J16CoxedFourItchenWith a number of members unavailable, it was a slightly depleted Ryde Rowing Club Boys Junior squad that competed at the Itchen Junior Regatta on Saturday – but they gave a good account of themselves with every squad member racing at least twice over the 600m sprint course on the River Itchen.

First-up was the Boys J15 Double Scull Ben Toms and Tom Kearney in the “B” event, who finished a close 2nd in their final. The Boys J15 Coxed Quad of Dom Douglas, Matt Jeacock, Joel Smith and Joe Groves with Paddy Kearney Coxing were then narrowly defeated in their semi-final. Austin Smith then competed in the Boys J13 Single Sculls acquitting himself well in only his 2nd ever race.

Dom Douglas and Joel Smith then raced in the Boys J15 Double where they finished 3rd in their final. Joe Groves and Joel Smith competed again in the Boys J15 Single Sculls with both just failing to make the final. Austin Smith and Ben Toms then teamed up in the Boys J15 Double Sculls “B” event – the first time this combination had raced together – and finished in 2nd place in their final.

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A Boys J16 Coxed Four of Tom Kearney, Ben Toms, Matt Jeacock and Joe Groves with Paddy Kearney Coxing once again, performed beyond expectations to win their heat and narrowly miss-out in the final. It was a busy day for young Coxswain Paddy Kearney as he also steered for Island neighbours Shanklin in a number of races and had a win with them with Ryde also lending them boats.

Photographed L-R: Matt Jeacock, Tom Kearney, Joe Groves and Ben Toms with Paddy Kearney (Cox) in front

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