Rowing in Methody has a dedicated following, with both boys and girls taking part in this popular sport. A new boathouse was opened in 2005 and fundraising activities coupled with financial support from former pupils and parents have allowed the purchase of equipment and boats.
Life on the River Lagan is as active as ever for the rowers of MCB. With the excellent boat house and continued hard work of Mr Marron, Mr Thompson, Mr Forsythe and Mr Neilands, there is rarely a day when MCB boats are not on the river. This year a new coach boat has been added to the fleet which is a big plus, allowing the coaches to work much more closely with crews on the water.
Here is an update on some of the events the Methody rowers have taken part in during the 2014-15 rowing season [so far!]
July: Irish Championships in Cork
Eleven of our pupils travelled down to Cork over the 12th July weekend to take part in the National Irish Championships, with rowers from all parts of the country participating in the event. The girls’ squad comprised of Ochre Andress, Chloe Deyermond, Jessica Copeland, Robyn McGrath and Holly Menary. The boys’ squad comprised of Conall Gray, Adam Kennedy, Ethan Magill, Chris Clarke, Andy England, and the cox Jack Ramsey.
The boys entered multiple boats, including a coxed four and a double. In each race the boys gave their all, only to narrowly miss out on the A finals by feet. The girls entered a four, a quad, a double and a single. The double and the quad made it to the A finals, and were placed 5th in each - a tremendous feat! Special congratulations to Chloe Deyermond who, in a single, was fifth fastest overall. All in all it was a very successful weekend. Everyone enjoyed themselves and there were many lessons to be learnt from the standard of rowing demonstrated. Our aims are set high with aspirations to compete at this level next year.
On the river
October: Lagan Mini Head
The first Lagan Mini Head took place on Saturday 25th October. Over a third of the participating crews were from MCB, which is an incredible turnout. The top crew, who came 3rd overall, were our men's under 18 coxless 4. Hot on their heels were MS 2X of Magill and Kennedy. In 7th place was MJ17 -4, and the first girls on the river were WJ184X-, a great achievement and a successful day all round.
November: Mini Head at Scullers Head
A beautiful sunny, windless autumnal day on Saturday 22nd November was just what our rowers wanted for the next mini head at Scullers Head. There was once again an excellent turn out of MCB rower. With 3 races, each containing around 40 boats, there were a number of MCB crews competing successfully.
In the first race, our top crew the WJ184X- finished an impressive 7th, closely followed by a J16 double and Chris Clarke in the single. The second race saw the fastest time of the day by a MCB/BBC composite MS4X- containing Magill, Kennedy and coaches McKibben and Gillanders. A very impressive J16 quad were third closely followed by an 18 quad and double of Gray and Taylor. The double of Deyermond and Mcbrinn won a difficult WS2X category, beating crews from BBC.
The final race saw the double of Kennedy and Magill win their category, placing second overall. Right behind them a J184X- coming 3rd. Singles made up the rest of the boats from MCB with the J16 guys McCrae, Brown and Young claiming a 1,2,3 in that category. Chloe Deyermond won the MS1X category with a very quick time. All in all a very pleasing day for crews from MCBRC.
Coaches Mr Marron and Mr Thompson
December: The Festive Head
The Festive Head was on the River on 20th December. This was great fun: a lively event with seasonal atmosphere and hot refreshments for all!
Upcoming: The next regatta is on Saturday 21st March. All support is very welcome, and a date for your diaries: 9th May is Castlewellan which we anticipate will be a really fun day.