The “Big Pot” ,as the Men’s Senior Eights title is affectionately known, went to the U.C.D crew when the Irish Rowing Championships were concluded at Farran Wood’s National Rowing Centre by Inniscarra Lake in Cork this weekend.
Defending champions, from NUIG – Grainne Mhaol were defeated on this occasion by some 2.3 seconds after a great battle for supremacy in very windy conditions as well as choppy water. The Galway squad had been seeking a 3-in-a-row title.
To complete a great weekend for the U.C.D club, their women’s senior eight also came home winners followed closely by a gallant effort from Muckross.
Muckross sculler Sean Casey annexed the Senior Sculls title on Saturday defeating 17 years old Paul O’Donovan in a closely contested final, in which O’Donovan had been in the lead more than once whilst the Women’s crown went to Laura d’Urso who benefited from the misfortune of Killorglin’s Monika Dukarska who capsized when in the lead with but some 22 metres left, and when under pressure from the eventual winner.
Skibbereen and Lee Valley ‘s composite crew took the men’s senior quad title with Queens second and a Garda-U.L composite third .
The West Cork club had a second success when the Skibbereen women’s crew came out on top after a closely fought final,with Old Collegians-Three Castles .