Captain's Report

2005

 

The seasons seem to come and go a little faster with each passing year. One minute the juniors are racing in the snow at Boston for trials and next, the seniors are racing at Henley Royal in 30 degree heat. Once again the junior squad coached by Russell Peacock have had a good year, winning the Fawley Cup for the second year in a row and the second win at this event for Adam Pennock. Nick Fox, first time winner went on to represent GB at the Coupe and will be attempting to match Adam this Henley with another composite crew from Tideway Scullers. Dan Tipney also raced at Henley Royal in a double scull with Zac Purchase, making it through to the semi-final. These two then went on to win at Munich and then to Banyoles for the Junior World Championships. Zac, now racing under Marlow colours has had an awesome first year as a senior international. He performed excellently at the world cup event at Dorney and picked up a silver in Munich in the Lwt Single — and still only 19! Dan has spent the year coaching and recovering from injury and we expect him back at his best soon


Staying with the juniors we have another composite quad pre-qualified at this year’s Henley Royal — Ollie Plant, James and David Loveday are teaming up with Mall Best from Maidenhead. Stuart Heap, Richard Hewitt, Crispin Knill and Steph Mottram will all be going for GB selection shortly after the Royal Regatta. We wish them all good luck!


At Nat Schools this year a day of finals racing was lost owing to typical Nottingham bad weather. This lowered our medal tally considerably. However, Nick Fox, Stuart Heap, Richard Hewitt and Crispin Knill still managed a silver in Championship Quads. Jack Hockley also won silver in J15 singles and made the final of Jl6 doubles with Chris Johnston. A special mention also to my junior girls, Sarah Briggs, Bridget Coles, Rachel Finnis and Leigh Merrifield, who did well to make their respective finals in WJ14 coxed quads and two boats in the WJ1 5 doubles event, Danielle Peck, Sophie Payne and Sophie Steventon, Juliette Steynor.


The senior women have also played their part in the competition success of Marlow Rowing Club, picking up a number of good wins. The seniorfour of Louise Ainley, Kim Wilson, Claire Haley, Vic Richmond and cox Ella Waddingham has had a great season, winning silver at Ghent (with Sarah Cochrane) with wins at both Wallingford and the Metropolitan regatta also. At Women’s Henley they raced well but were beaten by the eventual winners, Yale University. Also racing at HWR and making Sunday’s semi-final of Elite lightweight 4- (ok, they did have a bye!) were the crew of Tamsin Knill, Sarah Cochrane, Dani Phillips and Bridget King who did well in their first ever race! A special mention must go to Claire Haley who won Elite Singles at Wallingford and who will be representing Scotland in the Home Countries later this year. We wish her all the best for that. There were other wins, which is a testament to the hard work of Captain the squad as a whole and the coaching team of Russ Haley and Andy Knill — good work guys! In particular I would like to thank Helen Selden for her help over the past two years as Women’s captain


The senior men’s squad have been working at the building stage and progress this year has been good. At Henley Royal this year, we have three crews pre qualified in their respective events - The Britannia, Wyfold and Club Quads with the Wyfold crew actually being seeded. We are not sure, (I expect someone out there will know) but think this might be the first time in recent years a Marlow men’s crew has been seeded and may be the first time ever! These crews have been selected from a squad which has been two years in the making under the coaching staff of Maurice Hayes, John Gill, John Stephenson, Paul Franklin and Paul Thomas a.k.a. The Doctor!


The first four of Rob Downie, Jim Cotter, Tom McGibbon, Richard (Daisy) Aplin and Liz Stubbs have had an up and down season making a final at Ghent on the Sunday and winning the West of England challenge vase in style at Hereford, against tough competition. Results at The Met and Marlow were not as good as they would have hoped and they missed a trick by not being seeded at Henley. Instead, the Cotter curse has struck again! And they have drawn a seeded crew in the first round — The supposed second four of Dave Vernon, Rob (Ladyboy) MacAlister, Paul Addy and Paul O’Boyle, formed later in the season following Paul O’Boyle’s BUSA bust up, which resulted in his foolish early release by Newcastle Uni. Their loss was certainly Marlow’s gain, and the summers spent training with our squad had paid off. The new combination has gone from strength to strength; coming second at Marlow in Si and one of only 4 crews to get seeded out of 32 entries in the Wyfold. The composite quad comprising Matt Baker and John Tetley from Marlow, with Miles Sharpe formerly of Marlow, racing for IC with Richard Blagrove from Star and Arrow. The crew has pre-qualified and were unlucky to draw the seeded U23 squad quad in the first round — still you never know, the U23s may yet hit the booms! When you consider that last year, the men’s squad had only one entry which qualified and no-body through to the second round, you might realise how far they have all progressed since then. Their hard work is beginning to pay dividends!


This is now my third year as captain and there is talk of me doing one more year. If I am elected at the 2005 AGM then it really will be the last year. I am still looking forward to what I hope will be my final year, and when I finally move on, I would like people to look back and say “he made a difference!”


Brett King

June 2005