled race against a hard-pushing Norwich the evening before. They took an early lead over Exeter and held it to win by two and a half lengths.
Not stopping to collect their medals, Claire and Judith stepped straight out of their double and into the Andy Ripley, which Andrea Finn and Kate Grose had ready and waiting on the water for their straight final of C coxless fours, which they won by two and a half lengths over Upper Thames.
There was also a tight turnaround between quad and single for Debbie, who had made the final of women's A singles. She put in a strong performance in her third race of the day, but couldn't quite match the pace of the current national champion (and Women's Henley semi-finalist) from Greenbank Falmouth.
Also racing in finals were the women's C quad of Katherine Hickmott, Sophia Supple, Catherine Nunan and Helen Kilsby. They had a convincing victory over Durham ARC on Friday, but lost in the final to Wallingford. The brother-sister duo of Mark Alloway and Ruth Bradbury, racing as a TSS/Parrs Priory composite and down two age categories, had a close race with the husband-and-wife double from Upton who won by a length.
Congratulations to the five TSS juniors who have been selected to represent Great Britain this summer.
Ollie will join the men's team for the World Junior Championships in Hamburg, while Ben and Kaan have been selected for the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Libourne. Boats have not yet been finalised, but they are all in the teams. Thanks go to Tom Gale for leading the guys through the very stressful selection process of the last five days, and to Tim Sanders for the extended use of his pair throughout the trials period.
Last week Saskia was selected for the women's coxless four and Susannah for the women's quad at the Junior Worlds. Thanks and congratulations are also due to Rhona MacCallum, who supported the girls through trials, and has been named as a coach for the Coupe de la Jeunesse team.
On the Saturday of Kingston, there was a win in the final of J16 singles by three lengths over the home club Kingston.
Then, racing in the three-boat handicap Women's Masters C/D/E doubles event, the E double of Liz Tofts and Clare Allen won by four lengths.
Results for the club's entries across all five days of racing.
The tell-tale ripping sound of gaffer tape being applied to rubber and foam to prepare The Great Ache's cox’s seat for prolonged contact with some of Kristian’s most delicate aspects tells you it’s that time of year – time for our 52-mile row from the club to Henley.
TSS Juniors win Victor Ludorum at Egham Regatta
The club sent its largest contingent for some years to race at Henley Women's Regatta, and was represented on all three days of racing.